Month: April 2013

Not so Super a Sunday !

So last Super Sunday was not all that enjoyable to me. All the events produced negative results so I must title that Sunday as Flop Sunday 1.

TENNIS:

Nadal lost to Djokovic in the Monte Carlo masters tournament. He had won it 8 times in a row and it would have been awesome if he could win it one more time. But it wasn’t to be. Nadal fought in the match like he always does but Djokovic was too good.

Djokovic raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set and looked set to take the set but Nadal fought back to break him and win the next game too. At 5-2 and Djokovic serving, Nadal had a few more break points but could not latch onto them and Djokovic won the first set 6-2. The second set was a close fight with each player breaking each other multiple times. It went to the tie breaker where Djokovic outplayed Nadal and won the tie breaker 7-2, thus winning the match.

Nadal is playing the Barcelona Open this week and is currently in the semis. It would be good if he could win this tournament.

FORMULA1:

Ferrari had a disastrous Bahrain grand prix. Both Alonso and Massa had very good starting positions on the grid but both of them faced problems in their cars had couldn’t compete in the race. Alonso rear DRS wing got stuck and he had to pit twice to get it fixed. He couldn’t use DRS for the rest of the race. Massa had a damage on the front wing on the first lap for which he had to pit. Later in the race, he suffered a tyre puncture forcing him to pit again.

Alonso finished the race 8th and Massa 13th. It was a fantastic race for Lotus team though  with Kimi and Grosjean finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. So Vettel is now leading at 77 followed by Kimi at 67. Alonso is 4th with 47 points. Ferrari is third in the table with 77 points, 32 behind Red Bull.

Football:

The results in the two matches on Sunday seemed to headed in a great direction for Arsenal when things changed for the worse. Spurs were down a goal in the 80th minute but somehow they produced 3 goals out of nowhere to win the game 3-1. The Liverpool Chelsea match was being let by Liverpool when they scored the first goal but Chelsea bounced back scoring two. The only consolation for the night was that Suarez scored another for Liverpool and the game ended in a draw. Suarez also bit Ivanovic and got banned for 10 games. I don’t know what to say about that.

So we play Man U this Sunday. They have already won the premier league this season. We can hope that they are complacent in the next game but knowing Mr. Fergie, they will play to win. Should be a good match.

 

 

 

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Super Sunday yayyy!!

This is my first sporting related post in I don’t know how long. Even as I write this, it’s not that I am free. I am on-call right now. It’s just something I am forcing myself to do. Anyway I  have quite a few sporting events taking place this week. There is the 4th Grand Prix of the formula 1 season in Bahrain in which Alonso will start from 3rd position. Then there is the Monte Carlo Masters final between Nadal and Djokovic. Then there are a couple of premier league matches which do not involve Arsenal but will have a massive impact on where we finish this season. We take them one by one:

NADAL:

If we look into human history for great personalities who were famous for being fighters, Nadal’s name would feature prominently in the list. This guy is the closest one can get to being truly god-like. He spent seven months out of the ATP tour injured. When he started to come back, I was happy that I would finally get to follow him. I wasn’t expecting him to get perfectly fit and start competing in the level that he used to. But he has done just that even though he has not been perfectly fit given his knee issues.

He has played 5 tournaments after his comeback and has got to the final in all 5 of them. The fact that the first two events were minor ones doesn’t matter. Today he faces Djokovic  in what will be the sternest test he will face after his comeback. And no matter how he performs today,  I will be proud of him and look up to him.

One only has to look at him to learn that no matter what problems you face in life, hard work and humility will get you where you want to be. He faced multiple injuries and ersonal setbacks over the last few years but he fought through each one of them and emerged as a greater person. For this reason Nadal will always be greater for me than Federer. That Federer is the greatest tennis player in history cannot be challenged. No player will ever come close to accomplishing what he has. But if you put aside the tennis and consider the person, Nadal inspires me more. That’s not to say that Federer is a bad person. His behavior on and off the Tennis court has always been exemplary. But Nadal, seeing as how he fights and never gives up just dwarfs Federer’s accomplishments in my eyes. To compare them both is useless. But one can’t help it can he?

ARSENAL:

I have come to accept the fact that Arsenal will be a team that will always struggle to win trophies and will probably not challenge for the title in a few years to come. This season for them has been as disappointing as the last.And while there can be excuses to last season’s performances, there are none for this seasons. Which brings me to why I am following them in the first place. It’s not that I love football. I hardly watch even Arsenal’s matches. There is very little exiting in their game or their achievements. I think I should just stop following them. But it’s difficult. So I have decided to invest as little emotionally on them as possible.

Anyway having been kicked out of all competitions this season, Arsenal are struggling to get to their final goal which is to finish in the top four. And I must say they are doing very well in this struggle. We are on a 5 match unbeaten run at the moment, 4 of them being victories. Our last defeat was at the hands of Tottenham who were 5 points ahead of us after that win. We are 5 points ahead of them currently having played 2 games more. We have taken 16 points from the last 18 while they have taken 10.

So we are 3rd currently in the table after 34 games above Chelsea who are 2 points behind us having played 2 games fewer. Both Tottenham and Chesea have crucial games today where they play Man City and Liverpool respectively. The best result would be a Man City and Liverpool win. Worst would be the other way around. Anyway I will just have to wait and see what they do.

Formula 1

So Ferrari has seen a mixed start this season. We sit at 73 points in the table, 5 behind leaders Red Bull. Alonso has had 2 podium finishes in the 3 race so far, including a win in the last race. He crashed out in the first lap in the 3rd race and currently sits 3rd with 43 points, 9 behind leader Vettel. He is starting today’s race at third position so it should be an interesting one. Even Massa has started this season decently so Ferrari seem to be better off than they were last season. So here’s hoping for a Ferrari 1-2, however unlikely that may be.

IPL

Last but not the least IPL. Unfortunately, I can’t be arsed to write about it just I will just chuck it.

Prog 7

So here comes another prog. That it came 3 weeks after the last one is a testament to how busy I have been. Have I really been that busy? I think I have. Anyway here goes:

Good:

1. Started work on the Oracle certification course. Sad part is that I have not been able to find time to work on it daily. And weekends as I know I get lazy. Have to put in more effort.

2. Had a long trip home couple of weeks back. Was a good trip. Did everything that I inteded to do. No scratches on the car but the driving was also minimal. Had a good conversation with dad and I think for once I was able to get through to him. But I had to be very rough. Was not pleasant. Anyway the Modi account is settled now. Have to work hard and consolidate. Bro must find a job quickly.

3. Have been  able to reduce my expenditure over the last couple of months. Largely owing to the previous cook who came early in the morning. The present cook comes in the evening so I am having to buy lunch. That is an extra expenditure. But still have to work hard to reduce it even more.

BAD:

1. Completely lost touch with the guitar. Just there isn’t any time left. And even when I have the time, I don’t have the drive that I used to have. How times change! Managing time is hard work in itself. The greatest people are those who can manage their time the best. It’s something that I have to learn. Will googling help?

2. My fitness drive has faded a little of late. Missed the gym for a few days and now struggling to wake up in the morning. Have to get back on track this week.

3. Have to put in more effort at work. There is a lot I need to learn if I have to work without depending upon others. Have to put in more effort in learning not only GG but also Oracle Db and DB concepts in general.

4. My average number of posts on this blog used to be 4-5 over the last year. This is my first post this month. I am also struggling to write things in the collage. This just means that my life is getting stale. Have to force new things to happen. Otherwise I become just another uncle.