...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|2 years 50 weeks ago||My sympathies||
Both Pakistan cricket and Michigan State sports have not been doing so well lately. Good WC game though, hope you watched it!
|2 years 50 weeks ago||To clarify||
since I don't think that Pakistan's being given enough credit --- yes, Pakistan winning would have been a slight upset, and a shocking one to Indians because of the home advantage, but Pakistan was not that much of an underdog. They are, and have historically been, a very good team. Certainly the excitement and import of an India-Pakistan meeting is all that FrankMurphy said and more, but an upset was certainly possible.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Not on the scale of cricket||
Not on the scale of cricket --- that's why there is an Indian Premier League that all other internationals play in. But hockey (not the ice kind) and tennis are also quite popular, and I know schools play basketball, volleyball and baseball too. Believe it or not, there are larger television audiences for chess matches and trivia/quiz contests than these other minor sports. At least, this was true when I grew up near India in the early 90s --- I guess thanks to Anand for the former, and Cadbury's Bournevita Quiz contest for schools for the latter.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Yeah, I forgot about racing||
Yeah, I forgot about racing in my reply below.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Funding||
Or lack thereof, to be accurate. Up until a few years ago, and especially before the run up to the Commonwealth games, very little money was directed into furthering sports. The New York Times had a number of great articles on the topic about a year ago. There are more pressing matters in India, frankly, and what little money went to sports ended up funneled into people's pockets. But things have changed: there is a lot more awareness, money, training from international coaches and organizations, and new facilities, which may make India more competitive in sports other than cricket.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Wooo! It's over.||
Sri Lanka here we come!
Can we get a game thread for that too?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Have to agree||
But it's not over yet! They can stil prove us wrong.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Sitting in the crowd?||
Kind of dangerous no? Given the Nehru/Gandhi family history? At an India-Pakistan game and a potential India-Sri Lanka match up coming up?
The metal detectors in that country are essentially just for show.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Was an Azhar fan growing||
Was an Azhar fan growing up...somehow never felt the same with Dhoni, but I'm coming round. Slowly, I admit.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Nehra!||
I take it all back. Great over! And a wicket!
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Afridi's gone!||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I think he was being a||
I think he was being a gentleman. If he celebrated though, even if it was wrong, I think the TV umpire would have agreed and given it...can't tell either way.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Actually, most all of India||
Actually, most all of India is shut down right now, watching the match. I was there during the earlier group matches and everything is at a standstill when India plays.
And you can bet anything you like that even in the poorest of the poor areas, there is a crowd gathered around a single, small, flickering tv screen. India is really a single sport nation.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Patel strikes!||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Shared rooting interests||
Seem to be plenty of India fans (yes!) but I wonder if there are any Pakistan supporters here? Awfully quiet from the other side.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||One Day Internationals too!||
ODIs have enough contained excitement for our short attention spans too, but yes 20/20s are as exciting, short, and very very similar to the punch delivered in hockey and football games.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Avoid a South Africa repeat||
Well, as long as Nehra doesn't give away the game again, things are looking good. So far.
And as I type this, Harbhajan comes through!
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Indian Catholic here, but I||
Indian Catholic here, but I cheer for Michigan. My degrees are from Michigan, not Notre Dame. In any case, I don't think that the spheres of religion and sports should intersect.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||07 Camry Owner||
I financed and took possession of a four-cylinder 07 Camry exactly three years ago today. For me, it came down to choosing between the Malibu and the Camry. The pick-up for this version of the Camry is definitely slower than other cars I have driven. However, I was offered the car, with moonroof, for about $500 above invoice price at Rinke Toyota in Detroit, because they were making space for the 08 models. You might want to see if you can get a deal like that now. At the time, resale value for a Toyota was much higher than for Ford and GM, a factor which helped the decision too. For the record, my Camry was built in Kentucky.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||A few days probation||
is fine, but I would like to advocate care when judging newly signed-up members. For instance, although I only got an account recently, I have been reading the board every day since January 2008 and could tell you how everything works. I have never contributed because as an international student, I was still learning the game, yet cheering on the school I love. I personally know of several other grad students who do the same thing, so this is not an isolated situation.
I notice that the proponents of elitism all have close to or above 500 points. The previous voting system was fine because long time lurkers could gain "respect" relatively quickly, should they wish to jump into the discussion. I guess I am saying that in an attempt to rid the board of trolls, we should be careful to not become a completely closed society.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||I'm sure that||
Brian could cook up quite a storm too. But yes, Tripp did provide some food for thought.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||I think he's afraid||
of adding a little spice to his life.