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20070525 Arizona Women?s Basketball Tour of Italy: Day 10 ? Part II, When in Rome
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Release: 05/25/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">By: Julian Temblador</SPAN></st1:place></st1:City></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:City> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rome</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> ? </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When in Rome Rule No. 1: Always expect the unexpected.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Yesterday, I had an unbelievable first day in the extraordinary city of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rome</st1:place></st1:City> partly because most of what I experienced was not expected.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Our day started out by waking up at 6:30 a.m. to be ready to get in the line and enter the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vatican</st1:place></st1:country-region> at 7 a.m.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Once in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vatican</st1:place></st1:country-region>, I realized right away that I was in for much more than I anticipated.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">I had always known that the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vatican</st1:place></st1:country-region> was its own country.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>What I did not know is that the Popes from over the centuries managed to fit a world of history, art, and architecture in an area probably no larger than the campus of The University of Arizona.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As Marie McGee so eloquently put in her description of the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vatican</st1:place></st1:country-region> yesterday, the house that the Popes build can not truly be described with words.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">She, however, did not climb over 1,000 steps to the top of Saint Peter&rsquo;s Cathedral.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After viewing the Sistine Chapel, the inside of <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vatican City</st1:place></st1:State>, and inside of Saint Peter&rsquo;s, the view at the top of this enormous cathedral was absolutely breathtaking.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The hike up is not for the weak, but the view at the top is worth it.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Seeing the spectacular and historic city of <st1:City w:st="on">Rome</st1:City> in its entirety was one of the most overwhelming experiences I had on this trip (And I&rsquo;m saying this being head-over-heals in love with <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Venice</st1:place></st1:City>).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So, Rule No. 1 came into effect early on for me because after our tour of the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vatican</st1:place></st1:country-region> I thought there was nothing more to see.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I was wrong, obviously, because climbing up to the top of Saint Peter&rsquo;s was truly an unexpectedly cherished experience.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Yet, my day was not done ? by far.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We next had an 8 p.m. game against Pomezia.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>During the first four games of our tour, I had spent my time at the end of the team bench keeping the points, rebounds and other stats of the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>For our last game of the trip, I thought I would breeze through my job since I had four games under my belt.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When in Rome Rule No. 1: Always expect the unexpected.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The first quarter of the game was surprisingly tight, as the Wildcats battled tough with a very experienced Pomezia team with the scored tied at 20-20 going into the second quarter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats then started to pull away at the start of the second with a 6-0 run in the first minute.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When in Rome Rule No. 1: Always expect the unexpected.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">With 6:43 on the clock in the second quarter, a hand-checking foul was called on a Wildcat player who nonchalantly questioned the referee about her illegal action.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The referee, unexpectedly, took the player&rsquo;s inquiry harshly and stormed off the court and did not return.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After a short delay with both teams trying to figure out how to continue the game, coach Joan Bonvicini yells to me at the end of the bench, &ldquo;Hey Julian, get in there and ref.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When in Rome Rule No. 1: Always expect the unexpected.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Without any hesitation or second guessing, even though I have never refereed a game in my life, I got up, put down my stat sheet, grabbed a whistle and got the game going again without any regard to the fact I was wearing khakis and a polo shirt.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Now, I think I am pretty good with overall basketball knowledge.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I know when certain calls should be made, and I&rsquo;m familiar with the basic rules of the game.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I learned the hard way how difficult being a basketball referee is.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The view on the court is unlike any from courtside, and blowing a whistle is much harder than you think.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After spending many years taking jabs at referees for blowing calls or being too quick with a whistle, I found a new respect for referees, so much so that I might start cheering for them (and them only) when I&rsquo;m at games.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">After sprinting up and down the court for two and a half quarters, I worked up a heavy sweat and was completely drenched from head to toe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After a scrumptious pizza dinner at a Cuban-Italian restaurant and an hour-long bus ride back to the hotel, I was dead-tired and ready to crash.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">So, after an unforgettable day in <st1:City w:st="on">Rome</st1:City> where I was able to experience the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Vatican</st1:place></st1:country-region>, I learned a quintessential law of this historic city:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">When in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Rome</st1:place></st1:City>, always expect the unexpected.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">You never know when you might have to referee your first international basketball game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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