I'm not going to lie to you. I am no football whiz. In fact, among all the field sports out there, football is my least favorite, right next to golf, and ping pong, and squash, and rugby, and baseball, and basketball, and hockey... Basically that's about almost All. While I'm not exactly altogether clueless on the mechanics of how they work, it's more like a case of altogether couldn't-care-less on the mechanics of how they work.
Confession: My half-tankful of knowledge on football died a natural death on the day I resigned as a sub-editor from a local paper The Malaysian Today, way way back. That's a bleak history and somewhat a stepping-stone in my career life that I shall not delve into, but suffice it to say that everything I need to know about football I picked up along the line of work back then. Crawling, hating some confused moments of never getting the match points right, or not memorizing some international footballers' faces if they weren't good looking or ugly enough to remember, or seldom having a clever comeback line when arguing with the then-editor-boss on game predictions. Tedious stuffs, constant learning. Wonder why they put me in the sports section in the first place. I like to believe it was my spongy attitude towards a challenge presented. It's a man's world after all.
License to cheer!
That rationale aside, so it is really a testament that I don't hate football at all, I'm not that crazy about it either. It's just that I never had the chance to actually truly know how much of a complicated relationship the ball and I have until I met a guy who says ''Let's go watch football'' and there wasn't even time to ponder upon it.
Oh hoho yeah. I hope I'm not being confusing because this entry is fast getting out of track.
National Anthem. See the fans behind? (Pics: SarawakCrocs)
Slow forward: I was actually going to congratulate Sarawak the Ngap Sayot team, on their recent heroic victory in football. They went undefeated throughout the season. It was a really proud teary-eyed moment when Sarawak FA won the Malaysian Premier League 2013! We (Yes we the supporters) were crowned champions last night. It was an uplifting moment, a history remade after 15 (some say 16) years of drought. And I was right in the middle of it last night!
Well hey, I shall not review the game or the games before that or how they got there, read it yourself HERE at their fans/games-dedicated-page SARAWAK CROCS. An awesome review has already been written. And the rest you can Google.
We are the Champions! (Pics: SarawakCrocs)
Red black stripes! (Pics courtesy of Ezam Ariff)
You know what else is awesome? Not having the game aired live on any national or paid TV that night, and no one raised a ruckus pre-match. Hey, we're too classy for that immature play of politics hey. The blessing in disguise manifested itself as the packs arrived at the stadium in full force. You should've seen the love these fans displayed. It's downright emotional!
What's a little hindrance? (Pics: SarawakCrocs)
All geared up for the next season? Let me ask my Captain first.
So in the end, this isn't a review on football. You've been duped! Hahaha. You call this a review? I'm not even sure it's in football language! Duh...
See you next season!
p/s: My former Editor taught me the basic in-house editing rule: In Asia and Europe, it's called Football. In America, it's Soccer. See? Not clueless after all hey boss!