There is plenty of LIVE cricket again
BUT NOT on Willow TV.
They have NO REAL, i.e., MEN’s International, cricket for the next 3.5-months. But, in the meantime some hard to ignore series are taking place: West Indies vs Sri Lanka T20 & Australia vs New Zealand. In past years these would have been on Willow TV. They had the ‘franchise’ for all those countries. But, not right now.
So, a BIG Heads Up. Don’t sign-up (or RENEW) Willow TV before checking what is coming up.
I was FORCED to check ESPN+. 12-, 13-years ago ESPN+ carried a lot of cricket. Then the likes of Willow stepped in. The tide seems to be turning again.
So, as I said, a Heads Up.
Australia’s New T20 Cricket Shirt With Indigenous Design To Honor The Original Inhabitants Is STUNNING & Praiseworthy.
I was stunned when I saw it last night. Wow. Wow. WOW.
Such a great & HUGE gesture. Well done Australia. I am PROUD of you. Us cricketers have such big hearts.
Stunningly beautiful shirts. I want one. I will buy one. Bravo. I am so happy.
You can find the details as to the designers, two females here. Check it out.
Check Category ‘cricket’.
Yes, we have a well-earned reputation for ‘monkey see, monkey do‘. So, we HAD TO DO a ‘Premier League‘ whether it made sense, was needed or was going to be productive.
Oh, NO. ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do‘.
We have just finished the Indian IPL — the 1st & best of its kind. Others have tried, but the IPL remains preeminent.
We already have ENOUGH Franchise T20 leagues. There is only so much you can watch, only so much you can take.
This is TOO MUCH. Too much. STOP. STOP.
I for one am NOT watching. Why bother watching it when there is plenty of INTERNATIONAL cricket, SA v Eng & Aus v Ind.
The LPL is a STUPID IDEA. Let it die after this inaugural season.
‘Monkey See, Monkey Do‘
Check Category ‘Cricket’.
I Am Not Watching ‘IPL 2020’ Because I Refuse To Subscribe To Indian ‘Hotstar’ — Which I Find Repulsive.
One of the worst outfits in the World.
They lie, they cheat & their coverage is HORRIBLE
in that they tell you the RESULT beforehand!
Nothing to do with costs. Everything to do with how much I despise, resent & abhor bloody Hotstar U.S.
I avowed that I would never subscribe to them again, & I am not.
Yes, I am missing out on ‘IPL 2020’. So be it. I watched a BIT of poor quality highlights on YouTube & realize I can live without it.
IPL without the crowds looks pretty flaccid.
I will wait for more new cricket on Willow TV. I might even TRY to like the CPL!
But, one thing is for sure. I hate BLOODY Hotstar U.S. Indians at their worst.
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My daughter found this buried in one of our many bookshelves. Easy to get lost. It is TINY; 4″x5.4″ & just 30-pages. So, it is incredibly thin.
Cute. My name, written rather shakily, cracks me up. I think this was when I was about 8. That would mean I got this sometime around 1961. Somebody must have got it for I.
I do not recall any other books that were STAMPED with the name of a shop. Strange. Kind of defacing it. Maybe this was their shop copy!
I knew a new Code of Cricket had come out ‘recently’. I had to go check. So, that was 2017.
Wow. Not many since 1788.
I am glad I have this cute little booklet.
Check Category ‘Cricket’.
I Am, Of Course, Chuffed That Sir Ian Botham Will Be Lord Botham, BUT I Wish He Would Lose 40 Pounds.
The notion of dear ol’ Beefy becoming a Lord is GRAND. He deserves it. Ian, everything said & done, is a GOOD MAN. I think he has a heart of gold & we all know he has done a tremendous amount for charity.
Of course I like Beefy. What is there, really, not to like. He is the epitome of a man’s man, a cricketer’s cricketer.
I just can’t fathom why he doesn’t take better care of himself.
Yes, he was always bordering on husky. And we all know he likes his food & DRINK. But, this is crazy.
He is such a role model.
Please, Beefy. Lose some weight. SMILE.
Check Category ‘cricket’.
Search on ‘Bothan’,
I have always said it, & I will gladly & proudly say it again. There is no other game like cricket. Push comes to shove we still always strive to ‘make it cricket‘. A genuine gentleman’s game — in the sense of ‘good manners’ & sportsmanship. Yes, yes, yes … we have had our incidents.
But, this was TRULY special.
I cried. Tears poured down my face. I was happy!
Very well organized & orchestrated. All the Windies had thin black gloves that they wore on their upraised, clenched fist arm. Very moving.
This was good for cricket. This was good for the World. Shame that Trump would NOT even understand. His loss.
Thank you, ALL.
This is why I truly love cricket.
Live cricket starts again
on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
Willow TV will have coverage.
Another, unforgivable, screw existing customers while trying to recruit new scheme. Yes, everybody tries it.
No, you can’t, if you are on the $10/month plan pick to pay $60, up front, and get 12-months. In a way, that is kind of crazy on Willow’s part. A punter is giving you $60 UPFRONT.
Well you know the solution. SMILE.
You have been told. No need to thank I. That is why I am here.
I am proud. I am glad. It is the proper & right thing to do. And that is why I am proud to call them — again — MY ‘West Indies‘. For at least 30-years of my life there was never any doubt that the West Indies, indubitably, were my team.
Then over the last decade they have driven me to distraction & beyond. But, every once in awhile they remind me why they used to be MY team. This is one of those occassions.
This gesture by them, alas, will not be seen by any white Americans. That is a great shame.
But, it will be seen by a lot of BROWN folks — like I, and that is NOT a bad thing. Brown people are racist. Many think that black folks are not as good as us. So, this is good.
Will they KNEEL during the ‘anthem’ — & here a supreme IRONY. They do NOT have a NATIONAL anthem! They do not represent one country — but many. But, they do have an anthem. Will they kneel.
I have heard that the England team, which is likely to have at least one non-white player, want to do something in solidarity. That would be good.
This is all good. Another reason why I adore cricket.
That I named my son after him must say it all as to who & what I think about this great man. As I have said, many times, no man has given me greater pleasure than ‘Gordon Greenidge‘. I wanted my son to be ‘Gordon Guruge’ (GG) — same as Gordon. His mother & her family, ardent Catholics all, claimed that ‘Gordon’ was too Jewish a name! This was long time ago & I did NOT know any better. Since then I have come to know a lot of Jews & I have yet to meet a Gordon. So, I relented that ‘Gordon’ would be his middle name. NO! ‘Matthew’ is NOT Biblical. Named after ‘Matthews Southern Comfort‘ (with Ian Matthews). One of my favorite groups at the time — & I have always liked Ian Matthews.
I was a fully paid up member of the Hampshire Cricket Club (HCC) from 1975 to about 1982 (& I left Britain in 1985 (for what was meant to be 2-years in the States)). So, I was at Hampshire during SOME of the glory days of Gordon (not to mention Barry Richards, Andy Roberts & Malcolm Marshall). Yes, I even saw Mark Nicholas play.
I, of course, knew Gordon & he knew me by sight. I saw him occasionally away from cricket grounds & he would always stop to chat. Very nice guy.
Much of what Mark talks about in this article was AFTER I (alas) left the U.K.
Mark writes well as you would expect of a man of his erudition. This made my day. I wanted to share this with YOU. Enjoy.
Thank YOU, Gordon. Hope you are well. SMILE.