3/14/11

Now this is a motivation!


Whilst I have been gone, we saved ourselves $40 a month and switched from DirectTV to cable and with no loss of channels or quality. In addition we gained a few channels, including one that has made my life in the USA complete with happiness.

We now have Fox Deportes, the Spanish language sports channel that features football (that's the proper kind - aka soccer) 95% of the time. In particular they show many live games from the Barclays Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup competitions.

This means in the past 8 days I have got to watch my team, Manchester United live twice, something I couldn't even do back in England due to 'tv rights'. I also got to watch Arsenal & Spurs in Europe and tomorrow Man Utd once again, also in Europe.

Some might say the downside is it's all in Spanish. But you know what I don't care at all, in fact I have got a Spanish language course and am now motivated to learn some. It will be handy at work too as we have quite a few Hispanics in our area and it can sometimes be a struggle communicating.

Watching in Spanish is no hardship as we know the game inside out and most of the players, so we know what's going on and the more we watch the more phrases we pick up.

I have only been able to see a handful of games in the past five + years and Manchester United (and #11 Ryan Giggs) has been a passion of mine since childhood. I spent the whole of last week looking forward to the Man Utd v Arsenal FA Cup game on Saturday - and then we won too.

My love of our national game and my team is one of the things that makes me so quintessentially British and I am chuffed to bits to have it back in my life.

Sometimes you only realise what you miss when you get it back.

13 comments:

Daryl said...

Glad you are able to keep up with them now .. :-)

gigihawaii said...

This post reminds me that your life has indeed returned to normal. Congrats!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'm glad you get to check out your team. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't watch my beloved hapless Dallas Cowboys.

Star said...

There is nothing like a good football game to allow you to let off steam!
I watched Arsenal v Spain last week but that was excruciatingly awful!
My team? Luton of course!

Laura said...

A big Manchester derby I hear. Should be a very good game! Lx

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

So glad you found your team on TV. I've been wanting to learn Spanish too. I hate being around people who are talking and I have no idea what they are saying.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Yay! I'm happy for you that a part of life you enjoyed so much before becoming an Okie is available to you, if only on TV. Enjoy!

Linda Reeder said...

Woohoo! Bravo! Ole', ole'! Real football /futbol!
So you are a Man U fan. That's cool to know. Our MLS Season kicks off tomorrow here in Seattle with the Sounders vs LA Galaxy, live on ESPN, 6:30 PDT. As they say, check you local listings. We'll be in the stadium.

Odie Langley said...

It is always great to get the familiar back and feel closer to your roots.

Flea said...

Hooray for you! Enjoy!

Iota said...

We watched too - at a friend's house.

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Nothing like the sound of a footie match, even in Spanish - enjoy!!

Midwest to Midlands said...

Good for you that you can watch your football. I know how much my hubby would miss it if he couldn't watch it. Unfortunately I do not share this passion and will be happy when I can get a few more American shows.