Deep Backward Point

Blog against the machine.

My Predictions for the World Cup

Ok– so this is part whimsy, part wishful thinking and part serendipity.

Group A Ranking:

  1. Australia
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Pakistan
  4. New Zealand

Group B Ranking:

  1. South Africa
  2. India
  3. England
  4. West Indies (though I’d just as easily say Bangladesh, but I think Ireland may beat Bangladesh which will negate another Bangladesh upset.)

QUARTER FINALS

  • Australia v West Indies
  • Sri Lanka v England
  • Pakistan v India
  • New Zealand v South Africa

SEMI FINALS

  • Australia v India
  • Sri Lanka v South Africa

FINALS
India
v
Sri Lanka

WINNER
India

At least, that’s what I came up with while playing Cricinfo’s Predict the Winner. And even I don’t agree with it.

And it’s in complete contradiction with what I thought was the best path for India to get to the final.

Los Angeles Gangs Take Up Cricket

The Sun has a story so ridiculous it sounds like it came out of The Onion. A British film producer and a charity worker set up the team, teaching cricket to gang members in Los Angeles as a force of good (its “civilising quality”). Every sentence in the article is jaw-dropping. You can’t make this stuff up:

Two of the original Compton Cricket Club – also known as The Homies and The Popz – have died. But that is a decent survival rate for around here.

And, since the stereotype would not be complete without hip-hop–

Isaac and Theo play in the team – and also make up a hip-hop duo who rap about the sport. The lyrics include:

The respect of cricket etiquette is how we’re hanging.

Stick it out for the long haul, Make a phone call To the President It’s evident I represent my hood with this cricket ball.

Oh and there’s more– tea at Buckingham Palace, a dude who can’t tour with the team because that would constitute a parole violation, trash cans for stumps.

(via Ducking Beamers)