Thursday, 3 June 2010

Thursday 3 June 2010 – 8 DAYS TO THE WORLD CUP


Wisely today I manage to avoid downloading anymore dodgy World Cup excel spreadsheets and losing all my work in the process. For the win!

In action today Germany score a 3-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina suggesting that there is life in the old dog yet as Low brings in fresh blood and youngsters. After heading in 1-0 down at halftime they come back in the second period with an equalizer from Lahm and two penalties from Schweinsteiger.

Elsewhere Spain continue/maintain their incredible undefeated streak by beating South Korea 1-0 through a late winner from Jesus Navas. It’s just the way they roll.

The other fixture sees Italy slump to yet another defeat, this time at the hands of fellow qualifiers Mexico as they run out 2-1 winners through goals from Vela and Alberto Medina in an ill tempered match that sees eight bookings in a friendly. Where’s the sporting spirit?

This evening I find myself heading to Lords and changing sport as I watch the 20/20 encounter between Middlesex and Sussex.

The gulf between cricket and football is both an obvious and subtle one. Stepping into Lords there is the minimum of tension or security checks. As I head to the stand the powers that be are handing out flags, these are corporate branded promo items that sensibly wouldn’t be seen dead at any self respecting football ground.

20/20 is a strange invention, a laboured attempt/effort at making cricket more like baseball so that the clubs can host late night matches in front of bored businessmen bowling up after a day at the office with a beer in one hand and hot dog in the other.

I have to admit I thoroughly enjoy the experience, checking out Lords and sitting back while grown adults in pyjamas smack a ball all around the ground (Middlesex look particular infantile in pink uniforms although I think this is tied into some kind of breast cancer campaign. As things begin to slow down on the field a Mexican wave envelopes the crowd. In the end Sussex win and with the evening still light we all trudge off to St Johns Wood tube station and back to our homes.

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