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Covering all the angles of the Champions League final

Published May 25, 2013

Covering all the angles of the Champions League final

Football is still mostly a mystery to me, but I occasionally find matches on TV and leave them on so I can soak it up via osmosis. This weekend, the Champions League final was on TV, and we watched Bayern Munich - the only German team I have heard of - play another German team. At one point I recognised the name Schweinsteiger but that’s about as far as it went.

Friday Five - Reasons why I love Crashed Ice

Published March 22, 2013

Friday Five - Reasons why I love Crashed Ice

This year, Crashed Ice was at its biggest and best, the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship featuring five different locations and some of the top skaters from across the globe. There were team competitions, and more women participating than ever, and it even pushed the boundaries in terms of indoor tracks and corkscrew delights. We’ve been watching the winter sport since 2010, after discovering that Red Bull TV showed each round live for free.

The 2012 Olympics - Days 11 to 16, The end

Published August 13, 2012

The 2012 Olympics - Days 11 to 16, The end

Whilst my previous posts on this subject have been bullet point notes of things that have stood out for me, I can’t do the same for this one. Already, the specific details are beginning to fade from my brain, and we’re only one day post-Olympics. Mo was brilliant, obviously. There were some great final moments in the modern pentathlons, weird as they are. Tom Daley’s diving on Friday was fantastic, not just because he got the medal, but because the overall standard was so incredibly high.

The 2012 Olympics - Days 6-10

Published August 7, 2012

The 2012 Olympics - Days 6-10

As with my previous post, here are just some random thoughts from the last few days of competition. The Men’s 400m final was brilliant. Not only were there twins in the race, but they crossed the line at almost exactly the same time! They came 5th and 6th and were just two hundredths of a second apart! Of course, you can’t talk about brothers without mentioning the Brownlee duo who finished the Men’s Triathlon in gold and bronze positions.

The 2012 Olympics - Opening Ceremony & Days 1-5

Published August 1, 2012

The 2012 Olympics - Opening Ceremony & Days 1-5

With the Olympics taking over everything, I thought I’d spare five minutes to note down some thoughts on what I’ve seen so far. These are just scrabbled notes, not arranged in much of an order, Opening Ceremony Highlights Rowan Atkinson’s moment of glory was fabulous. The ability of one man to captivate what turned out to be an audience made up of 26 million is so good. I’m sure there are people that don’t and didn’t like him, but I thought it was perfect.

The 2012 Olympics - A fabulous sporting overload

Published July 26, 2012

The 2012 Olympics - A fabulous sporting overload

There’s just a day or so left before the 2012 Olympics gets underway (or if you’re a football fan, they already have!) and I’m excited! I’ve only really got into the Olympics over the last couple of games, I paid more attention at Beijing than I have before, and I’m really looking forward to watching as much as possible this year. It helps that we’ll have day by day threads on Sidepodcast, so there will always be a place to chatter about what is happening, and it also helps that the BBC’s overload of coverage means you’re unlikely to be able to miss anything.

Gymnastics is more than just doing cartwheels

Published August 14, 2011

Gymnastics is more than just doing cartwheels

Yesterday, the BBC screened a feature length documentary following the Team GB gymnastics squad as they trained ahead of the 2008 Olympics. It was called “Gymnast”. It started at the very beginning, before the six gymnasts had been chosen, and followed many more hopefuls as they tried to get selected. Hopes and dreams, and all that, it was interesting to see the dynamic between girls, their family, and the coaches. The pressure on those taking exams at the exact same time as the Olympic trials, the worry of those who got injured and whether they would be fit in time.

Friday Five - Sports I am starting to like

Published July 29, 2011

Friday Five - Sports I am starting to like

I actually had this post in mind yesterday, when I realised I’d spent quite a lot of time watching the action from the Swimming World Championships in China, and was loving it. Today, it seems to have taken on a different significance, given the news that F1 will be moving to Sky next year. However, these aren’t F1 replacements, just sports I’m starting to get more fond of, and want to see more of.

Lessons in the World Cup - Four day crash course

Published June 15, 2010

Lessons in the World Cup - Four day crash course

I tried to avoid it for as long as possible, but eventually I had to write today’s World Cup post over on Sidepodcast. I have watched more of the games than I imagined I would, and enjoyed even more of them. A lot of that has to do with the live comments, as it’s fair to say I have a lot to learn! On that subject, I wanted to note down some of the things I have picked up after just a few days of international football.

Everybody's talking about it

Published June 10, 2010

Everybody's talking about it

I’m afraid I’m going to be one of those rather annoying people who only pays attention to football when the World Cup is on. Come on England and all that. Thankfully, I wouldn’t dream of being one of those annoying people that puts flags on their cars, so I think the two balance each other out quite nicely. I know very little about football. Really, really little. I used to “support” Manchester United when I was too young to know any better.