Lost in London

Andy York

I need my ESPN. As an American sports junkie, I’m lost here in London without my ESPN.

This is one of the most exciting times in sports with the NFL season heating up, the NHL and NBA seasons about to start, and the baseball playoffs winding down with the World Series in two weeks. I basically can’t see any of it.

It’s not that there aren’t any American sports on the telly, as they call it. Game five of the Cubs and Braves series was on live TV. One problem: the first pitch was at one A.M.

I did stay up for the first few innings, but I couldn’t keep myself awake for it all, and had to rely on the Internet to tell me the outcome.

One of the biggest comebacks in NFL history occurred Monday night. Indianapolis came back to score three touchdowns in less than four minutes to tie Tampa Bay and then win in overtime.

I could watch that game if I wanted, too. Again, the only problem was that it would be on Wednesday night at midnight.

My saving grace in this is that we have DSL Internet. I have lived off of ESPN.com and other websites to get my fix. It isn’t the same as watching the games live as they happen, but at least I can keep up to date.

It’s not that there aren’t plenty of sports on TV here; it’s just all soccer (I refuse to call it football). It’s interesting, but I really want my baseball playoffs.

At least the World Series will be broadcast live. I’m going to need a lot of caffeine that week.