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BBL|06 final standings

January 23, 2017
Scorchers 5 3 .625 2-2 3-1 8.15 7.53 W1
Heat 5 3 .625 1-3 4-0 9.18 8.66 L1
Sixers 5 3 .625 2-1 3-2 7.50 8.35 W1
Stars 4 4 .500 1 1-3 3-1 8.47 8.08 L2
Renegades 4 4 .500 1 1-3 3-1 8.87 8.83 W2
Strikers 3 5 .375 2 2-2 1-3 8.20 7.87 W1
Hurricanes 3 5 .375 2 1-3 2-2 8.78 9.31 L1
Thunder 3 5 .375 2 2-3 1-2 7.52 8.12 L1

BBL|06 standings

January 4, 2017

NBCSN is showing a few Big Bash League games this season live (read: middle of the night in North America). I woulda never followed the BBL; if do bother being up at weird hours to watch Twenty20 it’s usually the Indian Premier League. But I feel like it’s my patriotic duty to support cricket in the U.S. I heard Melbourne was kind of like San Francisco and the Renegades have Trinis Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, so I think I’ve found my team.

Scorchers 6 4 2 .667 2-1 2-1 W1
Heat 6 4 2 .667 1-2 3-0 L1
Sixers 6 4 2 .667 2-1 2-1 W2
Stars 5 3 2 .600 ½ 1-1 2-1 W2
Hurricanes 7 3 4 .429 1-2 2-2 W1
Renegades 6 2 4 .333 2 1-3 1-1 L3
Strikers 6 2 4 .333 2 2-1 0-3 L1
Thunder 6 2 4 .333 2 1-2 1-2 W2

May 9, 2012

This kicks ass

This thesis examines the extent of the diffusion of baseball across the world. Tracing the diffusion of baseball, and the diverse receptions the game has encountered on foreign soils, holds out the prospect of offering many insights into the global spread of the processes of globalization in general. By sport and our understanding of different responses to baseball, and developing our empirical knowledge to examining the extent of its diffusion, we will be in a position to draw more reliable and valid conclusions than have, thus far, been offered in relation to the global diffusion of baseball specifically, and globalization processes more generally.

With specific reference to baseball, many authors have concluded that we are presently witnessing an acceleration in the globalization of that sport. … However, the unanimity of these writers should not be allowed to conceal the fact that their arguments tend to have two things in common. Firstly, they are fundamentally ethnocentric. … Secondly, their generalizations lack any substantive empirical support.


May 7, 2012

I do occasionally post linguistic stuff here, when it comes up in the course of my travels (foreigners talk funny!) but a recent Language Log comment thread is also relevant to American cricket, as well as, my other love, baseball:

Rounders was played by boys and (far worse!) girls. The only adults who played it were strictly working class. So naturally the identification of baseball with rounders annoyed the Americans tremendously, and an ideology arose rejecting any English origin of baseball as unpatriotic. Enter Abner Doubleday…

Yes, baseball and rounders are both different codifications of a popular kind of rural game played in the southeast corner of England in early modern times. There are, or were, others, such as stoolball—which we played at school in the 1960s—and bat and trap, now almost extinct. Cricket comes from the same family tree, but diverged longer ago. They are all native to Kent, Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire.

April 14, 2012

NZ vs. West Indies in Florida!!!!

April 14, 2012

Why would we want Twenty20, though, when we already have baseball?

Baseball fans are thrilled when a player gets three home runs in a game or their team hits five over the course of nine innings. A few weeks ago the young South African rookie, Richard Levi, hit 13 sixes on his way to a world record fastest century.

That sounds like Bud Selig thinking to me.

Also, weird, WordPress updated their interface literally right before I posted this.

April 14, 2012

Picture this: it’s 1992 and you’re a tourist in some quaint and picturesque English village. It’s a midsummer’s day and you’re snoozing in your deck chair, basking in the late afternoon sun. The distant “clunk” of a leather ball meeting a willow blade is followed by a smattering of polite applause. You open your eyes and see a number of white clad figures walking off the smooth greensward and disappearing into the wooden pavilion, prettily framed by oak and elm. After six hours of play the game is over.

And now picture this: it’s 2012 and your ears are bombarded by the shouts and screams of 50,000 fans as techno music thuds and blares through the cacophony. Down below, cheerleaders are jumping up and down as a man in orange and purple clothing has just slammed a white ball out of the stadium while the men in pink and blue stand around in disbelief…


November 10, 2011

Other shit I need to say, but I’ll never get around to, so as long as I’m here, why don’t I mention

“The cricket world is now inhabited by flat-track bullies … batsmen brought up on a glut of short-form cricket and easy Twenty20 money who are unwilling or unable to deal with the moving ball.

“That 23 wickets can fall on a single day of Test cricket in this modern age of covered pitches and full-time professional players is an indictment on every batsman involved.

“Most worrying of all, this is not an aberration but increasingly Australia’s norm as soon as the ball starts to move consistently.

“It’s the third time in little more than a year that Australia has been bowled out for under 100 once the ball started to deviate.

“Whatever hollow platitudes administrators and players may mumble about Test cricket being the pinnacle of the game, it is increasingly being treated with contempt.

“This South Africa-Australia Test series is a beacon to the marginalisation of the once-sacred game.

“Test cricket is called Test cricket because it is the ultimate test of skill and courage.”


Oh, shit

June 22, 2010

Recognize that guy?