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July 20, 2009

Blog Guy, I think you have been too hard on British people, what with those Twit Games and Funny Hat Day and stuff.

I agree. So to make up for it, I went to a cricket match in London a couple of days ago.

That’s better. Tell us about cricket.

They have tea, they have lunch, and mostly the players sit on a balcony, where they make phone calls.

That doesn’t sound like much action. Did you stay for the whole thing?

No, just until the first barf.

The first WHAT?

You know, after enough balcony time, eventually a player comes down and vomits on the pitch, and the inning is over.

And that’s all there is?

No, the Queen comes out too, but not until the dude is done puking.

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Above: Australia’s Peter Siddle bends over prior to leaving the pitch because of illness during the second Ashes test cricket match against England at the Lord’s Cricket ground in London July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Left: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is introduced to England’s Andrew Flintoff during the match. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

Assorted players on balcony. REUTERS/Philip Brown

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I hear you, man! I went to a British school where they tried to teach me this awful stuff since age 8; I’ve been coached by friends who have played the thing in several countries, and I confess I still have to understand this thing. All thos wickets, bowls, overs… it sounds a bit like one of those role-playing games to me.

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Posted by chennel | Report as abusive

Well, we do know how to spell losers, you have to give us that. We can turn off a caps lock key, too.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

Methinks Chennel is harboring some resentment about the whole “Revolutionary War” thing.

Posted by K | Report as abusive

Be careful – you’re mocking the religion of Australians here. You don’t want to alienate half of the eight people who read this blog regularly. 😉

Posted by Little Miss Random | Report as abusive

dude, that’s not the complete story… this thing goes on for 5 DAYS… not joking… and its called a “Test” match…!!!

Posted by nick | Report as abusive

Eight regular readers? I wish!

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

you American’s are among the world dumbest people wether to know how to spell loser or turn off cap lock. Your still dumb as shit ROBERT…. lol

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Posted by Aaron | Report as abusive

Americans, not American’s. Whether, not wether. You’re, not your.

Jeeez! What is English education coming to?

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive

Chennel doesn’t even specify what he’s angry about in the article. How does that help us to understand your anger? If it is about not understanding cricket, explain cricket to us. I’m astounded by it’s existence since it has tremendous amount of rules and terms that make no sense to what is going on the field. Is our misunderstanding of cricket the same as English not getting hockey? Do you need a hug, Chennel?

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