Bringing people together, celebrating and commiserating as a collective, there’s just something special about watching sports. And yes, we miss it too right now.
With big events and regular fixtures being cancelled, it’s likely to have left a gap in every sports fan’s life. But all isn’t lost. Whether it’s football, rugby, boxing or cricket you’re missing, our favourites will be back, and better than ever. So, while we wait patiently, here are a few ways to fill the sports-shaped hole in your life.
1. Re-live your favourite sporting moments on YouTube
In 1966, football really did come home and with a simple internet search you can watch England beat Germany in the World Cup (and see the boys wearing their Burton suits). If rugby is more your thing then the 2019 final between England and South Africa is definitely worth re-watching, or for the boxing man the nail-biting first Fury v Wilder fight is a classic. From Tiger Woods’ recent comeback and Masters Tournament win to Jenson Button becoming the 2009 Formula One World Champion. Or, what about creating some great sporting moments in real life like these two young lads…
GOAL OF THE CENTURY. CHOOSE YOU’RE FAVOURITE GOAL! pic.twitter.com/wM2cvnrAgl
— Sean O’Hanlon (@sohanlon23) April 4, 2020
2. Get your kicks from virtual games
One pro of staying inside is that you might have a little extra time to raise your FIFA game. Connect with friends and play Pro Clubs, or give a group of strangers a run for their money on Ultimate Team mode. If FIFA isn’t the one for you then how about a return to that old favourite Football Manager, cutting up some tarmac with Forza, or working up a sweat with Wii sports.
3. Play your own sports
You might not have enough people in your household for a proper scrum, or to even play a game of 5 aside for that matter (take it from someone who’s tried and failed, your pet dog won’t make a great goalie.) But we’re not letting that hold us back. From setting up a game of mini golf in your garden, bowling in the garage or investing in a dart board for the back of the kitchen door – you’ve got options. If you’re missing the great outdoors, cycling will get you back out there so grab a bike and get ready to channel your inner Bradley Wiggins. Got plenty of time on your hands? Why not give freestyler Liv Cooke’s daily lockdown challenges a try, all you need is a football.
— Liv Cooke (@LivCookefs) April 15, 2020
4. Watch great sports documentaries
From the multi-award winning ‘Senna’ documentary depicting the life of the Brazilian motor-racing champion, to ‘Icarus’ which gives its audience a more scientific take on athletes and uncovers the sinister truth about doping in sports. Match of the Day may not be quite the same right now, but there are plenty of documentaries to get sports back on your TV where it belongs.
5. Read about the sporting greats in their own words
There’s a reason they’re at the top of the Christmas lists every year. A great sporting autobiography can help you get inside the mind of some of your sports heroes or its most intriguing characters. Tyson Fury’s acclaimed and bestselling ‘Behind the Mask’ follows the boxer from the start of his life right up to present day, or how about Ben Stokes telling the story of England’s electrifying and triumphant summer of cricket in ‘On Fire’. If you want to give the eyes a rest, then try the audiobook instead. There’s something even more personal about hearing someone tell you their story in their own words.
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) November 13, 2019
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