Posted February 18, 2013 02:14 pm

So Close

            The past three games have been about as close as we can get to winning without actually earning a victory. An eight point loss to the top team in our league, followed by a two point loss on the road to the fourth place team, and then a five point overtime loss this past Saturday against the second place team in our league, Artego Bydgoszcz. Saturday’s game was originally supposed to be the last of our regular season league games but after some discussion between our club and the PLKK league, the game became a 2-for-1 and also counted as one of our Polish Cup games. Not sure how two games can just be combined like that, I think the main reasoning was finances, but as I’ve learned with a few other instances here in Poland; expect the unexpected.

            Our team has been playing really well as of late, which will hopefully continue as we look to make a run in the playoffs. Wednesday we have our second Polish Cup game of this round. We will play the same team as our last game, Artego Bydgoszcz, and the winner will advance to the Polish Cup Final Four. After that game we will have a break of about 10 days and then we will begin playoffs. The first round of the playoffs is a best of three series and our first round match-up is non other than the familiar Artego Bydgoszcz.

            Aside from basketball, things are still going well minus the snow on the ground. This is definitely the closest thing to an Alaskan winter I have experienced since leaving there for college. Speaking of Alaska, I had a very entertaining conversation with a Polish girl who was very curious about Alaska a couple of weeks ago. I think every Alaskan can relate and knows the types of questions that are typically asked when you tell someone who is unfamiliar with Alaska that you are from there. The common questions are about the weather, darkness, polar bears, igloos, Eskimos, and whatever else they have seen in movies or on TV. This girl in Poland asked me a couple of questions that were in fact firsts. First she asked me if I had ever seen Orcas, and when I replied yes, she followed up by asking if I had been swimming with them! I tried to explain that swimming with Orcas is not the best idea, unless maybe if you are a trainer at Sea World but even then it still probably isn’t the safest thing. Questions about what Alaska is like are usually pretty entertaining but this one was one of my favorites thus far, especially because it came from someone from Poland.

            About a month ago my club asked me to start writing weekly blogs for them to post on our team’s website. So far I have written five entries for them, which they have translated to Polish and posted. Most of them have made it onto our league’s main website as well. It has been kind of fun to write for another audience, and if my blogs in English aren’t enough for you, you are more than welcome to read some different stories and experiences in Polish!

            We have just about one month left before we will be coming back home and are hoping to get a few more wins between now and then starting with our game on Wednesday. Go Gdynia! 


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