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hutch0
Date: 2009-02-20 23:48
Subject: schadenfreude corner (sports pages)
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Thog probably knows this already, but it would take a large stretch of imagination to describe me as a cricket fan. But even I have been rapt by the Stanford Affair.
For those of you not in the know, Sir Allen Stanford, a Texan billionaire who received his knighthood by virtue of becoming a citizen of the Commonwealth territories of Antigua and Barbuda, arrived in England a while ago with a shedload of money and the intention of altering the face of cricket.
The English Cricket Board fell at his feet, but many of the crusty media commentators predicted disaster and heaped ridicule on the test series he set up.
At the time, I thought it was interesting as a predictable clash of cultures - loud, brash Texan millionaire buys his way into conservative English cricketing culture, and while I didn't really have a view on it I thought it was fun to watch the way everyone lined up.
It's not really quite so funny now as `Sir' Allen has been named in connection with a multibillion-pound fraud and possibly in connection with money laundering for Mexican drugs cartels.
In the wake of Stanford's fall, it increasingly seems that he was a massive wide boy and that the ECB were just utterly dazzled by him and his money and the crusty commentators were right all along.
Now, the man is of course innocent until proven guilty, but I find stuff like this fascinating, the way I find Chelsea's revolving door policy for managers fascinating. For instance, I notice the media starting to distance us from `Sir' Allen's knighthood, informing us it was `only' a Commonwealth knighthood, while calling for the head of the ECB to be stripped naked and beaten with stumps while he runs around the outfield at Lord's.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-02-21 00:31 (UTC)
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A little bit of Texas story-telling visits the big island.

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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-21 00:55 (UTC)
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Oh yes. And the naysayers who were dismissed as reactionary fuddy-duddies at the time are now making themselves faintly intolerable by going, "Well, don't say I told you so, but..."
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-21 01:25 (UTC)
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Yes! Thank you! I've been wracking my brains trying to figure out who he reminds me of. It's the eyes, isn't it? Murray would be brilliant, if someone were insane enough to try and make a film of this fiasco.
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RealThog: shoe
User: realthog
Date: 2009-02-21 01:22 (UTC)
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"the test series he set up"

Not a Test series but a Twenty20 series, which is something enormously different (like the difference between a World Cup tie and a game of Subbuteo).

I'd think the whole Stanford Affair hilarious -- and in fact did until I learned that basically he's the Antiguan economy: some hardship coming up on the island, alas.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-21 01:43 (UTC)
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I'm afraid I'm someone who wouldn't know the difference between a test and Twenty20 if it leapt up and bit me on the bum, but I howled with laughter at your description of the difference between them (much to the consternation of the cats) I'm more interested in the politicking behind the sport than the sport itself.
You're right, though. While the ECB's love affair with Sir Allen has the smack of knockabout farce, Antigua's dealings with him have much more serious ramifications - a fact which hasn't been adequately reported over here yet.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2009-02-21 12:58 (UTC)
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Yes, I noticed they didn't call him Sir quite so often. I was also wondering how you can remove someones Knighthood.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-02-22 21:54 (UTC)
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I understand it has something to do with the Royal Assent, which can be withdrawn by the Queen. I'm not sure how common it is, but Mugabe was stripped of his honorary knighthood last year.
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