When Sports Worlds Collide

Over the past year or so, I’ve become quite a cricket fan.

I’m firmly ensconced in amateur territory, of course — a fact that will probably never change — but I’m having a blast all the same. It’s a crazy, crazy game. (Also, yes. I was watching it before I got hooked on Downton. How dare you insinuate otherwise?)

As a long-time (nearly life-time) baseball fan, though, the similarities between “my game” and the British pastime were more confusing than helpful. Expectations born of hours and hours of baseball watching kept suggesting to me that things would happen in a certain fashion; at a certain time and place. And when they didn’t, I was forced to reorient myself — over and over and over again.

One thing  that wasn’t confusing, though?

The vocabulary.

It’s not that it was straight-forward; far from it. Instead, it was so completely other, I had absolutely no associates to reorient. It was all so blessedly new, I was a veritable tabula rasa. Thankfully, I’m a quick learn when it comes to sports terminology. Otherwise, I’d have run the risk of gravely embarrassing myself  before those who actually knew what they were watching/talking about.

Happily, the tables are now turned!

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About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • Todd

    Ever watch Lagaan? One of the best spots movies ever made on this planet.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat/ Joseph Susanka

      I have not, Todd.

      I have seen it float across my Netflix radar, though. AND it’s available for streaming. (It looks crazy. I’m in.)


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