Sunday, December 21, 2008

Herbstmeister 2008

Translation (German): "Fall Champion" in the Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim is a small village north of Stuttgart, with a paltry population of four thousand people or so. Known to no one except for the Lord above and a gentleman called Dietmar Hopp, this hamlet lived most of its existence amidst a general sense of obscurity. Until the latter (who Viggu should be glad to know) decided to take its football team under his wing. Long and short of it.. it did nt exist in the national eye before this century and today the football team leads the Bundesliga in its first year.

A page torn outta a fairy tale? Sure, and some.

Dietmar Hopp is a rich man today. And unlike Allen Stanford or Vijay Mallya, he actually played the game he loves. Returning to his club, years later, a wealthy man.. the sixty-something man made smart moves in the trading circles.. while still nurturing young talent within. The "folklore" goes, he hired these players into his company.. to ensure their interest. When you are playing the fifth division, I think it helps to have a job. Each season, the team climbed up the ranks.. one at a time, almost surreally if you look at their ascent in the record books. In 2006, they hired Ralf Rangnik as their coach.. a move, well paid off.. as two years on, they burst onto the national league, after just one season in the second division. The club's pockets are pretty deep, considering the league they play in.. and yet, they have no international stars they traded in. Halfway through the season, they lead the mighty Munich, even.

Four thousand people, one village club. Herbstmeisters! Brace yourself for goose bumps if you plan to see this team play.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Badhai ho bhaisaab!

I think we must take a moment, to reflect, on this special day (today).. and thank the Lord for having blessed us with the batting genius that is this man.. about three and a half decades back.

Here's to the man, the myth.. the miracle. Here's to the greatest batsman since Bantoo Singh. Cheers mate!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm not sure

99.3 Sharma to Anderson, no run, dropped by Dravid at slip! That was an absolute sitter, and he fluffed it, Anderson flashed a cut and thick outside edge went straight to Dravid, who crouched down and clasped at it in his lap but couldn't hold on ... after dropping a couple against Australia, watch out for all the Indian news channels baying for the poor man's blood

if I should feel relieved or sad that there are people in the media who feel bad for the way they treat this man.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Some things, never change

"South Africa are a good quality team. But I'll back our boys any day. My prediction is still 3-0."
Glenn McGrath shows retirement has not changed his belief in Australia


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Just a gentle reminder that... need not only do this, there are other strokes too. This time, lassi, malai maarke! =)