Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

Chess, no messi affair?

2016-09-18

A long read. A nice, long read, especially for those who have long since abandoned hope in that mission.

The sound of silence rules the hall, even moreso than in a library – as thoughts of moves and counter-moves clash before joining forces. It is into such a den would step someone with a mid-life crisis, and in a bold quest for some elusive glory. (more…)

Football, and its moments of mesmerising magic

2015-11-11

And among his best, this from Neymar

Couple years before from Prince Boateng there was one that may provoke similar amazement.

FIFA’s challenges, the rich US, and those poor countries

2015-05-30

As the US Department of Justice extends its reach as the global enforcer of law, order and justice, the world is not at a loss for expertise and confident solutions that emanate from even US experts who are but passingly familiar with the sport of football.

To make the obvious blatantly obvious: when the US media, almost on cue, can give blanket coverage in a feeding frenzy of demonisation and vilification to a sport it routinely ignores, one does not have to be an expert in reading tea leaves, especially when its Senator McCain launches his own broadside. Something is rotten in the state of, where?

Now, then, to launch into a marine metaphor. A very good swimmer in a pool, indoor or outdoor, can often be at sea in the sea, and less so against an average sea swimmer in the sea. Knowing and understanding one’s environment does make a difference.

For example, a statistician with expertise on the politics or sports in one country can fare well elsewhere – with the requisite knowledge and insights in that new environment. Otherwise, a fool’s errand becomes apparent, and unbecoming. One dares hope that such an ill-considered foray is not born of that sense of exceptionalism. (more…)