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Tom Brady Illustrates Why American Football Is NOT Cricket.

by Anura Guruge

From the U.K. “Daily Mail”.
Click to access original.

Click image to ENLARGE and read snippet here.

Handshakes are de rigueur among crickets,
especially the professionals.

Google “cricket teams shaking hands” for more images.

Per British lore horse racing is the sport of kings, and cricket that of gentlemen (though we now have ladies galore, from around the world, playing it at the highest levels).

There is much emphasis in cricket on sportsmanship, so much so that there is indeed a British adage ‘just not cricket‘ to describe bad behavior of the Donald Trump/Tom Brady variety.

The teams shaking hands, all around, with nary an exception, is now part of the overall formalities at the end of the game. The game ends with the teams shaking hands. Such a nice gesture. It is not unusual for the opposition to make a point of shaking hands with a batsman that makes a good innings.

So Brady’s petulant, puerile behavior would be unthinkable in cricket. The management would have been all over him. But, this is why American sports is NOT cricket.

Kind of a shame. Cricket could add so much gentility and class to American society. Donald Trump would never dream of acting like he does IF he ever had the fortune of being exposed to cricket.

Related Posts:
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by Anura Guruge

Olympic Medals At Rio 2016 Per Population Of Country.

by Anura Guruge


The medals table for Rio 2016 in terms of TOTAL MEDALS per country — for 10 medals and up. Click to ENLARGE.


TOTAL MEDALS relative to the POPULATION of the country. Very different. #1, #2 & #3 in terms of ‘totals’ come towards the bottom of the table.


GOLD MEDALS relative to the POPULATION of the country. Very different. #1, #2 & #3 in terms of ‘GOLDS’ — the ranking you are most used to seeing. But when population is factored in they come towards the bottom of the table.

I used to have a very British father-in-law who was passionate and knowledgeable about sports — in particular football, cricket, rugby, Formula 1 and the Olympics. I used to spend a lot of time talking and watching sports with him. We would even call each other up on the phone to talk cricket and he used to take me to football games (he a Bristol City Season Ticket holder) and I would take him to cricket matches, especially Tests and World Cups at Lord’s. He, whenever, the Olympics (whether Summer or Winter) or the Commonwealth Games came up, would maintain, unwaveringly, that “it was a percentage game”. He was totally convinced that countries with large populations stood a better chance at winning medals than countries with smaller populations since the larger countries, obviously, had a bigger catchment pool. To be fair to him this argument does have some merit.

I think of his contention every time the Olympics come around.

The medal numbers in Rio are, of course, skewed because so many of the Russian athletes were banned because of the doping scandal. If their whole contingent had been able to participate — doping, notwithstanding, Russia would have had more medals.

But I, remembering “Walt’s sage saying”, always try to work out whether it is indeed but a percentage game.

And as my two tables above confirm — IT IS NOT!

Yes, Jamaica is an exception — thanks to Usain Bolt.

But you have the likes of New Zealand, Denmark, Croatia etc.

This medals/population is a very sobering table to consider.

The achievements of U.S. & China — and even my own Great Britain — don’t look as impressive from this perspective.

And it begs the question. What is WRONG with India? A population nearly as big as China, and nearly 4x greater than that of the U.S. and they can only win 2 medals — one silver in women’s badminton & one bronze women’s 58kg freestyle wrestling. Does not make sense. Ditto for Pakistan. No medals! I won’t even mention Sri Lanka. 21 million people and no medals.

Study these tables. They do tell an important story.

Last Google Doodles:
++++ Search ‘Rio’, ‘Olympics’ & ‘medals’ for other posts >>>>

by Anura Guruge

‘Star Trek’ Google Doodle Game With Sound.

gamedaygd1Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

Last Google Doodles:gamedaythmb
>> NFL season start.
>> Google’s new logo.

**** Check Category ‘Google Doodle’ (sidebar) for other Doodles >>>>


Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

This is an old Doodle in that it appeared on September 8, 2012.


Click to ENLARGE and read here.

It was, more or less, displayed GLOBALLY on nearly every country covered by Google.

Google Doodle For Copa América 2015 Start In Chile On June 11.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

Last Google Doodles:
>> Mathematician Abu al-Wafa’ al-Buzjani.
>> US Women’s FIFA World Cup.

**** Check Category ‘Google Doodle‘ (in sidebar) for other Doodles >>>>


Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

Yet AGAIN very strange coverage by Google. Of course it makes sense that this Google Doodle
is shown across South America
— BUT WHY Nepal and Laos? Was that a mistake?


This is the MAIN international football (footie) tournament for
national teams in South America. It is a big deal. A mini World Cup.
Click here for the Wikipedia entry for this event.


Google’s ‘Martin Luther King Jr.’ Doodle, On The Great Man’s Day, January 21, 2013. Inauguration Day To Boot.


Anura Guruge

Few Related posts:
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Gain Access Google’s Zamboni Game … — Jan. 18, 2013.
>> Now Try The ‘Soccer’ Game From 2012 … — Jan. 21, 2013.

>> Martin Luther King, Jr. Day In New Hampshire.
>> Reflect. Rejoice. Resolve — Jan. 19, 2013.


On Google’s search page today.

It will appear in the Doodle archive tomorrow.

Thank you, Google. Nice job — Anura

You Love Google’s Zamboni Game; Now Try The Equally Fun (FREE) ‘Soccer’ Game From 2012.


Anura Guruge

Last Related post:
>> Gain Access Google’s Zamboni Game … — Jan. 18, 2013.

Click to access, from Google. Safe and free.

Click to access, from Google. Safe and free.

Here is the link to the soccer game in text form,
IF you don’t want to click on the image.

This is the actual link: http://www.google.com/doodles/soccer-2012

Boxing Day In New Hampshire, Or Even The U.S.; Nostalgia For A Cherished Holiday.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

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1. Poppy Day, November 11 (Every Year), British Remembrance Day:
>>A Beautiful Tradition — Nov. 10, 2012.

Horse racing, the British sport of Kings (and Queens), on Boxing Day in England, a beloved British tradition (with lost of money getting punted that day) though snow on the ground is not a common occurrence around that time of the year (thanks to the Gulf Stream that).

Going to watch ‘Bristol City’ (whether they were in Division two, three or one), at home or sometimes away was part of my Boxing Day tradition.

It is also a BIG cricket day, albeit from the Southern Hemisphere. Typically a Test Match from Australia — as parodied by this comic. Cartoon by Nicholson from “The Australian” newspaper: http://www.nicholsoncartoons.com.au. [[Many thanks mate. Cheers.]]

I came to the States this time around in 1986 (having spent one year previously 1967 – 1968). I was living in rural Maryland, in a brand new middle-class development, 4 bedroom colonials on 4 acres each. On the 4th of July I was invited to a big cookout at a neighbor’s house; he was a Maryland State Trooper. Another neighbor, a very presentable young lady in her mid-30s approaches me and asks: “So, tell me, how do they celebrate the 4th in England?“.

To this day I am proud and relieved that I had the presence of mind to immediately respond, without batting an eyelid: “Very quietly. Very quietly.

Well, when it comes to ‘Boxing Day‘, the day after Christmas, i.e., December 26, a mandatory, cherished holiday in the U.K., that dates back centuries, things are the other way around. It is not celebrated in anyway in this country, though the Canadians (thanks to their antecedents) do indeed have it as an official holiday — as do most other Commonwealth Countries, e.g., Australia, South Africa (where they now call it ‘Goodwill Day‘) and New Zealand, though no longer in India or my Sri Lanka (both countries do having a surfeit of holidays). Some other European countries also celebrate December 26 as a holiday, but not as ‘Boxing Day’. To them it is just the second day of Christmas. As it now happens, by coincidence or otherwise, December 26 is the first day of the week long Kwanzaa. Maybe it should be made a holiday in the U.S. just on those grounds.

Despite its being so beloved in Britain, nobody actually 100% sure as to how this holiday came about and to what ‘Box’ it refers to! The theory that makes most sense is that this was the day that the workers, i.e., the serfs, got to celebrate Christmas — their services being required by their Lords and Masters on Christmas day. It is also believed to be the day that the workers got their ‘presents’ or bonuses from their master, the ‘box’ probably a reference to this. In my mind, within this context, I have images of women and children standing outside the manor house holding empty hat boxes waiting for them to be filled. As it happens, Boxing Day, December 26 is when the ‘Western Church’ celebrates “St. Stephen’s Day”, St. Stephen the Christian protomartyr, i.e., the first Christian to be martyred. So another theory is that ‘Boxing Day’ refers to the boxes left in churches, or outside churches, for collections for this Feast Day, and that the holiday per se is tied to the Feast.

In Britain Boxing Day is (or was when I lived there) a day devoted to recovering from Christmas and pursuing sports: football, cricket from down under on the telly, horse racing, possibly some rugby, and in those days (when it was legit) hunting. You could place bets on the horses and watch the races on telly. Many, including I in my 20s, would go to a football game — football violence at its height in those days. And yes, of course, we would watch cricket on the telly.

When I came to the States in 1986 as an adult (as opposed to the 14 year old) I was surprised that Boxing Day was not a holiday here, but not as surprised as I was to discover that people worked on Good Friday and Easter. I had never lived in a country where this had been the case, and I have lived in: Ceylon/Sri Lanka, France, England and Wales. Not that it really made a difference to me. I was lucky enough to be able to take off whatever days I didn’t want to work. Plus, I have been self-employed since 1992 (though to be honest I have always done some amount of work, i.e., writing, on all holidays, whether it be Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day or New Year).

Until yesterday I had never bothered to compare the U.S. holiday structure with that of the U.K. (bearing in mind that there are variations depending on whether you are talking about England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales). Then I made the following chart. The first thing that surprised me was that the U.S. had more holidays — at least at the Federal level (e.g., Columbus Day and President’s Day). The other thing is how so many of the U.S. holidays are not on fixed dates. The U.K. I realized had no real memorial days — and Poppy Day is not a holiday! Many in the U.S. may not appreciate this, but for the last 30 years or so, most professionals and office workers in the U.K. take a 10 to 11 days break over Christmas using the 5 weeks (minimum) of vacation (per year) they get. So most stop work on December 23 and don’t go back until January 2 or 3 (depending on how the weekends factor in).

So this was my little bit of nostalgia for Boxing Day. Yes, in my heart I will celebrate Boxing Day this Wednesday. More than likely, because I watch it most days, I will watch some cricket.


Click to ENLARGE. Comparison of the holidays in the U.S. compared to those in the U.K. Fixed day holidays that fall on weekends are invariably carried over to the next week.