As faithful blog readers know, I picked Man U to win. However, at the pub where Martin gathered our little group, I let it slip that I'd interviewed some of Chelsea's players when they were out in California for preseason training last year. I mentioned a few specific players who I thought were nice and polite, since not all sportspeople are. Jose Mourinho, for example. Interesting and intelligent. Polite? Not particularly. Nice? Not really. Or perhaps he just feels no burden to treat the press decently.
Somehow, mentioning a few players who were cool translated to others thinking I was pulling for Chelsea, and all through the rest of the match, I was getting stick from the Man U fans.
When it came down to penalties, I was nervous in a strange way - I honestly didn't care who won, but I didn't want the players I like to miss.
Carlos Tevez - one of my favorite Argentine players (please don't miss, Carlitos).
Michael Ballack - Nice guy. Really.
Ronaldo - As soon as he stopped in his run-up, I knew it wasn't going in. That's a cardinal sin on PKs. Trick hesitations are fine, but not outright stopping. Not saying he deserved it, but, well, don't stop.
John Terry - If there was anyone I didn't want to slip and miss, it would be Terry. He's just a gentleman.
I was a little sad for him when the game ended. I didn't care about Anelka missing, but I was bummed for Terry.