Sorry; being too partisan.
I agree, Gerry, cricket is a different animal, especially when I'm surrounded by the "We're number one!" mentality of USA sports. Not w/o its problems though. BBC talking about drugs and other scandals over the past few years.
BTW, I think they take tea breaks during matches, right?
You should tell us SE'rs about the Ashes.
Whenever I'm feeling down I go to the cricket section of BBC Sports and read match results. I don't understand a word, but the language has me ROFL in a minute!
Regards, Doug in New Mexico, where the S Asian students at the U have a cricket league!
I have never been "into" sports - which are all-too-often forms of warfare - but currently I am juggling looking at SE and the second cricket test between the Australian and Pakistani teams at the MCG.
And what is delightful about cricket is that, at the end of the day, it is not partisan.
During the first test Pakistan made a woeful showing and Ricky Ponting (the Australian captain) expressed sorrow that the opposing team was unable to make a good showing ... and he gave advice (well cricket is a VERY technical game).
Now we are into the second test (the first was at WACA which has a unique wicket, with a lot of bounce in it) and it seems that the Pakistani team has paid heed, because they are currently doing well.
But the thing is that both TV commentators and most of the viewing public are more interested in who bowls, bats and fields well, than in who actually wins a test.
Teams play hard and sometimes there is controversy, but never any on-field violence and seldom any crowd behaviour.
Wouldn't it be nice, don't you think, if all world affairs could be conducted along the lines that cricket is?
I realize that very few Americans know anything about cricket, but it is a "world sport" involving England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, the West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe and other nations, so I just thought that I would mention one sport which, despite commercialisation, actually remains largely free from the dog-eat-dog mentality which pervades so many other so-called "sports" and the international mentality generally.