Nobody wants to be associated with failing to qualify for the World Cup finals. I cannot imagine the shame of it.
The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan's three-point explosion in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA finals against Portland is easily one of the greatest performances I've ever seen. As he made his sixth straight, he winked directly at Mike Fratello and me in the broadcast booth and held his palms up in a shrug, as if to say, “What can I do?”Michael Jordan
Four times, under our educational rules, the human pack is shuffled and cut – at eleven-plus, sixteen-plus, eighteen-plus and twenty-plus – and happy is he who comes top of the deck on each occasion, but especially the last. This is called finals, the very name of which implies that nothing of importance can happen after it.david lodge
Two European Cup finals in three years — not bad for a little club.