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Sunday, December 03, 2006

I just don't see the point.

cricket wtf?


There's nothing like being the only non-cricket watcher in a room full of afficionados* to make you feel like an alien in your own universe.

Does anyone else out there avoid cricket? Help me to avoid feeling alone.** How do you manage socially?







*Mind you, it was a pretty entertaining roomful: Zoe & Owen (I think of them as Zowen to save time), Floppy, and Harry, Dave and Lord Mattresshammer. But still...

**Best Beloved doesn't like cricket either. I know. We're just WEIRD.

23 comments:

Mummy/Crit said...

Sorry, I'm of no use to you, as a lazy afternoon on the sofa with the cricket is one of my guilty pleasures. it's kind of an excuse for a snooze during the day...I find watching live cricket a bit challenging 'cos you have to stay awake and pay attention and there's no commentary to let you know what is going one, but it's still fun. hmm. that really was no use, was it?

ThirdCat said...

Yeah, what she said, more or less exactly.

Sorry.

Ron said...

I came home about 2.30pm this afternoon and my teenage son and two of his friends were watching the cricket.

It's the first time that cricket has ever been seen on that TV and we've had it for several years.

Can I think of something more boring than cricket? I'm trying ...

TimT said...

I agree with Ron. Ampersand Duck, you're not alone! It's not that I actively dislike cricket: it is a fine national tradition. Just not on my telly!

Bernice said...

Oh i hate cricket - its just the ABC commentary I enjoy. I know, i know - the old National Geographic defense...I just buy it for the articles.

Zoe said...

Those who enjoy the cricket might like to know that Ms Duck asked if it was a one-day game, and on being told that you could tell it was a test because they were wearing whites said "Oh, does it mean something, what they're wearing."

I encourage you all to watch the cricket with her, it's most entertaining.

Pavlov's Cat said...

I never got cricket until the (Australian) summer I found myself in London and the Ashes were being played for, I think at Lord's; certainly it was all over the teeve, and in the streets of London they talked, it seemed, of nothing else. And I suddenly came over all patriotic; anything those Pommy bastards were against, I was for, and vice versa. It abruptly became interesting, because I cared who won.

A few summers later I sat down with my dad and got him to explain all the fielding positions plus a few basic batting strokes and some arcane terms I'd never, erm, come to terms with. And from that day to this, I have referred to that fielding position about two metres from the batsman and directly in his line of fire as Very Very Silly Point.

Blue said...

I don't get the cricket thing either - I've managed to avoid it so far by not having a social life & losing the remote control to the tv.

That being said, it can be interesting if the social atmosphere is good - but thats more about the company than the cricket.

I think I just talked myself into circles - oh well.

Ampersand Duck said...

Ahem. I always thought that the coloured frocks meant that they were being sponsored by some beer company or other.

I agree about the company making a difference.

lucy tartan said...

Company sounds pretty fine, but yes. Cricket Boring.

Amanda said...

I am usually highly sensitive to making people feel socially excluded and take great pains to avoid the unfortunate situation.

But not where the cricket is involved.

Amanda said...

So what I mean to say is, suck it up weirdos.

CW said...

I don't mind watching cricket if it's all just the day's highlights - dropped catches, catches, LBWs etc are good. It's mind numbing otherwise. Yes, I know this is sacrilege. I don't tend to admit to this around certain people I know...

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

oh Ducky, I don't get it either. but The Delightful Nanna enjoys cricket on the telly. I think she enjoys it more than dad did... it's unnatural.

I accept it as a sort of white noise in the background. it's like cicadas... if you turn into them for too long I guess they can really annoy you, but they are the perfect herald and chorus of summer. things would be just plain wrong if all of a sudden they weren't there.

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

that's 'tune' not 'turn'...

Kate said...

Cricket is dull, and I dislike it immensely. What I do enjoy is having an excuse to lie on the couch and read/knit while other people watch the cricket. As I did yesterday, until I fell asleep, which is even better.

dogpossum said...

I'm in the excuse-to-lie-on-the-couch camp.
No idea what's going on, don't really care. It goes for days and days and days (what's the point of one-dayers?), I'm never sure why people win, and not much happens.
It's best with the sound down low, a couch to yourself (probably with a sandwich at hand, and a cup of tea) and someone else in the room who's also nodding off.

I don't 'watch' it so much as enjoy its company while I try not to fall asleep.

Zoe said...

All perfectly acceptable ways to enjoy the cricket. The half-attention thing is very useful, particularly if you are constructing a very tall dinosaur castle at the time, as I was. In this circumstance I recommend listening to the ABC and watching the telly, because the slight time delay gives you enough time to catch the excitement.

Ampersand Duck said...

Actually, Speedy, that's a take on it I quite like: cricket and cicadas being the sounds of summer. Visiting my parents over summer wouldn't be the same if the cricket wasn't on in the background.

But at home, we prefer music or RN, depending on who's in control of domestic airspace that day.

Mindy said...

I'm so glad you and BB found each other Ducky. At least you can not enjoy the cricket together. Or go shopping. Are the shops still open when the cricket is on?

Ampersand Duck said...

Thanks Mindy; I know, the chances of finding a man who doesn't like cricket were pretty slim, but I managed it.

It's an amazing fact, but did you know that the earth still turns when the cricket's on??!!

ThirdCat said...

Did you know the earth turns because the cricket's on?

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

ha! is it because of the bowler's spin?


btw Ducky, we usually have 2BL on pretty much all the time but of course at the moment it's cricket cricket cricket! as long as it's backgruond and I don't have to listen to the details, it's kinda soothing.