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Category Archives: sports

Sacramento: A football town

Sacramento Republic FC wins USL PRO championship

Photo credit: Sacramento Republic FC

This weekend was pretty monumental for our town of Sacramento — our team Sacramento Republic FC (yep, FC stands for Football Club) won the United Soccer League (USL) professional championship in its first season. We went to the game and witnessed the big win in person.

In one year, I’ve seen our town evolve into a truly spirited soccer (or I should say football) town and it’s exciting! The team has managed to energize our town and bring pride back to our city. I never was a big football fan when I lived in the U.K., but now that I’ve started watching the games, I finally get why it’s the world’s game.

I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but if a sportsphobe like me can change, well, anything is possible! And I have no doubt that the best is yet to come for Sacramento.

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The truth about American football

How was your Superbowl Sunday? We went to a Superbowl party at a friend’s house this year and filled up on snacks, beers and actually watched some of the game for the first time in years (too bad that it wasn’t actually an exciting or remotely close game! At least there was this advert and Bruno Mars and those bright, colorful uniforms to focus on.)

Anyway, for those American football agnostics in the room, I saw this and had to share!

 American Football - Rugby is your father

Anna Kendrick’s Newcastle Brown Ale ad

Our house is an American football-free zone, but every year, there is the slightest whiff of interest in the Super Bowl ads.

Love Anna Kendrick and love her non-Superbowl Newcastle Brown Ale commercial, which exemplifies the no-bollocks brand. If you haven’t seen it, check it out! And have a happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Man vs. British Airways plane

South African rugby player Bryan Habana famously raced a cheetah. Watch how he does against British Airways’ new A380.

Wimbledon style

Serena Williams

Serena Williams has a great manicure. Photo credit: Ray Tang/Rex Features

I’ve been so busy with birthday celebrations and work that I’ve completely missed Wimbledon!

Today I caught up on some of the fashion this week. Tennis fashion? Really? Well, check out some of the best style moments on and off the court!

Have a great weekend!

Will Smith’s London visit

Will Smith and his son Jaden were in London last weekend to promote their new movie “After Earth.” Some highlights from their visit:

Graham Norton interviewed them, but the best part was their impromptu performance of the theme song from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” with DJ Jazzy Jeff! (Also, love Bradley Cooper and Heather Graham rocking out on the couch with them!)

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Don’t stop me now

Have you seen Team GB lip sync to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”? It was produced by Adidas and released last week.

Well, now, it seems that the concept wasn’t exactly original. The Paralympics GB team released its own viral video, back in April, to the same fantastic song.

I suppose imitation is the highest form of flattery…

Best GIFs of the London Olympics

China’s Liu Xiang hops over to the last hurdle and plants a kiss on the hurdle. Photo credit: Xinhua

I love a good GIF. It’s the reason I visit this site with bated breath each morning.

And so thanks to Buzzfeed for compiling the best 33 GIFs of the London Olympics. There is a lot here that was clearly not picked up by NBC and a good smattering of amazing, funny, moving, wonderful moments from the London Olympics.

Enjoy! And have a great weekend!

Royal Mail goes for the gold

Photo credit: Royal Mail

In honor of Great Britain’s gold medals in the London Olympics, Royal Mail has agreed to paint a postbox gold – one for each gold medal win! What a stunning idea!

So, which postboxes are going gold? Well, they’re placing them in the hometowns or boroughs of the gold medalists where possible. Here’s the complete list of gold postbox locations. And hopefully, they will be adding more following the Paralympic Games, if Britain adds to its collection.

In addition, Royal Mail has painted a gold postbox near Westminster Abbey. Lovely!

Congrats, Team GB

Britain, you did it right!

I loved the closing ceremony Sunday night. I stayed up until almost midnight, refusing to take my eyes off of the amazing musical extravaganza (hello Spice Girls, Blur, Oasis, George Michael!), even though I had a bunch of things to do. Well, actually I did start up some laundry for a few minutes at the sight of Russell Brand doing Willy Wonka and “I am the Walrus.” Then I was back!

Read all about it, if you missed it.

All in all, I have loved these games. Moreover, I’ve loved to read and hear about the sheer surprise and delight of the British people in seeing the success that they’ve become. Philip Reeves’ NPR report “Olympics have temporarily transformed England” actually made me cry.

Third best overall?! Yes! Congrats, Team GB!