One of my favorite things to do when I have a bit of spare time is Google Streetview the neighborhoods around cricket grounds. And since this morning we are in Nottingham, and the pitch is an absolute road and Strauss and KP look to bat all…day…long…I thought I would take a little tour of the streets around Trent Bridge – and since it is Saturday, I thought I would take my readers along with me.
And, hey, that’s Trent Bridge’s neighborhood. Not overly attractive, but nicer looking than the neighborhoods that surround American sport stadia.
I enjoyed this post, expect more like it in the future.
In my post from a few days ago, about England’s short lived reign as the number one test team, a reader gave me a bit of a hiding in the comments for making overly presumptive statements without a point of reference. Maybe his points were justified, or maybe not, hard to tell.
Now, I don’t mind being put in my place, and I freely admit that most of my readers have more cricket knowledge in their pinky toe than I do in my whole body, but that isn’t going to stop me from having opinions, or making bold statements. Otherwise this blog will just be: hey, cricket’s great, right!?
That said, I do hope my readers take my statements with a grain of salt. This is a cricket blog, but it is not meant to be taken too seriously. It is more of a “lifestyle” blog, rather than a serious nuts and bolts site. I write about grounds and history and fashion. When I do actually get into the guts of a day’s play, I realize that I am out of depth every time – and I openly invite all readers to comment and correct me or argue with me when they feel like it. Please don’t shy away from doing so because I am so obviously ignorant of the sport or because this blog normally enjoys the “lighter” side of the game. I enjoy being challenged, and I enjoy being corrected. It’s how we all learn.
(I put lighter in quotes because I do write a lot about war, and nuclear weapons, as well.)
And I stand by my statement from a few days ago: despite what is happening today in Nottingham, this England team has yet to prove to me that they are one of the greats. But Strauss getting back in the runs is a good sign, and they still very much have the potential to be one of the greatest teams in the history of test cricket. Fact.
Working on another longer post for later in the weekend. Keep an eye out. And cheers to all my new readers, it has been a busy couple of days, traffic-wise, here on the blog. Thanks again to those that retweet and reblog. This blog is a real joy, even when I take a hiding in the comments.