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Sports! Football vs. Hockey

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Right now the sporting worlds in both England and Canada are in the midst of some intense games. In Canada it’s all about the [Stanley Cup ](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Cup_playoffs "Stanley Cup playoffs")play-offs (hockey), and in England this Saturday, is the Champions League Final (football/soccer). The Champions League Final is especially exciting this year because the final is in London at at [Wembley Stadium](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wembley_Stadium "Wembley Stadium") (which is enormous, holds 90 000 people), with Manchester Untied FC (an English team) playing  [Barcelona FC](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Barcelona "FC Barcelona"). My favorite sport to watch is hockey, the memories of watching my high school team play in hockey rinks that were colder inside than it was outside, (so it seemed based on the fact that my toes lost most of their feeling by the end of the game).  These high school games were more about socializing, and boy watching, but when a good check into the nearby boards, or a goal was scored,  our attention was back on the game. I especially like watching hockey when team Canada is playing, there’s something about one playing for their country (and cheering on your team as a nation) that brings something  special to the game. Also my home town (Halifax) doesn’t have an NHL ([National Hockey League](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Hockey_League "National Hockey League")) team, so I don’t have any strong loyalties to the NHL.  Halifax does have a junior team, which is a great game to go watch live, but isn’t covered on TV.  The team’s called the Halifax Mooseheads and is  made up of the up and coming  young players who hope to soon be playing in the NHL. In England the football has 5 different levels of professional leagues, the top tier is called the Premier League.  This was confusing to me when I first moved here. In Canada you are in the NHL, or a junior farm team and that is pretty much it. Once I got a job in London working for a major Sports TV station I had to learn fast. This is what I’ve learned; here you can play professionally and be in one of the 5 different leagues. They don’t have play-offs as such, they have promotions and relegation between the 5 levels depending on the teams standings in points at the end of season.  The top couple of teams get promoted to the next higher team, and the bottom ones get relegated to the next lower team. Also the teams at the top of the [Premier League](http://www.premierleague.com/ "Premier League") are playing to win the league and obtain a place in the Champions League (the best of the teams across Europe).   Other than that the games of hockey and football are very similar, I think of football as hockey with a green background. If you get the chance to go to a Premier League match in England make sure to go, the atmosphere is something else, the cheering, jeering, booing, singing, it’s all good fun. In England when I see a TV with hockey on it I always get a warm fuzzy feeling inside, the comfort of home, and something familiar. But when on a visit home after living in England for about a year and a half I was in a pub that had football on the TV and I got that same warm fuzzy feeling in reverse! [![stanley cup](http://res.cloudinary.com/bluenose-girl/image/upload/v1420456077/Stanley_Cup_no_background_ppsgoq.jpg "Stanley_Cup_no_background")](http://bluenosegirl.com/football-vs-hockey/stanley_cup_no_background/)
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