Happy Saturday everyone! I woke up early this morning for a Saturday. I was out of bed by 7am. For me, that is early on a Saturday. Why? Well I wanted to watch the Liverpool v. Arsenal match on TV. I have been a sports nut all of my life. I grew up in sunny California and it was mandatory (well not really, but kinda) for all of us to play soccer and to own a skateboard. I did both. I no longer ride my skateboard, however I still love soccer. I don’t play anymore, but I love to watch. For my friends outside of the States, I’m sorry, I haven’t gotten used to saying football instead of soccer. I may need some type of shock therapy once I move to London so I don’t slip up. I can see it now, “Hey did anyone catch that socc” zap, “ I mean football match?”
My two favorite sports are soccer, err football, and tennis. Over Labor Day weekend we are heading to New York for the US Open. I am so excited. We’ve done this for the past four years. This may be our last year for some time. I hope not since I love going to New York for this tournament. However, now that I will be in England I’m hoping I can go to Wimbledon and maybe even the French Open. That would be amazing.
Last summer we traveled to South Africa for the World Cup and went to two matches, one was in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg. It was an incredible experience. So many fans from all over the world. Visiting South Africa was a fantastic experience. There is so much history in this country. The country is beautiful and the people were absolutely amazing.
We were lucky. I have always been a fan of Brazil and my better half is a fan of Spain. When we purchased tickets for the Cup we didn’t know which teams we would see. The first match was Brazil v. Chile. The second match was Spain v. Portugal. It really couldn’t have worked out better. I wish I could say we planned it that way, but it was luck.
And I am looking forward to socc…football matches in England. I started following the English Premier League several years ago. Liverpool is one of our faves, which is why I got up early today.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t like other sports. I enjoy most sports. I haven’t decided about cricket yet, but I’m willing to give it a go. And by that I mean, I’ll watch it. I’m not sure about playing it yet.
For the past six years I have enjoyed living in Boston. This is a sports crazed town. The Red Sox are inserted into almost every conversation. I’ve been lucky enough to see several games at Fenway, including a game against the Yankees. I have enjoyed this town. I have enjoyed the sports here, including going to see the Celtics, Bruins, and New England Revolution in addition to the Sox. I didn’t get a chance to see the Patriots play but you can’t win them all.
But now I am focusing on seeing some football matches in England. Liverpool won today’s match, but Arsenal had some injuries and then one of their players received a red card so for the last twenty minutes they only had ten players on the field. However, Liverpool did look good and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.