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    Watching sports in Asia

    This is not really a question, more of just a discussion.

    I would imagine the Aussie guys have it ok with it only being 4 hours or so time difference??

    It sounds weird but the ability to watch sports would be a big factor in my enjoyment of living in Asia.
    If you think about it......sports is just as much part of our culture as food it to Thais.
    At work......it's a huge topic of conversation. Especially when big games are on.

    One cool thing about living or holidaying in Caribbean or even Latin America for Americans is sports are still at decent times. I remember watching the NBA finals in Costa Rica and also Dominican Republic either before we went or while we were out.

    I've watched my team's at the wee hours in Thailand many times. Watched my Celtics win the Championship with Bill at Summer Breeze......been at bars in Pattaya at 4-5am giving someone a good tip to let me watch the Patriots.

    I envision if I lived in Asia, I would have a "man cave" where'd I'd get a big ass TV and black out curtains so I could watch games in the morning.

    I guess, there is a question.......how important are sports to you as an expat(or even when on holiday) and some of the things you do to watch them ?

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    i'm a motor sport man-GP's,more bikes.
    it's all based in Europe. so instead of GP's on at 10pm,like they are in Oz it's 7pm sunday arvo in LOS. minor races start at 4.
    it's not until they race in the US that the times become ridiculous early morning live time slots. luckily True Vision shows replays first thing the morning and later that day and week.

    NRL from Oz is late arvos too. friday night footy gatherings at DUP with the local followers were always popular in CM.
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    Most of what I am interested in I watch live via streaming played through my TV...Rugby from AUS/NZ/SA/UK/Europe....EPL Soccer...European Golf.....most of this is on in my waking hours but US Golf can go into the wee small hours...but if its a major tournament or Ryder Cup etc I will usually stay up and watch...no real biggie if I miss it though, they normally replay it here on the Golf Channel around 8am...and then there is highlight reels and panel shows that discuss it in minutiae

    I have no real interest in most US (domestic) Sports..Baseball, NFL, Basketball, Ice Hockey....so its really only the Golf that keeps me awake...but that's often enough 555

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    I have lost touch with most western sports, instead I follow Thai football and Muay Thai matches more, so don't have any issues.

    I dare say unless you live around a bunch of westerns in Thailand then you tend to lose interest in Western Sports, as half the fun is the interaction with fellow supporters.

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    ^ even better..play sport with the locals and other expats!
    fantastic experience to see young thai girls and guys learning the skills of a western sport and enjoying it and developing into top class players with the helping hand of those that have played for decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Uaon View Post
    ^ even better..play sport with the locals and other expats!
    fantastic experience to see young thai girls and guys learning the skills of a western sport and enjoying it and developing into top class players with the helping hand of those that have played for decades.
    Most of other expats around here are 70 plus years old, most would do a hip or knee getting of the bar stools. 555 They are no western sports played expect for football.

    I do like the fact that the girls are equally into to football (both playing and watching) as much as the boys, but really football and Muay Thai are the only sports played around here.

    Although there seems to be a big running community as well, with a few national classed Thai runners locally.

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    I follow MotoGP and cycling so easy I stream mine so no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seven_ View Post
    Most of other expats around here are 70 plus years old, most would do a hip or knee getting of the bar stools. 555 They are no western sports played expect for football.

    I do like the fact that the girls are equally into to football (both playing and watching) as much as the boys, but really football and Muay Thai are the only sports played around here.

    Although there seems to be a big running community as well, with a few national classed Thai runners locally.
    CM has 3 cricket grounds with turf wickets,scoreboards,grandstand and grounds staff.
    we've got one local thai male cricket team and a national girls team. some 60+ expat players too.
    a regular International sixes tournament with usually 35 teams competing.
    cricket is big in the north. 3 of the young hilltribe kids aspiring to play international cricket and coach other kids. with our help they have been to sri lanka to watch an international match and go to a coaching school. a ODI with tens of thousands of screaming fans was quite a shock for some kids from the hills far away from CM.

    check out the http://www.thai-dreaming.com/forums/...htm#post117343 thread for pics and details...
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    For me, MotoGP, rugby, triathlon, cycling (limited to Tour de France)
    MotoGP times vary depending where the event is, always a replay option if time doesn't suit, went to Sepang, Malaysia (it's on this weekend) 4x but not in recent years
    Missed a lot of (NZ) rugby as the standard NZ time to start 7.35pm either 1.35 or 2.35pm depending on daylight savings time, I'll mostly only give up afternoon time for a test match or final. Spent 6mths 2009-10 on Phuket helping coach rugby, met the great Pat Cotter (2008 International Rugby Board - Spirit of Rugby Award: Roelien Muller and Patrick Cotter, Phuket, Thailand) they're still going strong.
    Helped out and competed with Phuket Surflifesaving, coached school volleyball in Sa Kaeo, continued with water safety training in Sa Kaeo and Chanthaburi; helped with school athletics preparation for inter-provincial events, joined two cycling groups which developed to become a mainstay of our social lives, all good people on two wheels. Our cable TV had EuroSport gave good TdF coverage, but that channel 'dropped 'off' 2013 but state tv still gives some coverage
    Can't even pretend to like football, but have seen some Chan FC matches, good social occasion
    Volleyball rules in the house, priority above all else when Thai women playing. Earplugs recommended, and stay safe out of waving-arms distance
    We've got badminton set up outside, evening fun.
    In a mainly farang-free region, sport has been my best integration and had lots of indirect benefits
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    I've been teaching 3 young kids to swim during these (current) school holidays....a girl of about 6, a boy about 8 and a girl about 12....all leuk kreung and all from within my Moo Baan at our shared pool

    I am amazed at how well they have picked it up...especially the 6yo who now loves diving for pebbles and can swim underwater for a full minute....she can also do 4-5 laps of the 15m pool without a break....the eldest has perfected her tumble turns and is doing them better than me....the boy has done well but nowhere as well as the girls....they are super competitive (sisters)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    I have no real interest in most US (domestic) Sports..Baseball, NFL, Basketball, Ice Hockey....so its really only the Golf that keeps me awake...but that's often enough 555
    But its the world series...
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    ^ in a world of their own 55
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    What is funny to me is that many guys here are put off by the term 'World Series' in American baseball. It is not a term that is meant to exclude the rest of the world, it is a copyrighted term is over 100 years old and is still used for the series between the winners of the two leagues best of 7 game series. Yet people, other than Americans, seem offended that Americans use the term. Should they, the leagues, change the name of the series so they aren't offended????5555



    ....At the time the of the first 'World Series', the US was the only country in the world that was playing baseball....don't think it was meant to be arrogant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billpay View Post
    What is funny to me is that many guys here are put off by the term 'World Series' in American baseball. It is not a term that is meant to exclude the rest of the world, it is a copyrighted term is over 100 years old and is still used for the series between the winners of the two leagues best of 7 game series. Yet people, other than Americans, seem offended that Americans use the term. Should they, the leagues, change the name of the series so they aren't offended????5555
    Not offended at all. Just comes across as arrogant and ignorant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    Most of what I am interested in I watch live via streaming played through my TV...Rugby from AUS/NZ/SA/UK/Europe....EPL Soccer...European Golf.....most of this is on in my waking hours but US Golf can go into the wee small hours...but if its a major tournament or Ryder Cup etc I will usually stay up and watch...no real biggie if I miss it though, they normally replay it here on the Golf Channel around 8am...and then there is highlight reels and panel shows that discuss it in minutiae

    I have no real interest in most US (domestic) Sports..Baseball, NFL, Basketball, Ice Hockey....so its really only the Golf that keeps me awake...but that's often enough 555
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    Quote Originally Posted by billpay View Post
    What is funny to me is that many guys here are put off by the term 'World Series' in American baseball. It is not a term that is meant to exclude the rest of the world, it is a copyrighted term is over 100 years old and is still used for the series between the winners of the two leagues best of 7 game series. Yet people, other than Americans, seem offended that Americans use the term. Should they, the leagues, change the name of the series so they aren't offended????5555



    ....At the time the of the first 'World Series', the US was the only country in the world that was playing baseball....don't think it was meant to be arrogant.
    I think its quaint more than anything. Not really offensive. I don't mind it at all... I can't imagine anyone being offended by it really.. maybe amused. We have the world cup for Rugby League which really only two countries (three at a push) might win... that's probably more of an exaggeration than the Baseball World Series which probably has 10x the world audience...
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    Quote Originally Posted by billpay View Post
    What is funny to me is that many guys here are put off by the term 'World Series' in American baseball. It is not a term that is meant to exclude the rest of the world, it is a copyrighted term is over 100 years old and is still used for the series between the winners of the two leagues best of 7 game series. Yet people, other than Americans, seem offended that Americans use the term. Should they, the leagues, change the name of the series so they aren't offended????5555



    ....At the time the of the first 'World Series', the US was the only country in the world that was playing baseball....don't think it was meant to be arrogant.
    Doesn't it exclude the rest of the world? Can non-USA teams participate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RakThai View Post
    Doesn't it exclude the rest of the world? Can non-USA teams participate?
    No farkin foreigners....
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    Quote Originally Posted by RakThai View Post
    Doesn't it exclude the rest of the world? Can non-USA teams participate?
    Just Dominicans....
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    I guess you don't understand....they have a name that they have used for over a hundred years , should they change the name in the name of PC?? ....and Toronto can participate because they have a major league team and even won back in the 90's.
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