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