Who dat coming over the hill? It's Scoop Jackson
I know it was a couple of days ago now, but Sunday night’s Super Bowl XLIV has stayed with me – I really enjoyed it.
Time for a slight confession: As a kid I loved my basketball. I fondly remember buying Slam Dunk magazine from WH Smiths and watching Scoop Jackson keep me up-to-date with the NBA on Channel Four every week.
At the same time I would also take in American football’s latest.
When I passed the age of 18 I lost track of both the NFL and NBA, but Sunday rekindled my interest.
Admittedly, it felt like it took until the New Orleans Saints had actually won at the weekend to remember how the game worked.
It probably wasn’t as crushingly dramatic as the last two seasons, but the game was enthralling from start to finish.
There was obviously overwhelming support for a Saints win – and they do have their own equivalent to On The Ball, City (sort of), so that was good enough for me.
I have to admit, watching ‘SPXLIV’ alone in your front room into the early hours was made more fun by debating the proceedings simultaneously on Twitter. It was the kind of event that makes tweeting work. It probably makes me fairly sad, too.
And kudos to Jake Humphrey and the BBC for turning an American television schedule into some pretty interesting and comprehensive coverage.
I’ve now got an ESPN score board app for my phone – my NBA and NFL renaissance starts here.
Not that I can’t still take the mick. Clearly American football is in no way actually football. But doesn’t every sport have its flaw?
posted on 09 February 2010 17:52 byMichael Bailey - Sportsdesk