Author Archives: Kevin Wicks

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What British People Might Not Understand About America’s Love of Baseball

On a balmy New York evening last summer, my friend Marty invited me to a Yankees game. Marty had season tickets with his cousin Pat, but on this particular night, cousin Pat couldn’t make it.

A Confused Brit’s View of Basketball: Why’s It So Easy to Score?

The most common debunking of the game with slam-dunking is that everything happens in the final two minutes. And while I agree with the sentiment of this statement, I do not accept that this is the fundamental ailment from which ...

Who’s British in American Sports?

What do Super Bowl winners Osi Umenyiora, Scott McCready and Lawrence Tynes have in common?

America’s Big Business of College Football? It’s a Foreign Concept for Brits

Here’s an interesting fact: Between 1985 and 2010, average salaries at public universities in the U.S. rose 32 percent for professors, 90 percent for presidents and 650 percent for football coaches.

Supersizing Soccer: What Britain’s Premier League Could Learn From U.S. Sports Culture

Clearly, Britain is missing out.

The Brit’s Guide to Being an American Sports Fan

So, you wanna be an American sports fan, huh? Way to go, kid. Here’s the lowdown on how to make it in the major leagues.

Do Brits Play Ice Hockey? An Englishman’s Appreciation of the Sport

Ice hockey is mental.

I mean, let’s take for granted how good these guys are at regular hockey, but to play it on ice while whizzing around on blades at the speed of a car? That’s pucking mental.

Touchdown in the U.K.: Britain’s Long-Distance Affair with the NFL

In the mid-1980s, before phones were smart and Nintendos were super, American football was surprisingly popular in the U.K.

Downs and Tight Ends: A Confused Brit’s View Of American Football

Since moving to the U.S. in 2007, I have found myself on more than a handful of occasions engaged in lively debate with American sports fans over which of our respective nations plays the better version of football.