Pune (pronounced Poon-Aye) Warriors lost to the Mumbai Indians last night in Indian Professional League Cricket (link here), 139 to 160. I relished reporting this to my colleagues in Atlanta and Greenville this evening after hearing that "my Lakers lost" from one of my co-workers in Atlanta (not "my" Lakers, but "his" Lakers, since I could give a rat's ass about basketball, except when thee Bulls did a 5-peat, and that was only because I was from Chicago and Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen played for them). The Irony of having an Indian Cricket team called thee "Indians" was lost on everyone. Where's the New York Americans? There's even a team called the Kings, and another called the Super Kings (well, take THAT, Kings!).. The slang term for Pune in American English was NOT lost on the Bangalorians I explained it subtly to.
The Indians LOVE cricket, more than the Scottish love football (yeah, don't call it soccer). The media coverage of Cricket - instant replay, all Caucasian cheerleaders (shown at every commercial), in-depth analysis, elegantly dressed 'on the field female reporter, 2 matches a night - and arcane rules - max 4 foreign players per 11 man team,, carrying your bat to the next wicket, hitting a 6, knocking over wickets, hitting a 4, 20 overs, bowling - make it more than a curiosity for a thinking / non drunk spectator.
1 year ago