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.


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.


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.


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.





Where we stand..

It’s been quite some time since I wrote about any sporting events. I have been busy and I haven’t had any good things to write about. I finally found the drive to write something so here goes..


India won the ODI series 3-2 against England this week. Suresh Raina was the man of the series with 4 50’s in the 4 matches he batted. The flops of the series were Gambhir and Yuvraj. Neither of the performed well and we could have won 5-0 had they chipped in. Nevertheless we find ourselves in the Numero Uno position in cricket ODI rankings as South Africa lost a ODI series to New Zealand. We lead the table by 2 or 3 points. Not much to go by. We had lost a ODI series earlier against Pakisthan 2-1. 2 T-20 series were played against Pakisthan and England and we drew both 1-1. We lost the Test series against England before that 2-1.

We have a series against Australia next month. I’m not very hopeful of our performance and I just get the feeling that we are going to get our asses kicked in by Clarke. I’ll have to wait and see how we do.


I saw a Tennis match today after a long time. The Australian Open final won by Djokovic who beat Murray in 4 sets. The match seemed even in the first 2 sets with both of them going to tie breakers but then on Djokovic kicked in and took the game. I hope to see Nadal on court in a competitive match in Late Feb or March. I don’t know how long he will take to get back to top fitness.


Things are not all that well in Arsenal land. A string of defeats in various tournaments have left me disillusioned. Why am I watching Arsenal play football. I don’t play football. They are not my local team. They don’t have any legendary players in the team. So why should I suffer while they lose. Any deal should give benefits to both sides. This deal is not giving me anything. So I’ll just twist it around to suit me.

Anyway we are out of the League cup after losing to some shitty team. We won against some shitty team yesterday in the F.A cup and are into the 5th round. In the league, we sit at the 6th point, 4 points behind 4th placed Tottenham who we still have to play and 8 points behind 3rd placed Chelsea who we lost to some time back. I don’t know if we can finish in the top 4 this season and I don’t know if I’ll continue watching football if we don’t. We’ll just have to wait and see

Murray wins U.S Open + Alonso on podium


The big news this week was Murray winning the U.S Open. He beat Djokovic in 5 sets. Djokovic battled for close to 5 hours in a losing effort. That was the third straight grand slam final that Djokovic has lost against three different opponents. All of them were great finals though.

Murray winning a grand slam is fantastic news for Tennis, He has been at the top for close to 5 years now and already has 6 masters titles to his name. That the four grand slam titles this year has gone to separate top four players is amazing. Djokovic and Murray shared the hard court titles while Nadal and Federer won on their favorite surfaces.

The 2010 season completely belonged to Nadal and the 2011 season belonged to Djokovic. This season has been more even among the top 4. Nadal has been out injured since June and I am not sure if he will compete in the Tour Finals having dropped out of the Spanish Davis cup team. Still he has managed to win 4 titles this season, 1 more that what he achieved last season. Comparatively, Djokovic has won 3 titles, Federer has won 6 titles and Murray has won 3 titles. Of the 7 masters tournaments that have completed this year, 3 have been won by Federer while Nadal and Djokovic have taken 2 each.

Comparing these performances, I think Djokovic has been the best this season, having won the 2 masters titles and appearing in all four grand slam finals. Its not surprising that he has amassed 9900 points this season, 1000 more that Federer. There are 2 more masters titles to go. It will be interesting to see who wins those two.

Alonso finished 3rd in the Italian Grand Prix. He had a disastrous qualifying 3rd round and had to start at tenth position. A brilliant few initial laps saw him move to 5th position. He used his pace to overtake Raikkonen and Schumacher. Button dropped out of the race because of a mechanical failure and he passed Massa later in the race to finish at 3rd position. Hamilton drove a perfect race from pole to win the race and move into second position in the drivers championships. Alonso extended his lead at the top to 179 points, 37 more than Hamilton. The next few races are crucial and it will be interesting to see who will come out on top.


Lots of things have happened during the last 2 weeks. Most significant were the Premier League ending and Champions League final. I will go in a chronological order to make this easier for everybody.


The Bahrain grand prix was won by Vettel with Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and Alonso finishing 7th. It was a disappointing race for both Ferrari and McLaren with Hamilton having finished at 8th position. With this race, the 2012 season had 4 different winners from 4 races and Vettel was leading the standings.

The Spanish grand prix threw up another surprise when Pastor Maldonado won the race and Alonso came 2nd ahead of Raikkonen in 3rd place. So from 5 races this season, there have been 5 winners from 5 different teams. This season has been more exiting and even than the previous 2 seasons where Vettel in 2011 season and Button in 2010 season dominated the early races. So now Alonso and Vettel are joint first at the top with 61 points followed by Hamilton at 53 and Raikkonen at 49. Lotus’s start to this season has been a pleasant surprise with both drivers being in the top 10 and the team sitting in 3rd position with 84 points.


In my previous post, I wrote that as an Arsenal fan, I expected Arsenal to finish 3rd, finish with more that 67 points and for van Persie to score 31 goals. We managed to get 2 out of those right and I am immensely satisfied with the end to the season. We had drawn with Norwich in our second last game and that put us in a precarious position in the league but luckily for us, Tottenham drew their match with Aston Villa and on the final match day, 3rd position was still in our own hands. We started well with a Benayoun goal in the second minute but then conceded 2 and put ourselves in danger. Andre Santos and Koscielny stepped up and scored goals in the fist half and second half respectively and we managed to see out the final 10 nervy minutes to finish 3rd in the league. We accumulated 70 points this season and van Persie finished with 30 goals for the season.

Elsewhere, Man U and Man City were both on 86 points going heading in to the final game and Man City had to win the match to win the league. They were 2-1 down to 10 man QPR heading into the final 5 minutes but goals form Dzeko and Aguero won Man City the title. It was a stunning end to a fantastic League campaign which had its share of ups and downs for all the teams.

Chelsea won the Champions League yesterday. I missed the match thinking it will be played today but even if I had known, I probably wouldn’t have followed it. I don’t know if they deserve the title but they did have a most amazing season full of ups and downs. And if you think about it, Chelsea has had the best season of all the EPL teams. Sure, Man City won the EPL, but with the kind of squad they had, they would have looked stupid not to win the title. Man U hounded them all the way and finished on equal points with them and that is a great achievement by Sir Alex Ferguson. Liverpool won the Carling cup but finished 8th in the league, Man U tried hard in the League but disappointed in the cup competitions, Arsenal had a bad start to the season and were never in it to win the League but we played badly to crash out of the cup titles, specially the F.A cup in which we lost to Sunderland. And Chelsea finished the season winning the F.A cup and the Champions League meaning they get a lot of money and get to play in next years Champions league despite finishing 6th in the league. So with 2 significant cup titles with all the ups and downs they had with the sacking of Villas-Boas and bad league form, they are the team of the season for me for the 2011-2012 season.


Nadal lost in the 4th round in Madrid to Verdasco, who I think played fantastic tennis in that match to win the last set from 5-2 down. With Federer winning the Madrid title, he displaced Nadal in the rankings but was seded third in the Rome Masters tournament. Nadal, Djokovic and  Federer reached the semi-finals in Rome where Nadal beat Ferrer in 2 sets and Djokovic beat Federer in straight sets yesterday. So Nadal will play Djokovic in the final today.

This is their 32nd match together with Nadal leading 17-14 but Djokovic has won 7 of the last 8 meetings. If Nadal wins this match, it will be his 21st Masters title and he will be back to No. 2 going into French open. It will also be his 6th Rome Masters title. If Djokovic wins the final, it will be his 12th Masters title and he will extend his lead at the top of the rankings. Djokovic had won both the Madrid and Rome titles last year and having lost the Madrid title last week, it will be important for his confidence and position as number 1 to win this title. Specially with the French Open to come in 2 weeks time, it is an important match for both players and should be an interesting tie.

Jinxes and Fairy Tails

Last week Nadal ended his 10 month long trophy drought and a 7 match losing streak to Djokovic to win the Monte Carlo masters title. But more on that later.

When Chelsea beat Barcelona 1-0 in the first leg, a thought popped into my head that made me giggle uncontrollably. What if both Barcelona and Real Madrid don’t reach the finals?.. Ha Ha Ha .. right? Except that is exactly what ended up happening and what’s more … its even more funny in reality.

Everybody expected the Madrid-Bayern to be a close affair but most would have fancied Madrid pulling through to the final. But nobody fancied Chelsea fighting out a draw at Camp Nou. Atleast not the way they did it. It was a lot like a fairy tail.. it had all the ingredients.. an insurmountable task, made more difficult midway, a fighting climax and thrilling finish. And a fair amount of stupidity thrown in.

It was a very important tie and the cunt that is Terry felt that he should contribute something extra so he went ahead and kneed Sanchez without provocation or need or thought and hence got himself sent off, much to his dismay, Chelsea fans disbelief and the neutral observers amusement. Then he made a bigger joke of himself saying he just did it in self defense against whatever threat he imagined himself in. So Chelsea get reduced to 10 men and then 2 goals down.

Then Ramires scored a stunning goal which I thought was very stunning made all the more stunning by the way he scored and the conditions in which he scored. Needless to say that the Barca kids very really stunned and try hard as they did, they couldn’t manage another goal. And then Torres stepped up and justified his 50 Mil $ price tag and scored.. except he didn’t. The goal came in the 92nd minute by which time the game was truly over and the goal didn’t make any difference.

The world was so stunned after this match, that after Bayern Munich beat Madrid, nobody seemed surprised. It was a match at a level deserving a Champions League Semi-Final, both teams played very well and Bayern were deserving winners and will play the final at home.

A Chelsea very different from the Barca beating one visited us midweek and took a point home. It was a drab affair in which they played deep and sort off practiced at Emirates what they eventually did successfully at Camp Nou. Then we visited Stoke on the weekend and though we played better, the result was the same. I may have been disappointed at this but Newcastle, who are our closest rivals, lost to Wigan 4-0 so we have some gap over the next placed team.

At this point of time, as an Arsenal fan, I expect 3 things from the players. The need to finish third doesn’t need explaining, apart from that, I want Arsenal to score more that the 68 points that we managed last season and van Persie to take his premier league goals tally to 31 from 28 that he is at currently. 31 is the record for the most goals scored in a 38 game season by Ronaldo for Man U and some other chap for some other team. And I want our captain to beat that record. 3 goals in 2 games.. easy right?

So Nadal won the Monte Carlo masters 8th time in a row. People say it is impossible for anyone to score 100 centuries like Sachin or win 16 Major titles like Federer.. but how about 8 consecutive masters titles. I don’t think anyone will be able to match that either. The hallmark of Legendary sports-persons is that they have such insurmountable achievements attached to their names that make the common man wonder in amazement.. how the fuck did he do that?

Then almost as an afterthought, Nadal went ahead to win the Barcelona 500 series title for the 7th time. So the champ has retained 2 of the 3 titles he won last year with just the French open left. Djokovic pounced on the rest of the titles last year and that will make it extremely interesting this year because he would be under pressure to defend his titles and his ranking in the next few tournaments. It will be exciting to see if he is able to do that. Go Nadal!

5 to go..

Arsenal beat Wolves 3-0 on Wednesday and moved further clear of Tottenham in 3rd place. The match was effectively over in the 12th minute when Walcott scored the second goal but Benayuon really finished it off with a goal in the 69th minute. I can’t analyze the game much as I couldn’t see it live but it seemed to be a relaxed performance against the bottom placed team in the league.

With yesterdays goal, Walcott has scored 11 and provided assists for 12 this season. I think that is probably the most Walcott has scored in any one season. Encouraging signs I would say. Man City and Man U have scored 79 and 78 goals this season respectively and we managed 66. It’s 5 games to go so we can add another 10 to that total and say a team needs to score atleast 80 goals in the league to push for the title. It may not be enough but lets say we need 80 goals to win the league next season. 27 of the 66 we have scored so far in the league have come from van Persie and that is a fantastic statistic, but I don’t think van Persie could be burdened to score so many the next season too. Let’s say he scores 25 next season. We need another 55 to come from the rest of the team. Where do they come from?

Let’s say 15 come from all the defenders scoring from set pieces and counter’s and with a fit Andre Santos all season, it can be managed. Arteta has scored 4 this season and Song 2 if I am not mistaken. Supposing the midfielders including Ramsey, Arteta, Song, Ox, and Rosisky score 20 among them. That make a total of 60. We need 20 from the wingers. Who’s to score them? Gervinho has played well in patches this season but he hasn’t really pitched in with goals. We need him to put balls in the net for us to compete for various trophies. If Walcott and Gervinho can score 20 amongst them, we would be a terrific attacking force. Goals scored by any new striker we sign (Like Podolski- and I think this is a done deal if is to be believed) will be a big help and really help us end our miserable dry run when it comes to trophies.

Interesting statistic: Man U has scored 78 goals and have accumulated 79 points this season. Man City scored 79 and their total points come to 74. We have scored 66 goals and are at 64 points, Tottenham scored 57 and are at 59 points, Chelsea scored 57 and have 56 points, Fulham have scored 43 and have 43 points, and at the other end of the table, Wigan have scored 31 goals and are at 31 points. There seems to be a direct correlation between the number of goals scored and total points on the table. Doesn’t say much.. just thought it was interesting.

That’s enough of football for one post. In other news, Nadal is playing the Clay court season opener at Monte Carlo and seems  to be physically fit at present. Good news is that Federer is not playing this tournament for reasons I don’t give a rat’s ass about, but the bad news is that Nadal will have to win this tournament to avoid dropping further points. He has already won Monte Carlo Masters 7 consecutive times and that in itself is a record. I am keeping my fingers crossed for this tournament as the results here may come to define the clay and grass court tournament that are coming up in the next 3 months.

Last but not the least: IPL. A match is probably going on as I type this but I haven’t bothered myself following these matches. I saw the Bangalore- Chennai tie yesterday and it was a great match but I don’t think I will be supporting any one team this IPL. That’s it for now.. obviously as you have come to the end of the post and don’t see a lot of lines below this. You are probably an idiot if you’ haven’t stopped reading this page and moved on to other things. Seriously.. get a life man… or women whoever you are. Just stop. Right NOW.

Back in the Hunt!!

My last post on current affairs was exactly 44 days back. A lot has happened since then. So this is going to be a rather long post. I will break this into parts to make this easier for myself.


The last time I wrote about football, Arsenal had beaten Aston Villa in the F.A cup 4th round. Since then, Arsenal has featured in 8 games across tournaments and the results went from very bad to very good.

First came the premier league away match against Bolton which we drew 0-0. Our league position then: 5th.

Then came the home tie against Blackburn rovers that we won 7-1. Everybody scored in this game, a brace why Chamberlain was good to watch. Our league position: 4th , points and goal difference equal to Chelsea but ahead on number of wins.

Next came the away game against Sunderland that we won 2-1 in injury time. We had to work hard for this victory.   Position: 4th, being ahead of Chelsea on number of wins.

4 days after the Sunderland match, we traveled to Milan for the Champions League pre-Quarterfinal. This match was a disaster. They played very well, we played like shit. Net result? 0-4 loss away from home. It was a humiliating defeat. I was expecting us to compete with them and put up a good show. I was sorely disappointed at the result. This match left us with no hope of progressing into the next round of Champions league as no team has ever turned around a 4 goal deficit in the premier league.

5th round F.A cup match against Sunderland was our chance to redeem some lost pride. But it wasn’t to be. We lost 0-2, thus ending our chances for silverware this season. I was terribly disappointed and disillusioned after this match.

We had a 8 day break after this game and the next game we played was against Tottenham. Chelsea had beaten some other team 3-0 earlier and we were in 5th position and 3 goals behind them in terms of Goal difference. Tottenham started the match well and had gone up 0-2 in 30 mins. Then we began our show. We went on rampage and by the end of the game, we had scored 5 against them. We were back up to 4th position and this was a fantastic derby result for us. More significantly, this was the starting of a massive turnaround.

We played Liverpool away the next game. We lost to Liverpool 2-0 at home early in the season and I was eager to see some payback, specially after the way we beat the spurs. The match itself was a drab affair in which Liverpool dominated the game but could not find openings. Koscielny scored and own goal but van Persie equalized before half time. The match continued goalless until the last minute when van Persie snatched a victory for us with a fantastic goal in stoppage time. They played better than us but we got away with the three points and that is what was most important. Our league position continued to be the same. Tottenham lost a league match  so the points difference between us and them had reduced to 4 points.

Our next game was the return leg of Champions league. We didn’t have much hope for victory after the way we had played in Milan. But still we had to try and regain some lost pride. We ended up doing more than that. We played fantastically in the first half of the game. We scored 3, and AC Milan had no clue what was happening on the pitch. After the break, they tightened up a bit and we lost steam so we couldn’t manage another goal. But still it was a fantastic match in which we humbled them and did ourselves proud.

The most recent fixture was home game against Newcastle that we scraped through 2-1 courtesy a stoppage time Vermaelen goal. Tottenham lost again this weak and so did Chelsea so we find ourselves comfortably in 4th position, 3 points ahead of Chelsea and 1 point behind Tottenham.

Hence we find ourselves in a okay position.. no silverware to talk about but in a shot for the 3rd position this season. We’ll see how we will end up!


We didn’t reach the CB series final. We played well in a couple of games but lost a couple of games in silly fashion and hence found ourselves out of the tournament. SriLanka played well to win the second final though they lost the 3rd final and the trophy to Australia.

Next came the Asia cup that we are currently playing. We won the first match against SriLanka in convincing fashion with Kohli and Gambhir scoring good centuries. Then came the match against Bangladesh in which Sachin scored his 100th 100 and made history. We went on to lose the match and put our Final qualification in question. Pakisthan had already qualified. We then beat Pakisthan in our final match in which Kohli scored a brilliant 183 and we chased down a record 330 runs. Fantastic innings by Sachin and Rohit Sharma too got us through in the match. Our entry into the final now depends on SriLanka beating Bangladesh.


Nadal began the Summer season in good fashion when he reached the Semi-Finals of the Monte Carlo masters tournament. Lost to Federer in straight sets but he was playing well and Federer, who went onto win the tournament beating Isner in the final, was in awesome form. Still a good result for Nadal, even though he dropped points as he had lost in  the final last year.

Federer has equaled Nadal’s record of 19 masters titles now. Miami masters starts tomorrow and Djokovic will be keen to defend this title. We’ll see how things turn out.


The formula 1 season began this week in Australia and the news from Ferrari was not encouraging. The Ferrari cars are a second off the pace compared to the Redbulls and the Mclarens. Button won the race comfortably starting from second while Alonso managed fifth. Massa was absent from the top 10 as he continued his bad form extending to last season. He has not won a race in some time now and needs to get his act together if Ferrari hope for the title this season. Right now Mclaren are off to a flier, leading with 40 points, some 30 points ahead of Ferrari.

And that is as much on the sporting front. Personally also, there have been some recent developments worth noting down. Firstly, my bro got his visa stamped and has left for the U.S. In the same week, I got taken back into the project that I was previously working in, thus putting me back into my previous schedule. Then they found a girl for my bro.. the case looks promising.. might go all the way. We’ll have to see. More on that later.

The One With Two Parts: Second Part


Sometimes I feel that it’s unfortunate that humans don’t have the capacity to remember moments forever. Experiences don’t stick in the memory, they fade in time. I guess it’s both good and bad. I’d want to remember the victories, achievements not the defeats or embarrassments. It’s probably a good thing that we gradually forget all experiences. We should take the hint and handle all experiences the same way, since we would forget them anyway.

Life is hard for those who take chances. If you don’t want disappointments, you should close your mind to all interactions and live within yourself. I don’t find any point in living that way. It may get hard for a while, but you will see greener days. All you need is faith.

We lost 4-0 to Australia in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. We believed the England series was unlucky for us because of lack of preparation and injuries and things like that. No such excuses to give out this time. The series ended with Dhoni saying that he will give up captaincy if someone better if found. I didn’t quite like Dhoni’s attitude when he said that. It feels as if he is accepting defeat. Its a shame.. with the team he has at his disposal. Maybe we can with the CB Series like we did last time. I remember Sachin scored in both Finals.

The Nadal-Djokovic final lasted almost 6 hours. It was a great match. In Djokovic’s own words, ” It was a match every professional tennis player wants to play”. The contest was a test of skill and endurance and mental toughness. Djokovic had chances to finish it in the fourth but Nadal dug deep to extend the match into the fifth set. In the fifth set, it could have been anyone’s game. After the match Djokovic had this to say:

“When you are fit, when you have passion for the game, when you are ready to compete, you are able to ­suffer and enjoy suffering. Today I had this feeling, and is a really good one. I suffered during the match, but I enjoyed all the troubles that I had during all the match. You’re trying to activate your legs, you’re trying to push ­yourself another point, Just one more point, one more game. You’re going through so much suffering your toes are bleeding. Everything is just outrageous, but you’re still enjoying that pain.”

This is the most inspirational stuff I have heard from Djokovic so far. I understand what he is talking about, it is a feeling that is difficult to put into words, but he managed it. Pain we receive while pursuing our passions are sometimes welcome. It gives you a sense of fulfillment. There is something you work hard for. But you don’t know if you have done a good job because you have no one to compare to. In times like these, physical exhaustion and pain sometimes gives us closure, knowing that one has pushed himself to the limit and suffered in the process provides a sense of fulfillment. This is what its all about.

In that sense, I am not sad. I would have been disappointed had he lost without a fight. But he didn’t. He put up a fight and was a match to the worlds greatest player currently. I feel proud of their efforts and look forward to the coming season.

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.


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.