Friday, February 9, 2024

A new love at almost 76!

 I have developed a wild new passion for ... rugby! I have never seen it in my life. I am not a big sports person, other than the Red Sox but we haven't watched a game for years and years. Netflix had this offering of Six Nations Rugby, and I thought we could give it a try, neither of us knowing one thing about it. 

We loved it. Absolutely loved it. There weren't whole games, just parts of the build up to the winner, which I will not give away in case any other Americans want to see it. Tonight was the last night we watched, finishing the series. Then we went looking to see if there was any way over here where we could watch the regular games. The results of a search said "Peacock". We read up on it and could get it for about six dollars a month. We signed up, and voila! So excited!

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  1. That is surprising, Nan! I must tell my husband about you falling in love with rugby. That's a tough game. I think I've only seen bits and pieces on English movies. I do love your excitement about this new passion.

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  2. Nan, I love the fact that you guys have discovered something new to watch. Rugby - don't think I've ever actually seen a game, but I have seen some highlights and things on other shows. I kind of think of it as football without pads - ha! Enjoy!

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    1. There isn't much padding. Some guys have little close-to-the-head hats or helmets but nothing like the football gear. It is kind of great seeing their faces and bodies without padding. I don't know the difference between injuries in the two sports.

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  3. Someone at church was telling us how much more civilized rugby is than football.

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    1. Wow! What prompted that conversation?? It is definitely very different. An example is the handshake or whatever after a game. Opposing players hug each other, talk a bit, and just in general seem kinder toward each other. We have been amazed at the difference in American sports where anger prevails. These rugby guys play hard but don't seem cruel or hating. I'm still learning, and it may well take forever before I understand it all.

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  4. I became a huge fan of rugby while living in London for a few years, Nan, so I completely understand your enthusiasm for the sport. I lived within walking distance of the huge stadium in Twickenham and could actually hear the crowd bellow "God Save the Queen" through my open windows. I was especially fond of the Six Nations tournament, too, and loved the competitiveness that the UK's various regions exhibited during those weeks. I naturally sided with England because of my residency there, but had a co-worker whose son at the time was playing for what I think is called Scotland's "Under 21s." I've been home for almost two decades now but still follow the sport, especially the team that became my local favorite, Harlequins. I think you'll enjoy the games a lot despite the "odd" rules. Took me a long time to feel comfortable enough to feel that I wasn't missing something while watching, but it does come. Enjoy!

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    1. I love this comment! Lucky, lucky you. Thanks for all the details. I read it to Tom. Just last night we were watching, and someone mentioned the Harlequins, and I said that's Sam's team!

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  5. We saw a movie several years ago about a South African rugby team and Nelson Mandala championing the team. And I should definitely have taken time to refresh my memory of it before I started this comment, but if I do that first I'll forget to come back. My point here being that movie was the only time I've ever even seen anything about the game (and it was of course just a movie). Even though I read and/or watch something from the United Kingdom pretty much every day of my life I've never seen anything about rugby And until I read your post, I didn't even know I'd missed anything ))

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    1. I'd love to see that. I will look for it.
      I love, love what you wrote that you "read and/or watch something from the United Kingdom pretty much every day of my life". We are such kindred spirits who probably should have been born there!
      If you have Netflix, you can check it out.

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    2. Nan, I agree! The movie is called "Invictus" and I think it's on Prime if you have that. Now I want to watch it again.

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  6. Both my daughters' partners are huge rugby fans. One is South African but also very English, so when England play SA he is very conflicted. LOL! I'm not into it much but vastly prefer it to Football. I gather there's a kinder, more honorable (old-fashioned word to use) feel to matches, fans, players. Hard to describe what I mean but football in this country has a hard, financial edge to it that rugby doesn't seem to have. And I just love how the crowds bang out their national anthems and no booing from anywhere. I think you've made a good choice, Nan.

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