AsiaLIFE takes a look at the sporting calendar, providing a few pointers as to which Bangkok Sports Bars you can enjoy the highs and lows of 2013
Odd years tend to get hidden in the sporting calendar between the twin extravaganza that are the football World Cup and the Olympics, but that doesn’t mean that this year is bereft of interest for sporting aficionados.
Whisper it quietly to Americans but the graceful sport of cricket is the second most watched sport around the globe, behind the type of football that is played with a round ball and predominantly with feet. Although its popularity is largely due to the hordes of fans in the Indian sub-continent, the Ashes played between England and arch rivals Australia is the sport’s oldest conflict. This year, there will be a series of tests first in England (July to August) and then in Australia (November to January 2014) to decide who is second best to South Africa.
One to Watch: Bradmans, Sukhumvit Soi 23. Named after the great Don, where better to see Australia’s sporting heroes of today vanquished or vindicated.
The Football Season
Although nothing can match the climax of last season when Manchester City grabbed an injury time winner to deny city rivals Utd. the Premier League title, the end of the football season is always heavy-laden with tension. The final round of matches will be played out on May 19, with Manchester Utd. travelling to West Brom and City entertaining Norwich. Six days later the new club champions of Europe will be crowned at Wembley. Can the drama of last year’s penalty shoot out be matched?
One to Watch: The Pickled Liver, Sukhumvit Soi 7/1. The reference to Georgie Best’s drinking habits says it all. Enjoy some traditional Yorkshire hospitality, just don’t ask how Wednesday are doing.
Time zone differences make following sporting events in the US only for the hardy or those with a time delay on their TV, however there is still the Superbowl. Watched by over 100 million armchair fans, who will lift the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans – Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers? For many by the time you read this article the question will have become redundant, but early birds can see all the drama unfold over an early breakfast on Feb. 4.
One to Watch: Bourbon Street, 9/39-40 Sukhumvit Soi 63. Get a game pass at the home of New Orleans food, although you might need a bloody mary to keep you going through the half-time show.
Grand Final & Melbourne Cup
The sporting world turns to the Flemington racecourse on Nov. 5, where fashionistas rival the fillies for the mass media’s attention. Australia’s version of Ascot, the Melbourne Cup is sure to make some heads turn. At the other end of the fashion stakes – I still can’t see how anyone can play sport in those shorts – the AFL Grand Final will be played out on Sep. 28 at the MCG. Will the Sydney Swans repeat their 2012 success?
One to Watch: Tenderloins, 7/8-9 Sukhumvit Soi 33. Grab a steak and settle down to all the best that Australia has to offer.
Tour de France
With Lance Armstrong under punishment of death, cycling’s image is at a low ebb. However, officials claim the sport has cleaned up its act since the bad old days of Liestrong, and Bradley Wiggins victory in last year’s tour sparked off an amazing year for UK sporting achievement. Don a beret and pour yourself some wine, this year’s tour rolls from Jun. 29 to Jul. 21 and is the 100th edition.
One to Watch: The Sportsman Sukhumvit Soi 13. Sports Bar does not translate too well into French, so enjoy the Tour on the numerous screens in this spacious sports bar. If the cycling starts to drag, you can always shoot some pool on some of the best tables in town.
Strawberries and cream, Pimms by the jug and perpetual home disappointment – a British Summer wouldn’t quite be the same without Wimbledon. However, after his twin successes last year, first at the Olympics and then at the US Open, Murray mania is likely to reach unparalleled heights come the last week in June and first in July. Expect lots of rain delays and ultimate home disappointment, after all this is a British summer we are talking about.
One to Watch: The Royal Oak, 595/10-11 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1. Where better to take in the glorious British summer than outside on the terrace at this popular bar. At least rain will not stop play here.
Last year’s Ryder Cup must go down as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time. It’s quite remarkable how an individual sport has produced the ultimate team competition. This year it is back to personal gain starting with the US Masters on Apr. 11 to 14. Who will don this year’s green jacket. Expect a flurry of McIlroy mania as the lad from Hollywood, Northern Ireland shows that he is more than a match for Tiger on the greens, and a far more stable figure off them.
One to Watch: The Clubhouse, 21/1-3 Sukhumvit Soi 23. Follow all the majors at Sukhumvit’s unofficial 19th hole.