Thursday, June 22, 2006

What I hate about the World Cup.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the World Cup so far. Heck, I spent 4.5 k in getting a new Set-Top box just for the World Cup! The quality of football has been absolutely fantastic and I just cant wait for the knock out stages.

But the world cup (like every other good thing) also brings along with it some really annoying points.

1. Everybody's obsession with Brazil. Every Tom, Dick and Harry starts to support Brazil. People learn one or two names like Ronaldo and Cafu and start throwing names in conversations. Bah.

The media's obsession with the Brazilian team? is worse. Every time a Brazilian crosses the ball, the commentator goes - "look at the way he crosses the ball".

The foreign media is worse. Every time Brazil plays badly, everybody feels its just an ominous sign that they are saving their best for the knockout stages. A half decent free kick, one step over and the commentator has an orgasm. Sheesh.

Why dont we give all this a rest? Who cares whether Ronaldo is fat or if Cafu is old. Lets just concentrate on their lovely fans instead !

2. The Indian media wakes up to the fact that there is a sport other than Cricket. We then have PYTs all over on television talking about the game. There will be this typical story about the guy in Kolkotta who loves football so much that he has a poster of Maradona up on his wall. There will be this usual analysis about why a country of 1 billion cannot be produce a team worthy enough of making the final.

Plus, the only place in the world where guys Novy Kapadia, Bhaichung Bhutia actually have people paying them to come up with shit! Well, this year NDTV has gone on better, they have signed up Chima Okerie!

4. Everybody wants to talk about football! Well, this is nice but as a football fanatic. I dont really like it when guys come up to me and bore me with their observations about the obvious.

5. A game has 3 red cards, over 25 shots on goal, 2 penalties saved, 2 guys get stretchered off but people find it boring because it ended nil-nil.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Victory for African Football.

Ghana 2-0 Czech Republic. What a match! Football at its best.






A red card..multiple yellow cards.. a missed penalty..brilliant goal keeping..fantastic open game. And an underdog snatching victory from one of the better teams in World Football.

Pity that it had to be the Czechs. It seems to me that everybody loves the Czechs (and the Dutch). But this group is now wide open. Lets see if the U.S. can live up (atleast to a small extent) to its ranking and trouble the Italians.

P.S: Watching even two overs of cricket (even if its reasonably exciting) after a good game of football is painful!

Friday, June 16, 2006

LOL!

It is just before the England v Brazil match. Ronaldinho goes into the Brazilian changing room to find all his team-mates looking a bit glum.
"What's up?" he asks.
"Well, we're having trouble getting motivated for this game. We know it's important but it's only England. They're sh*t and we can't be bothered."
Ronaldinho looks at them and says, "Well, I reckon I can beat them by myself. You lads go down the pub."
So Ronaldinho goes out to play England by himself and the rest of the Brazilian team go off for a few jars.
After a few pints they wonder how the game is going, so they get the landlord to put the teletext on. A big cheer goes up as the screen reads " Brazil 1 - England 0 (Ronaldinho 10 minutes)". He is beating England all by himself!
Anyway, a few pints later and the game is forgotten until someone remembers, "It must be full time now, let's see how he got on." They put the teletext on.


"Result from the Stadium 'Brazil 1 (Ronaldinho 10 minutes) - England 1 (Lampard 89 minutes)."

They can't believe it; he has single-handedly got a draw against England!! They rush back to the Stadium to congratulate Ronaldinho. They find him inthe dressing room, still in his gear, sitting with his head in his hands.

He refuses to look at them. "I've let you down, I've let you down."

"Don't be daft, you got a draw against England, all by yourself. And they only scored at the very, very end!"

"No, no, I have, I've let you down. I got sent off after 12 minutes."

Monday, June 12, 2006

come what may!

This is one of those things that I HAVE to do (apart from the usual stuff like visiting Easter Islands, Europe road trip, etc) Decided today that I am going to be in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. Come what may! Not just for the football but for the images, the experience, the colour and the sounds! And yes guys like Rooney, Ronaldinho and Messi will be at their peaks!

Also decided on the people I would like to come along. Lets see.. All of us will be 26!

On a related note, Czech Republic thrashed the U.S. So much for the FIFA world cup rankings which has the U.S. at #5. Whatever happened to that chap, Freddie Adu?

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The World Cup!

Shaka Hislop- Take a bow! Trinidad & Tobago 0- Sweden0. Who would have thought! T&T a team comprising of journeymen and guys who play in the second and third divisions in England and Wales up against a team with guys from teams like Barcelona and Juventus!

Well, this is the reason why Americans or Indians will never take up football. Nobody realizes that at times a game with a 0-0 scoreline can be absolutely pulsating. Instead in Basketball you have the overtimes, double Overtimes and even Triple overtime!

The World Cup has begun with a bang. Almost everybody around me seems to be discussing topics like Crouch's dance and Rooney's foot. Not necessarily a good thing. Why? Watch this space!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Switch that thing off!

You know what pisses me off? Seeing people leaving their office computers on every evening when they head home. What the F*** is the point?! Trying to save 2 precious minutes the next morning? Everybody does it. Even my colleagues!

Every single person who comes back from the San Antonio office leaves his computer switched on and when questioned says " Oh! thats what they do in Texas!". Thats very cool man! And dont get me started on the whole deal of having 100 tubelights on when there are only 5 people in the office.

The world has enough F***ing problems without having to power another bloody inactive computer.

Turn that thing off!