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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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I haven’t been to the record store in ages, it seems. So last week I decided it was time again to spend some money on some records and this is what I got in return.

No Use For A Name “The Feel Good Record Of The Year” LP (+CD)
I wasn’t keeping track of these guys at all over the past few years. True, I was a huge fan back in the days and “Don’t Miss The Train” is still one of my all time favourites ever. I also remember a brilliant live show at the “Underground” in Cologne where the whole audience just went berzerk for the entire set. But that was years ago and today I somehow lost my interest in most of the melodic punkrock bands mainly because the all sound the same, don’t they? I know that argument is lame, but to me it’s like that. There are no surprises anymore. (more…)

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To be honest, when I first heard about the band I really found the name, well, debateable to say the least. I mean, okay, they sound like an emo band, but that name is way too cliché. Still the music is brilliant. I remember a friend telling about this new record he bought and there was this great line in one song going “…and I’m moving on my own two feet just to get my direction”. He would go on and on and on raving about how great this record was and that I should really get it as soon as possible. It took me sone time to be convinced, but when I bought it it struck me with full force. The opener “Dornier” begins at a rather slow pace and tone, then suddenly crashs out and dies down again. (more…)

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So here we go, the baseball season is in full swing after a week of play. And it seems that a few teams try to ridicule some of the experts who were labelling some clubs as losers before opening day. I found it quite surprising to see that the Orioles, the Royals, the A’s or the Rangers (incidentally all AL teams) who were all considered to be cannon fodder for the big teams before the season suddenly turned out to be good ball clubs. (more…)

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