Deep Backward Point

Blog against the machine.

The World T20 Qualifiers

They start in a few hours. I’ll be watching. Will you?

You can watch many of the matches on QuipuTV, and perhaps on ESPNStar.

Russell Degnan on Idle Summers has the best previews of the tournament. Read all three:

If you’re on Twitter, check out the Group Previews linked above. Russell has also put together a list of Twitterers from each of the participating nations (as well as other people who follow Associate/Affiliate cricket).

And be sure to follow Peter Della Pena on Twitter and, because he’s in Dubai covering the event and he’s from New Jersey so it’s bound to get interesting.

I’m going to try to be a better fan this time. I’m going to avoid immigrant apathy, and root for the underdogs in a tournament of underdogs. What could be better?


A Weighty Issue: Two English Journalists Talk About Samit Patel

All this talk about Samit Patel. I can’t stomach it.

It is a weighty issue.

Is he hungry.. for success?

Yes, at the highest level. But sometimes I feel he is being waisted.

Ah but the weight of expectation is pretty high now.

That’s food for thought.

He is a player worth his weight in gold.

That’s a lot of gold. But does he really measure up when compared with the competition?

There’s a growing body of research that shows he can make it at the highest level.

It’s just a matter of mind over platter, you know.

True. He just needs to quit cold turkey.

A trip to the paint store is in order. He just needs to get a little thinner.

Fat chance. All this talk is wearing him thin.

I get the feeling this might all just be wishful shrinking.

If he succeeds, he can enjoy a heavy bottom-line.

A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

“Does He Have to Do It Again?”: Audio Tributes to Rahul Dravid

The indefatigable Subash Jayaraman recorded Dravid memories of a bunch of cricket writers and fans across the globe for a great 22-minute tribute to the wonderwall. There are contributions from Sriram DayanandSiddhartha VaidyanathanJarrod KimberSamir ChopraNicole Sobotker and Sight Screen Editorial Members: MinalRohit Naimpally and Dilip Poduval.

Go listen.

My contribution was the music selection for the intro, interludes and outro. If you’re curious, here’s what we used:

  • Intro: first dozen seconds of the 1812 Overture by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra (from musopen)
  • Interlude: shorter clip from the same clip as above
  • Outro: last dozen seconds of The Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the US Army Band (from musopen)

Why did I select these? Well, because they’re awesome.

And because they are in the public domain.

The quote in the title is from Sriram Dayanand’s contribution to the audio tribute.

And if you haven’t been listening to Subash Jayaraman’s awesome cricket podcast, Couch Talk, I have no words for you.