Category Sports

David and Goliath

If this is the big time, where are the fans? The stadium is empty.  Mind you, Lazio is the ‘other’ Rome club in Serie A football (soccer), the top tier of the sport in Italy. Roma is much more popular. Still, on a Saturday afternoon, on a holiday weekend, I would have expected more than […]

Stadium Security

When the National Hockey League introduced airport-style scanners in their arenas I complained here. I thought such measures would make going to a game a hassle, and, like in airports, wondered if it was worth it. This past weekend I went to a football (soccer) game in Rome, Lazio versus Benevento. The security measures there […]

Random Thoughts From The Game

As I mentioned yesterday, I went to a hockey game last Sunday between the Freiburg Wolves and the Bad Tolz Lions. It was my first sporting event since arriving here. Between periods I jotted down my thoughts. Rather than fix them up in a more coherent form, here are some random observations on the state […]

Olympic Dreams

We’ve passed the half-way mark (I think) in the 2018 Olympic Games. It all seems a little unreal to me. As a usually proud Canadian I want our athletes to do well. However, it has been difficult for me to cheer for them in real time. The CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, has the Olympic broadcast […]

The Rink

I saw the sign, and didn’t think it was that big a deal. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 27 there would be a skating rink set up on the pedestrian mall in Mullheim, the largest town in our region. It is only now that I am beginning to appreciate that it is a big event. […]

Christmas Market – Heitersheim

I’m sure there are other Christmas Markets happening in the area, but we have reached the saturation point. Maybe next year. But we did make one exception, for a Sunday afternoon trip to Heitersheim. It was a sunny Sunday, and the town is a five kilometre walk; we had been told it was possibly the […]

Grey Cup 2017

It is that day again. The Grey Cup game is tonight. I was supposed to be there, but by the time tickets went on sale I knew I would be in Germany. I might have opted for watching on television instead anyway. I went to the game in 2004, the last time it was in […]