FIFA World cup, Wimbledon and Life

I love sports for the way they generate thrill and emotions in everyone’s life. And I have utmost respect and admiration for players who perfect their games and I feel they are no less than the artists creating a piece of art. Sport is such a unifying medium (as is music and other forms of art but more reachable to common mob) and it was an exhilarating experience watching Americans going nuts over USA making it to second round in FIFA World Cup. I feel Americans miss out on the thrill of supporting one’s nation in an international sport event. Most of American sport expertise is bound to these club and premier league events. While USA does have a tremendous presence in Olympic sports, I hope the soccer team and Landon Donovan can ignite American’s interest in popular international sports.

And this summer is just a Godsend to all sports fans like me. I can barely contain the high adrenaline flow FIFA and Wimbledon are generating.

I am so saddened seeing Andy Roddick and Justine Henin crash out before the Quarters at Wimbledon. It does show the bar going so high in ATP and WTA. I love Roddick’s presence in tennis and his sporting attitude. After his heart wrenching loss at last year’s Wimbledon finale, I was hoping to see him much further but the competition is indeed very high now. I would not have bet against Nadal in his form from French Open but he seems troubled with injury that might create chances for Federer and guys behind him. I know there has been a lot of criticism for Federer for one mountain that he has not been able to climb – Rafael Nadal. I am his loyal fan but I concede that Spaniard has gotten better of him convincingly. It does not make me any less of a fan though since I admire Federer for more than his records, I adore his class, his elegance, his perfection, his consistency and his Godly presence in the world of tennis. I can also understand his recent wavering hunger for titles, he has done more than anybody else and whatever he keeps achieving now is just an added bonus. I remember being extremely heart broken after his 2008 Wimbledon loss but these days I just enjoy his play and its peaceful. He is just the best 🙂

But of course, Wimbledon happens every year. Right now, I am truly enjoying every moment of the Football World Cup 2010. It is such a rhythmatic and challenging game needing so much more coordination, teamwork and energy. I can hardly wait for the Germany vs Argentina clash since these 2 teams seem to be playing with most effective synchronization and strategy. Also, I applaud their minimal involvement in foul tactics. Finally, I love that World Cup is happening in Africa and I love vuvuzelas 😉

And here are some nice tweets from World Cup-

  1. @sardesairajdeep: appearing on page 3 for a footballer is often inversely proportionate to performance. contrast ronaldo with villa.
  2. @sardesairajdeep: world cup like world war 2. French surrendered early, Americans arrived at last minute, British left to fight Germans.
  3. @5tevenw: Mon: #ARG Argentina meet #BRA Brazil in Cape Town. Tue: #ESP Spain meet #ITA Italy in Johannesburg & on Wed: #ENG England may meet #FRA France at the airport.

And officially from twitter-

June 25: However, we are calling the end of Japan’s 3-1 victory over Denmark a record that bests the end of the Los Angeles Laker victory over the Boston Celtics (3,085 TPS). When the referee blew the final whistle, we saw 3,283 TPS.

June 18: The most tweeted goals of the past week…

1) Japan scores against Cameroon on June 14 in their 1-0 victory (2,940 TPS)
2) Brazil scores their first goal against North Korea in their 2-1 June 14 victory (2,928 TPS)
3) Mexico ties South Africa in their June 11 game (2,704 TPS)

Were these all-time Twitter records? Yes, but only until last night’s deciding game of the NBA Championship between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. The Lakers’ victory generated a record 3,085 TPS as the game ended.

I really cannot imagine life without sports. Jabulani.

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