As New Zealand and Australia pulled up their socks and locked horns with each other in the final, the main question according to me was not who was going to take the much coveted trophy but my concern was regarding a controversial decision taken by the ICC, which has decided to limit the participation of the so called “minnows” or in other words associates to only two from the next ODI world cup in 2019. This decision taken from Dubai has created lot of hue and cry regarding the motives of the world cricket’s governing body.
“Our field is BIGGER, Our Halves are LONGER, Our Cuts are DEEPER,Our Traditions are OLDER, But Our Weaknesses FEWER.”
The last game of Rugby at the Olympics was in 1924 and saw USA beat the hosts France by a score of 17-3 and that lead to a pitch invasion by the french fans. The french team aided by the police somehow protected the USA national team from the eyre of the French fans and that marred the end of the association of the Rugby Union with the olympics as the olympic committee looked for more individual sports to be included, till 2016 when we will see the sport back on the greatest stage.
At the start of the season, whenever Man Utd played a match (especially at old trafford), there was always a sense of exasperation among the Man Utd fans. The reasons were plenty: is it going to be 4-4-2, 3-5-2, 4-3-3? And the most common expression used to be ‘Now who is injured!!’ Van Gaal was given the resurrection job after the disastrous Moyes era. Van Gaal said that he would require a period of 3 months for Man Utd to play his way. There were constant comparisons to the Fergie era which have continued and need to be stopped. The time has come for Manchester United fans(Yeah me to!!) to let go of the Sir Alex Ferguson reign and stop judging this new era by former glories. There was no way Van Gaal was going to come to Manchester United and adopt somebody else’s philosophy.
Before I start, a small disclaimer. Since the people reading this are neither the BBC nor an Indian political party, I hope I am not pulled up for any controversial statements or stereotypical religious comments that I might accidentally make.
This seemingly appalling question arises only because of the insurgence of the social media into every nook and cranny of the modern game. After almost 19 years into his job, Arsene has faced a barrage of criticism, vile abuse and anger. In recent years, fans and rivals have called for him to be sacked alleging a lack of success and trophies in the last 9 years and some humiliating results to bitter rivals and lower ranked opposition like the West Broms and the Derby Countys of England. But for a man of his stature and record is this justified? Or is Arsene’s time really up at Arsenal?
With the word ‘sports’, there arises an aura of kinetic zeal, vigour, agility and of-course, a healthy competitive spirit.
As often presumed, sports are not only a mere source of bash and business, it has a much bigger larger meaning to it, it reflects back on one’s way of life, their affections, their inspirations, their motivations.