Follow The Trace | The Players’ Mentality Is The Problem

first_imgI have long opined that one of, if not the most fundamental cause, for the continued implosion of West Indies cricket has been the ‘mind set’ of the current crop of players. More so than any systemic or procedural shortcomings of the West Indies cricket board. Blaming the board is simplistic, cliched and indeed lacks real credibility on the basis that when West Indies were the undisputed kingpins of world cricket, the structure and operations of the WICB were hardly any different and certainly not superior to what they are now. That period of dominant success was not based on any novel ideas or strategic planning on the part of the then administrators, the difference between then and now is obviously the talent level but more importantly, the attitude, the commitment, the collective and personal professionalism of that era of winners and champions, and what are now being foisted onto the people of the region as modern stars. I concede that back then key players in that West Indies unit played county cricket in England, which no doubt helped to make them more complete and professional players, but instructively those greats were sought after by the county clubs because of the of the inherent qualities they possessed compared to the mediocre quality of the players of today. Compounding and perhaps expediting this wider decline especially in Test cricket is, of course, the rapid emergence of the Twenty20 game, which has brought about a paradigm shift in the focus of the players away from Test cricket and towards the easier and more lucrative shortest format. For one reason or another, the modern players have overtime left West Indies cricket ‘out to dry’ and there is precious little the board could have done and can do about it. The recent saga involving Darren Bravo is a clear index of this let-down. After six years of Test cricket, Bravo has played 49 test matches, scored a mere eight Test centuries with an averages of 40.00. Bravo plays in a team that is ranked eight out of 10 Test playing nations – only above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Yet in his mind, he is a big enough star to have earned the RIGHT to an ‘A’ contract and the Board president, who dared not to grant him that ‘A’ contract; Bravo feels he has earned the status to publicly refer to that Board president as a ‘BIG IDIOT”. Darren Bravo is the typical modern West Indies player, bereft of standards and shame, and with an exaggerated sense of their relevance and importance in the wider scheme of things. Instead of having the professionalism and the personal pride to drive himself to put in the necessary work to make himself a better and more complete player in pursuance of true greatness as batsman. With eight test centuries and averaging 40, Darren Bravo thinks he is the King of West Indies cricket and has behaved accordingly. This again typifies the thinking of the modern player, and that’s why when this lot get hammered, humiliated and humbled in a Test series, it matters very little to them. When they are part of the worst ever West Indies team that continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel in world cricket, they never lose a single night’s sleep. They are happy being the ‘big fish” in the small pond. This highlights the sharp and decisive contrast between this current crop of players and the likes of Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding and that entire era of great warriors, who were never ever satisfied with being that proverbial “big fish’ in that small pond. Those greats wanted to own the ENTIRE OCEAN, and they did. While the shameless brats and mercenaries of today typified by the actions of Darren Bravo, continue to wallow in their own mediocrity, and ultimately drowning themselves and West Indies cricket in the shallow waters of the “small pond”. RECENT SAGAlast_img read more

UAAP Starting Five: Week 9

first_imgOnly eight games were played this week as the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament resumed after the Halloween break.ADVERTISEMENT It’s final: Bundit still Ateneo Lady Eagles coach For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU needed to win its Sunday’s game against University of the East and the 22-year-old Tolentino heeded the call when the Tamaraws needed a closer.With a 49-49 score board at the end of the third quarter, Tolentino completed a four-point play that completed the Tamaraws’ 21-8 run in the fourth that gave FEU a comfortable 70-57 lead with 3:27 left in the game.FEU held on to win 79-63 to get to 6-6, and the fourth spot, with Tolentino finishing with 10 points, seven in the fourth, and seven boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo already secured the top seed in the league even before it faced University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.That precedent, however, didn’t prevent Thirdy Ravena from putting on a show in front of the hapless Growling Tigers.Ravena finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the Blue Eagles’ 102-83 victory over UST and produced one of the best highlights of the season when he jammed home a tomahawk with 2:22 left in the game.Guard: Jerie Pingoy (Adamson University Soaring Falcons)Jerie Pingoy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a surprise, another Soaring Falcon.When Sarr bullied his way through the UP interior, Jerie Pingoy orchestrated in and out of it. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments All but one of the Final Four spots are now filled as Adamson University secured the third seed with Far Eastern University currently in fourth.University of the Philippines is a full game behind FEU while National University will now need to have its prayers answered if it wants to get to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNow that the Final Four scenarios have been settled, here are the best players by position this week.Center: Papi Sarr (Adamson University Soaring Falcons) Papi Sarr. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPapi Sarr just showed University of the Philippines who’s the boss.The 6-foot-8 Soaring Falcon towed Adamson University in an all-important 86-70 win over the Fighting Maroons on Sunday putting up a gaudy 25-point, 17-rebound line.Sarr’s dominance over UP helped the 9-4 Soaring Falcons seal the third spot with a game to spare in their schedule.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe birthday boy delivered the goods for Far Eastern University when the Tamaraws needed it the most.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny And the game’s magnitude wasn’t much of a factor for Pingoy as he put up 15 points, eight assists, six steals, and zero turnovers against the Fighting Maroons.Pingoy’s savvy play helped Adamson take an 86-70 win over UP as the Soaring Falcons calmly perched at the third seed and the 5-7 Fighting Maroons dropping to fifth.Guard: Jasper Parker (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Jasper Parker. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith his family cheering him on, and the Tamaraws eager to take sole possession of fourth place, Jasper Parker put on a show.Parker led the Tamaraw charge against UE on Sunday with a season-high18 points and eight assists as his family saw him play at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum for the first time.Honorable mentionsBen Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s kind of awkward to see reigning MVP Ben Mbala get relegated to the honorable mention spot.Well the reason for that is Sarr’s game with Adamson had a bigger implication as the win led to the Soaring Falcons securing the third spot while Mbala’s Green Archers already had their twice-to-beat advantage in their possession even before the Halloween break.Still, Mbala produced this week’s highest-scoring output with 30 points that went along eight boards. LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs Ravena filled up the box scores against UST, Matt Nieto lit up from deep.Nieto had 19 points in the Blue Eagles’ 102-83 win over UST and all five of his field goals came from beyond-the-arc.Not too shabby for Nieto, who exploited the Growling Tigers’ lackadaisical perimeter defense. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: JEREMY FOSTER IN SENSATIONAL FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN GOLF OPEN

first_imgBallyliffin Golf News: Sat 21st February 2015 Open1.Jeremy Foster (10) 37 pts. 2.Brendan Devlin (1) 37 pts.Gross: Oscar Mailey (6) 24 gr. Pts.1.Joe Sheridan (17) 36 pts.CSS: n/c Wed 18th February 2015 Wednesday Society Results1. John Gill 38pts2. John Moore 37pts3. Jack McFarland 36pts2’s: Neil McLaughlin (B), Jack McFarland Forthcoming fixtures.Fri 27 Feb 2015 Open any combination on The Old Links.Sat 28 Feb 2015 Open on Glashedy.Opens only €25 while dropping of the Fairways. Entries are now being taking for the Donegal Links Classic (25, 26 & 27 May 2015).Book your entry in the Great North Links Challenge (0749376119). 7, 8 & 9 October 2015).GOLF NEWS: JEREMY FOSTER IN SENSATIONAL FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN GOLF OPEN was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyliffingolfNoticesSportlast_img read more