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.
Racism isn’t just black & white.
Racism exists in all cultures. We have all heard, in the context of WWII, how racist the Japanese & Chinese are.
Brown folks like I can be terrible racist.
Just a couple of days ago I was in stitches reading about a famous, black West Indian cricket captain who was very aggrieved to discover that the nickname he was called by some of his Indian teammates when he was playing cricket in India was extremely racist. They, all brown (like I), was calling him a ‘blackie’. SMILE.
I am a racist — though, of course, I have a white wife (& she wasn’t the first). Actually, it is possible that I am more of a racist than my wife. She accuses me daily (if not hourly) of being judgemental.
So, what is this all about? What am I leading at.
I have, of course, been thinking. Race, quite rightly, is very much in the forefront. I have no issues with that.
Winston Churchill, and his statue in London, was in the news today. Got me thinking. Yes, Winston was probably slightly more of a racist than I, but by how much?
Lincoln must have had some racial biases. I am convinced that no adult can claim to be at ‘0’ when it comes to racism. I don’t think it is possible.
Most folks who knew my adoptive mother, & she knew a lot of people (given that 3,000 people attended her funeral, & that was just in Sri Lanka), would claim that she had to be the most inclusive person they had every encountered since she was her own mini-U.N. But, in private she was quite the racist. Not a nasty racist. Just a common or garden racist. Among other things she so did not want me to marry anyone white!
I think you are getting my drift.
I could be wrong, BUT I think if we can stay below the 40% mark we are doing good. Yes, of course, there will be those below 40%. I know a few that might qualify. The problem is with those that are beyond the 70% mark.
Oh, and all don’t forget that racist come in all colors.
As a (full (with right-of-residency)) British citizen, of long standing, & one heck of a British Patriot, I feel quite strongly about who should & should not be getting British citizenship — as the above post will amply testify.
I strongly believe that, as it was in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s, those from the British Commonwealth — as I was — should be given priority & precedence when it comes to being granted British citizenship.
From that standpoint, I empathize with my (semi-)Brits in Hong Kong. I would like you to get citizenship & have the option of fleeing Hong Kong.
I like Hong Kong. I have visited twice. I like the Chinese — and of that there can never be any doubt or debate.
I am TORN.
Hong Kong was NEVER a British Commonwealth nation. Yes, I know that that wasn’t their fault per se. So, technically, they don’t meet my #1 criteria. I can overlook that. Bit of a technicality. They were pseudo Commonwealth. I will acknowledge that.
But, here is my real concern & fear.
Hong Kong is NOT A TRUE cricket playing country!
There is more genuine cricket in Afghanistan than there is in Hong Kong!
I do NOT expect everyone applying for British citizenship to be a current — or former — cricket player. Heavens no. I am NOT that unreasonable.
But, I would like them to LIKE cricket!
I can even make an exception to that. I just expect them to come from a country where cricket is a major sport.
That is fair. Very fair.
Think about it.
As far as I am concerned cricket is what differentiates us (from the rest of the world) & also unites us.
Google Doodle For April 28, 2020, Was About ‘Cricket’ & Repurposed From June 1, 2017 — ICC Champions Trophy.
I knew it was cricket-related as soon as I saw it. The wickets were a dead giveaway. The rolling-pin as a bat was a bit off-putting.
Then there was the sock — or more to the point a sock with very distinctive coloring. You have to be a devoted fan, such as I, to spot that. Those are the West Indies colors.
Anyway, here is my post for the June 1, 2017 Google Doodle. Enjoy.
Usually I FF through all Ads. But, this one has got to me. I watch it. Sometimes even REWIND it!
Wanted to SHARE it with YOU. Check it out. I am sure you will enjoy — at least bits of it.
Given the amount of cricket I watch, I have seen a lot of teams — and the recent West Indies team readily comes to mind — play horribly. But, the South African performance against Australia in the 1st T20 was beyond comprehension. It was an absolute, bloody abortion. Jesus wept. I nearly did too.
Yes, there is definite Munda Logic — i.e., African thought process, or, in this instance, to be precise, lack of thought process all together. I think the world of Quinton de Kock. But, as captain he is demonstrating what used to be joked about him. He is NO intellectual. He seems utterly lost as captain.
The dropped bloody catches. I have never seen anything like that?
I don’t believe in that mumbo jumbo, but many of them do and is it possible that they think that they are under a Voodoo spell. Sire played like they were under a dark cloud.
Yes, then there is the possibility of CORRUPTION and match-fixing!
What is going on right now is NOT right. Something is very, very WRONG.
I am very upset. I like this team, BUT not when they play like this — like a bunch of teenage girls all having their monthlies at the same time.
Start at 27-minute mark.
There was no International cricket of interest — and the South Africa v. Australia starts tomorrow — and I was curious to see if the Pakistanis would be able to march the drama of the IPL Opening Ceremonies. It would appear not. I assume the budgets (and for that matter the crowds) are vastly different.
To be honest I found the program flaccid and rather poorly put together. Yikes.
But, I did enjoy this musical part. ‘North Indian’ music. In Ceylon we used to call it a ‘Sakili Band’. I am sure that is not the right name. But, you may enjoy this trumpet and drum routine.