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A Reminder!

Posted by Sports Snob on April 30, 2009

Just a reminder to any readers coming across this site, that we have now moved to

The new site has been running for over two years now, and has gained a strong following of avid sports fans. Our excellent team of contributors cover all major sports and porting events, and even some minor ones! We are currently working overtime to bring you the climax of the domestic soccer seasons and the ongoing IPL cricket season. Once these are out of the way, we are looking forward to a great summer of sport, and especially the ashes cricket, which pits England against Australia in a 5 test series.

We look forward to seeing you over at the now not-so-new site, an to reading your comments and feedback.


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Posted by Sports Snob on February 23, 2007

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Indian Squad for World Cup announced

Posted by Sports Snob on February 13, 2007



Well, here are the 15 men who are going to be boarding that plane to lovely West Indies for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

1 Rahul Dravid (capt), 2 Sourav Ganguly, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Virender Sehwag, 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 8 Dinesh Karthik, 9 Irfan Pathan, 10 Ajit Agarkar, 11 Harbhajan Singh, 12 Anil Kumble, 13 Zaheer Khan, 14 Sreesanth, 15 Munaf Patel.

I don’t think the selectors had too much of a choice really. There might have been a case for an additional middle-order batsman (Laxman, Raina or Kaif) in place of either Uthappa or Karthik but the fact is that each of those three had something going against them.

Laxman is a big liability on the field, Raina has not grabbed the opportunities given to him and Kaif has not not really given too many reasons for the management to continue sticking with him. I still feel that Laxman should have been on that plane to the World Cup (what happens when Ganguly or Dravid or Tendulkar gets injured? and Yuvraj hasn’t fully recovered anyway) but he will end his career without having played in a single world cup.

Powar has to be very unlucky to miss out, I don’t see the need for 5 pace bowlers considering the pitches you have in West Indies but again Powar didn’t have a spectacular case for his selection. He was always going to be back up for Kumble and Harbhajan anyway.

The big questions remain:

1) Who is going to open the innings with Saurav Ganguly? Tendulkar or Uthuppa or even Sehwag?

2) Will Pathan recover form and confidence to warrant a place in the starting XI?

It’s going to be interesting to see if the Indian management gives away any indications regarding the final XI over the next two one day internationals in Margao and Visakhapatnam.

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Vote for us!

Posted by Sports Snob on February 13, 2007

Vote for me!

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Thierry Henry- The Swollen headed egomaniac.

Posted by Sports Snob on September 14, 2006


Not one footballer in the world gets under my skin as Thierry ‘Titi’ Henry. Yes, he is a big Tit. The prodigiously talented footballer is probably the biggest egotist you will find. Never too busy to toot his own horn, Henry more often than not likes to talk up his own game at the expense of his compatriots’. Arsenal fans would like mention the significant contribution he has made to their club, but why does a man, who represents a club and a generation of ‘joga bonita’ football behave in the most condescending and hypocritcal way. I don’t read too much into his celebrations, but his post match interviews often reek of arrogance and pettiness. If he isn’t making gratuitous comments about referees, he is whining about the fixture schedule and spouting several conspiracy theories about why the powers that be are against Arsenal. Yeah, right! This drivel Henry has been dishing out for years is not news worthy anymore. It doesn’t even strike us as out of character any longer.

Arse Fans are enraged when people say that Henry is (for want of a better word), A Choker. Well, he has scored a few goals but I have seen several occasions where he has let his team down in the final third of matches- In the Champions League and countless times for France. Zidane was the fall guy for Titi’s performances. ‘You need to keep Titi as the focus’ they say. But I do recall Titi having only a cursory influence during Zidane’s absence in 2002 WC.

The Famous Rant in Paris:

Z and I were watching the Champions League final together and for the first time we thought that Henry would make us eat our words. Three minutes later, He put paid to those thoughts. He may never play for Barcelona but he certainly did his bit for the Catalans. But the bone of contention is not so much his footballing skill, admirable as it is, but his unfailing ability to carp and whine. His post match rant after the Barca game still rings in my ear because it was shockingly unprofessional (“I didn’t see Ronaldinho or Eto’o today”) and sexist (“Only women go down”). What Titi conveniently overlooked was the fact that he had cost his side the top prize in club football. He had missed two gilt-edged chances in Regulation time. Oddly enough, a month later in the World Cup in a match between France and Spain, Titi fell to the ground holding his face, writhing in pain, when replays should that Puyol had made no contact with that area. Puyol denied ever hitting his face but Henry claimed innocence. Oui, zee replays are lying. This is what the person, who is the emblem of Arsenal FC is capable of. But I was happy in a way since it exposed him for what he is – a whingeing hypocrite.

Only time will tell if Henry can someday live up to his billing and win the top prize for HIS club . Or else, he will join the pantheon of greats to have never won the Champions League!


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Hello World 2

Posted by Sports Snob on July 8, 2006

Hostels have a nasty habit of taking away the sports viewing habit. Other than the BIG tournaments and games, rarely does anyone switch on the TV. And over this period, my source of sports news has been the internet.

I have always wondered how people can carry on a knowledgeable discussion without actually watching the game. While I don’t pretend to be knowledgeable, I will be penning my thoughts/opinions here- probably without watching entire games. But then, this is my space!


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Hello world!

Posted by Sports Snob on July 7, 2006

Sports. What a great reason to blog! We are three young men from India who have been great friends since 2001.

Sports has been one of the favourite topics of discussion over the past 4 years (besides Van Gogh, Energy Trading, Eco, Adam Smith and ofcourse existentialism. yeah, right!) and here you will find our opinions on just about everything related to Sports, from Federer to KPS Gill, from Bryant to Venugopal and from Koizumi? to Messi.
We have some definite ideas about where we want this blog to head. Some of us (read one) is in it for the money, though I dont know how he plans to raise it!
Chances are this blog is going to die a natural death in 15 days. Watch this space!

Funny, this blog starts at the fag end of the greatest show on earth.


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Football Quiz (with answers)

Posted by Sports Snob on September 28, 1970

Hope you enjoy this:


1- pointers:

1. Who is the only Englishman to have won two Champions league titles? ( I don’t mean the European Cup- only Champions league)

Steve Mcmanaman (Real Madrid)
2. The two goal scorers for England in the 1966 final both came from the same club. Which one? (More clues? Prominently appears in a Jeffrey Archer book!)

West Ham United
3. Identify this player and complete this list. –

Watford (Trainee-89)- Liverpool (92-99)- Aston Villa- West Ham United- Manchester City- _______________

David James and Portsmouth
4. Who is the only Englishman on FIFA’s All Star team for the 2006 World Cup?

John Terry

5. Where will this year’s Champions league final be held?



1. Footballers are known to be greedy mercenaries (some of them anyway) And then at times chaps like this guy come along: Having suffered a serious injury, he offered his employers (who were severely cash strapped) to sign him at the top-flight pro’s minimum wage amound of $1500 a month during the 2005 season. He even trained with the youth team during his rehabilation period. He came back and made the first team towards the end of the 2005 season. Who?

Damiano Tomassi (Roma)
2. Born in Chingford, England, X had spells with both Milwall and Tottenham. X has also had trials at Bournemouth and Ipswich Town where he won an FA Youth Cup medal as a substitute in 2005. He is now currently playing with Crystal Palace in The Championship and he hopes to impress over the coming season. All of 18, a lot of things are expected from X, his father is a very successful footballer himself and still continues to score goals in the top flight. Identify this

Charlie Sheringham
3. Born in Morocco, he started his career at USM Casablanca. At the next World Cup, his national team were expected to fare so poorly that all of 200 fans had followed them to the host country. At the team’s final training session, one of his boot’s split open, the team didn’t have a sponsor and he didn’t have an extra pair. He eventually borrowed a pair from one of his teammates, and then went on a scoring spree. Who?

Jus Fontaine (13 goals in the 1958 World Cup)
4. Complete this list : Michel Preud’homme, __________ Oliver Kahn, Gianluigi Buffon ( and don’t Google!)

Fabien Barthez (1998)
5. What is so unique about Cardiff winning the 1927 English FA Cup? A feat which is unlikely to ever be repeated.
Cardiff is a city in Wales.
6. Identify the event: the biggest reason for the Sun selling only 12,000 copies on an average in an English city.


Hilsborough Tragedy
7. Only case of son replacing the father in an international match when the son came on as a substitute in a friendly replacing his dad. The Father was just 17 when the son was born!

Father: played for Anderlecht

Son: Started with PSV Eindhoven in 1994. Who?

Eidur Gudjohnsen and his father


1. Little known fact: In 1974, FIFA actually awarded the 1986 World Cup to Colombia, but a number of infrastructure and logistical problems meant that by 1983, FIFA was looking for a new host for the 1986 World Cup. Brazil, United States, Mexico and Canada put in bids to host the World Cup.
Now, the leader of the U.S. bid X was trying his level best to revive the sport in the country, he was vocally supported by both Pele and Franz Beckenbauer in trying to bring the cup to the U.S. , but FIFA decided to award the rights to Mexico instead. It is said that Havelange wanted to teach U.S a lesson because the U.S football association had changed the offside line and also used shoot outs to decide drawn matches. Now, for 3 points tell me who led the U.S. bid – X?

Henry Kisinger
2. 1950 FA Cup Semi-Final Arsenal Vs Chelsea

Chelsea are up 2-1 and with seconds to go, Arsenal win a corner. X takes the corner and his brother scores the equalizer. Arsenal wins the reply 1-0 and go on to beat Liverpool in the final 2-0. X’s football career was cut short by a knee injury.

X, however was known for his exploits in another sport and also as the brand ambassador for a particular product. After retirement X became a journalist and a commentator for BBC.

Dennis Compton ( and his brother Leslie Compton)

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