Is it the End that Counts? The Blades are in the Playoffs

Yesterday I did a post discussing how It’s The Journey, Not The Ending, That Counts. I also suggested that one of the reasons why I feel like this is thanks to my exposure to Japanese literature/culture. But there is an elephant in the room. What about the world of sports? Surely here it is the…

Favourite Photos: Koshien

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during my first visit to Koshien baseball stadium in 2016. For anyone who knows about Japanese baseball, you will know how significant the Koshien baseball stadium is. You will also know…

Re-Blog: Week 17 predictions: Chiefs at Bengals

Originally posted on Bengals UK :
The AFC North title up for grabs Jamie WroeFuck it, why not? Why not us? Joey Brrrrr is on fire and there’s weapons galore. Sure the Chiefs offense is incredible but so is ours. Let’s have a good old shootout. Hell, we might even win it, and clinch the division.…

2021 in Review – A Difficult Year with Some Positive Highlights

Much like 2020, 2021 didn’t really work out as planned. When I look back at 2021 the over-riding memory is of losses. First, my father, Peter Hood, and then also friends, most notably Masaaki “Mick” Yamada. But there were other losses too – such as Shin’ichi Iida, fellow-Blade David Wainwright, and Salti (the owner of…

Book Review: “Bad Foreigner” by James McKnight

As a Hanshin Tigers fan, when it came to my most recent birthday and relations were asking what they could get me, I added James McKnight’s books about supporting the Hanshin Tigers to the list. I knew that these would be a very different experience to The Sportsworld of the Hanshin Tigers: Professional Baseball in…

Book Review: “Yellow & Black Fever” by James McKnight

As a Hanshin Tigers fan, as I have discussed elsewhere, when it came to my most recent birthday and relations were asking what they could get me, I added James McKnight’s books about supporting the Hanshin Tigers to the list. I knew that these would be a very different experience to The Sportsworld of the…

Supporting Hanshin Tigers

Other than a post about my sporting hobbies and writing, I haven’t written much about my support of particular sports teams. As a break from my usual posts, I am doing some posts on this subject now. Having done posts about supporting the Cincinnati Bengals and Sheffield United, this time I’m turning to Hanshin Tigers….

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…