The thermometer says it’s 81 degrees outside, but Yahoo Weather confirms that it feels like 91. Whew, that’s hot. Unfortunately the Snook had to, like, work or something, so my beach plans were scuppered. Maybe tomorrow then. Meanwhile I’ve stocked up on Diet Coke and Popsicles, and there’s cricket on the telly. Life is good.


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  1. Do you understand cricket? Mark has been trying to teach me for what feels like forever, and I just don’t get it. The scores might as well be in greek.

  2. It took me a while, but I get it enough to watch it on my own now. In fact, I’m all good with the basic rules and scoring. It’s mostly just the terminology that I have problems with. Do you understand baseball? I’ve been composing a long baseball/cricket analogy in my head that I’ve been meaning to post. Basically I think a lot of Americans have this idea that cricket is impenetrably dense, when actually it’s a lot closer to our national pastime than they realize.

  3. Nope, don’t understand baseball either. Should probably try to grasp at least a basic understanding though, since one of my sisters is getting married to a baseball player.

  4. How about “rounders”? I’m told that’s what both games are based on. At any rate, my entire explanation depends on the baseball analogy, so I’m afraid I’m not much help.

    Oh! Except here’s a tip. When one of the fielders stands really, really close to the guy batting, like so close you’re worried he’s gonna get beaned, the name of his position is “Silly Mid On”. I don’t know what “Mid On” refers to, but the “silly” part is easy enough to understand. 🙂

  5. Yeah, I know about the silly mid on guy. ;o) And I understand rounders. I guess that I do sort-of understand cricket, but it just doesn’t strike me as being exciting in any way, shape or form, so when Mark hears the score and gets all het up, I figure I must be missing something. Like, I know that England being all out for 79 is shite. But I’m like, yeah, OK, England lost again. So what?

  6. I think part of it has to do with the fact that England are supposed to be the best. This is *their* game. The only reason other countries play it is because the colonizing bastards (no offense to you Brits 🙂 ) brought it with them. So the fact that they now repeatedly get their ass kicked is sorta nice. Plus it’s just ridiculous how good the Australians are right now. The only team I can think of that possibly compares are the USA Olympic men’s basketball “dream team” of a few year’s back, where they just beat everybody in the world by a huge margin. But that was only a few games; this Australian team has been on a tear for the last couple years. There’s just nobody that can compare. So it’s kinda cool to see history like that in the making.

    Damn. I sound like a fan now. I can’t help it; I’ve got a crush on Steve Waugh. (Yeah, he’s old, but he’s cute!)

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