It’s been another great year with all of you: from watching the Vatreni duke it out with the world’s best at Euro 2012 to Croatia’s water polo team going perfect at the summer Olympics and taking gold. Heck, even the political gods were on our side in 2012 with the acquittals of generals Gotovina and Markač.
Prva Generacija has spoken. Here are your winners for the 2012 CroatianSports.com awards.
The MVP award goes to both Colin O’Haravić and Zach Gilfix this year. The two have joined the CroatianSports.com staff full time and have contributed every weekend. Colin has made the weekly HNL reports his own with amazing detail while keeping his readers updated with KHL Medveščak reports.
Not only does Zach join Denis and I every weekend with ‘Croatians Around Europe’, covering Spain and Russia, but he absolutely knocked it out of the park with his 2012 London Olympics reporting, covering every day in great detail on everything from handball and water polo to rowing and table tennis.
Thank you boys for all your hard work!
Whether you love him or hate him, you read his stuff. Ziva Istina is 2012’s ‘Best Personality’; but he does have company. The infamous Ante BBB and well spoken Ivica also top the list. There are numerous characters on CroatianSports everyday, but it’s these three gentlemen that brought it every time they posted in 2012. Last year’s crown went to none other than Ziva Svircina, Denis’ alter ago, who never came to pay us a visit in 2012. Will he ever return?
You can’t have great material without a great personality. Our two best lines of 2012 come from two of our three personalities: Ante BBB and Ziva Istina. Ante BBB shared with us his thoughts on the acquittals of generals Gotovina and Markač while Ziva Istina provided some Zagreb humor.
Ante BBB: “Not only were the generals freed today but the Croatian people as a whole in perhaps the greatest moment in modern day Croatian history. Make no mistake, the Croatian people were on trial today and won. Justice finally won. Oluja was legitimate. There was no planned exodus of the Serbian population that could be categorized as a war crime nor the attacks on Grahovac, Gracac, Knin and Benkovac among many other things.”
Ziva Istina: “Hercegovina does have its own country. It’s called Zagreb!”
Photo: Aleksandar Holiga
After roasting Croatian fans for their behavior at Euro 2012, CroatianSports.com contacted Guardian freelance writer Aleksandar Holiga for a Q&A on his piece. Many Croatians were not happy with the July 8 article, but in the end, it is our responsibility to report the facts. Still, this piece came in as the 2012 ‘Bust of the Year.’
In a non-sports related moment, CroatianSports.com voted the acquittal of generals Gotovina and Markač from the Hague the best moment of 2012. It was a complete shock to all Croatians around the globe as the judges reversed their decision based on new found evidence.
Honorable mentions also go to the Croatia v. Spain match at Euro 2012 where the Vatreni stood toe to toe with arguably one of the greatest teams to ever play the game for over 87 minutes. Croatia was one Ivan Rakitić header away from dethroning the champs, but it wasn’t meant to be. Croatia’s 7-medal performance at the 2012 Olympic summer games in London also makes the list, where Sandra Perković (discus), Giovanni Cernogoraz (trap) and the men’s water polo team all took gold.
The Wedding of Ante BBB
On a personal note, my ‘Best Moment of the Year’ goes to the wedding of Ante BBB. Receiving an invitation due to the relationship you have built because of CroatianSports.com from your hated rival (Dinamo Zagreb) speaks volumes of how far our little website has come. That, and the fact that there were more Hajdukovci than Dinamovci at his wedding.
Also, GoldenChild being so sure of himself that Dinamo Zagreb WILL play in Europe past the winter break was humorous to me.