Monday, March 19, 2007

Luck of the Irish

OK OK... I know the Cricket stuff is alien to my southern US sports heritage, but, since 'Bama isn't doing much these days, I had to find something.

And it's fun to follow.

I've been pulling for mostly underdogs in the current World Cup tourney going on down in the Caribbean, and I was pulling for Ireland in Saturday's World Cup matchup with Pakistan, mostly because they were the underdog. As the luck of the Irish would have it, they won the big upset on St. Patty's day. It was a good one to follow, even though I can only follow it through text updates on overseas websites.

Sadly, the Coach of the Pakistani team died of a heart-attack later that evening. I'm not certain of the events surrounding his passing, other than he was complaining of chest pains before the match started.

Although Cricket has a reputation for being boring, I've really enjoyed keeping up with this World Cup, so far. It can get your pulse up. Mostly, it's right at the end of the match, when the batting team is trying to score. But, as I've learned more about how to watch it, I've noticed you can see when a team is struggling and know when they're playing strong. I've not kept up with a 'Test' match, yet, but the One-Day International (or ODI) are pretty fun to follow.

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