Category Sports

World Cup 2018/World Cup 2026

The biggest event in sports outside the Olympics starts today, and unless you are Mexican, nobody in North America cares. Well, that might be an overstatement given that yesterday the 2016 event was awarded to North America, but Canada and the US aren’t playing this year. For Canadians that is nothing new. In our only […]

Cinderella Story

Not only is Cinderella is going to the ball, but it looks like the coach may not turn into a pumpkin. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup finals. To say the hockey world is stunned is probably the understatement of 2018. The Knights are […]

The Beautiful Game

Last time it was Rome’s Olympic Stadium and the cream of Italian soccer. Today it is Sulzburg, and I don’t know if you can sink lower than this. This afternoon’s previous match, which I didn’t arrive in time for, was between SV Sulzburg and SV Tunsel in the county C league – the game I’m […]

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 […]