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.
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.
Just to a very limited SUBSET.
So here is the kicker.
I heard from somebody who is IN HOSPITAL — at New Hampshire’s FAMED ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center‘ (DHMC) in Lebanon. A research & teaching hospital no less. They don’t have enough tests. You have to meet the age or employment criteria or have symptoms. IF not, you can’t have it. That is STUPID. That is crazy.
I heard that New York is now doing a MILLION tests a week.
Well, a million tests would just about cover ALL of New Hampshire.
But, we don’t have enough tests!
And NOBODY is mentioning this.
I meet the over-60 criteria. So, I can get one.
I don’t want one. Don’t see the point. Right now, I have no symptoms.
They can tell me I am negative & I could be positive 24-hours later. I could have caught it by going for the test.
Would be SLIGHTLY more interested in the antibody test. But, even that, right now, would be a waste. I really haven’t had any symptoms. So, very UNLIKELY I had it without I realizing it. Given my age & poor heath, I would have KNOWN it even if I had a touch. So, I am not going to deprive a more worthy person from getting a test.
But, thought YOU should know.
You did KNOW that … right?
Those tests claimed ‘negative’ though that was NOT the case.
Yes, I am a professional cynic.
I have previously wondered whether hospitals/labs really test your blood! They can just make up numbers. Come on. This is the U.S. of A.
So, I am not 100% convinced that the Coronavirus test kits are all totally kosher.
Think about it. THINK.
You get a negative result, they tell you it is just a bad case of the normal flu. What next ….
And as I dreaded they folded and played dismally APART from Roston Chase’s 2nd innings century when the Test was already lost.
Yes, you can claim that they had won the series so they were off the boil. You hear that often in cricket. But, their performance was again at their pathetic best.
Yes, it is also true that Jason Holder, their motivating and of late ‘match-winning’ captain was precluded from playing. By the ICC for poor over rate delivery. That is frustrating. I think ICC has gone too far.
But, we are back to where we were …
The West Indies playing like a bunch of girls.
I don’t even want to get into Shannon Gabriel’s sledging. All so stupid and uncalled for. He will now miss a game or two or three. Crazy.
The huge 381-run victory, against England, in the 1st Test match, at Brisbane, was special. But, I have seen enough disappointments, of late, to have got to excited and get my hopes up.
And then this … even with the death of Alzarri Joesph’s Mother on the morning of the 3rd Day. They played just like they used to play. It was a pleasure and to see my ol’ buddy Viv, in the stands, standing and applauding, made my day.
Wow. Have we finally turned the page? About time, I may add. But, cricket is a funny ol’ game. We still have another match and I see that Captain Jason Holder will have to miss it because of poor over rate. Shame. Very frustrating.
So for the second Test in a row the players are wearing black armbands. This time for poor, 22-year old Alzarri Joesph’s mother who died ahead of the 3rd day of the 2nd Test between the West Indies and England. I do not know the details. I assume she must have been ill. But, Alzarri did not, from what I saw, show any signs of distress the day before. He bowled quite. I like him. He has potential. This will be a setback. It is a great testament to his character that he continued to play. Him dropping out would have been a bitter blow to the West Indies. I am very proud of him ad this will be remembered for years to come. I wish him well.
My “West Indies”, After A Decade, Play Like They Are Supposed To & Live Up To Their Storied Heritage.
The 1st Test, West Indies v England, in Barbados, was something else. WOW. What a match. What sterling performances. 202* by Jason Holder no less. I like Jason, so this was good. Also Shane Dowrich. 116* by him.
England went in facing a target of 628 runs. 628 runs. This by the ‘modern’ West Indies. Hard to believe but true.
I kept on waiting for them to collapse as they so often have done in the last decade. Darren Bravo’s return didn’t impress. And in the 2nd innings they did collapse to 6-120. I expected the worse at that point. Then a 295 run, unbroken, stand. WOW. Just like the old days.
It was so amazing to watch. Just like the West Indians on the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.
Lets hope that this new found form and purpose continues. It will do us, the long-suffering supporters, a world of good.
I, of course, watched the highlights. Good game, so far. Windies did better than I had expected, but, again not surprisingly, caved towards the end. But, a better score than many, including I, would have dared predict.
But, I wasn’t sure as to who the black armbands were for. Had to look it up.
Ruth Strauss. Interesting. I wasn’t that familiar with Andrew, never mind the wife. But, he was a former captain and many of the players must have known both of them. So, it was good that they decided to show their respects.
Could prove to be quite the game. Let’s hope that it lasts at least 4-days.
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Wow. What a last day (the 4th). I have been following the whole series, the T20s, ODIs & now the 1st Test, with interest and joy. Some good, exciting cricket.
I had watched the Test match highlights each day — some while having lunch and the rest at night, over dinner. Exciting Test match.
Hats off, most certainly, to New Zealand. A totally unexpected win — against the grain. It only became a possibility right at the end. Poor Pakistan. They showed one of their fans, a middle-aged man, crying.
Amazing spin bowling by the debutant — Ajaz Patel. This was good for cricket.
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