These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem

The Sports Divide

Posted on December 14, 2010 by Shibley

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I am devout sports fan, it’s probably fair to say that there is some sort of addiction. I knew it would be more difficult to follow my local teams, as well as the leagues at large whilst in Israel.

This evening as I was walking on Emek Refaim, the main street in the section of Jerusalem known as Moshava haGermanit (Germany Colony), every restaurant I passed was showing a soccer game, or football for those who are more civilized. On the contrary, last night (and other nights as well), I have struggled to find an effective method by which to watch and follow my local teams. Given their performance of both teams who are currently in season, I don’t want to discuss either specifically.

Passing these establishments on Emek, did however, make me miss walking into a red-clad Verizon Center (home of the Washington Capitals) or FedEx Field (home of the Redskins) where I could be surrounded by others who care about those teams as much as I do. Instead, I’ll settle for choppy video, radio broadcasts, and early morning readings of the Washington Post.