Cincinnati Bengals are in the Super Bowl

Today – 13 February 2022 (although it will continue to 14 February in the UK) – will be an emotional day. I still can’t believe what is happening. For the first time in over 30 years, and only the second time since I started supporting them in 1984, the Cincinnati Bengals are in the Super…

Cincinnati Bengals are in the AFC Championship Game

For those who don’t follow American Football, it’s probably hard to appreciate what is happening with the Cincinnati Bengals at the moment. At the heart of it is one of the factors that makes American Football so great, and why I much prefer it to certain aspects of football (soccer), for example. Thanks to the…

Cincinnati Bengals are still in the Playoffs

Following my post last week about Cincinnati Bengals being in the Playoffs and the attempt to win their first playoff game in 31 years, I’m now writing about our next playoff game since we did win that one. Last week was emotional. It ended up being a lot closer than it could/should have been and…

Cincinnati Bengals in the Playoffs!

6 January 1991. I was still 19 years old, not even in my 20s, let alone in my 50s like now. This was a world where the first mobile phones existed, but there were no text messages yet. The internet was yet to go worldwide. John Major had only been PM for about 6 weeks…

Re-Blog: Week 16 predictions: Ravens at Bengals

Time to bring it home. Jamie WroeIt’s the business end. Three to go and all three are tough. Baltimore, a whisker away from beating Green Bay with Tyler Huntley at QB will prove a tough opponent. Regardless of our prior game against Baltimore we will have to make big plays at big times to win….

Mixing Sport, Military, and Nationalism

On 10 October and 17 October I attended the two NFL American Football matches at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The first match saw the New York Jets play the Atlanta Falcons, and the second saw the Miami Dolphins play the Jacksonville Jaguars. The second match was possibly the best match that I’ve seen in…

Tokyo 2020 is finally about to start

Today is 22 July 2021. It is the eve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (although some events have already taken place). The games are being associated now with a range of problems – most notably the continuing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Japanese people are opposed to the games taking place – there had…

Nostalgia and Computer Games

Growing up in the 1980s, I was amongst the first generation that had some form of computer games to play with. I had a ZX Spectrum and used to spend many hours on it when I was at home – and even more when I got my own TV (albeit a black and white one)….

Sporting Hobbies and My Writing

Although I largely keep my sporting interests and hobbies separate from my academic ones on Twitter, for example, where I have two separate accounts, I sometimes do bring my hobbies into my writing, both my novels and my academic writing. In this post, I discuss my sporting hobbies. Sometimes, the inclusion of my sporting hobby…