As I’ve said before, a great benefit of this job is having such great places to spend free-time. This Sunday, I went with a few coaches to a second division game in Austria between the Cineplexx Blue Devils of Hohenems and the Traun Steelsharks. As you can see the scenery was amazing and the weather was beautiful.
It reminded me a lot of a minor league baseball game in the States. The Blue Devils had a cheerleader/PA announcer constantly hyping the crowd and nobody in the stands seemed too invested in the outcome. Watching the game, for most, was just a nice excuse to sit outside, be entertained and drink some beer… again, just like minor league baseball in the US. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.
The game came down to the final minute with the home team Blue Devils holding on to a 14-13 lead. I had a chance to eavesdrop on the Blue Devils’ coach ripping his guys after the game for their sloppy play, telling them that is what they should expect with so many missing practices… Hmm, sounds familiar, but that’s another story.
Now that skiing’s over for the year, time to start thinking about my other outdoor hobby, hiking. The mountains were so beautiful that day that I decided to take a train down yesterday and get up into the hills. I had a great hike. I’m sure I’ll go back again in the months to come.