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For decades an inscrutable viral outbreak would descend on Kolkata on the eve of every local Test match. Cheap Air Max 90 . The generally able-bodied would cough into the phone and croak from unusually subdued throats that the doctor had advised complete rest. In this rehearsed manner, the Kolkatan would duck work, files would stay stranded on desks, and the local economy would slacken.This gent would turn up at the ground one hour before the match to watch the players at nets, be resplendent in some Rs 250 season-ticket concrete seat, feast on eggs and toast at lunch, abuse Gavaskar for getting out on zero, throw banana peels at the nearest fielder, pontificate on the geometry of a Viswanath (pronounced Bisshonaath) square cut, order lebu lojenz (lime lozenges) at tea and torch his Anand Bazaar Patrika broadsheet before taking the bus home.Our friend did not watch the India-West Indies Test this month. He explained the interrupted attendance record to an evening neighbourhood audience: Prochoor kaajeyr chaanp (Huge work pressure). He was lying. He had lost interest. Finally.Considering that more than 50% of the tickets for the Test were free - distributed through the hosting associations supply chain of clubs as their privileged entitlement - the more worrying question is whether people like our friend have irreversibly lost interest in Test cricket. Has Kolkata gone through the largest mass conversion in history without a whisper?The clue comes from an unexpected location - Kolkatas Maidan market, the Wal-Mart of all popular pirated sports jerseys in the city. One would have expected that most chest-wear in this junta-class market would be stamped Sachin or Dhoni. Ah, surprise. The November winner of the most visible jersey on view was Etihad, the sponsor of Manchester City. If this airline starts flights from Kolkata today, it wouldnt need an advertising budget; it is already the most popular airline in the city.The big question: why has Kolkata moved on?One, with lives accelerating, there is a growing preference for quicker pursuits. The one-time must-attend-every-cricket-match type flew from Kolkata to Delhi to be at the Formula 1, and was later treated for an insomnia-related disorder called EPL-itis. But when the Test match came to Kolkata, he gave his prized club-house ticket to someone who gave it away to someone who gave it away to someone.Two, the football spectacle has got grander as television screens have become larger, audio systems more sensitive and high density de riguer. When the camera comes in from the top-of-the-ground position and the crowd roars Mehsee! Mehsee!, Kolkatas bar stools fill up, grandparents sidle into sofa corners and even the maidservant stands and watches en route to the dining table.My friend Arvind, who runs Shisha, Kolkatas swinging nightclub, says that on nights when the bar licence allows him to serve liquor until 2am, the place stays full with people sipping their whatever and hollering at the giant TV screen. On the other hand, when two teams engaged in a Test match on November 14 - with the understanding that we would only know who won/lost on November 18, and the outside chance that it could well be neither - people at Arvinds place nibbled at their starters and, for a change, looked into each others eyes.Three, in an inflation-obsessed Kolkata, football is a cost-killer. One English willow will set you back Rs 12,000; an equivalent amount can fund one football and jerseys, shorts, shin pads and boots for 22 players. Watching a Test match can set you back a few thousands; a number of those who bought tickets for the 2008 Maradona exhibition match paid Rs 100 per head. Nearly 70,000 turned up to watch East Bengal play Mohun Bagan, paying down to Rs 40 a ticket.Four, cricket continues to be snootily elitist in an informal Kolkata. It is surface-sensitive, requires patient rolling and watering for accident-free results. Football tolerates dust and slush (the more the better). A game of cricket on a turf wicket on a formal Kolkata ground costs Rs 5000; football is generally free, because after 9am most grounds are free for most people.Five, the excellence of any sport is reflected in the intensity of its orgasm. In cricket, say, 30 years ago, the big thing was a batsman, tied down for overs, suddenly stepping out and lifting the spinner for a six. The Eden Gardens crowd would break into knowledgeable appreciation. Ki jaajment! (What judgement!) the Bengali would extol, nudging his son. Today, if 70% of the batsmans runs have not been derived from boundaries, he is dismissed as a plodder; five sixes in an innings is now the new cutoff for public recall (lasting four days). So when people say there has been a surfeit of cricket (which has been the running complaint for at least a decade), what they are really saying is: The outstanding is now more commonplace than ever. We dont know how excellent excellence is any longer. In the absence of any index to rate a great innings different from a common one, people have drifted. Kolkata football has picked up the spillover.Six, from the parochial perspective, Kolkata had probably given up on Test cricket years ago but had politely never let on, what with Sourav Ganguly still playing. Now that the Prince of Calcoota has retired and there is no Bengali interest left in international cricket, why bother whether Tendulkar gets his 100th century, or Laxman yet another Eden whopper, or whether India wraps up the match in four days.Seven, the biggest blow has come from electronic surveillance. In the good old days, you could bank on someone at the office to sign you in (Guru, aaj key baanchiye dibi, or Boss, you must save me today). Card-swiping has made attendance in most Kolkata offices fudge-proof. Besides, for the exec type, there is the ubiquitous con-call. For the marketing rep there is the target. For the slacker, there is the pink slip. For the middle-level boxwallah, who does not respond to the email from the US client, there is always the Damocles at the weekly review meeting - You didnt revert for a full 27 minutes. So is Test crickets romance with Kolkata over? Yes and no.Yes, the time when the BCCI could put out any second-rate side and expect the Eden Gardens queue would snake all the way to Esplanade is over. The worm has turned. After years of watching rubbish without complaint, the Kolkatan has finally said no.No, the Bengali will come back when better teams stop by in Kolkata (India versus Pakistan would draw 63,000 on the opening day), if he can buy tickets on the net or from malls, and if the Test begins on Thursday so he can squeeze in two weekend days to watch in person (as opposed to starting on Monday, as happened with this Test) without depleting his casual leaves.If not, football will continue to give cricket a kick in the… forget it. Cheap Authentic Max 95 . 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TORONTO -- Just in time, Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays broke out the bats to save their season.Now they have a chance to really make things interesting in this AL Championship Series.Donaldson backed up his fiery pep talk to teammates before the game, hitting a home run and turning in a timely diving stop Tuesday to help the Blue Jays avert a sweep with a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.The Indians still lead the matchup 3-1, but with a couple of big hits and a strong outing by Aaron Sanchez, Toronto handed them their first loss of this postseason.Im not going to give too much away of what I had to say, but just more so getting everybodys attention and focus and understanding, Donaldson said. I mean, everybody knew coming into today how important today was. But at the same time I just wanted to kind of reiterate that and let the boys know that I was coming to play today.Cleveland will try again Wednesday to win to earn its first World Series trip since 1997, but the big concern for the Indians coming into the series -- an injury-riddled rotation -- still lingers. In Game 5, Cleveland will start Ryan Merritt, who has pitched just 11 innings in the majors, against Marco Estrada.It was an emotional day all around at Rogers Centre, where the home crowd had fallen silent watching the season slipping away because of a slumbering offense that totaled only three runs in the first three games of the series.I thought we battled pretty good today, with the bats, Toronto manager John Gibbons said. Naturally, when you score, which we havent been doing, it always looks good.Donaldsons solo shot to left-center field off Corey Kluber in the third put the Blue Jays ahead for the first time all series. Two innings after that, the star third baseman made an outstanding play to preserve a one-run edge.Sanchez, the American League ERA champion, allowed a run and two hits in six innings, and the bullpen finished with three perfect innings.Kluber was starting on three days rest for the first time in his career.I felt fine. I dont think it physically affected me. I made a mistake to Donaldson, Kluber said. Were one win away from the World Series and thats what were focused on.Kluber hadnt allowed a run in either of his first two starts this postseason. Donaldson, the reigning AL MVP and sporting a still freshly shaved face, opened the scoring with his first home run of these playoffs.The wild-card Blue Jays made it 2-0 in the fourth when Ezequiel Carreras blooper fell between three Cleveland fielders in left-center for an RBI single.Roberto Perez hit an RBI double in the fifth off Sanchez. Carlos Santanas two-out grrounder to the left side might have had a chance to score him, but Donaldson made the play to his left , then popped up and danced off the field with a bit of a fist pump. Air Max 90 Sale. was locked in, Donaldson said. It helps when you have a guy like Sanchez in the zone, where you can really focus in on a certain area of the strike zone. And I was able to get a really good read off the bat, and I was fortunate enough to be able to make the play.The Indians didnt have another baserunner after that. Brett Cecil, Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna pitched an inning each in relief for Toronto.Taking no chances, Gibbons brought in Osuna, his closer, in a non-save situation to finish off Cleveland.The Indians were trying to become the third team to sweep a Division Series and Championship Series in the same postseason. The 2007 Colorado Rockies and 2014 Kansas City Royals both did it.Cleveland had won nine in a row, including three straight over Boston in the ALDS.The Indians had a chance to take the lead in the third when Tyler Naquin hit a leadoff double and went to third on a sacrifice. Sanchez retired Santana on a soft grounder with the infield in, and then Jason Kipnis also grounded out.Kluber was pulled after 89 pitches. He allowed two runs and four hits in five innings.The Blue Jays added two more runs in the seventh after a throwing error by reliever Bryan Shaw. Edwin Encarnacion came up with the bases loaded and the crowd chanting Eddie -- and his hard grounder skipped off the mound and into center field for a two-run single to make it 4-1.TRAINERS ROOMTrevor Bauers finger injury put more pressure on Kluber to come back for Game 4 and a possible Game 7 on short rest. Bauer cut his right pinkie on a drone and had to be pulled in the first inning Monday after he started bleeding.I had to witness everything he had to go through to try and go out there and pitch last night, pitching coach Mickey Callaway said before Tuesdays game. Not too many people would have done that. Hes been wonderful. Hes obviously grown over the years because he wanted to.UP NEXTIndians: The 24-year-old Merritt made his lone big league start on Sept. 30, when the left-hander held Kansas City to a run and three hits in five innings.If you told me on the first day of the season I would be pitching in the ALCS I might have thought you were crazy, Merritt said. To get this opportunity is awesome. It feels good that the team trusts me.Blue Jays: Estrada allowed two runs in eight innings in Game 1 against Cleveland.Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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