Book Review: “To Hell and Back” by Niki Lauda

This book had been on my wishlist for quite some time, but I held off on getting it. The main reason for this was a silly reason in many respects. One of my favourite films is ‘Rush’ (dir. Ron Howard, 2013) and it contains one of my favourite sequences from any film and I was…

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…

A New Meadow – Visiting Shrewsbury Town

At the weekend, for my birthday, I went to Shropshire with my family. As I have noted in other posts (see, for example, Favourite Poems – “A Shropshire Lad” by A.E.Housman, A Visit to Attingham Park, and Book Review: “The Lucky Ones” by Mark Edwards), I was born in Shrewsbury and grew up in Shropshire….

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 15 predictions: Bengals at Broncos

Originally posted on Bengals UK :
Into mile-high country… Jamie WroeThe flashbacks come through like lightning bolts, shocking and crashing screaming light into a peaceful dark. Two muffed punts, a dropped touchdown, a dropped pick-six, cowardly and conservative playcalling seemingly ignorant of the importance of games at the business end. It has to be better this…

Re-blog: Week 14 predictions: 49ers at Bengals

I have contributed to a blog post predicting how the Cincinnati Bengals will do this weekend. Given who it is against, I could recall the pain of the Super Bowl loss I watched when I was 17 (which features in my novel FOUR), but decided to keep the focus on this season… Those pesky 49ers…

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…

Football in Japan

After mentioning my undergraduate dissertation in the posts Designs That Defined Modern Japan: The Rice Cooker and Designs That Defined Modern Japan: Hello Kitty, I decided that I would upload the dissertation so that people could read it if they are interested. The version I am making available here is not the original version. That…