My Grouse Against Cricket Mania (& any other sports mania for that matter)
During the last few days of Cricket World Cup I witnessed the unprecedented frenzy of Cricket Fans in India which is way beyond my understanding. For days people ate, drank & talked only cricket. Wherever I went (online/ offline) I became an inadvertant overhearer of this unwarranted insanity.
How can people become so involved in watching some guys throwing n hitting ball?? Don’t people have something better to do with their lives which will lead to their own enrichment rather than watching others play?? I mean I consider watching sports a total waste of time & at best a voyeuristic pleasure only. Apart from getting some cheap thrills which sports fan somehow seem to be getting it doesn’t enhance one’s life in any way. When I expressed these feelings on Facebook the cricket fans obviously turned angry & asked me how come I ‘Waste’ my time watching movies / reading books?? Now watching movies & reading books are a different Ballgame altogether (Oops!! An inoppurtune pun): they make you think, improve your vocabulory, imagination & expression power, it gives you new perspectives, new solutions to problems, newer paradigms in a way that watching sports just can’t.
2nd thing which is even more insane is when the fans claim ‘We won’…they display mad euphoria as if they themselves have played & won the game. This time when India won against Pakistan people came out in hordes on street & were celebrating like loonies as if they had cracked IAS examination in first attempt & topped it.
#3rd it’s only a game & games are advantageous only to those who play n thus get some exercise in the process.
#4th Games should be played in the spirit of a game only without too much focus on winning/losing…a game above everything must be played for the sheer enjoyment & not for gloating over winning. This was the worst thing that I noticed. People started poking malicious jokes at the losing teams as if winners today won’t lose tomorrow & vice versa. All this was done in an extremely bad taste.
Moreover this whole business of worshipping sports keep people stupified & engrossed in other people’s lives to the extent of even considering them Gods!!! & what not instead of celebrating their own lives & achievements: As these pictures each worth 1.5 Billion words display
One would think this is enough madness but noooooooooo…this madness knows no end…the so called fans suffer from delusions & hallucinations. They start believing that they can contribute to the winning even without as much as lifting the bat, n how?? They claim they can do it through some super natural powers like this lady who declared that she would be wearing the same dress that she wore during another match in which India won to make the Team India win again…one Mr. Shah Rukh Khan declared he’ll keep on eating if some Indian player hits a sixer while he is eating!!!! & the stupidest is yet to come…One Ms. Payal Pandey declared she would run naked if the Indian Team wins!!! & she had the nerve to declare after the win that ‘the Magic (???!!!) worked’!!! So the team didn’t win ‘cos they played well or whatever but it is due to the things the loony fans claim they did…haven’t heard of more stupid nonsense!