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The Windies Shootaround

So, I watched the West Indies-Australia match only a few hours after reading this week’s edition of NBA Shootaround (and too many articles by Ahmer), this is the result.   A sporstman’s celebrations are a necessary part of his armory for some fans, and Pakistanis are particularly finicky when it comes to such things. I think that one of the ... Read More »

You Make My Finger Hover

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He does it as a reflex, grabbing the remote as the first shouts of “out hai” fill the room. He had already stood up a few seconds earlier, and now he reaches out to the table and picks up his escape route. His holds the remote from the top, and his fingers instinctively align themselves around it. This is not ... Read More »

Who Won 2013 In Pakistan?

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A few days ago, fellow blogger @mediagag showed me a rather unique way of looking back at the year. It was a link to a series of posts on the American website Grantland, where the author Rembert Browne has asked the question “Who won the year” for several years now. The methodology is fairly simple and the rules and bouts ... Read More »

The Hipster Football Club 2013/14

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The notion of a football hipster community is pretty new. It’s a phenomenon borne of the internet age. You need to be able to have the technology to watch leagues across the world, and see the trends your fellow hipsters are following. Unlike music, there is no ‘underground scene’ which facilitates both the discovery and the sharing of these teams. ... Read More »

Inequality in Europe’s top four football leagues

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Over the weekend, Barcelona beat Levante 7-0 in a breathtaking display of attacking football. Of course, because this is Spain, a great team cannot beat a non-great team convincingly without inviting polemics on inequality, TV contracts, and Marx. Consequently the sterling quality of football was lost amidst cantankerous complaints about “Scotland with the sun” (remember all those UEFA best XIs ... Read More »

Wings of Gold, Feet of Clay

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Or how you learned to start worrying and stop loving Icarus   You remember growing up in the Pakistan of the 90s. There were certain truths that you accepted as fact. Pakistan was a gift from God, Indians would never accept the existence of your homeland, Pakistan was brimming with talent in all facets of life all of which was ... Read More »

The Value of Kamran Akmal

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Watching the NBA playoffs recently, and the articles that came with it, the most conspicuous aspect had been the rise of analytics in importance. A freeform sport like basketball does not immediately adhere to the sort of revolution that Michael Lewis made Billy Beane famous for, but it hasn’t stopped the people trying. The rise of analytics in general in ... Read More »

Not (just) Mercurial

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I wrote this after reading the responses to the South Africa defeat, as well as an email conversation. It’s a bit late, but we promise to refund the money you paid for it.  Pakistan can be a really annoying country to write about. Cliches and simplistic conclusions are eternally seductive, begging you to forsake the country’s considerable complexities in the ... Read More »