Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Iran and Jordan brawl @ the Jones Cup. Or where are the Hanson Brothers when you need them?


The 31st William Jones Cup has been relatively uneventful so far with the traditional Asian powers winning their expected matches. That is until the match between hitherto undefeated Jordan and Iran that degenerated into a bench-emptying brawl where the Jordanians walked off the court and forfeited the match.

A furious Mario Palma, the Portuguese coach of the defending champions ordered his team off the court after a Korean referee called a technical foul on Jamal Abu Shamala who retaliated against Iranian behemoth 7’3” Hamed Ehadadi who landed a vicious elbow on the Jordanian during a rebound scuffle. Shamala retaliated with an elbow of his own. But Ehadadi threw him on the court that brought both benches to the court.

At that point, Jordan was ahead 2-0 with the game just in its infancy. The Iranians were awarded with the win and a score of 20-0 for a 4-1 slate that tied them with Iran, South Korea, and Lebanon.

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