Futbol

4 new rules for more goals in World Cup football

One would have thought that those pathologically law-abiding Germans would follow all the rules, even the unwritten ones.  The biggest unwritten one of them all in this FIFA World Cup seems to be that there should be no goal during regulation time. Did Germany not know what Brazil clearly did – that no goals were…

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Hockey on the pond

Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog got  it badly wrong when he looked at his shadow this week.  Six more weeks of winter? We are still in winter? Yes, I know it is February and normally the peak of winter, but this year winter seems to have made a guest appearance. There is practically no snow on…

Iranian women footballers  Pic: Yahoo Sports

Why FIFA is wrong about banning Iranian women

It’s depressing how those Iranian women footballers are getting kicked around like footballs.  The question is – can they play football with their hijabs or headscarves on? On one side, there is FIFA, sticking rigidly to its stand that hijabs can cause “choking injuries” and are thus unsafe to wear.  On the other side, you…

Sukanya Roy wins the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee (Pic: Washington Post)

Who really wins in the Spelling Bee?

Another year, another desi kid wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a few reports appear in the newspapers, and otherwise the event is mostly forgotten.  There are the usual gaggle of desi participants – a third of the semi-finalists had desi origins, and for the fourth year in a row, the winner was an Indian-American…

John Isner during the Mahut-Isner epic battle.  Look at the scoreboard!    Pic courtesy: AELTC/Wimbledon.org

In which I eat my words

I am gladly eating my words. I have gone on record in the past saying that I am glad Wimbledon has a “no 5th set tie-break” policy.  After watching the match between Frenchman Nicolas Mahut and American John Isner,  I wonder whether it is time to rewrite the rule. My objection to deciding the fifth…

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World Cup football fever in the US?

It was noon when we reached the Post Office. After processing the mailing label for our parcel, the man at the counter asked us casually,”Did you have any chance to catch the football this morning?” We gaped at him. He said “football” which could only mean NFL.  Surely he meant “soccer”? R told him about…

Anamika Veeramani

Too much TV kills the Spelling Bee?

Am I alone in wishing Anamika Veeramani had screamed, or jumped up in joy, or cried, or shown some emotion after winning the Spelling Bee?  She seemed so matter of fact, I was left wondering whether it hadn’t sunk in, or whether she was too shy or reserved to show any emotion.  But more than…