Starting tomorrow, and lasting through Sunday, I will be on hiatus. No new posts until Monday, the 22nd. This is not a sabbatical or a period of rest, I am just heading out of town for a friend’s wedding. (I just didn’t want my reader to think that I felt that this blog was so exhausting that I needed a break).
The bummer is that I will miss the majority of the final England-India test. Dead rubber though it might be, it is still unfortunate. Of the four tests this summer, I have been out of town for the bulk of two of them.
Which brings me to what I want to write about today.
Yesterday, due to normal Tuesday work BS, plus Willow.tv’s rights restrictions, I missed two absolutely cracking ODIs: Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Harare and Sri Lanka v Australia at Hambantota.
(Side note: Hambantota, a beauty):
I barely was even able to follow Cricinfo’s ball by ball, much less enjoy television coverage on Willow.
In the good old days, before LimitedOvers.com, I was completely satisfied to follow the random match here, the random match there. I would follow just on Cricinfo, occasionally watching the (legal, legitimate) highlights online. (I don’t like illegal streams, it’s not because I am a super ethical dude or anything, I just worry about security.)
But now in the ALO (after Limited Overs) period, I am frustrated when I miss a match, any match. It is overwhelming. I used to love how much cricket there is, now it just makes my “job” more difficult.
Going forward, I think as this blog funnels down into a more specific focus, the above won’t be too much of a problem, but I do need to learn that I cannot watch all of the cricket. There is simply just too much.
That said: I will be checking in via my phone on the test match all weekend. Plus: the County Championship is back! I think this is my favorite cricket tournament, domestic or otherwise. It is too bad Willow only has CB40 and FLt20 matches, and crap Cricinfo doesn’t even do a ball by ball…if only I was at home I could listen to the BBC’s radio coverage…and there I go again…
That’s enough, back to work, until Monday.