Earlier this year the planets all lined up for me as a football fan when der Klassiker fell on the same day as German Heritage Day at BMO Field with Chicago visiting. That got me the biggest Canadian Bayern fan gathering for a match ever, a smashing of Dortmund and my chance to meet the Fussballgott himself. Not a bad day.
For the second time in a year the sports gods have smiled on me again. In an eight day stretch, 3 of my favourite teams won heated derbies and Bayern recorded two wins. And to top it off, during the international break, a Canadian won the US Open.
For the record the three derbies were:
Toronto wins 2-1 over Montreal in the 401 Derby also known as the Two Solitudes Derby or the Canadian Classique on August 24.
Then Notts Forest pounded Derby County 3-0 to win the latest round of the Brian Clough Trophy in the EFL Cup on August 27.
Finally the culmination came as Rapid Vienna beat Austria Vienna 3-1 in the second most played derby in football (started in 1911) on Sept 1. It was the 329th playing of this amazing series.
Throw a couple of Bayern wins in there, including a goal by Alaba and Phonzie and life is good. This sports fandom thing really is not too bad some times.