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Archive for April 15th, 2008

The Kölner Haie tied the series against the Eisbären Berlin tonight at the KölnArena with a 2-1 win. Trailing 0-1 after one period they came back to turn the tide and win it in the final period with a goal by 40 year old Dave McLlwain. It seems like the Haie weren’t able to convert their powerplay chances. Or were the Eisbären so good in killing the penalties? I have no idea. (more…)

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There used to be a time in German football coverage when there were only three television stations in the country. Back in those days the sports program “Die Sportschau” used to show small clips of three games, all the other matches were just shown as results at the end of the program. Then in the 1980s private television was introduced and the broadcasting rights went from ARD (public television) to RTL (private). The coverage became more flashy and they even introduced live matches. I especially remember the matchup between 1.FC Cologne and Bayern Munich in 1989, I think. But since there were other private stations who offered even more money the rights went to SAT1 at the beginning of the 1990s and that’s when the nightmare began. (more…)

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While the playoffs in the NHL are just getting started the German DEL is already in the final stages. The past few years haven’t been very interesting in the domestic league with Adler Mannheim and Eisbären Berlin splitting up titles every year. It has been especially frustrating for my local team, Kölner Haie, who enter a season each year as one of the big favourites and then fail miserably in the playoffs. They won their last title (of eight in total) in 2002 and have made some impressive shots at the championship since then, but there weren’t successful at all. (more…)

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Just to finish this off here’s some words about the 7″ singles I got while being at the record store a few days ago.

The Ice “s/t” 7″
The Ice were roommates of ours when we still had our rehearsal room in Cologne Mülheim and that basically is the only reason I bought the record. Well, it’s not as bad as it sounds when I say this, it’s just that it’s not my cup of tea anymore. When I was listening to the single at the record store for the first time I had the record player on 45 rpm and the intro on the A side sounded cool. Not great, but cool. But then the voice set in and it turned out I had the wrong speed. Well, at 33 rpm the intro wasn’t as cool anymore. (more…)

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There seems to be a strong belief in baseball that curses really exist and work, although some of them seem to have been overcame over the past years. The best known one must have been the “Curse of the Bambino”, but is there any clue as to what made the curse go away? One that apparently is still active is the “Curse of the Billy Goat” which prevents the Chicago Cubs from winning a championship in the past 100 years. In Japan the Hanshin Tigers are still waiting to win the Japan Series for a 2nd time and there a fastfood mascot is taking all the blame. The “Curse of the Colonel” is thought to prevent the team from winning since 1985 now when excited fans dropped a statue of KFC mascot Colonel Sanders into a river. (more…)

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