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« on: January 06, 2009, 21:55:02 PM »

I have been meaning to post this for some time. Have you noticed that when AB De Villiers or Graham Smith (I don't mean to pick on them, it is just that I noticed them recently.) score any runs, the first thing they do is look up at the satellites and point and wave as if to say "Thanks for making me not go out and for letting me get all these runs!".
However, the few times (That I have seen) that they don't make runs there is very little communication with the satellites. Huh? Why do you think that is? How does that work? What about the parents, friends, relatives, teachers, coaches, years of hard work etc.? I wonder if the same gestures etc. are made during practise?

I was listening to Graham Smith being interview this morning about having to retire hurt etc. and his reasoning was that god (He didn't say which, but I suppose we can assume the usual suspect) was telling him to take a break. Is there any reason why god would have to be such a prat as to swerve the ball after the Australian had bowled it and make it hit him on the hand - after there was all sorts of smiles, pointing, waving and allocation of runs (62 and 75) in the previous game? What did he do between games that was sooo bad? Is there any reason why god couldn't have just put an anonymous envelope under his hotel door?

Listening to a lot of the commentary during the series with Oz, cricket is a massively superstition sport. I suppose that I remember back in the day, there were a lot of guys that had their lucky jock strap or hat etc. and wore them until there was very little left (Maybe the essense of the gloves were still there?  Wink)
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2009, 22:08:30 PM »

Hmm, good questions, all.  Didn’t Hansie start the proverbial ball swinging when he implicated one god or another in match-fixing shenanigans?

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 12:03:47 PM »

The usual religious logic. Give him the credit when it's a hit and blaming Satan or somebody when it's a miss.
It must be very - very boring to sit and watch a 5 day game knowing the outcome in advance so he can, I suppose, have a little fun from time to time. Maybe he needs a rest from all the watching(and doing nothing) in Israel. For us at least it was nail biting - only 11 deliveries.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009, 13:52:05 PM »

For us at least it was nail biting - only 11 deliveries.
It was close - great series! Hopefully the consistency fairy can now make an appearance!
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2009, 01:51:30 AM »

I know this is biased to American sports, but it applies here as well:
A quote from Denis Leary.

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So let me get this straight:  God talks to Benny Hinn, he talks to Jimmy Swagart, he talks to wide receivers and defensive linemen, but I was an alterboy for seven years, I memorized the latin f**king mass, and you know what? I've never heard from the guy.  Nothing; not a phone call, not a note, but apparently he talks to Reggie White every Saturday night before the big game on Sunday, because as we all know God is a big Green Bay f**king Packers fan.

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2009, 02:01:49 AM »

And BTW, you are absolutely correct in sports guys being superstitious.

I won a Castle promotion a couple of years ago where I got to go to SuperSport Park and meet some of the Proteas. 
They took us on a tour of the locker room, and they told us stories, anecdotes, or whatever.
Andre Nel told a story of how the team hid a batsman's bat (I think AB DeVilliers, but I can't be sure now) as a goof.
They stuck it to the ceiling above the lockers.  That day he went out and batted some huge total, and since then always sticks his bat to the ceiling before he bats.  At least at Centurion.
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