I Believe

How the US Soccer team made me love my adopted country To get to the fields where I coach my daughter’s soccer team you drive to the edge of town and pull into a disused horse-racing track. Go past the collapsing ticket booth and park in the dirt lot, before walking through a tunnel that goes […]

Losing the Ryder Cup

Monday, September 30, 2002 Spare a thought for Steve Ryder, the journeyman sports broadcaster for the BBC. He’s just spent the last three days covering the Ryder Cup (no relation), without being able to bring us any live coverage, because the Sky Sports schemers had the rights. Poor Steve, normally enthroned on high above the […]

Bowled Over – TV sport

Friday, May 25, 2001 My summer is shot to pieces: just when I thought I was regaining some control over my time with the end of the football season, televised sport has claimed me entirely again with the knockout combination of cricket and cycling. These events go on all day, for weeks – I am […]

Le Tour en Irlande

Friday, July 17, 1998 The preparations begin early, crowds gather and the excitement mounts. Suddenly there’s a flash of color, a burst of noise, and then it’s gone again, leaving people slightly unsure of what they’ve just seen. So it is that cyclists fly by as you watch from the side of the road, and […]