It’s been interesting to see what the sports networks have been programming while America’s old pastime, baseball, has been in the All-Star break.
Last night’s ESPY’s was a made for TV event by ESPN to fill the sporting void. The broadcast went main stream on ABC in the excited states, highlighted by Caitlyn Jenner’s moving speech, which the most eyes in America were watching when the former Olympic gold medalist was centre stage.
The Open championship of golf started today in Scotland. It was not a bonny day, as it looked colder than our last winter here. Tomorrow’s broadcast will be more depressing, as brollys will be up and 65 kilometer per hour gusts will send gortex billowing.
The perfect summer sports event has been playing on the Sports Network. Football. Not the CFL, but the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup from Portugal.
16 countries, a bunch of sand, and guys that are magicians with the ball.
There are three, 12-minute periods, with the clock stopping after a goal or if the ref thinks teams are wasting time.
Each side has a goalie and four players on the pitch, but there are unlimited substitutions. The field and the goals are smaller.
Throw-ins can be taken with hands or feet. All free-kicks are direct only.
There are no ties. After extra time, the penalty shootout is sudden death from the get-go.
To FIFA’s credit, they have not messed with the game.
Seek out the semi-finals on Saturday, as the number one-ranked in the world Russians (there are beaches in Russia?) take on the fourth ranked hosts from Portugal. The number 11 seed from Italy meet the upstarts, the 33rd ranked Tahitians in the other semi.
The final goes Sunday. I wonder if a sun-bronzed Sepp Blatter will show up for that one?