My eBay Disappointment
As many of you know, I’m a huge soccer fan. And for the past few years, I’ve been searching the internet to find a DVD copy of the 1994 USA vs. Columbia World Cup match – which resulted in a 2-1 win for the Americans – their first win in a World Cup in 44 years.
This is also the same game where Columbia’s Andres Escobar scored an own goal – which ultimately would lead to his death a month later. This story was featured on ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, “The Two Escobars”.
About 5 years ago, I found this on a soccer DVD website for $40. But I wasn’t spending that much money for a dubbed copy of a 17 year old game.
But last week, I found it on eBay for $9.99. The entire match. I was one happy dude. So I hit the “Buy it Now” button and the DVD was mine – finally!
So it came in the mail yesterday and last night, I start to watch it and then realize it’s all in Spanish. My wife, Francine, starts laughing at me because I’ve been ripping her for years about buying an Office Space VHS with Spanish subtitles. That VHS had a huge sticker on it explaining it was with subtitles.
At this point, I’m raging mad. I really wanted to hear the live play-by-play call of the english speaking announcers talk about one of the biggest wins in USA Soccer history.
I thought I had been ripped off. So I look up the listing on eBay and sure enough, it said it was broadcast in Spanish. It was just one of those things where you get so excited to buy something that you don’t even bother to look at the fine print.
Oh well, looks like I’ll have to brush up on my Spanish. I took it in college for two years but don’t remember a thing.