Archive for the “sport” Category

    Take me out to the ball game

    Sunday, July 13th, 2008

    I went to my first baseball game this week, our friend Hector had some extra tickets and was kind enough to take us along to see the LA Dodgers.  I’m used to seeing the LA baseball caps everywhere, it was the cap du jour in Potters Bar but these wearers were probably the first who were aware of its significance.

    Once we got to the stadium my first feeling was how similar the setup is to cricket.  I’ve not been to lots of cricket grounds but at least Lord’s and The Gabba in Brisbane were similar in that its open through to the back of the stadium.  Football grounds in England (and the Ducks’ Honda Center for that matter) are completely walled off separating the seating and the drinks/food stands.  The cricket and now baseball stadiums are open behind the seating so you can still see the game going on while you walk around getting some food.  It’s the only sport I’ve seen that in and being that it originated from cricket I wonder if that was an intentional addition to the stadium design.

    Dodger Dogs

    Anyway, the game was enjoyable but the Dodgers lost 9-3. Next time I might try my local team, the Anaheim Angels. Its certainly not a fast paced game, but then it doesn’t pretend to be like some of the other sports (American Football and Baseketball, yes, I’m talking about you with all your timeouts). In the same way as the cricket you spend most of the time chatting with the people you came along with between pitches, its a fun way to pass a few hours.


    Monday, July 31st, 2006

    I managed to see the Channel 5 highlights of the 2nd test against Pakistan and it looks like I’ll be able to get them for the 3rd test too. Hopefully this will carry on through The Ashes. This is via the internet not on American TV, although a funny thing happened to me the other day. I was driving home past a school where I normally see the kids playing football (soccer not gridiron) and they were all out in their whites playing cricket! I was shocked enough seeing them playing proper football but cricket?!? I’m not sure if it will take off here, the TV networks will love the speed of play and the amount of commercials they can fit in, the US public will love the fact that the scores go into the hundreds (they hate football where 5 ‘points’ in a game is a lot) but they can’t seem to get their heads around the 5 day part of it. I think 20-20 would go down very well here. It would be like an interesting version of baseball….

    US World Cup coverage

    Monday, June 12th, 2006

    Its been an interesting start to the TV coverage of the world cup, the first build up show is on today as a run up to the first US game, all the others start 5 minutes before kick off and more than 4 of those minutes are ads. The main commentator, ESPN’s answer to Motty is a baseball commentator who’s never commentated on football before the tournament. So far he’s done well recognising players but spends most of the time spouting irrelavant facts, almost as if he doesn’t know what else to talk about. During the England game (he did call us Germany at one point) he mentioned how popular Michael Beckham is in England. Fortunately the commentators all have an ex-pro as co-commentator so at least there’s usually one person who has some idea of what they are talking about.

    Today’s USA match should be an interesting one, the commentators keep talking about what a great oportunity the US have to beat European opposition on European soil. At half time in the Oz v Japan game the analyst was saying that it will all be about the goalkeepers and the US will do well as he believes Kasey Keller is a better keeper than “Peter” Cech.

    I am grateful that I don’t have to watch all the matches on the internet with Chinese commentary though!

    Internet connections

    Monday, June 5th, 2006

    I’ve been having a lot of connection problems recently. Last weekend the router stopped working for 4 days because of settings on the modem, I don’t know why the modem decided to change its settings but it succeeded in frustrating me for a long weekend. I was so relieved when I fixed it and then Friday evening the line went down for a couple of hours. I tried to log on to watch the England v Jamaica game on Saturday (having woken up at 5.45am to do so) and found that the modem stopped working again and would work even with a restart. I spent the entire duration of the match on the phone to Verizon which ended in them telling me they’d send me a replacement modem. I thought I’d try resetting the modem today and it all seems fine, I do hate the modem though.

    In other news my free copy of the new Tomb Raider game has arrived (its a bundle with my new graphics card) but I can’t install it yet as it requires 10gb of hard drive space. I remember when Doom 2 was released it was regarded as a huge game at 12mb.

    Oh and its hot here, really hot. As in 95-100 degrees every day. Looks like summer has arrived just in time for the World Cup – only 4 days to go!

    Barnes the gangsta

    Saturday, March 4th, 2006

    It seems that John Barnes wants to get back in to the rap game with a part on the England World Cup single, especially if it includes gangtsa rap. He came to my university for a Q&A session and probably half of the questions were about the Anfield Rap (the others were about the Lucozade ad). Can you really do a motivating gangsta rap about football? Is it still gangtsa rap if there’s no swearing (can’t see the FA sanctioning a song with Barnes using the “n-word”)?

    And I’ve just noticed it’s Christian O’Connell organising it on Virgin Radio. I’d heard he left XFM (the show I used to listen to on the way to work every morning), just can’t see it beeing the same on Virgin. Anyone been listening and know if its any good?

    The end of dialup

    Saturday, February 4th, 2006

    Good win for England this morning, managed to see it via webcam.

    I’m almost out of the dark ages with the internet – I’ll have my very own 3 mb broadband connection next week if all goes to plan. In the meantime I’ve had to get AOL as my previous ISP trial ran out and AOL being as difficult as they can won’t let me send mail from my freeserve account. I can still receive it but I won’t be sending much this week so no-one gets confused and replaces their address book entries as has happened before when I’ve used temporary email.

    World Cup Qualification

    Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

    It’s somewhat disappointing that although we are through to the World Cup, both Mexico and USA were both through before us (albeit against easier teams) and are both still above us in the world rankings. Its $25 on pay per view to watch the match – they only seem to show England matches on PPV, none of the other European teams – so I decided to stick to Talksport radio via the internet.

    At least if we lose to USA I won’t get any stick about it as no-one here will know. It won’t even be any fun rubbing their noses in it if we beat the Yanks as it will mean nothing to them. I would say there will be banter with the Mexicans but they (and the Americans) have too much trouble understanding my accent. I’ve even tried pronouncing words with their accent (Mountain Doo instead of Dew) but they still haven’t got a clue what I’ve just asked for. Maybe I need to watch Mickey Blue Eyes again. And Desperado.


    Thursday, July 7th, 2005

    That posting seemed to work well enough.

    A couple of days ago (on Independence Day) I went along with Brenda & her family to The Home Depot Center to see Los Angeles Galaxy Vs New England Revolution. It was an enjoyable experience, although somewhat different to a drizzly afternoon at White Hart Lane.

    To start there was a “moment’s silence” for someone who had helped set up the league and passed away the previous week. It was actually a moment, no more than 10 seconds and only a few crowd members seemed to obeserve it anyway. Once that was out of the way the team was announced, each player as if they were a heavyweight boxer (“Cooooooobiiiiiiiii Jooooooones”). The kick of in each half was along the same lines from the announcer “Arrrrrreeeee youuuuuuu readyyyyyyyyyyy?”

    The football wasn’t of the highest quality, although I’m used to that, and the result was disappointing, although I’m used to that too. The best player on the pitch was Cobi Jones and he’s already 35, there’s still a long way to go seeing as these were two of the top clubs in the country. You can get in for about a tenner though which beats any premiership team and the fans are a lot more into it that I imagined they would be although they did boo their striker when he missed a 1-on-1 (he later scored LA’s only goal so maybe booing your own players works out here!)

    Hoping to go back for the Real Madrid game in a couple of weeks.