In this entry in [livejournal.com profile] usa_cricket, I very deliberately omitted some of my thoughts, which would have belonged in the last paragraph of that entry.  Those thoughts can be summed up as follows:

Major League Cricket has more of an interest in a successful outcome than USACA possibly could, because MLC is expecting a (long term) return on its investment - it is a profit-making corporation, rather than a non-profit organization, and thus its principals' personal financial success will depend on the organization's. This is a model that has - time and again - worked well in the United States, especially for sports (try telling me that any of our professional sports networks would have been as successful if the overall organization weren't in it for the money!) - and there is no reason why cricket should be any different. The only thing that any of USACA's principals can expect to get out of their organization is (a) power, and/or (b) a sense of satisfaction in a job well-done - but if they don't care about (b), there's no incentive to do the job any better than the minimum necessary - which seems to be pretty low.

... [livejournal.com profile] dmmaus has come up with a good capsule summary of the differences between baseball and cricket. It's right here. Like he says, it's a little more complicated than that, but he's also written a good explanation of those additional complications (and the basic rules) at the pages I regularly plug, http://www.dangermouse.net/cricket.

Rather than maintain a separate filter for my cricket posts, I've switched to posting them in the community [livejournal.com profile] usa_cricket. Right now, it's mostly reporting and discussion of cricket news, but when I get to go to some matches, I'll post match reports and scorecards there as well.  Discussion is welcome; come on over!

Unbooked

Jun. 10th, 2005 08:55 pm

I'm not going to Houston.

Today, when I got home, I found messages indicating that the three cricket matches had been "postponed" (read: cancelled). So, I verified this, and proceded to cancel all of my arrangements, and arranged to get refunds where appropriate.

The reason that the event was cancelled? Because the US government is dragging their feet on issuing visas to the Pakistani players that were to participate.

It's easier for ILLEGALS to get into this country than it is LEGALS. Am I the only one that sees something wrong with that?

Booked

May. 29th, 2005 03:32 pm

The tickets have been ordered, the travel arrangements made - I'm going to be in Houston from late on June 15 until early on June 20.  I'll be seeing cricket matches at the Astrodome on the 16th, 18th, and 19th; I'm at loose ends on the 17th.  Realspacing in Houston isn't out of the question; I will NOT be renting a car, however.  Wanna try to get together on that Friday?  Drop me a note, or stick your head into #Callahans on either Undernet or Freenode - but do it before the 14th of June!

The reason I created my 'cricket' filter was to allow people who weren't interested in cricket, but who had me on their friends lists, to avoid having my often-long cricket posts bloat up their friends pages. After discovering that one of my friends who opted in to this filter actually wanted to point other fans to one of the entries, I started thinking about another way to do it, which would allow for my non-friends to be able to see the entries, while still avoiding bloating my friends' friends pages.  The result: If you're in my 'cricket' filter, please join/watch the COMMUNITY [livejournal.com profile] usa_cricket!  I'll be copying all of the cricket posts from my personal journal over to that community, so you won't miss a thing.  The cricket filter will continue to exist for a while, because of the older entries that may not have aged off people's friends pages, but future posts on cricket will most likely go to [livejournal.com profile] usa_cricket instead.

[livejournal.com profile] dmmaus pointed out the linked CricInfo article to me. Frankly, I don't really understand why it's taken this long for anything to be said or for something like this to go public; it's been an open secret for quite some time that USACA's competence left much to be desired.  There's no real reason that cricket shouldn't be popular here; with all the players we have at the various local levels, the only real excuse is that USACA - who are responsible for promoting cricket in this country - have made NO effort that I can perceive over the past forty years to bring cricket into the public eye.  I thought that when the ICC announced their 'Project USA' and appointed someone out of England to head it up, maybe things would change - but so far, nothing has been happening.  An independent, Kal Patek, has done more for cricket in the USA just last summer (in ProCricket) than the entire USACA effort. And the various national cricket boards in other countries have been actively fighting him, too.  Hopefully, this will be a major wake-up call to USACA, and something will change - but, like NYC's Second Avenue subway, I won't believe it until I'm RIGHT THERE seeing it in the flesh.

Last night was the finals for the first season of ProCricket, and I was there.

The New Jersey Fire were facing the San Francisco Freedom on their home ground, and calling the CommerceBank Ballpark a Free(dom) Fire Zone would not have been at all inaccurate.  Both sides displayed some amazing batting, and some amazing fielding to go with it - but at the end of it all (and I do mean the end, the fifth ball of the twentieth over for San Francisco), San Francisco got to take the ProCricket trophy home with them.

Game stuff ... )



Why I got messed up on the scoring: I think I've been Noticed by the league and TV people.  National Public Radio does a show where unusual sports with 'highbrow' images are spotlighted, and they were at the match - and were brought over to *me* to interview.  I ended up explaining the basics of the game to the interviewer, and also what was going on 'real-time'.  This was almost certainly going 'into the can' for later broadcast, but I don't know when.  I was also offered the opportunity to do 'guest commentary' on TV, but I turned that down - for some reason, the idea scared me a little bit.  At any rate, that's when the scoring went to the wayside.

Tomorrow (Sunday) it's back to Staten Island for the last ProCricket game this year - the All-Star game, the best players from the Covers (eastern) Division against those from the Midwicket (western) Division.  And yes, I'll try to score it.

So, last night, I went to another cricket game.  This one was a playoff game, between the New Jersey Fire and the Texas Arrowheads.

game discussion behind the cut... )



I was sitting in the stands before the game, and one of the ProCricket league people came over to me to say hello, and we got to chatting.  I'd mentioned that I'd been at every game played at the Staten Island stadium, and he seemed pretty happy to hear that.  He asked if I was on the ProCricket forums; I indicated that I was, and what username I used.  Which made another good impression on him, or so he indicated with some positive remarks about my contributions.

During the game, one of the TV people *also* recognized me, and sent one of their portable camera people over to interview me during the game, during which interview I explained how I'd gotten interested in cricket, and in ProCricket, and generally showed my (not at all faked!) enthusiasm (right in the middle of a great game, and no, I didn't miss any of the action - they were very careful about that).  I don't know whether it went out live, or into the can for later, or what - but who cares?  That sort of thing is tremendous egoboo - especially since Reuters interviewed me (taped or radio) at the previous game I'd been to.

After the game, I went up to the broadcast center on the left field deck of the stadium, where I'd seen the field umpires directing their requests for 'third umpire' replay analysis for some hard calls.  My purpose was to find out if the third umpire actually was up there; it turned into a 30-minute discussion, during which I met several of the network production crew and league officials.  I indicated my continued enthusiasm for cricket and for ProCricket, discussed ideas, got answers to questions, and learned some stuff that can only really be called 'inside information', although I don't imagine that they're concerned about keeping it secret - nevertheless, it's *their* information to make public or not, so I won't without explicit permission.

They also asked if I'd been to any of the New Jersey Fire home games at CommerceBank ballpark in Bridgewater NJ; I explained that it wasn't possible for me, logistically, because I am very uncomfortable driving at night, and taking the train home means I miss the last train out of Grand Central (and am thus stranded in the city for the night).  Well, it looks like I'm going to be going to the championship finals; they've guaranteed me a ride into the city in time to catch a train.

So, obviously, I've made a good impression as a fan.  Wow.  Just... Wow.

So, last night, I went to another cricket game.  This one was a playoff game, between the New Jersey Fire and the Texas Arrowheads.

game discussion behind the cut... )



I was sitting in the stands before the game, and one of the ProCricket league people came over to me to say hello, and we got to chatting.  I'd mentioned that I'd been at every game played at the Staten Island stadium, and he seemed pretty happy to hear that.  He asked if I was on the ProCricket forums; I indicated that I was, and what username I used.  Which made another good impression on him, or so he indicated with some positive remarks about my contributions.

During the game, one of the TV people *also* recognized me, and sent one of their portable camera people over to interview me during the game, during which interview I explained how I'd gotten interested in cricket, and in ProCricket, and generally showed my (not at all faked!) enthusiasm (right in the middle of a great game, and no, I didn't miss any of the action - they were very careful about that).  I don't know whether it went out live, or into the can for later, or what - but who cares?  That sort of thing is tremendous egoboo - especially since Reuters interviewed me (taped or radio) at the previous game I'd been to.

After the game, I went up to the broadcast center on the left field deck of the stadium, where I'd seen the field umpires directing their requests for 'third umpire' replay analysis for some hard calls.  My purpose was to find out if the third umpire actually was up there; it turned into a 30-minute discussion, during which I met several of the network production crew and league officials.  I indicated my continued enthusiasm for cricket and for ProCricket, discussed ideas, got answers to questions, and learned some stuff that can only really be called 'inside information', although I don't imagine that they're concerned about keeping it secret - nevertheless, it's *their* information to make public or not, so I won't without explicit permission.

They also asked if I'd been to any of the New Jersey Fire home games at CommerceBank ballpark in Bridgewater NJ; I explained that it wasn't possible for me, logistically, because I am very uncomfortable driving at night, and taking the train home means I miss the last train out of Grand Central (and am thus stranded in the city for the night).  Well, it looks like I'm going to be going to the championship finals; they've guaranteed me a ride into the city in time to catch a train.

So, obviously, I've made a good impression as a fan.  Wow.  Just... Wow.

First, a plug: If you know baseball, but not cricket, I have yet to find a better site for explaining the basics than ([livejournal.com profile] dmmaus) David Morgan-Mar's cricket site, <http://www.dangermouse.net/cricket>. If you do know cricket, give the site a look anyway, so that you know the knowledge base that I'm operating from. Lots more... )

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