For me personally, I live and breathe my sports teams year round. Being from around Boston, I can’t remember a day when I wasn’t thinking about the Red Sox, the Patriots, the Celtics or the Bruins, even when they were having terrible season after terrible season. There is no such thing as being a fare weather fan. Whether it was standing at a 10 degree Gillete Stadium rooting for the Patriots, or sitting through thunderstorms at Fenway waiting for a rain delay, it’s needless to say I love my sports. I grew up eating Fenway Franks and waking up early before school just to catch a glimpse of the 15 minutes of ESPN I needed to see if The Red Sox were maybe going to make the playoffs in October.
But enough about my hometown, I know everyone isn’t from Boston so I’ll spare ya, just until I can brag that the Patriots are again Superbowl Champions…
So, back to the original question. How can I stay on top of my sports while abroad? Where can I watch my team battle it out on the international stage? Let’s start off with a few of the obvious things. It’s a safe bet you can catch up at all hours by simply checking ESPN.com and monitoring your team. There is a number of websites where you can stream games online (Be sure to remember about the 6-9 hour difference) depending on who your team is and what side of the country they are playing on. So if you’re living with the same sports fans as yourself, you can always make your computer and your pad a place to watch the game.
But let’s be honest, there is probably a better way to turn this into a more social scene. There are plenty of bars to choose from in Florence, whether you like the club scene, Irish Pubs, or a fancy wine and cocktail place, majority of these places during the day and at night have TV’s and if you bring enough people to one place, you can probably sway the staff to put on the game. Remember, it never hurts to ask.
Being an American has its perks abroad, but also doesn’t mean you can demand to watch a game that’s not even played here. You’re more likely to catch a soccer game on at any of the bars that have a TV. That being said, make it a priority to go and buy some tickets to watch a professional soccer match in Florence. Tickets are just as cheap as sports tickets are America, so get on it!
I would definitely recommend Uncle Jimmy’s in terms of finding a bar to relax and watch sports. Or in my case as most Bostonians would say, “Watch the freakin’ game!” (Address: Via dei Pescioni, 5, 50123 Florence) Uncle Jimmy’s is a classic Irish Pub that caters to Americans abroad. They know how to have one hell of a good time and would be happy to find the game you’re looking for on a variety of the channels. It’s a must see for any student studying abroad, looking to chill and definitely has one of the best vibes in Florence for anyone and everyone.
And be sure to look out for the “Euroadventures weekly sports wrap!” Every Sunday night we will have a wrap up of the previous week and all the highlights, lowlights and what professional athlete went to prison or committed some crime! There will be a trivia question for prizes also. Look out for the first sports wrap on Jan. 27th. It will be entertaining. We promise!