Learning a new sport

Recently I have started to watch rugby on the telly and a friend of ours who loves the sport invited us to a match.  I love new experiences so I jumped at the chance.  He was kind enough to answer my questions and he didn’t treat me like an idiot (even though I’m sure I asked some silly questions since I am clueless about the sport).  We watched the London Scottish play Plymouth Albion.  The home team, the Scottish were not victorious, which was unfortunate since our friend is a huge fan.  The season is over, but I have a feeling I might catch a few more games next year.  I doubt I will ever actually play rugby, but I admire those who do.

This guy greeted the players as they prepared for the match.


During the match I marveled over the strength and determination of the players.


If you want to play, remember that injuries can happen.  Two players are receiving treatment in this photo.  And there were others.


After the match many of the players needed some rest.

It was a fun afternoon and I really appreciate our friend for inviting us and for helping me learn the ins and outs of the game.  I know it will take some time, but I have a firmer grasp on it.  All in good time.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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51 Responses to Learning a new sport

  1. T.F.Walsh says:

    Looks like a good afternoon – loads of fun, and entertaining music:)

    • TBM says:

      It was enjoyable…and the weather was pleasant. The first game he invited me to I couldn’t make it and it rained and was extremely cold. I was relieved that my calendar was full.

  2. Beth Ann says:

    Looks like a fun afternoon and you are learning a new sport!!! The bagpipes would probably have been my favorite part of the day. Oh and if there was any food—-yum….can’t watch sport without food!

    • TBM says:

      Don’t fret..there was food and beer. I loved the guy who played the bagpipes. He was a character and I’ve always loved to listen to bagpipes. When people enjoy themselves it is hard not to have fun.

  3. Beth Ann says:

    Hey—I like that you added that “uncheck the comment box” —-I might add that to mine! WordPress has been driving me nuts with that change lately when I didn’t catch it and commented on a couple of Freshly Pressed blogs….argh!!!!

    • TBM says:

      Oh man I bet that flooded your inbox! I didn’t want to eliminate the notify me completely since some people like to follow all the comments. This seemed like a decent solution…if you have another way please let me know. I know many people are peeved about this change.

      • Beth Ann says:

        YES!!!! And they keep coming!!! I just did not notice that the box was all the sudden checked all the time. If you have a WordPress blog it is not really necessary since the responses to your own comments show up in the header and you can view them there. I don’t know if it will be noticed when people comment but I added it to mine, too. It was driving me nuts. And THEN WordPress does a post about it……after I have hundreds of emails……grrrrrr….

      • TBM says:

        I saw that WordPress finally posted about it when everyone was complaining. And they are saying that it is a really good thing. I haven’t heard of one blogger that likes it. There must be some, but I haven’t heard from them 🙂

    • lynnsbooks says:

      I also did the same thing with a freshly pressed blog and must have received 100s of emails – literally. Not kidding!
      I must also go and uncheck that!
      Lynn 😀

      • TBM says:

        Oh no…I went into my global settings and changed it. Good luck! If I understand correctly, if you change it in your global settings then you don’t have to worry about the boxes on other blogs. It will be unchecked on all WP blogs.

      • Beth Ann says:

        I KNOW! It was driving me absolutely nuts. As if I didn’t have enough emails to sift through! I fixed it on my subscriptions and added that note to my blog too!!! Whew!

      • TBM says:

        I understand that WP wants to try new things to make “improvements” but it would have been nice if they warned us first. I hope your changes help. I’ve noticed a big difference.

      • Beth Ann says:

        Yea, I know they always want to improve but give us a heads up first!!! That has happened a couple of times with things and I feel like I am out of the loop —or more so than usual! 🙂

      • TBM says:

        You aren’t alone. I’m usually out of the loop…most of the time I don’t even know there is a loop.

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    At least you are willing to patiently learn … and then you will discover its beauty that I don’t know.

    • TBM says:

      At first I wasn’t into it, but then I started to see the patterns and why they do things the way they do. It will be fun to go to more matches and to expand on my education.

      • aFrankAngle says:

        This is a method to all the madness in sports, yet it is more subtle than many realize. I don’t know rugby, but a tip of the cap to you for giving it a chance.

      • TBM says:

        Thanks! Who knows pretty soon I may be following a team every week. It could happen.

  5. Roly says:

    It’as one of our national sports in SA and I watch around six or seven games over each weekend in the Super 15. Great game!

    • TBM says:

      Wow that is dedication! I’m enjoying getting to know the sport…maybe I’ll reach your level of dedication in the future. I think England is hosting the next World Rugby Cup. If I’m still here that would be fun to attend.

  6. Madhu says:

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun! I don’t really follow any sport, but do like going to matches just for the atmosphere! The more passion (and glamour) the better 🙂
    To address the concerns of your readers, WP has just introduced a way to globally uncheck the comment boxes in your settings. Instructions here: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/follow-comments/ (do check out the response to the first comment!!) Once that is done the boxes will remain unchecked on ALL blogs you visit. Yay!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Madhu! I just changed it so hopefully this issue will no longer be an issue. I wonder what will happen next 🙂

  7. Novroz says:

    I saw it in the news once and quite like it…too bad no TV ever showed full game

    • TBM says:

      That is a shame…can you watch it via the internet?

      • Novroz says:

        Streaming is really slow here 😦

        I am planning to use cable if next NBA season is not shown in localTV. I am here dying to see Dallas Mavericks again. If I do that, I would be able to see rugby as well 🙂

      • TBM says:

        I haven’t tried steaming here since I fear it would be really slow. I haven’t followed the NBA at all this year. I hope you get to watch all of their games.

  8. Wow TBM, you are really starting to sound like a true Englishman now (Recently I have started to watch rugby on the telly)!! Have you got the accent yet? LOL 🙂

  9. Fergiemoto says:

    Great fun to learn about and watch a different sport. I feel clueless about most sports. Beyond the basics, trying to remember the different rules of the game is confusing.

    • TBM says:

      It can be confusing. I used to watch the NFL all of the time and I didn’t know all of the rules. I do miss seeing the games. Sometimes they are on here, but with the time difference I miss them. And I never remember to record them.

  10. fgassette says:

    I’m sure you enjoyed yourself and learned a lot. Not the next step is to get your friends together and play a game. (smile) Love you photos.


    • TBM says:

      I wonder if they play touch rugby like touch football in the US. I’m a bit too old to hop off the ground every two minutes after getting pummeled. No contact rugby though, just doesn’t have the same feel I’m guessing 🙂

  11. lynnsbooks says:

    Don’t you just love rugby – I do love watching the strength and determination of those players, ah, deep sigh!
    Only kidding. I do like me a bit of rugby though! Probably as I’m a northern lass. Plus rugby players are just so kick ass no nonsense types! LOL
    Lynn 😀

    • TBM says:

      I didn’t see rugby much in the US. I think some colleges have teams, but I was never around it. We talked to a few of the rugby players after the game and I was impressed. Not only were they extremely pleasant, polite, and funny, but they stood there talking to us with ice packs on and didn’t even act like they were in pain. I would be crying. I would like to follow it more…feel free to explain rules and such 🙂

  12. niasunset says:

    I loved the musician! 🙂 Should be a great match. Thank you dear TBM, Love, nia

  13. zelmare says:

    Yay, another convert! 🙂 I’m a HUUUUUUUUGE rugby fan (you can ask my daughter!), so I can appreciate the fact that you had a fun afternoon!

    • TBM says:

      Cool!!! I just didn’t have the opportunity to go to many matches in the US. But now I hope to see a lot more. It was a great afternoon! Who do you follow?

      • zelmare says:

        Well, obviously my favourite teams would be those from South Africa. My #1 team is The Bulls (Super 15), internationally I follow the Springboks, the All Blacks (Nieu Zealand), the Wallabies (Aus.) and then I try and keep up with the Six Nations games.

      • TBM says:

        I watched some of the Six Nations recently and that is what got me into the sport. Also, when I first arrived in London the World Cup was going on and I caught a few matches.

  14. Great photos! Lots of action, fun to watch. Almost like being there.

  15. Thanks for the primer! Now I know something about rugby.

  16. Myra GB says:

    I have zero clue about rugby too, but your photos have surely piqued my interest. Looks like a pretty physical sport.

    • TBM says:

      It is physical, which is why I could never play it. I think you need to learn this sport when you are younger and have no fear.

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