Do you love to play a well crafted video game, and are also interested in learning more about The Ashes? Then this video commentary
is not for you. (SLYT, blue language)
posted by Brocktoon
on Dec 5, 2013 -
"This is Brett Keisel, a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers who makes the usually frustrating identifying process of having to look for pictures of NFL players sans helmet an unexpected pleasure. Consider two things: i) Why in the name of all that's holy would anyone want to imprison this cascading, oddly backwoodsesque yet pleasingly groomed beauty behind visor, mask or grille? And: ii) Given that he has nonetheless to do so, how the hell does he cram it all in? I'm picturing, in a pleasing sort of reverie, some sort of monstrous snood."
presents the Greatest Beards in World Sports, parts one
posted by oneirodynia
on Oct 16, 2013 -
Boswell's head started to swim. He had been struggling to bowl to left-handers. Suddenly [the batsman] "looked as though he was 50 yards away. He was like a tiny dot. I just couldn't see him. Then I bowled a wide and I heard the noise of the crowd. I bowled a second wide, and the noise got louder and louder and louder." His muscles grew tight. His fingers grew tense. He began to sweat.
On the first day of September 2001, promising young fast bowler Scott Boswell
came in to bowl for Leicestershire in the final of the C & G one-day cricket tournament against Somerset. A few minutes later, Boswell had given rise to a dark cricketing legend
, TV footage that would eventually become one of the most watched cricket clips
on Youtube, and his professional career was effectively over. In his first interview since that day, Boswell talks to Andy Bull
about what happens after a bowler gets the yips
posted by Sonny Jim
on Sep 18, 2013 -
lifted the FA Cup as skipper of Oxford University, represented them at five different sports ranging from athletics to real tennis, and once shared a 150-run partnership with WG Grace in the highest level of cricket.
His most notable achievement was captaining England in the first ever international football match though. About 4,000 spectators, including a "large number of ladies", gathered to watch the historic game against Scotland at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick on 30 November 1872."
posted by marienbad
on Aug 21, 2013 -
! (also available here
): Abe Forsythe made the movie Computer Boy
when he was just 18. It's a 50 min. spoof of The Matrix that was filmed in less than two weeks at actual Matrix shooting locations in Australia and cost just over $2000 to make.*
It became a cult hit when it was released online in 2000 & was one of the first internet films to hit 500,000 views.* (wikipedia, imdb) [more inside]
posted by flex
on Dec 21, 2012 -
In another attempt to increase the popularity of cricket in America, a tournament based on T20 (Twenty-twenty), an extremely short form of the game where a match can last as little as three hours, is planned for next year
. Though cricket is one of the oldest sports
in the country, and the USA is one of the 106 members
of the International Cricket Council, speculation still periodically emerges (Slate
) on whether the nation is ready for cricket's big 'breakthrough'. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Sep 1, 2012 -
"I've never been in a stadium that feels like this one
. Hindus and Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, people from different castes and classes, speakers of a dozen languages, all citizens in the Republic of Sachin. The stern cops give wide smiles and thumbs-ups. The chant goes from "Sachin! Sachin!" to "Hoo … ha … IN-DI-A!" They are interchangeable." [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Mar 30, 2011 -
For me, this was a first experience of seeing India play at home, and of Sachin Tendulkar playing in front of his own people. I chose a good game with which to start. I can think of few, if any, experiences in sport to match watching Tendulkar succeed in a home game. Roger Federer may occupy a similar status of universally-acknowledged greatness within tennis, but I think it is fair to say that Switzerland is not quite as passionate about tennis as India is about cricket. If Federer were to simultaneously play tennis whilst hoarding gold and providing banking facilities for dubious dictators, perhaps the fervour of his support would match that for Sachin. But the Swiss population is unlikely ever to top the one billion mark.
Don't know a thing about cricket? Wouldn't know a wicket from a googly? Don't worry, you won't have to know a thing to enjoy Andy Zaltzman's World Cup Blog
. He is traveling around Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka attending various games. Zaltzman is best known to the world for the fabulous podcast The Bugle
which he does with John Oliver. Therefore it should come as no surprise that he also does a cricket podcast
. And he tweets about cricket
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 28, 2011 -
England cricketer Steven Davies
has come out in an interview
with the Daily Telegraph, having come out to the England squad prior to the Ashes, making him the first openly gay professional cricketer. The Guardian tries to work out
what this says about cricket
posted by hoyland
on Feb 28, 2011 -
Savita Bhabhi is India's First Virtual Pornstar
(NSFW). A sexy, buxom
, and lusty almond-eyed femme fatale, Savita, bearing the title 'bhabhi' which means 'sister-in-law' indicating that she's married, is the quintessential Indian male porn fantasy 'toon. Launched in March this year
, the web site has proven to be a hit, incorporating South Asian themes such as sleeping with the servant boy
; with a cousin
; and, of course, the boys playing cricket
posted by Azaadistani
on Oct 6, 2008 -
, a bit of an introduction
to the game of Cricket (youtube)
for those of us who may not be familiar
with the sport
. Next, a few clips (1, 2, 3, 4)
on how awesome
the Gentleman's Game
can be (and you thought we didn't do anything but roam around in our white pants and cotton shirts...). But, if that wasn't enough for you, then here's a taste of Twenty20
Cricket (the fast
paced version of the game), and the new DLF Indian (pdf) Premier League
. (This is in addition to the One Day Matches
, which were instituted to bring in a bit more excitement into the game during the 1970's, prior to which the match only consisted of Tests
. However, some purists still maintain that the game would've been better served had it not been commercalized
to the extent that it has, and still prefer the leisurely pace of the original format to its current incarnation.) [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy
on Mar 20, 2008 -
Murder at the Cricket World Cup.
The world's most civilised game just took a turn for the sinister. Less than 24 hours after Pakistan (rated fourth in the world) was roundly trounced by Ireland
(first appearance at the Cricket World Cup), the almost universally-liked Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room and died in hospital
. Jamaican police have just announced that based on the autopsy results they're treating the death as murder by manual asphyxiation.
This isn't the first time in recent history that Pakistan has been embroiled
, nor the first time that Metafilter has discussed it
, but this is in a whole new league. Is it a match-fixing scandal
connected to far-Eastern betting syndicates, or something else?
posted by Hogshead
on Mar 22, 2007 -
Umpire offers to quit for cash payment.
Cricket has been gripped by a scandal that started at The Oval cricket ground
It started with an accusation of ball tampering
by one of the match umpires, Darryl Hair, during a match between Pakistan and England. Hair awarded England 5 runs and changed the ball, which is the sanction in the laws. Pakistan then refused to play, forfeiting the match.
Ball tampering is an emotive issue
for Pakistan, as is Darryl Hair who has previously been accused of bias against teams from the Indian subcontinent (i.e. racism).
In a bizarre twist, Hair has now offered to resign as an umpire
, in return for a massive cash payment. It shows the regard in which he is held, that his bosses decided to publicise this. It seems unlikely he will ever stand in a test match again.
posted by winjer
on Aug 25, 2006 -
"If that's what's on, then that's what they watch. It's either that, or a cricket match between Scotland and Bermuda. Now, I am an educated man, Charlie, but when someone tries to explain cricket to me, all I want to do is hit him in the head with a teapot." Cricket Explained (An American Viewpoint) for those, following a recent cricket thread, that want to get it, but don't quite yet.
posted by nthdegx
on Aug 3, 2006 -
The most extraordinary database and news site of the game of cricket, with records going back over 200 years. [much more inside]
posted by athenian
on Jul 14, 2006 -