Thursday, January 06, 2005

Scoring for pride

In moving from England to the USA I have encountered many cultural differences that have taken some time to adapt to. In particular, the two countries apparently have absolutely no overlap in the sporting events that they enjoy watching. Growing up in England I was indoctrinated into watching sports such as football(1), tennis, cricket and F1 grand prix racing.

As part of my cultural transformation, I attended my first ice hockey game on New Year's Eve courtesy of a good friend at work (Travis you are the man!). We had a lot of fun and, in keeping with the American sporting tradition, I learned that hockey (the prefix 'ice' is superfluous in the US) is a pleasingly violent mix of mangling your opponents into the perspex guard plates that surround the rink and when that fails simply throwing down gloves and stick and beating the living snot out of them with your bare hands.

The Portland WinterHawks (our side) were playing the Seattle ThunderBirds, and although Seattle were clearly ahead in the 'goal scoring' objective of the game, the Hawks were more than making up the score by excelling in the 'beat the shit out of them' objective. We had a lot of fun and even though Seattle were winning 3-0 in the final 10 minutes, the Hawks first scored a goal for pride and then successfully won a five-man brawl for the big finish.

1. Real football (a.k.a soccer), in which the objective actually involves kicking the ball with your feet as opposed to 'American Football' where you throw a rugby ball as far as you can down a field while wearing full platemail armor and then run as fast as you can at someone who is nowhere near the ball and try to smash them into the ground.


At March 8, 2005 at 3:48 PM, Blogger David said...

So yuo really don't think much of American Football do you. :)

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