Thursday, April 06, 2006

My Team

I finally find a team that I can root for: New York Rangers--we all want NYR to win, don't we?

Hockey is an exciting game, live hockey is even more fun. The players are very cute as well. It is a fast game.

And it won't be like baseball--it more just reminds me of you. And I remember once you were lying in bed watching a baseball game on TV, I got down to kiss you. And you said something like you are brave to get in between an American guy and his baseball game. I continued kissing you.

Litttle moments like that kills me.

So finally I have found a team to root for, not like when you get excited about Red Sox or someone else gets excited about Yankee, I will just take the side because of you, not because of me.

Now I have a team here. I am no longer an outsider, am I.

I miss us so much, it hurts like it is creating a hole in my heart and one can see through me via that hole.

But at least, I have a team to root for--NYR roots for NYR.


Blogger Thomas said...

Hey, Red. How have you been?

1:42 AM  
Blogger Gawain said...

I think it was Eugene McCarthy who said that sport is like politics (or was it "politics was like sport"?). you have to be smart enough to understand the rules and dumb enough to think that it matters. upmteen men chasing a ball, indeed.

a Persian prince, on a state vsit to England, was once invited to Ascot to watch the races. why? he asked incredulously, i already know that one horse runs faster than another. ;-)

11:55 PM  
Blogger New York Red said...

World is lovelier because of Sports...I have felt at loss for sometime when I don't have a home team here, it is part of the curse of being expatriate I guess. But now I have NYR and....Red Sox. ;-(

12:37 AM  
Blogger chris miller said...

Team sports are a feature that are exclusive to the modern world -- aren't they ?

I guess ancient Romans would organize mock battles for the collosseum -- but I don't
think that the teams would carry over from one battle to the next. And Iroquois Indians played lacrosse -- but I that seems to be similar to the non-deadly forms of tribal warfare that is found world wide -- probably similar to what many animals do to establish territory without too many fatalities. And then there's Kemari -- some kind of ball game played by high ranking courtiers in traditional Japan -- but did they have regular teams ?

I'm figuring that the delight in sports is that social status is always of primary importance -- but only in sports is that competition fair/rational / transparent. Either the arrow hits the mark -- or it doesn't.

What's different about the modern world is that it's not just individuals who compete -- its
groups -- and not just geographic groups like cities -- but all the groups in society-- all the businesses, schools, churches, temples, political parties -- everything is competitive.

And team sports are the only kind of team competition that is finite and transparent. Every game has its score --and one side scores more, and the other less -- and all their
efforts -- team building/recruitment/training/strategy etc is subject to detailed scrutiny for those who are interested.

That said -- sometimes I'm intererested -- sometimes I'm not.

(like Red's lover, I'm a baseball guy -- for reasons best explained by George Carlin -- but
also I live in Chicago -- with a team blessed with the longest, unbroken record of futility in the world . There is no way to explain the hand that reached out of the stands to interfere with a rally ending catch and effectively crush the Cubs hopes in game 6 of the NLCS -- other than divine intervention) And what is more thrilling -- and more awesome -- than the hand of God ?

10:36 AM  
Blogger Gawain said...

No, Chris, they aren't. The Byzantines raced chariots in teams.

There were "blues", "greens", "blacks" and -- yes -- "reds". The fans, decked out in their team colors, usually had it out as they went out of the stadium. During the Nike rebellion they said to themselves -- hey, why should we fight each other? Why not overthrow the emperor instead? And they nearly did.

This will be familiar to Rudy Carrera: it is the fans of the Albanian football team who were responsible for much of the early Kosovo troubles. They routinely trashed Serb businesses after each Sunday match. You might say, the tradition goes on.

The "reds" were not a strong team and they had little following. It was all "blues" and "greens".

12:06 AM  
Blogger Gawain said...

PS. French knights played "football" in teams consisting of county squires. So that Comte de Maine may be facing off Comte de Noailles, for example. The point was to get a ball into the opposing count's courtyard, by hook or crook. The whole country was the playing field and there were many dead players. That was AFTER they kicked out the English "team". ;-)

12:08 AM  
Blogger Gawain said...

Now you have your own team -- Team Red: there is Chris -- and there is Gawain. I'll be the striker on the left wing, OK?

12:09 AM  
Blogger New York Red said...


That is so very sweet of you. Is it all the crying I did in my blog lately?

Thanks for that. Left wing sounds about right on Team Red.



12:13 AM  

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