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We are world champs baby

Indians are world champions baby. We are no. 1 in tests, one days and now we are world champs. Can you believe it?

The team we all are used to seeing come close at times and break our hearts and at times rip our hearts and deep fry them n toss them on the grill to make sure they are charred like coal and possibly use them to grill more hearts by losing in the first round.

Today they ripped them out alright and deep fried them too, but then they threw them in a pot full of sugar syrup, spooned them out, added two dollops of creamy ice cream and topped it off with a cherry of a sixer to close the deal. What a ride? Cherish your team fellow citizens and crazies. Tonight’s your night. Cherish your team.

Indian Cricket

I have been an ardent fan of cricket since I remember. Being born in India in 70s and getting introduced to cricket at a very young age during the hey days of a world cup win in 1983, the only sport that I knew and played was cricket for a long time. While Diego Maradona inspired us to play football a bit we used to sneak out of class rooms either to watch or play cricket. It doesn’t matter at what level, all we needed was a ball and a flat piece of wood. I still remember days when I used to practice my defense, cover drives and the loft over mid-on for six.

I am watching the world cup final between India and Sri Lanka while writing this. India is in dire straights and will probably lose, while I hope it doesn’t. The thing that inspired me to write is frustration, Ironically. For a country of 1.2 billion people, we have been struggling for a while to win the big one. While I can go on and on and write tomes about all the reasons for not being able to produce a winning team, the one prime reason I think undid all the previous teams is the infighting and all the politics to get into the team and then, once in to stay in the team. While playing for the country is the pride for everyone getting in, money is the reason, in my opinion, thing that will push them to stay in despite being well aware that there is better talent waiting on the wings that can give them better chances.

While Australia has been dominant for the past decade, though there were occasional challengers, India has become the team to beat, off late. I think the reason behind that is the new attitude of the captain being a leader during the periods of stress as well as being fair to the players by giving opportunities for the ones who he thinks will give him a better chance to win. While there are still politics influencing who gets those opportunities, the attitude of the team has changed for good and I am hopeful it stays that way for the years to come. Even if india loses this one, I am sure they will go on and dominate for a while.

Just like any other fan, I am hoping that they will win this one. While I complete and post this entry, a couple of young guns are playing sensibly and keeping India in the chase. Go India.

My wish…fulfilled

I wished the Patriots did what they did to Jets yesterday in their first encounter. It is one thing being confident. But it pisses off people when someone is really arrogant without achieving anything. I would have been fine if the Saints were as cocky as the Jets. I read some sports writers support Rex Ryan’s cockiness by saying he is trying to change the Jet’s losing culture by bringing in a new attitude. Well, if  he was trying to do that by pissing off rest of the teams, their coaches and fans then I think he has accomplished this. They barely go through their previous 4 games and finally ended up in the hands of a team that is peaking. I am still weary of their defense though.

Even after two years I still can’t get the 2007 super bowl out of my head though. I hope they win this one, now that they have lost a few and probably would not have the burden of going 19-0 on their shoulders.

Good bye Randy…

I was a little surprised when I read that Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings. It was not shocking though. It has been a drag for the last couple of years after the initial fireworks. I believe he still has got the talent, just disgruntled with the way things are run by coach BB.

With Wes back and the TEs stepping up, Pats may probably not miss him as much. But I think the big play phobia of the teams playing NE might be put aside, at least for now. Wes will become an easy target for the defense since there will not be two players that they need to double team.

Favre got his wish fulfilled, even if it is just for one season. One has to wait n see how that combo works out though. It is probably fitting for Randy to get back to where it all started. It will make a good story for his HoF career.

My blogging troubles

As usual, it’s been a while since I blogged.
Am planning to do it on a regular basis from now on (you can call it my new year resolution)

I am hooked up to NFL these days, rather I should say I’ve become a sports junkie.
Not sure, how long this will last but it’s eating a lot of my time as I am watching the idiot box all the time.

Took some time to reflect on where I started and where I am heading the other day.
It triggered a lot of thought threads that led me all the way to my school days.
Didn’t realize that it’s been almost 15 years now.
Am trying to connect to all my old friends from school and college again.
I started off with Naveen.

It’s midnight now, will continue later.

Cheers,
Venu.

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