Category Sports

What World Cup?

A year ago Germany was awash in patriotism as the nation cheered on the national team in the World Cup. It was like hockey in Canada only more intense. Business came to a halt during games. Church services were canceled. There were flags everywhere. Large screens were set up in public places to allow communal […]

Parade Day

I don’t want to rain on their parade. Or maybe I do. I just can’t get caught up in the hysteria over the Toronto Raptors. For non-basketball fans, the Raptors won the NBA championship last week, for the first time, and the victory parade is today. I’m assuming there is television coverage, but I won’t […]

Who Knew?

  I suppose somewhere the back of my mind I knew there were some people in Europe that played American football (as opposed to what Americans call soccer), but I thought that sort of thing had died out with the demise of NFL Europe.  Turns out I was wrong. This poster was in store windows […]

Pool Time

I didn’t watch a National Hockey League game all season. My hometown team, the Ottawa Senators, finished last in the league. Why would I join a playoff hockey pool? I asked myself that when I got the email. Years ago I took part in a pool, so now I’m on a list. Thousands of dollars […]

Racing For The Bottom

Living in Germany can be difficult for a hockey fan, unless you are willing to lose some sleep. The National Hockey League is far away, which means the best games start after 1 a.m., a time when I prefer to be sleeping. As an Ottawa Senators fan that has been pretty much a blessing this […]

The Big Game

Last November, for the first time in years, I didn’t watch the Grey Cup game, the Canadian Football League championship. I decided the midnight start was a  bit too late given that I had to work in the morning. Tonight’s game is another midnight start (my time), but I will be watching. If I had […]

Classy Move

Last night (my time) I was watching a Canadian Football League playoff game between the Hamilton Tiger Cats and British Columbia Lions. No matter the outcome, some feline was going to win. It was a 1 p.m. start in Hamilton, which made it 10 a.m. for fans watching in British Columbia. It was Remembrance Day, […]