Thursday, November 24, 2005

Jayasuriya, Ganguly & Roy Keane

The old guards of sports are finding life slightly difficult these days. The players who once were the kings of their respective teams are finding that they surplus to the current requirements of the team. Sanath Jayasuriya who was a pioneer of pinch hitting in the first 15 overs of Ona Day International Cricket matches & a batsman most bowlers wanted to avoid has being dropped from the Sri Lankan Test Team for the coming series against India. He was not performing well in the ODI series & many wanted him dropped from the team. But Test Match is whole different ball game & he hadn't done badly in the recent past. But he was not wholly fit & selectors decided to try a new one.

And India has already dropped their former captain, Prince of Culcatta, Sourav Ganguly from the ODI team. He was a late & somewhat surprising inclusion added to the Test squad. Captaincy of the both form of Cricket( ODI & Test) has been given to Rahul Dravid. Ganguly's case is very different from Jayasuriya's. He has been underperforming for sometime & he was in the side due to some unknown ( read: internal politics ) reasons. Finally he got injured before the Sri Lanka series and selectors jumped for it. He is in last chance saloon. And if he fails in Test matches against Sri Lanka ( assuming he manage to get in to the side) his future looks bleak.

And Roy Keane has been sensationally dumped by Sir Alex Ferguson from the Manchester United team to utter disbelief of most observers. Keane has been the captain & the main source of inspiration for Man Utd for countless years. But he is ageing & is prone to injuries more often than before. And his infamous temper has not helped him, his teammates or the manager. I think he would have had at least another season at Old Trafford if he has not given that now infamous interview to ManUtd TV which subsequently got banned. But unlike the other two players mentioned here Keane's departure will be felt more keenly by his team. They do not have a readymade replacement for him & the other players could not cover his absence. Although Manchester United has moved on after Eric Cantona, Brian Robson & others. They will do so again this time, but the problem is with Chelsea’s sudden dominance the pressure is much much more than usual.

Monday, November 21, 2005

After the Moment of Truth

Finally its over! 2005 Presidential Election was held on 17th November & the Fifth Executive Prime Minister was sworn in on 19th. It was unbelievable in many aspects. First the candidate with more money, more resources & more media backing lost! Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe, who launched massive media campaign against his rival Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa lost by 180,000 votes. It’s not a huge amount, but a win is a win. Last few days before the election was a complete barrage of advertisements in electronic media by United National Party in support of their candidate Mr. Wickramasinghe.

But in the end Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected the Fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka. He got a huge majorities in south region ( Galle, Matara & Hambanthota Districts) & in Gampaha & Kaluthara Districts. On the other hand Ranil was not able to get big wins except in Central Province. And his strategies were blown up to high heaven when LTTE has ordered the Tamils in their areas not to vote. He was banking on them to make him the Leader of the country & it back fired.

Some try to say that Mahinda’s victory as a win for Sinhalese Buddhist extremists, which is patently wrong. There is no arguing about the fact that most of the votes for Mahinda were cast by them but Christians & Muslims contributed to his wins in Gampaha, Hambantota & Digamadulla districts.

Anyway now we have a new president. A man, who came from south. A man with a reputation of being a people’s man. It’s up to him to take our country forward. To give a solution the ethnic crisis, which can be accepted by all nationals. And it is up to us to give him time to achieve these targets & to guide him along these paths.

Friday, November 11, 2005

A new forum & A Fantasy Team

Had an easy paced week so far. It was not hectic as usual, no major computer breakdowns or no new bugs identified in the POS & Inventory systems. It doesn't mean I have been idle, but lets say that I had more spare time @ work than usual.

Spare time = Surfing. And surf I did. Found a new forum to participate called neoseeker.
It is mainly a gaming & hardware forum, but have many interesting threads. I found it while searching for some driver using Google & it directed me to it. Previously I was only participating in Spymac.

But after its updation it is acting kind of weird. It is very slow for one thing and it’s still not functioning fully. And I find the posting is not as numerous as before. Maybe they are waiting till it’s back as before. Anyway it is a very good site & I had many interesting & constructive arguments in their forums.

And I have registered in Fantasy Premier League & I find it quite good. I have fantasy soccer teams in Premier.Fantasy-Manager & Channel 4 Fantasy Football Monthly 2005-06. But I liked FPL’s format quite good, it gives you 100million to have a 15 member squad while the other 2 limit you to 50million on 11 member squad. Anyway have a party to attend in the evening & tomorrow is Saturday! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Some Football Jokes

David Beckham walks into a sperm donor bank,
"I'd like to donate some sperm" he says to the receptionist.
"Certainly Sir" replies the receptionist, "have you donated before?".
"Yes" replies Beckham "you should have my details on your computer".
"Oh yes, I've found your details" says the receptionist
"but I see you're going to need help. Shall I call Posh Spice for you?"
"Why do I need help?" asks Beckham.
The receptionist replies "Well David, it says on your record that you're a useless w*nker...."

Two Aberdeen supporting farmers are flying with their herd of sheep to a new farm.
Suddenly, the plane engine fails and it rapidly descends towards the ground.

Dons Fan 1: Quick! Grab a parachute and jump!
Dons Fan 2: What about the sheep ???
Dons Fan 1: F*ck the sheep!!!Dons Fan 2: ...(pause)... Do you think we have time?

Q: How many Liverpool fans does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Yeah, as if they have electricity in Liverpool...

Q. What's the difference between the Toon keeper and a taxi driver?
A. A taxi driver will only let in four at a time.

Newcastle have moved quickly to halt rumours of a rift between Grame Souness and Alan Shearer.A club spokesman said, "It's ridiculous to suggest that there is a personality clash between the two - everybody at the club knows that Shearer hasn't got one.

"Why do Geordie Supporters have Moustaches?
A: So they can look like their Mothers.

Q: What do you get when you cross a Chelsea Fan with a pig?
A: I don't know, there are some things a pig just won't do.

Q: What do you call a Chelsea fan on the moon?
A: A Problem.
Q: What do you call 100 Chelsea fans on the moon?
A: An even bigger problem.
Q: What do you call all the Chelsea fans on the moon?
A: Problem solved

Q. Why do Chelsea fans whistle whilst sitting on the toilet?
A. So they know which end to wipe!

Q: What do Leeds keepers and Singer Michael Michael Jackson both have in common?
A: Both wear gloves for no apparent reason.

Q. What's the difference between a Leeds fan and a coconut?
A. One's thick and hairy, and the other's a tropical fruit.

Q: What has 70,000 arms and an IQ of 170
A: Elland road every other Saturday.

Q: Name three football clubs that contain swear words?
A: Arsenal, Scunthorpe and F*****g Man Utd.

Apparantly, Blackburn football club is under investigation by the Inland Revenue for tax evasion.- they've been claiming for Silver Polish for the past 30 years.

4 surgeons are taking a tea break:
1st surgeon says "Accountants are the best to operate on because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."
2nd surgeon says "Nope, librarians are the best. Everything inside them is in alphabetical order."
3rd surgeon says "Well you should try electricians. Everything inside them is colour coded."
4th surgeon says "I prefer Tottenham fans. They're heartless, spineless, gutless and their heads and a**es are interchangeable."

Q: What would you get if Newcastle were relegated?
A: 45,000 more Chelsea fans

Q: What's the difference between a Northern Water lorry and Alan Shearer's school teacher?
A: One's a water tanker, the other's taught a w**ker.

An Aberdeen fan is trapped on a remote desert island with a sheep and a dog. Soon, the sheep starts looking really attractive to the Aberdeen fan.
However, whenever he approaches a sheep the dog growls in a threatening manner.The Aberdeen fan takes the dog to the opposite side of the island giving it some food as a distraction. He runs back to the sheep only to find the dog growling at him.
The Aberdeen fan ties the dog to a tree with a large leash. He goes back to the sheep only to find the dog growling with a gnawed off leash around its neck.By now, Aberdeen fan is getting depressed and frustrated.
As he sits under a palm tree staring out to sea, a beautiful woman in a tight-fitting wet suit emerges from the surf.She asks him who he is and, taking pity upon his lonely state, asks if there's ANYTHING she could do for him.

The Aberdeen fan thinks for a moment and then responds, "Could you take the dog for a walk?"

Monday, November 07, 2005

A Very Good Sunday

Finally two teams I supports won after what can only be described as unbelievably bad performances in the last few weeks. All though some would say it is a case of shutting the door after the horse has bolted. Firstly Sri Lanka managed to beat Indian team after loosing 4 matches continuously. Indians has rested some of their players, but they posted a very good target. Finally Sri Lankans manage to avoid the middle order collapse and they won quite comfortably in the end.

Then Manchester United beat Chelsea in English Premier League. They have been below par since the last season’s FA Cup. Some would say it was longer! Anyway they showed that they have the talent & guts to give a good fight to the table topping Chelsea & they won. With 3 key players absent in Gary Neville, Roy Keane & Gabriel Heinze it was a very good performance. Now if only both these teams can keep this up every week!

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