Today: it is hot. 98 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 degrees Celsius) in Minneapolis and whoppingly humid.
And, really, I do not feel like writing much. Not because it is too hot, but because, actually, it is too cold.
We are lucky enough to have central air conditioning, and right now it is a chilly 69 degrees Fahrenheit (20.5 degrees Celsius) in our house. It is also very dry, and a little stale, and kind of dark, and not really all that inspiring when it comes to writing about cricket, a sport that is played for the most part in the hottest and dampest parts of the world.
But I made a pledge, and so post I will.
As evidenced by the previous 100 words or so, people like to talk about the weather. Even people that claim they don’t like to talk about the weather still like to talk about the weather. It is the absolutely one and only thing that we all share in common with the people in our general vicinity.
Today in Minneapolis, it is all anyone can talk about: how hot it was yesterday, how hot it is today, and how hot it will be tomorrow. If it was cold, we would talk about that instead. Same if it was dry, or storming, or foggy.
The weather = humans talk about it.
Which is another thing I think people would like about cricket: the weather is an intergral part of the game. Cricket people talk about the weather constantly, as it really does have profound impact on the outcome of every single match. The ball moves differently in humid conditions than it does under dryer conditions. It swings when its overcast, but not when the sun is out. Sometimes rain wipes out entire matches, and sometimes the heat sucks the life right out of the players.
And that is not even bringing into consideration the wind, or the wicket itself. They swing in England, they spin in India. Sometimes they are dry and friendly, and sometimes they are wet and sticky. It all depends on where you are, and the weather that day.
Cricket matches are defined by the weather conditions they are played under, far more so than any other sport.
Sure, gridiron football is sometimes played in the rain and mud, but those games are few and far between. And, sure, sometimes a baseball game gets rained out, but they just play it the next day instead, no big deal. Those sports just don’t concern themselves with the weather as much – and so the weather is simply not a huge subject of conversation among the fans, players, commentators, and pundits.
But if you like to talk about the weather, if that is your thing, and I know it is, AND you like to listen to other people talk about the weather on the telly, then cricket is the sport for you. Hands down.
Turn it up: