Month: January 2012

We the FANS..

Disappointment is the most general reaction in a fan when the team loses. Some others feel anger while anguish, dismay and hurt are also commonly expressed feelings. But then there are those who express disgust, contempt, even hatred, when the team loses. These are people I just don’t understand. They are many, they are loud and they are present in every country be it India or England.

I want to look at this relation: that between the fan and the sport and analyze it. I sometimes feel we act like hypocrites when it comes to winning or losing. When our team wins, we feel proud, happy, make up songs to sing praises and buy posters to attach in our rooms.  When the team loses, we do a 180 degree turn and do the opposite, rage heated debates, curse their names and stone their houses. It is nothing but lack of maturity on the fans part to do so.

I feel it is important in one’s life to be constant, to accept failure and success equally and look at the positives in life. It is our responsibility as a fans to imbibe the same principles when it comes to following the sport. I can recall numerous instances when we collectively have failed to do that.

The most recent and most contrasting case is that of Sehwag. Just one month back he broke records by scoring the highest individual score in a ODI. Everybody sang praises of the “Nawab of Najafgarh” being this and that and what not. And now after just one month, we are calling for Sehwag to be dropped from the team because he is not competent enough to play in overseas conditions. Is it just me who finds this contrast bewildering. If we enjoy his success as our own, isn’t it our duty to support him in failure. And its not just Indian cricket. People have been calling for Ricky Ponting’s head for 2 years now. After all that he has contributed to Australian cricket, that is how they treat him.

We might feel football is better. But its not, if anything, its worse. The day after Arsenal lost to Man U this season, the odds of Arsene Wenger being the first to be sacked this season was 6/1. What the fuck? And when Man U lost to Man City in the league, everybody said perhaps its time for Alex Ferguson to step down as manager. Now I am personally not a big fan of Sir Alex, but still.. that is nuts.

The same is the case in every sport. If Federer loses in one grand slam, everybody says he is done, he is too old, he can’t win anymore. Or if Nadal loses, they say he doesn’t have the legs anymore. And most of this kind of talk comes from those so called professional commentators who are nothing but hopelessly stupid old people who think they won’t get paid if they behave like a normal human instead of being smelly assholes all the time. From Gavaskar to Sidhu to Grep Chappel, I hate all of them.

India lost the third match in 3 days yesterday. I feel bad, yes. Disappointed, yes. But I don’t feel that each one of them should be lined up and hanged. Certainly not Laxman. How can everyone forget how he won us a test match against Australia with a disfuctioning back less than an year ago. The least we can do for him is to let him decide when he wants to retire.

I don’t claim to be the perfect fan. But I am mature enough to realize your team can’t win every time. Not even Barcelona can. I hope people make an effort to be that way.

Fighter!!!

Every time I set out to write a post these days, I’m having to make up my mind on how I ought to sound. Should I be energetic and optimistic or be negative and depressed. My natural inclination is to be positive but then, there are times when you don’t really have anything to cheer about.

Right now is one such case. India is currently playing the third test match and looks like we are all set to lose this one too. But I am not going to talk about it. It’s too depressing. I have better things to talk about.

Thierry Henry for example. Arsenal have signed him on loan for two months. We needed a striker as Chamakh and Gervinho have left for ACN and Arsene Wenger decided that Henry was the cheapest option available. I wasn’t sure whether Thierry could really make an impact. But then came the F.A cup match with Leeds where I was proved wrong. We had lots of possession as usual but very little impact up front. Henry was brought on as substitute for Chamakh at about the  70th min and he scored within 15 mins.  We needed a goal and he got it for us. You can’t ask for anything more. We won 1-0.

At this point of time, 2 weeks into the new year, our performance in this season reads like this:

Played:   20          Won:    11          Lost:       6        Drawn   3         Points:     36      Position:   5

Good News: We are 1 point behind fourth placed Chelsea.

Bad News: Fourth place is the best we can hope for this season.

As much as I would like us to finish higher than Tottenham, I can’t see that happening. I can’t guess how I would feel at the end of the season when I look at this post and reflect. I hope by the end of may, I will be feeling ” That was GOOD, we did well”  instead of “We could have done BETTER” and definitely not “It Couldn’t have been WORSE.” Only time will tell.

So the last couple of months have been poor for my teams. Arsenal had their moments but lost out. India have been pathetic in Cricket. And Nadal hasn’t been winning that much. And then Ferrari finished 3rd in Championship.

This is a new season starting out. F1 of course starts in March so we have time for that. But Tennis is starting with Australian Open starting this Monday. And with Arsenal playing the second half of the season with crucial F.A cup and Champions League matches, I have a lot to look forward too.

Everyone needs an anchor to move along happily in life. I wonder who my anchor will be this season. The Individuals I support need not win all the time. It is unrealistic to expect that. But I want them to compete. Prove it that they are among the best. Not bend over and get themselves fucked like the Cricket team is doing currently. I like fighters. I support them and they inspire me.

Nothing Else Matters.

Happy New $#%^*$@#

Special occations like the New Year or any  Festivals, even birthdays are personally for me quite depressing. I don’t understand what all those people celebrating are about. It’s just another day. Nothing special. I know its a pretty grim view of it.. but its a fact.

This New Year of mine however went from bad to good to bad again and then to horrible.

The gist of it: It started with India’s 5th consecutive away defeat. I was expecting more of a fight and was a little dissapointed. Then came on the good when Arsenal beat QPR 1-0 on 31st night. All the other fuckers having dropped points other that weekend, we moved in to fourth position. Then came the Fulham game on 2nd in which Djourou got himself sent off and we lost because of goals in the last 10 minutes. Then India lost the second test match by an innings.

Things can’t get any worse in a week. Or maybe they can. Nadal can lose in the first round of a tournament and Ferrari can come 19th and 20th in a race. I don’t want to be alive when that happens!