Wednesday, September 25, 2013

America's Cup

Does anyone else care about the America's Cup?????

We had never heard of this before, but it is apparently a very long-standing, prestigious boat-sailing race, and the two teams currently battling it out for victory are New Zealand and The Good Old U.S. of A.  We didn't even know it was happening last week, but it quickly became the topic of conversation with every person in clinic and beyond. When the buzz began, the Kiwis (New Zealanders) were thrilled that they had risen to the top to take on America in the finals. The Final series is as many races as it takes until the first team reaches 9 victories.  
  You see, America won last year, so everyone else has to compete to take on the previous year's winner. Something that has complicated this is that apparently someone on the American team cheated in some way, so America was penalized 2 races.
  So by the time I catch wind that any of this even exists, New Zealand is winning 8 races to 1 (really 3, but subtract the two penalty points). It's the talk of the town....
  Then in True come-from-behind, thorn-in-the-side-of-the-world fashion, Team Oracle (USA) has rallied and has won every match since then to now have a tie of 8 to 8. There have been crazy delays, races that have been thrown out due to taking too long, and just lots exciting things that have drawn this cup out to be the longest one in 160-something years (don't quote me on that number). so we have started getting into it,  and it is actually really exciting to watch as it turns out. We walk into clinic chanting 'USA" and sending out texts and alerts to everyone in the clinic to remind them that America won again, and again, and again, etc.
  So tomorrow morning is the final race. Since it is first to 9 points, someone will win if the race doesn't get cancelled due to weather. We are SOOOOO hoping for another American Cinderella story to really be able to rub it in to the good people of New Zealand.  At this point, Team USA has actually already won 10 against the Kiwis. And we are on a 7-win streak. One more, and victory is ours.
  New Zealanders are reportedly terrible losers, but even more terrible winners. We'll see how this goes. I've already heard a lot of talk start shifting to 'well there are more Kiwis on the American boat than there are Americans'.... just trying to cling to some form of victory.   Come on Oracle, I'm counting on you. I've got a victory dance to do.

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