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I finally get it…sort of…maybe…

I didn’t grow up in a family that watched sports on TV. 

My first exposure to professional sports was baseball around 1992 and 1993 when the Toronto Blue Jays won the World series.  I loved it then, and I have since had no interest whatsoever in it.

When I started working at the Restaurant, I became interested in hockey, and to this day, still watch, cheer, and participate in hockey pools.  Go Detroit!

When I was 18, my mom started to watch soccer religiously.  Well, when I say soccer, I mean the World Cup and the Euro Cup.  I had no idea she knew so much about the game.

But interest in football had always eluded me.  I couldn’t get why people were SO interested.  It didn’t help that I didn’t know the rules.  But then again, I wasn’t trying to learn them.  To be honest, the only thing that I knew about football was who this guy was:

Tom brady
Tom Brady

 And that’s only because he was QB of the team that went undefeated for the entire season only to lose the Super Bowl. 

But now that I have badgered the Dude regarding the rules of the game, I am starting to see why people love it.  It’s interesting.  In all my years of watching sports here and there, I have never seen people so passionate about football the way their fans are.  It’s not just the face-painting or the Super Bowl parties.  There’s a loyalty that football fans have that I don’t see very often elsewhere (except maybe Leafs fans…come on, you go almost 50 years without winning a Cup and you STILL sell out the rink consistently?).

So what I’m trying to say is I understand now.  The strategy, the physicality, the tactics, I’m beginning to understand why people love it so much.

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Let me start off by saying that I know nothing about cars.  But that doesn’t stop me from watching episodes of Top Gear (the original UK version of course), over and over again.  For me, it’s mostly about the witty banter, the cameraderie, but most of all the juvenile antics of the 3 hosts.  I love the Top Gear Challenges, the Stig, and the ridiculous racing, smashing, and crashing of cars.  Really, nobody does it better. 

If you find yourself bored, or are looking for something new to watch, here is a list of some of the best Top Gear Challenges to hunt down.  Some take up the whole episode, some are segments of a show.

A few Full Episode Challenges:

1. Vietnam.  Riding from the south to the north, the guys dodge and weave through this exotic country.

2. Polar Special.  The trio race to the North Pole in Canada.  Like literally race, with 2 of them in Toyota Hilux’s, and Hammond using a dog team.

3. South America. This one is fantastic.  They get dropped off in the middle of the Amazon and they have to drive their way out.

4. The Ashes.  This episode was done when Top Gear Australia was just starting out (it is now no more).  Still, a very good episode.

Other challenges involve the lads going to the US, racing a bike vs. a marathoner vs. a boat vs. a car along the London marathon route.

It is just pure entertainment. 

Just a note that it airs on BBC, and a new season is starting soon.  Eeeeeeee!

 

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