Archive for the ‘Sport’ Category

Super Bowl Sunday!

February 4, 2007

Hi Brit,

 

 

Go Colts!

the Grit

Are you ready for some football, ads!

January 28, 2007

Hi Brit,

Just a factoid about this years Super Bowl, the price for a 30 second commercial is … wait for it … $2.6 million.  That, in case you are interested, is $86,667 per second of air time.  With up to 60 ads being shown during the game, that comes to $156 million in revenue just from commercials.  Go Colts!

the Grit

No tailgating at Super Bowl? World to end soon!

January 27, 2007

Hi Brit,

Here is some American stuff that might interest you, Tailgating Banned at Dolphin Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday.  Now, to non-football fans this probably requires a lot of explaining.

Super Bowl:  football, the kind with the non-round ball, is big time sports in the US.  There are two different sets of teams, the NFC (National Football Conference) and the AFC (American Football Conference) that, together, comprise the NFL (National Football League.)  The NFC and AFC teams compete to be champions in their own conference.  Then, in a huge hyper-hyped spectacle the two winning teams meet to decide who gets the League title for the year.  This event is the biggest thing in US sports.  The winning team players get gem encrusted specially designed rings, billions of dollars exchange hands from wagers, parties are held in homes across the nation, millions of dollars are spent on the half time show, there are several hours of pre-game shows and more hours of post-game shows, and, best of all, various companies use it as a platform to roll out great new commercials.  If you happen to be in Miami and want to catch the game, bring a big wad of cash and a lucky charm.  Tickets at mid-field are going for a bit over $3,000.

Tailgating:  one of the great traditions of football is tailgating.  Originally, this was the practice, for those driving trucks, to use the lowered tailgate as a table for pre-game party food in the parking lot.  It has evolved far beyond its humble roots.  These days, some people don’t even enter the stadium, but continue elaborate tailgate parties while watching the game on large screen TVs.  They can run the big sets because they’ve rebuilt large motor homes into rolling party mobiles, complete with exterior beer taps, extra electricity generating capacity, and full swing out kitchens.  With these as centers of activity, hundreds of others set up less dramatic portable gear and the entire assembly can distribute enough food and drink to feed a small country. 

Vendors:  the food and drink distribution inside the stadium is a very lucrative business.  Bring your own food and drink is prohibited, so ticket holders are gouged as hard a possible, with the total take from concessions usually being more than is made from ticket sales.

Thus, it would seem, that this year, greed is going to win out over fun.

the Grit

Step over to the dark side

January 17, 2007

Hi Brit,

You’re in for it now.  You will be assimilated.  You will step over to the dark side.  You will learn to love American Football!  London to Host 1st NFL Game in Europe!!  Face it my friend, no one can resist the fatal attraction presented by our game, especially when backed by the massive bankroll possessed by the NFL (National Football League.)  The ball which is not round will prove it’s awe inspiring power over your silly sphere.  Well, at least that seems to be the plan.

the Grit

Fire up the grill

January 6, 2007

Hi Brit,

Politicians from all around, feeling the irresistible pull of pork, are heading to Fayetteville, Georgia: Georgia hunter boasts he shot and killed 1,100-pound wild hog in Atlanta suburb.  That bad boy must have snuck up from Texas. 

the Grit

2012 reminder

January 5, 2007

Hi Grit

Your posts on the 2012 end of the world suddenly gave me a reminder. The UK is supposed to be hosting the Olympics that year and have already budgetted to spend £2 billion on this event, with no doubt more to follow. Do you think someone should tell them not to waste our money?

Mind you, perhaps it is a good thing that we won’t be around. If the way we are getting “burned” in the Ashes test in anything to go by, our standard of sports people does not bode well for world success.

the Brit 

Ashes to Ashes – Cricket

December 18, 2006

cricket.JPGHi Grit

I am not a sports fan and I certainly cannot understand why 22 men from England and Australia get so excited about winning a two and a half inch urn filled with ashes (must have been a small person!).

However, as England have lost this trophy, based on the best of five tests, without even playing the last two matches, I do wonder why we in the UK seem to have this also-ran (no pun intended) attitude to sport. In the four main sports of this country our record is not that brilliant. Rugby is the only one we are currently having success with. In this we are WORLD CHAMPIONS.

However, this is not the case with others. Football – it is forty years since we won the world cup.  Tennis – the last time someone from the UK won the championship (ladies) was thirty years ago, and Cricket – well we occasionally win the ashes, but sometimes it seems as if the Australians just feel sorry for us and let this happen.

It appears to me that we just are too polite. Our sporting hero’s seem to be taking the motto of “it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part” too literally. I just wonder whether I will see another UK sporting success in my lifetime?

the Brit