It was 2006 when i started watching sports other then cricket. Bizarre that it all started with Rugby. All Blacks Vs Spring Box ( new Zealand Vs South Africa) . The thing that stood out for me was the passion with which the sports are watch and played. In cricket for a long time passion is in the stands and not in the pitch. This was the first time i saw fire in the eyes. A show not of a sport but in the levels of a WAR .
The Rugby match started with the national anthem. when the player face the main stands where the flags of the nations are fluttering. And as the music started there were thousands of people singing the Anthem along with the music. The camera were focused on the bruised faces of the players with there protective head gear. I was taken a back by the emotion and passion of the player. They were as passionate as a soldier walking into a BATTLE.
And then some thing happened a long standing tradition of the Pacific counties especially of New Zealand. HAKKA…HAKKA HAKKA…My hands still tremble to type the word. The tribal war dance .The opposition Face the invitation of WAR from the All Blacks. GOD the eyes of John O LOMO was as bright as a Tiger. He led the hakka the leader of the team . As the frightful opposition watched the ritual. There was fire in the eyes … with there tongues out and there teeth biting them. The Last move was as if they want the enemy’s head as they flashed there fist to reassemble a knife across there throat. As if sign of decapitation. Intensity above any thing..not be scared
Sport is a non-bloody war with out a life lost. No degree below a war. A fight between a group of people to show there supremacy. The rules are to ensure just to limit them from harming each other too much.
After watching that i watched a UEFA champions league match that Liverpool played at home. The cop as they call it has rituals of flying a stadium size Flag of the club and then the mangers Face flag. The atmosphere is like a cyclone hitting a peacefull rustic village where they had no clue that such thing exists.
After watching the Passion i liked the then champions of BPL Arsenal for the flair and free flowing and passing game under Arsene Wenger. Arsenal are a side with a french connection and they are like French cheese smooth in the way they kick the ball like cutting a cheese , passing ,holding possession and showing there talent.
For a Arsenal fan for 6 years now, this is the crucial test for the young Arsenal team. Yes it is a young team but the time is running out for this young team, they cannot be young and inconsistent for ever. Yes Van presie is injured, but there is no reason for a poor showing against the red devils last week end at home. If they again just show up with out spirit and emotion against the well organized unit like Chelsea. The Gunner fans will have to Go out home with red faces and not with the red warm heart.
There is also the oldest fiercest mercy side derby of Liverpool Vs Everton, for sure there will be no love loss between the side. The history of this rivalry goes back to the inception of the greatest and the most passionate fan following of the footballing history Liverpool which was a part of Everton and then moved away. Ironically when i started watching soccer it was this fan following that glued me to the sport. Liverpool ” we will never walk alone ” the fans have always been the biggest attraction of this Club.Unlike Manchester united fans i love the way the Liverpool fans back the side in the toughest tests in the history. Manchester United has always had a arrogance correlated with them because of there managers image (Furgie) …
I am supporting Liverpool and Arsenal for this week end. Soccer is most watched game where the show is just not put by the players who play but by the spectator who watch it .
And watch the game for the fans with the heart as gold in there passion and courage to take the result as it come.
Let the best team win but let us watch and grow the sports that give us good health and team spirit.
Any one who wants to discuss Soccer please do , i am never tired of it. I miss Rohit and Roshan here in Noida though.
The fireworks are there to watch and don’t blind your self from the beautiful game and no more reason required this week end.
This week end is the Red Week.Dont know in colour of the team or my eyes though 😉