Monday, December 24, 2012


Have you watched cricket?

The sport looks pretty straight forward, I think...

A guy flings a ball to try to knock a stick down.
A dude with a canoe paddle tries to bat the ball away...
There is some running that happens when the batter gets a good whack on the ball.
When the ball gets hit, one of the guys in the field tries to catch it.

Jeebus Pete! Have you every felt a cricket ball? It's a heavy, firm ball with a hard cover and a line of exposed stitches...
The poor bastards in the field have to catch that little red bastard, and they have to do it barehanded... Yowza.

As I watch the whole process during the game it reminds me of the movie "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" and the explanation of the game Whackbat...

"There are 3 grabbers, 3 taggers, 5 twig-runners, and the player at whack-bat. Center tagger lights a pinecone and chucks it over the basket. The whack-batter tries to hit the cedar stick off the cross-rock. the twig-runners dash back and forth until the pinecone burns out and the umpire calls 'hotbox.' then find out out however many score-downs that adds up to and divide that by 9."

Damn, sounds just like cricket.


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