One of the things that sucks about being an NFL fan based in Australia are the kickoff times for the majority of the games. Primetime games aren’t too bad in Brisbane since they start at 10:30 and 11:30 but the CBS and Fox games are at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and then 6:30 and 7:30. For most adults the late games are doable but personally, I’m not a functioning human until that second or third caffeine hit, therefore, motivation to get out of bed before the sun can sometimes be lacking. Of course some weeks there are just awesome games that you need to get up and watch live so here are some of the best non-prime-time games that the NFL has scheduled this season, each team will only get one mention here just to spread it out a little bit.
It’s still somewhat difficult to process what happened yesterday in the Boston marathon and believe it as real. What was most shocking about it was the unexpected nature of the attack, the people there were supposed to be safe, out of harm’s way. You do not expect a marathon to be targeted that way but it was and whether this act was done by a domestic or foreign person or group, it will no doubt scar those involved for life.
Personally, despite the fact I have no ancestry or heritage in Boston, it has long been my favorite American city because I follow all the sports teams there, it felt like an attack on my second home. Even though my ties to the city are tenuous at best and I am still yet to visit there, I still feel connected to the place. But as is always the case in an event like this the best way for people to heal and move on is through sports.
The show starting at the new time of 1:00 sees (a slightly under the weather) James, Albert & Kuda discussing the A-League Finals including the drama in Melbourne and the Roar’s progression in Adelaide. There was also drama from English football and the semi-finals being decided of the Champions League as it will be a Spanish or German team hoisting club football’s biggest prize.
It’s a big show today as it is a rare Brisbane Roar match-day show for the boys as James, Mitch and Kuda preview the final regular season game for the Roar. If the Roar win they make the finals and a decent crowd is expected tonight as well. There was also a double round of international football to cover from the previous weekend as well as previewing the Easter Weekend’s football fixtures from Australia, England and the Champions League.
Some technical difficulties nearly derailed this episode but the boys got themselves sorted and were ready to talk football for an hour. Man United vs Real Madrid lead off proceedings as Nani’s red card dominated debate, was it a fair call? They also discussed football news from across Europe and Australia for the rest of the show.
Episode 2 for 2013 has a very dejected James and Albert talking about Arsenal’s rough week in the Champions League and their FA Cup exit to Blackburn, is Arsene Wenger’s time up? Mitch meanwhile was reveling in his co-hosts misery as Man United continued their run in the Premier League. The original show aired Thursday February 21.