"I think the goal post is the MVP"
- Barry Burns
I think the fact that it is a sport that interests so many people in the world, so many counties have it as a leading sport but Americans place American Football and Baseball as their leading sport pastimes is odd. Why is that? Many places around the world play rugby and Americans have decided to play football, many places are keen to play cricket and Americans choose baseball…this just seems odd why we need to separate from the sporting world? I don't know- maybe this is a topic I should stay away from, but it does seem odd.
Back to the game- first thing that Ive learned around here is that gambling isn't looked at as dirty or bad- and you can do it from pretty much anywhere. You can gamble/bet on a game right on your own couch, the local betting places, or at the game itself. Its not the glitz and the glam of Vegas, but its also just a way to make a game a little more interesting. Who is going to make the first goal? Which team is going to win and by how many? You can place a 1 pound bet and all of a sudden the game has just gotten even more interesting! Its just something that I like- I like the view that it isn't some terrible, terrible thing ( everything should be done in moderation, right? Does this really need to be illegal??) ..I obviously have digressed again! Oops.
Stacey: Excuse me, what is Bovirl?
Kid behind the counter 1: Its like beef broth.
Stacey: Oh I was right. Broth-
Kid behind the counter 2: No, its more like gravy.
Ewww- so wait, you can be like the pizza and chips don't sound good at the game, I think i'll just have some gravy and sip on that for a while. Maybe we should have ordered it for complete cultural experience…. nah! Oh, and if you are wondering what Ribena is- although it sounds like some type of medicine you drink when you need to help your bowel movements its actually just some type of black current juice. And if all else fails- just grab a capri-sun. Its totally an option.
My favorite part you ask? Oh let me tell you- The crowd!
Dad behind us: $#!* You F&*^ING Bastard
9 year old son behind us: What happened dad??
Dad behind us: Oh, he was just a F&*^ING Lazy Bastard
Um- whoa, was that just an educational moment or what?? Again, I suggest the family section if you are bringing small children or you risk footballer education from the most passionate of types.
The other thing about the crowd, is that the opposing team has their own little section and are not permitted to rome throughout the stadium. They are basically looked at like Inmates on a special field trip. They all wear the same color and they all sit together, they enter together and leave together… And if it is a bigger more tense game apparently there will be massive amounts of security in place. Hmph!
But what do both sides have in common? Everyone sings. Make sure to know your teams song when you head to the game so you can sing a long. Your ears will ring with cuss words and then suddenly be listening to the tune to The Saints Go Marching In, but with different words of course.