Saturday, March 24, 2007


I was trying to tell my English students how opaque sports coverage can be if you don't know the language. It is filled with jargon, and tends to be quite colloquial. I speak the language, and this is still largely incomprehensible to me...

From the BBC I found it funniest when I read it aloud to the man....

India were 44-3 when Sachin Tendulkar fell third ball and despite Rahul Dravid's 60 they were all out for 185.

Robin Uthappa appeared to have been given a license to attack, as he carved Chaminda Vaas for successive boundaries in the fifth over.

Your reaction to Sri Lanka's victory over India

But he was brilliantly caught and bowled by the wily left-arm seamer two overs later with the score on 25.

Sourav Ganguly seemed to be playing more of an anchor role, having made only two twos and three singles in his seven from 23 balls.

But in the 11th over he tried an ambitious lofted drive and it skewed to mid-off where Muttiah Muralitharan ran round smartly to take an agile catch.


Boo and Trev said...

I still don't understand it and I've lived in the UK most of my life. The great thing about cricket though is the BBC commentry. They have 5 days to talk about nothing much and talk about pigeons crossing the pitch and the cakes that readers have sent them. If the link works you should listen to this clip of two commentaters getting the giggles. Excellent

Beth said...

Some hockey ones (surprise!)

He took his man out. (Where? For dinner somewhere?)

He charged the net.

Forced out of the face-off circle.

Serving two or less.

And, wow, if you ever have to explain what an off-side is!

(BTW - I'm working on the meme...)

oreneta said...
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oreneta said...

Boo and Trev, I was hoping a Brit would get on, it is amazingly unclear...glad to hear it isn't just me.. but I couldn't hear the clip, my stupid computer wouldn't play it and I tried to Youtube it unsuccessfully.. ah well.

Beth: I was so hoping you would add some hockey-eses...thank you....and so, how did the leafs do?

Beth said...

Those clunkers let a 4-1 lead go and lost 5-4 Friday night BUT won last night 4-1!
And I was there!

oreneta said...

Beth: Woohoo. 'clunkers' huh, that bad, eh?