by liberal japonicus
The Guardian observes, in a piece about Cheryl Cole concert in Afghanistan, has this:
The X Factor is becoming almost like America's NFL, whose relationship with the military has become so weirdly symbiotic that flypasts before each game come as standard, the league's flagship show has been broadcast from a military base, and forces recruiters set up shop outside stadiums.
Don't know if that is true, but still, they seem to have a much better fix on America's heartbeat than MLB. I think that one reason I left the US was to get away from sports, not because I didn't like it, but because I liked it too much. But now, I can have NFL and MLB games streamed to my computer, so stepping away from it was probably a good thing.
I'd also note that I saw some highlights of the US Open semifinals and finals, and at the end of 5 sets, they looked like they were playing ping pong, the ball was going so fast. As a kid, you imagine yourself doing something like the pros, no matter how impossible it would be. But when I watched those 20+ shot rallies, corner to corner with full ground strokes, that whole idea suddenly seemed to vanish.
Lots of non US sports as well. Champions League matches, Women's world cup qualifiers, track and field in Daegu (I loved the way Bolt didn't blame anyone but himself on the false start. Real class). cricket, England's rugby team involved in dwarf throwing.
Even when it's not about sports, it's about sports. The NBA lockout may have have the league scattered to the four corners of the globe. Since there are only 450 players on the NBA roster at any given time, this piece predicts that over 10% are going to be playing overseas.
And there was the Russian hockey team, Locomotiv, that died in a plane crash, which gave another interesting look into the internationalization of sports and sports tragedy. (1/4th of the passengers were foreign citizens)
So here's a thread to talk about any of that stuff or anything else that takes your fancy.