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02-28-2012, 08:15 AM
Qui Gon Dave
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cheshire, England
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Big fan of Howard myself, saw him play at Old Trafford a few years ago and he was brilliant, always thought he was shown the door far too prematurely by Sir Alex, same with Phil Neville actually. Havent got GCL sadly, aiming to get it once I can afford a new laptop so generally listen to the Preds radio provided on the site as long videos cause my pc to crash .. what about you? Uni at the moment means less late nights unfortunately so usually I'm catching up the following morning. Thats awesome, Im hoping they do the same thing in London again soon, bet the ticket prices were ridiculous. I do want to experience it though, must be incredible.
Howard is awesome, been a fan of his for many years now. I used to watch MLS games when Channel 5 showed them late night over here. I remember watching him play for the Metrostars and he stood out on that team, partly due to his ability and partly because the defence in front of him was at times mind numbingly bad. I loved the fact he could still get the job done despite that. Was thrilled when I heard he was coming to the EPL then promptly gutted when I found out he was off to United. Thankfully, he found his way to Goodison soon enough. Great guy by all accounts off the pitch too.
I've got GCL this year, previous years I had the ESPN360/ESPNplayer service. GCL is such a huge upgrade over that ESPN service, nice to have all the features at last. Well worth it if you are interested in watching more than just one team.
Hopefully they do the London visit again, was great fun last time. Not sure if they will though, now they have found the rest of Europe which is far more into hockey than the UK. I find it's kind of a second thought over here to most people, a sport that looks good, or they saw a game on holiday but never got into properly. If that's to change, it'll either take a while to occur or it'll need a simply huge spark/event to suddenly pull people in. At least the die hards over here will keep the sport 'healthy' until then.
At the last event, tickets were something like £65 for the front few rows, £40 for the rest of the lower tier and £20 for the upper bowl. For the whole experience, I'd say it was good value. There were no other games in Europe at the time and we got a local rivalry to watch and with it being the season opener, it had a special feel to it. It was incredible to see all the different jerseys and nationalities there. In our section alone there were English, Scottish, German, American, Slovakian and I think a few Canadians, probably more too, wearing NHL, vintage, international, UK and European jerseys. Made a great sight and the rivalry of the game contrasted beautifully with the unity of all these different hockey fans coming together.
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