Sunday, December 21, 2008

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I'm pretty sure that's written in English.

I think that's how you score a chukker to win the first rubber of the Heisman Cup Series in NASCAR, right?


Anonymous said...

Yes, it is written in English. The Queen's English. The problem is, it's about cricket, a game an Englishman once told me, he had never been able to figure out.

Julie said...

can't see the problem ...

cricket isn't that hard to understand ...

you've got two "batsman", they stand at either end of the wicket (hard piece of ground), in front of wickets (three bits of wood in the ground with another bit of wood laid across the top).

Some one from the other team - i.e. the bowler - bowls (throws with straight arm movement) a cricket ball at one of the batsmen, who is supposed to hit the ball as hard as possible and then run to the other end of the wicket, while the other batsman runs to the end that the other guy was at - hence "a run".

If the ball is caught (a "catch") without touching the ground the batsman is "out". If the ball is thrown and hits the wicket (either end) before the batsman is safely passed it then he is also "out".

If however, when the bowler bowls the ball and it hits the wicket without the batsman hitting it, the batsman has been "bowled" and is "out".

IF the batsman has not scored in that innings and gets "out", his score is 0 which referred to as a "duck".

All clear now :)

Funnily enough, when i was in the states (a long time ago), I drove past a cricket game with the American i was staying with and had the following conversation:

Them: "Don't know what that game is called."
Me: "It's called 'cricket'".
Them: "Nope, don't know what it is called, must be a new invention".
Me: "Um, it's called CRICKET and it has been played in England for centuries".
Them: "Odd, must be a new game!".

Anonymous said...


Nothing provincial about us Colonials!

Stan said...

Yes it is English, but it's English English, which may be your problem.

Anonymous said...

As so often happens, the words appear to be grammerically assembled English, but then the situation deteriorates rapidly. See also "computer programming" and "Democrat".


Anonymous said...

It's simpler than baseball...

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been given out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

From here

Anonymous said...

I prefer Uncyclopedia, a much more factual source of entertainment:

On this day...

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* 0000 - The Blessed Mother Mary's contractions begin
* 1337 - Counter-Strike is invented
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* 1923 - LSD is first manufactured, diarrhea of solar proprtions ensues.
* 1933 - William Butler Yeats is found dead in a bear cage at the local zoo.
* 1954 - Film Actors Guild (FAG) is founded
* 1989 - The end of the world as we know it. Surprisngly, most people are either indifferent or quite fine about the whole thing.
* 1989 - Pixies send Monkeys to Heaven, Anthony gives Cleopatra a crate of brown ale.
* 1991 - Man loses his religion, but later finds he left it in the corner, silly man.
* 2005 - Pussy flavored ice cream invented.
* 2006 - World peace declared.
* 2007 - England nukes Wales. Nobody cares.
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Anonymous said...

It's alright, we English read in polite incomprehension when Americans trot out baseball terms.

Joking aside, Don Bradman was probably the greatest statistical freak any sport has ever seen. His batting average (runs per innings) of 99.94 is over 50% greater than anyone else who ever had a significant career in international cricket, and plenty of 'greats' had a career average half that. The fact that such a colossal career ended with him being dismissed for a score of 0 (a duck), well, it's just one of those stories. And that's why Arthur Morris, a very good batsman for Australia in his own right, has the misfortune to be remembered partly as "the guy at the other end in Bradman's last innings".

Zendo Deb said...

Hey, the new improved (that is shorter) version of cricket is the 2nd most popular game on the planet.

(They had to make it shorter, since a full game of cricket, complete with tea intervals, can last 3 days.)

Sendarius said...

Umm, Zendo Deb, that should read FIVE days.

And even that is "the new short version", because international matches (called "Test Matches") were originally played until won - regardless of how long they were.