A conservative sport run by a cabal of myopic middle-aged men in a remote location far from the media’s prying eye and which, until recently, determined its champion through arcane rankings as indecipherable to the common fan as reading runes. And now, finally, after many false starts, it will have playoffs. It's cricket. What sport did you think we were talking about?
It may be some time before we see instant replay in baseball. But a type of instant replay is already in place in cricket. It's already changing the way the game is played, and could offer some hints of how instant replay could change the way baseball gets played and thought about in the bigs.
Cricket is arguably the most egalitarian of England's three major sports, a communion of people from across the spectra of class, age and even physical disrepair. Where else is it common for teams to feature an age range of over fifty years, skill levels spanning from the sublime to the ridiculous, and players of all physical shapes and sizes? There is something subversive beneath the placid exterior of England’s summer game.
Our resident entomologist (conceptual pun alert!) waxes encyclopedic on the varieties of bowling—the brutal pace bowler, swing, leg break, off spin, reverse swing, Yorker, Googly—and the rise of the doosra.
It's not surprising that ESPN's name got roped into a goofy Internet money-giveaway hustle. Or at least not nearly as surprising that it took this long for ESPN's name to get roped into a goofy internet money-giveaway hustle.