As a famous sports commentator once said, “Too much sport is never enough”, though lately, it must be a strain for some armchair sports fans. The other evening, you could have stayed up and watched on TV all the action of the World Cup Football, Wimbledon, the Tour de France, and AFL and Rugby League games.
As many of these sporting events are broadcast throughout the night here in Australia, you would have to go without sleep to keep up with all the world sports action. No wonder there are quite a few people who have taken these weeks off work so they can watch sport.
I like to watch sport like the best of them, though I don’t think I would use up my valuable holiday time to do it. If I was going to take holidays, I would travel and go and see some of these sports live.
One of the unexpected pleasures of moving to Melbourne, the self-proclaimed sports capital of Australia, is listening to the sports radio station (SEN). Nowhere else in Australia have I come across a radio station that is solely about sports. As expected, it has a high proportion of AFL content, but a 24/7 sports station still has plenty of time to cover other sports, and they do so in an entertaining and informed way.
I was lucky enough to get invited to the Carlton v Port Adelaide AFL game today at the Telstra Dome, and had seats in ‘The Medallion Club’ with comfy seats with their own TV screen. The roof was open and some sun shone down on parts of the ground. My team Carlton did not do too well (as expected). Fortunately, there were other channels to watch on the telly – French Open tennis and a movie too – when the action on the ground was a little hard to bear. The constant replay channel is also handy to see what you missed while flicking channels or reading the Record. A tip for anyone else who is lucky enough to get to this part of the ground – take along a headset to also hear the commentary and soundtrack to the other channels.