Last Saturday was a nervous sweaty night for me and not just because I was on ‘standby’ for work the following morning. Instead I was very worried about the plight of Leicester City who looked like they could have been heading down to the third tier of English football for the first time ever had it not been for a vital last gasp winner at Preston.
Though we did ‘the great escape’ act in 1991 it is a whole new game now and we have encountered Play Off finals, Cup Finals and top half Premiership finishes since then. However the last few years have been absolutely dreadful but now we’re virtually assured of starting next season in the 2nd tier and hopefully with a team of players who are committed to the cause of helping Chairman Milan Mandaric realise his dream of getting us back where we hopefully belong.
It was a busy night for me with so much going on. I was rather scared of looking too much at what was happening in our game. I had one eye on the Leicester Tigers’ Heineken Cup semi-final (which they won and keeps their dreams alive of a clean sweep) while also dipping in and out of the Sky Sports on-line videprinter.
However, my main viewing was the three live Premier League games which are shown on SkyPerfect which I have recently had upgraded for the end of season games at home and in Europe. Every Celtic game is also shown thanks to Shunsuke Nakamura’s involvement and it’s fair to say he was very involved last Sunday with an injury time winner to give Celtic the title.
It might cost me a fair whack but it’s already proving its worth with many, many live games as well as highlights shows which saves me from downloading the BBC’s ‘Match Of The Day‘ (although I did see last weekend’s as I was intrigued to hear how the programmes first female commentator faired) which can be dangerous in terms of potential viruses. In fact I recently bought a portable hard drive to back-up all my photos and music as I’m getting more and more paranoid about the computer dying.
Due to the 8 hours time difference games are shown here at unsociable hours so it’s nice to be able to watch the games in bed rather than having to go out all night to watch a game kicking off at 3.45am. This has been highlighted in the last couple of days with a couple of big Champions League semi-finals involving British teams.
After watching the last World Cup with Japanese commentary only its been so nice to hear familiar voices which are taken from the BBC, ITV and Sky feeds. Never thought it would be so delightful to hear David Pleat’s voice! Sadly there is no presentation of the games so half time is very long with no analysis and just adverts and ground atmosphere and unbelievably they don’t edit any of this out on the many re-runs.