Back in the day, radio broadcasts of American baseball games were local affairs. There was no satellite feed, or high-quality landline, or other means of a broadcaster in a distant city to sit in the booth at the game and do a play-by-play broadcast back to the visiting team’s home city. Instead, there would be a telegraph feed from the distant stadium back to the radio station, and a stringer at the game would telegraph back what was happening. The broadcaster, sitting in a studio hundreds of miles from the game, would read the telegraph reports and make up the details of what was happening as he pretended to be watching the game live.
I know how they felt. I’ve usually counted on fotbolti.net’s live blogs to keep up with Vikingur Olafsvik matches and to write up match summaries, but they weren’t able to send anyone to today’s match. So they had someone at the stadium making phone calls to their reporter in Vestmannaeyju when something happened, and he would then post it to their live blog.
Not exactly the highest-fidelity information channel.
So, suffice to say that though Vikingur apparently had better control of the game in the first half, they weren’t able to score, and fell behind 1-0 when Garðar Bergmann Gunnlaugsson put a rebound into the net. Friend of the Blog Eyþór Helgi Birgisson looked to have scored in the 29th minute but the goal was disallowed (I think I saw something about a corner, so I’m just going to claim that he scored off a corner but the referee disallowed the goal due to a foul on Vikingur). The game remained 1-0 Akranes until the 80th minute, when Akranes keeper Páll Gísli Jónsson sent a goal kick deep, and Hjörtur Júlíus Hjartarson ran onto it and beat Vikingur keeper Arnar Darri Pétursson. Akranes scored again four minutes later to go up 3-0, and a foul on Eyþór Helgi in the box with the penalty again converted by Þorsteinn Már Ragnarsson like in the last match did no more than make the score look somewhat respectable.
All in all a disappointing day, with Vikingur Ol falling to fifth place, five points behind second-place Akranes and trailing significantly on goal differential. The team is off until Saturday the 9th of August, when they face 10th-place Grindavik. Ideally it will be a chance to make up some ground, but Grindavik actually has a better goal differential than Vikingur, has been in better form over the past five matches, and has a lot to play for, being only two points clear of the drop zone.