I swore to my wife that I would do some more exercise and spend more time away from a tv screen (unless I was sweating profusely doing some Wii boxing).
That all changed a few weeks ago when yet another piece of junk mail from Sky Television landed in my porch. I have to say I normally bin the reams of coloured crap that Sky send, but this one had ESPN on it so being a huge American sports fan (apart from Ice Bore Hockey) I opened the envelope.
The offer was £4.50 a month for three months for ESPN (which in the UK is NOT the USA version of ESPN instead it shows round ball football including some exclusive Premier League games and UFC), ESPN Classic (which shows old World Cup videos and some great archive boxing like when Mike Tyson was the best brawling boxer on the planet) and ESPN America (live College Football, live NBA basketball, live NHL bore hockey, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption and other USA ESPN shows).
This half-price offer was just perfect. I can justify to my wife that it is £1.50 per ESPN channel per month, and at the same time I get to watch all the USA sports journalists talk crap about the NFL right up until the Superbowl XLIV on Feb 7 2010 in Miami.
Yes PTI presenters Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon were battered with the ugly stick at birth, and yes Around the Horn presenter Tony Reali looks the spitting image of the nightmarish rabbit in Donnie Darko but they sure know how to entertain me.
Anyone in the UK that is a Sky Sports subscriber and a fan of American sports need to get some ESPN action in their lives.
If you don’t have Sky you can still pick up the audio only version of PTI and Around the Horn for FREE through iTunes. This audio file version is splendid for free, but its much more fun to see the expression on people’s faces and what Around the Horn guest Woody Paige has written on his chalk board behind him each day. Woody’s most recent chalkboard was ‘Don’t eat clowns, they taste funny’. Classic Paige.
This weekend has three great live College football games on ESPN America here in England – Tennessee at Mississippi, Iowa at Ohio State and Notre Dame at Pittsburgh.
All three NCAA games will have some great storylines, crazy painted fans in the stands, student bands, wacky mascots and pumped up commentators.
Only problem now is trying to get to see any of this Saturday evening – my wife deservedly dominates the remote control tonight and will be watching Strictly Come Dancing, the X Factor (big up Jedward!!!) and Casualty (a drama show based in a hospital).
Thank god for Sky+ so I can record me some College football.
Gotta love some ESPN (as long as you can afford it).