“You’re going to do what?” “Run a marathon.” “But… Why?” There are a bunch of ways I can answer that, but my usual response is, “To see if I can do it.”
In honor of the biggest sporting event in the U.S. having taken place this weekend, this week’s edition is looking at the most popular sports in several countries. We’ll start in the place I lived for two years.
If, despite my best efforts over the last few months, you still think cricket is not for you, let me introduce you to the Indian Premier League. Despised by the old guard who prefer their games spread over five days, and their trousers white, the IPL is the faster, louder and wackier version of the […]
For many, March feels like a sleeper month, but for me, it is electrifying. March contains one of the funnest sporting events of the year, NCAA March Madness. This single elimination tournament has spurred so many different copycats, including the best copycat, Persephone’s own Middlemarch Madness. What is more fun than having an actual winner […]
You may know by now that I have a ton of fandoms, some more hardcore than others. All of us do. You may be a Trekkie, a Whovian, a Whedonist, or a Beatlemaniac. Those fandoms usually are not shamed by people. I have a feeling we all have a guilty pleasure fandom that we hide […]
A large part of the impetus behind my recent foray into strength training is the great information and inspiration I found online, so I’m returning the favour. Here are my favourite fitness sites.
… although this could have been anywhere. Both Melbourne and Sydney have their own special place in the Ashes, with the traditional Boxing Day Test in Melbourne becoming part of the series, and Sydney turning pink to raise money for breast cancer awareness, but the cricket could have been played in a field just outside […]
Yes, after the Gabba, the WACA. Because just like the cricket itself, this gets curioser and curioser.
It’s the Mitchell Johnson show!
Well, this started out surprisingly well… Australia have won the First Test in Brisbane after completely and utterly out-playing England in just four days. After years of getting comprehensively beaten by England, the Aussie team seems to be back to their old tricks, and what a joy it was to watch. Let’s have a look […]
After only a few months, the Ashes are back! Starting in Brisbane on Thursday, Australia will try to win again in what feels like decades, and there will be many sleep-deprived people in England, dealing with a time difference that means play starts at midnight in the U.K. But we’re not quite there yet, so […]
What a finish! The big question before the Fifth Test was whether England would be able to hammer home a 4-0 victory over Australia, something that hasn’t been done in a while. In a series that featured an English team that played consistently decent cricket, and an Australian side lucky enough to not get fired […]
It’s an age-old argument – one that pre-dates our marriage by at least three years. An argument that is rooted in the very beginnings of our falling in love: “No, you can’t be in our league.”
Earlier this summer, our local cricket club was out recruiting new members. When I approached an older man to ask about the junior team, and whether my five-year-old daughter could join, he seemed happy about my plans and repeatedly assured me that the days when cricket was a boys’ sport were over. He then ruined […]
In case you needed any proof that cricket is different, consider this: Last Monday, England officially retained the Ashes. Since then, another four days of cricket have been played, and another Test will be staged next weekend. There has been the same amount of play, broadcasting and public discussion that would have happened had nobody […]