While away at the German Horticulture Show BUGA in Koblenz this past weekend, we have some dedications to mention from both sides of the Atlantic and a mind-boggling story which might keep Germans from leaving the country and Americans from entering it- that is unless they take the train. Here’s another batch of Flensburg Files News Flyer stories to pass along to you.
Shooting Star in Minnesota:
For those following women’s basketball in Germany, one may be interested to know that the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team, coached by Cheryl Reeve and loaded with extraordinary talent, swept the Atlanta Dream to win its first ever WNBA basketball title. To make it even more special, this came at the time that the spinoff of the men’s basketball league NBA was celebrating its 15th year in business. The team, in its 13th year had never won a championship and only had two seasons where they reached the playoffs. The victory is bittersweet in a state which has been rattled with professional teams coming off dismal seasons, including the Minnesota Twins in baseball, the Minnesota Timberwolves in basketball and the Minnesota Vikings in American football, just to name three examples. The Twins, coming off their worst season in team history this year, were the last team that brought a championship to Minnesota, which was 1991. The Flensburg Files would like to congratulate the team on its successful championship run and may it be the start of another dynasty.
Link: http://www.wnba.com/games/20111007/MINATL/gameinfo.html (Sublinks available here as well)
The Loss of a Rebel in American Football:
While we’re on the same page with American Football, the world is mourning a loss of a rebel in the making, when Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders in the NFL, died this past weekend at his home. He was 82. Davis had owned the team since 1963, raking in three Super Bowl championships (1976, 1980 and 1983) and making it to the last one in 2002, only to lose to Tampa Bay. Davis, in the eyes of many, was a rebel with a passion for football, which was felt throughout both Oakland and Los Angeles (the latter was only a temporary venue from 1982 to 1995), which caused many, even the lawyers who challenged him in court, to fear him and fans and other team owners to adore him. While there are many who believed that the Raiders played dirty in professional football- especially since some of the players like Lyle Alzado and John Matuszak beefed themselves up with steroids (and paid the price in the end with their own lives as they died of cancer in the early 1990s)- Davis created a legacy which no one in the right mind at that time would had ever imagined and further more, went beyond hiring the first female executive, African American and later Latino football coaches, and so on. He is survived by his wife and son, the latter of which will now run the organization. Our deepest condolences goes to the family, players and those who knew him for the loss of a passionate football rebel, whose motto will forever be “Just Win, Baby!”
The loss of a computer icon:
There is no corner of the world that has not been touched by the loss of another true legend- this time in the computer industry. Steven Jobs, with the innovation of the personal computer to first fit the desk and later the palm of the hand, helped encourage society to create for the benefit of the community, even if they may be crazy at first. Unfortunately, the world lost not only the founder of Apple Computer, but also a thinker and man who encouraged us all to be creative this past Thursday at the age of 56. The Flensburg Files has a tribute to the great icon and thinker, which can be found here:
The loss of air traffic:
German air traffic may be grounded as early as Wednesday of this week, should there not be a solution to the problem of higher wages and benefits on the part of the air traffic controllers. Talks broke down over the weekend between the union and the Air Navigation Services DFS over the increase of pay in two different steps- for this year as well as in 2012. This may force people to take other forms of transportation or even choose airports outside of Germany to fly within and away from Europe and create chaos for the first time since the train strikes in 2007 and 2009, which grounded train service to a halt in many places. More on this story as it develops.
Link with details of the demands: http://www.mdr.de/nachrichten/Fluege100.html
Onion Market in Weimar:
Over 300,000 people convened on the small Thuringian city of 60,000 that is filled with history, philosophy and architecture this past weekend to celebrate the 366th annual Weimarer Zwiebelmarkt. The Onion market takes place every October and features many arts and crafts as well as foods using the onion as its main ingredient. This includes the onion bouquet, which can be sold in different sizes but at a decent price. Apart from that, one should not walk away from the market without trying the Zwiebelkuchen (baked onion bars) with Federweisse (carbonated white wine). Interestingly enough, there is another onion market that takes place not far from Weimar in a smaller city called Apolda. That took place during the last weekend in September and draws some thousands annually.