The commentator that saves me

Funny the things that come back to remind you of past events. This day last year, I got up just after 6.30 in the morning, to watch live NFL from London. Well, more a case of I got up about that hour, and it was on! Yes, sort of funny, watching it from my home country, from thousands of miles away very early in the morning. This year, I started watching at 2.30 in the afternoon, from about 150 miles away from Wembley.

The thing is, I’m used to either US commentary people, or the excellent group of people who provide the coverage on Sky Sports over here. To those wondering, we get the Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games, plus 2 day games over here on a Sunday to view, a pretty good deal.

So yes, what happened this afternoon, err, not so good. Yes, it seems the London games this year are being covered on BBC, and to say their presentation team havent got a clue, would be putting it mildly! I know, those who dont subscribe to Sky, probably dont know how bad it was, and as for what Americans would have made of it, I dont want to know! Sadly, in 3 weeks time, I have to survive the BBC team again, and again a week later, for the other 2 London games, ah well…Even more so as the next one involves the LA team lol!

Oh, and while I’m mentioning commentators, for the last time, I promise, Vin Scully! Yes, tonight, in San Francisco, and then thats it, after an incredible 67 years! He’s decided he’s not doing any play off games, even though the Dodgers are there, so… Thanks for everything, Vin, even if I’ve only known you a few glorious years of your reign. Enjoy your retirement. Oh, and should you want to meet a strange, British lady next May, I’d love it!

Video time. I couldnt find anything that really worked for this, so I’ll go out of left field, and give you an acoustic version of a big Oasis hit. Even better news, its Noel singing, not Liam!

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They don’t know about us

Funnily enough, on Friday I was on a day shift at work, so therefore got home in time for the weekend local news and sports program. As is the way with the ‘wonderful’ coverage of sport on BBC Yorkshire, under normal circumstances, when it comes to Rugby League coverage, nothing exists below the Super League. You would never know there were 2 leagues below that, with plenty of local teams, if you didn’t, like me, support one of them.

Now this weekend, there were no Super League matches, as it was the last 16 round of the knock out, Challenge Cup. And yes, my team, the Keighley Cougars, proudly lurking in the Championship division below were still in the competition. So were Hunslet, a league below us, but you would never have known from the coverage! But fine, as I say, all this is nothing new.

Funny thing is, we won! Alright, only against Swinton, not one of the big names, but now we’re in the last 8! But seriously, unless we draw another Yorkshire side, do I expect them to mention us, probably not! I know, money talks nowadays, but it would be nice if we get a little acknowledgement from time to time. Mind, giving credit, where credit is due to the best county, nearly all the West Yorkshire sides got through. Hunslet had an impossible task at Wigan, and Featherstone lost narrowly to Leigh, but otherwise, Leeds, Castleford and Bradford all joined us in the last 8, Bradford slightly against the odds though.

Lets be honest, pretty much the only reason Bradford still has a rugby team is because the league management has backed them financially. Without that, they’ve spent so rashly over the years, they are in big financial trouble. Which amuses, and annoys us little Keighley fans, as we share the same district council! To say they get preferential treatment over us, would be to put it mildly! So yes, there is nothing more that we would love, than to draw them in the quarter finals at home…and beat them! Unlikely, but we minnows can dream…

Even the BBC might mention us then!

The video, well the singer is Kirsty McColl, the woman in the film definitely isnt, I have no idea who she is. But I cant find a live video of Kirsty, so…seems quite apt