Nathan Overlock is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A professional writing and information design major at Cedarville University, he is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Nathan talks about sports in Dublin and getting involved in the Super Bowl celebrations even while abroad.
Let’s just get this out of the way: I’m not the world’s biggest sports fan. I’ve played baseball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, fencing, and tried my hand at football and volleyball once or twice, but stuck with none of them. Even my eight years of soccer came to an abrupt halt when I discovered there were more exciting things to do with my time in high school.
While I still play the occasional game for fun, not even the greatest boredom has made me enjoy actually watching sports. I thought I’d escaped the craze of football and fandoms when I came to Ireland. Even though I knew sports are a big part of Irish culture, I figured I could just avoid it. But the shouts of “Go Falcons!”, NFL memorabilia decorating the local pubs, and invitation to the Student Union’s Super Bowl party quickly taught me otherwise. When I visited Croke Park earlier this semester, I half expected it to be an American football stadium.
So, seeing how big sports are to campus life, and knowing there was no way I was going to join a club, I decided I had to start somewhere. So, I double checked which teams were actually playing, bought my ticket at the Griffith College Student Union, and headed out for an obscenely long Sunday evening at Copper Face Jack’s, one of Dublin’s quirkier late night hangouts.