Saturday, September 22, 2012

World of Sports - The 2 months gone by

I wrote this post twice and lost both the files. Call it bad luck or fate but the whole world seems to conspire every time I am in gyaan baatofying mood.


Wimbledon 2012 came and went and is already forgotten in my memory. No one can fault me as the winners were Roger “Yawwwn” Federer and Serena “Ufff” Williams.

This was followed by a memorable London Olympics 2012 where the greatest disappointment was the record tally of medals that Team GB amassed.  Some random observations:

·         Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony sucked. BIG TIME.  There, I said it.
·         Surely cycling has to be the most boring sport in the current roster of Olympic events. Makes Indy car racing (without the mass pile up of cars) look exciting.
·         We will never see Micheal Phelps again :-( A phenomenon and easily the GOOAT for me (for the uninitiated, that’s Greatest Olympian Of All Time)
·         I am very proud of Mary Kom and her achievements and wish her well in life but seriously, women's boxing is a pathetic event. At one point, I even thought it was a non-contact sport.
·         Surprisingly, Brazil chose to send actual sportspeople instead of sexy women for their beach volleyball team. BORINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.
·         Usain Bolt is Salman Khan in a track field. S-U-P-E-R-S-T-A-R.

US Open – so finally whiny Andy and that idiot Lendl win. Who cares? I’d personally liked Berdych to win but after 4 hrs and 58 mts on a Monday, it didn't feel bad to see Andy Murray winning the final considering the alternate ending would have seen the Other Half go bonkers for a week J

Cricket – I couldn’t be bothered to type anything worthy here but I just don’t understand the massive hype around Yuvraj Singh returning back to the Indian team. Yes, he fought a courageous battle and won it but so do millions of other cancer survivors everyday and very few get as many column inches as the southpaw. I’d much rather his cricketing skills did all the talking, starting from Sri Lanka and T20 WC.

I tip the Gayle storm to win it for the Islanders.

Pssst...Scoop corner

1.       The mystery over when Sachin Tendulkar will finally retire has been put to rest at last.  According to my sources within the Tendulkar camp, I’m hearing that there is 1 record that Sachin is hell-bent on breaking before he fades away into the sunset. The Tendulkars (Sachin and son Arjun) want to be the first and only ever father-son duo to represent the country in the same Test/ODI/T20. This blog wishes all the best to the Little Master – after all, if Rohan Gavaskar can get into the Indian side, any kid with a decent surname can.

2.       With Yash Chopra finally deciding on Jab Tak Hai Jaan as the title for his next epic love story featuring a 15, nay 50, yr old wannabe, rumours are abuzz that Madhur Bhandarkar is also on the lookout for the title of his next film.  Indian Industry is at a stand-still waiting with bated breath for the next expose by this talented film-maker as everyone knows that the title itself speaks volumes for the entire film as Satta, Fashion and Corporate can vouch for.

Early rumours that the movie will be based on the scams surrounding India’s land acquisition problem, infrastructure related corruption and scandals in Indian sports are way off the mark simply coz Zameen, Road and Khel are titles of movies that have already been made in Bollywood. 

This website is proud to break the news that the movie is mostly likely to be called MAJAHAB based on the lives of fake sanyasis.

Remember, you heard it here first.

EPL round-up

I do know that 4 games is too early to pass judgment on how the season will play out but here are my first thoughts.

Arsenal – lacked creativity in the first 2 games and look bereft of ideas but the performances against Liverpool and Southampton were heartening.  Santi is a real gem, Podolski looks like he has settled well and if we can keep Diaby fit for 40 games, we should be good to be in the top 4 and probably have a good Carling cup run. Not too convinced about the Bould revolution and everytime Per is on the ball, I start praying to the gods. Also need to give Arshavin a run-in during the CL and CARLING cU

Man Utd – have definitely strengthened over the summer and Kagawa looks good L Still waiting for RvP to get injured – maybe it will happen during the next International break. Defensively they look suspect but they  should have enough to score 1 more than the opposition. Definitely top 2 and will surely win a trophy.

Man City – not sure why they sold De Jong but then Javi Garcia is an able replacement.  Yaya Toure will be off to AfCON in January and they will suffer. Also not convinced about the central defence is Kompany gets injured.  Group of Death in Europe will take its toll.

Chelsea – have finally got some fresh legs and youth in the squad. Surprised to see Bertrand starting so often and again puzzled by Sturridge’s lack of playing time. Hazard seems to have fitted in well in Chelsea and if Torres starts firing, Chelsea could even win the league. Wait. I forget their defence. Worse than even Arsenal’s, I’m afraid.

Spuds – AVB is a good coach but he doesn’t seem to have learnt the lessons from his Chelsea stint. Too many changes, striking options up-front seems very bare. Adebayor isn’t gonna set the world alight and Defoe needs a lot of chances to find the back of the net. Won’t finish in top 4.

Surprise package: Everton for their wonderful start. Selling Cahill was a big shock but big Jelavic and Mirallas seem more than competent. With Fellaini and Pienaar, they could actually finish 5th which would be creditable.