Yesterday morning Texas time my adopted team, the Northampton Saints played the Leicester Tigers for the English Premiership Championship. (I found it on an obscure cable channel that I have now dubbed The Eccentric Channel.) We lost, and I was heartbroken. But what a game! Their captain was knocked out of the game after 2 vicious tackles, and our captain got himself ejected from the game for swearing. Oh yeah....at the referee. I guess their officials aren't as thick-skinned as American football referees. Hah!
There was lots of chatter on the official Northampton website afterwards, and I left a comment too, introducing myself as a Yank newcomer to the sport and a fan of their team and congratulated them for a great season. My little blurb got 27 "likes" and 4 nice "comments", way more than any of the other 100 commenters. What a hospitable bunch they are!
I checked the paper this morning and found....nothing. I mean, baseball, basketball, hockey, football news....sure, I understand those getting top billing. But then I checked "global sports" and found European tennis results, soccer scores from Germany, track training news from Kenya, even info about some stupid bicycle race in Italy, but no CHAMPIONSHIP RUGBY GAME mention. We ranked below some guys in leotards with skinny bike seats shoved up their ass! Really? *Oh, the humiliation*
I guess I'll just wear the moniker "eccentric" with pride. Hmmm....now that I think about it, when mom called me "special", was that a code word too? ;)