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I watched a couple of FNL vids recently and it made me think how region/nation specific sporting associations are. Like food, there are foods that are just what’s for dinner and there are foods that remind you where you come from. Marmite and candy shrimps, soggy chips and soft fruit. In the summer mother bought us cherries in brown paper bags.

Most sports bring up less pleasant associations, I have a deeply conflicted relationship with football (soccer) being something of a widow to the game and yet strangely drawn to it. Rugby is good in 10 minute bursts, like watching herds of wildebeast, while cricket is a strange religious rite that goes nowhere and lasts days. Still I think I could watch a movie about any of those and it would mean something whereas American Football has no more resonance than a videogame. It’s a theoretical point really, what sporting movies are there that aren’t Bend it like Beckham or about baseball? Although baseball movies are curiously watchable. Maybe from playing rounders at school, or perhaps because most of them seem to be metaphors for something else. The Natural that was about King Arthur wasn’t it? Or Lancelot and Morgan Le Fay and Robert Redford was shiny back in the day.

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