Summer days driftin’ away

Flicking channels the other day, I was horrified to come across ‘Live Champions League Football’ – a pre-qualifier between Arsenal and Zagreb. Much as I like football, the start of the season marks the start of winter. It always seems especially grim to see football before the end of the cricket season.

Despite the realities of the English weather, I always visualise cricket bathed in sunshine. As long as the cricketers haven’t fluttered away like swallows in search of warmer climes, I can pretend it’s still summer; and as far as I’m concerned the footballers could do the decent thing and wait until after the Oval test against Pakistan. I’m sure everyone in Zagreb will be watching the cricket anyway.

2 Comments

  1. 14 August 2006 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Harry, you remind me of one of my favorite quotes (about baseball, but close enough):

    “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”— A. Bartlett Giamatti

  2. Harry
    14 August 2006 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    That sounds about right.

    Of course, winter isn’t a complete loss; the keen (desperate? obsessive?) cricket fan can always sit up until four o’clock on January mornings listening to the cricket from Australia.

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