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Football. I'll watch any football, any league, any country but in particular I love:
Coventry City Football club
Universally ignored and unknown to most people outside Coventry but I have to support them, they were my local team when I was growing up. If locals don't support them who will? I got the kit when I was 10, my first game was Coventry against Arsenal in about 1981 and they appeal to the holier than thou spirit in me, I wanted to like something no one else liked. For many years I went less often than I should as I was living in London and full of the joys of big city living but since moving back to the 'burbs I've been going to most home games and some away ones.
Arsenal Football Club
Who wouldn't like them? The best football I've ever seen and they're not Man U. Although I'm not from the north London area I used to live there and that was when I first got into them. They weren't the same team that everyone drools over now. At the time they were the Millwall it was OK to like, dour, violent, bad tempered, George Graham at the helm, the toughest back four in the league, Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, what quality. It's not the same now that they play attractive attacking football but they're still Arsenal.
As most people reading this will be Americans this will be an alien sport but apparently it is the fastest growing sport in New York. Ignore it at your peril! What's not to like? Sunny days, drinking beer outside and watching sport. Artistry, history and stats, it's got the lot and it's got a lot more in common with baseball than you might like to admit.
I'm a recent convert to this sport. Since moving out of London which is all football, I live in a town where rugby is the main winter sport. What a sport! Passionate fans who don't hate the opposition, families attending matches and no Rio Ferdinands or Ashley Coles earning £100K per week and then complaining that they are being treated like 'slaves'. Plus, we are the World Cup holders in this sport!
As if there wasn't enough sport in my life I'm trying to see if US sports are worth bothering with. Pretty much ignored or mocked in the UK, I really want to get into baseball, I think it's got something I could really love. Not sure about NFL, too show biz, no flow to it. This year I'm going to be picking an NBL team to follow. It's a difficult decision, I don't want to end up following the Coventry City of baseball!
Fields of glory : 'His life, his skill, his service all merited the highest honour ... I pay humble tribute to his memory.' Don Bradman's reaction to the death in action of his great cricketing adversary Hedley Verity reminds us of an era when sportsmen excelled bravely in battle as well as on the pitch. As Remembrance Sunday approaches, we recall feats of true heroism and fortitude: from the pioneering black English footballer who died on the Western Front to the RAF fighter pilot who opened the batting for England to the rugby Lion who became commander of the SAS.
posted by Pete to culture at 03:37 AM on November 06 - 1 comment
Football fans are idiots : Football is pricier, more uncompetitive and less atmospheric than ever. So why do supporters still lap it up, asks a bemused Sean Ingle
posted by Pete to soccer at 03:22 PM on August 18 - 73 comments
Maradona the beacon in a noxious build-up : I don't think I've ever looked forward to the beginning of an English football season with less enthusiasm. For some of the reasons outlined in this article and the fact that my team are moving to a new stadium without any parking (!) I for one won't be counting down the seconds to the start of the new English football season. I'm going to the Ashes tomorrow, perhaps that will cheer me up!
posted by Pete to soccer at 02:59 PM on August 04 - 4 comments
Diminuitive urn continuing to capture imagination: You can keep the return of the Premiership, the Tour de France and Wimbledon, this is the sporting event of the summer. The Ashes have it all, five matches that will determine that world's best cricket team. If you don't know anything about cricket this is the time to find out. If you want to go, you can't. It's easier to buy dodo's eggs than to pick up Ashes tickets at face value (and I've got my tickets - I'm so excited I could wee!)
posted by Pete to other at 12:38 PM on July 19 - 23 comments
Liverpool consider deal to bring unhappy Owen home : The EPL is only a month away (if it ever really went away) and there's quite a bit of movement on the transfer front. Liverpool fans, would you welcome Owen back? Is Peter Crouch the answer? (IMO, only if the question is who is the most overrated, one-season wonder currently playing?) Surely no one would be silly enough to blow bucks on Luis Figo? I thought the Premiership had moved on from the days when it was a pension-fund for over the hill continental stars. By the way, no one has mentioned the departure of Vieira from Arsenal, do you think Arsene knows what he's doing? Is PV a spent force? Wasn't he Tony Adamson's appointed successor? What's gone wrong? Is Jermaine Jenas really being considered as his replacement? Say it ain't so!
posted by Pete to soccer at 05:51 AM on July 16 - 6 comments