Thursday, June 5, 2008

McDonald's Fantasy Football

After playing IPL Fantasy League, lets now play the Euro Fantasy League. This one is simpler no need to substitute daily, one need to make team for stages. Team making is as easy as A.B.C .

I have made my team for Stage 1
Group Stage 1

Switzerland Czech Republic 7 Jun 18:00
Portugal Turkey 7 Jun 20:45
Austria Croatia 8 Jun 18:00
Germany Poland 8 Jun 20:45
Romania France 9 Jun 18:00
Netherlands Italy 9 Jun 20:45
Spain Russia 10 Jun 18:00
Greece Sweden 10 Jun 20:45

My Captain is Torres and favorite team is Spain :)

Following are the most selected players from the website

Player Team Sel
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 87,085
Torres Spain 75,569
Čech Czech Republic 64,260
Ballack Germany 49,155
Lahm Germany 48,036
Carvalho Portugal 45,937
Klose Germany 41,865
Evra France 40,707
Fàbregas Spain 37,406
Puyol Spain 34,607

Vivek Goyal aka Chakku has created the Daiict League on the website password is 121041-26198

So Lets fight it out :)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Chelsea-o-Chelsea , where's is my Manager


Lot has happened and is happening since the UEFA champions league finals. Chelsea billionaire owner Abramovich fired the successful Avam Grant even though he took Chelsea to the champions league finals which Jose couldn't. Chelsea have been successful in the past few years but still there is something missing in them which will make me like them. I am a gunners fan and i like ManU and Livepool also but that liking is not there for Chelsea even though they have great players and had a great manager as Mourinho.

Perhaps they need to market themselves and place themselves in the hearts of fans. Sacking of Jose and now Avam grant has lowered the
image of Chelsea. It seems to me that if the manager doesn't agrees to the owner he is fired. Or other case can be he is getting obsessed with the big silver cup which could have been there's in Moscow but not this time. Abramovich should realize that money can buy you everything but not respect and stature as other clubs command.

Now many managers are in fray for the top post at Chelsea. AC Milan's Ancelotti has said he is not interested, Sven-Goran Eriksson is off to Mexico, Scholari , Mancini , Rijkard are left in the fray or there may be any surprise. Guys at chelseablog are suggesting the name of Thomas Schaaf who is currently managing Werder Bremen in Germany.

I don't know who will be the manager but it should be one like Jose aggressive and attacking who can take this club to heights where the club become lovable by all. Wait for few days


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

IPL Splash !!

IPL is over and I am back surfing the net, reading blogs, watching videos and here is what. I found an interesting video along with a story related to it. So, all of you must have seen the DLF IPL - Cricket ka Karmayudh video
So, while looking for some more updates on plagiarised music pieces on I came across this interesting piece regarding the Karmayudh video. Before I continue have a look at this video

So, need I say more ? It first appeared on CNBC where ad film maker Prasoon Pandey defended the plagiarism charge of lifting the DLF IPL Karmayudh ad campaigna 5 year old US TV promo. He admitted that there are striking similarities indeed but insisted that he had not seen the baseball ad before.

He said actual footage was given to the animators to paint on top, they having painted on top also put a splash on a shot and showed it to him. He liked the idea and gave a green signal to the animators. He went on to say that he had also confirmed with the animator E. Suresh of Famous Studios that even he had not seen the ad before.

The only valid point I think he managed to put forward was that "the splash can neither be any body's property." And that it is not the idea of the IPL commercial which according to him is in the Veer Ras audio track.

What do you think ?

[Credits :]

Conversation that Wasn't !!

Surely they aren't discussing this :

Person on the Right : Will you tell me what is going on? You said players who play Test Matches can play any format of the game. Then why don't I see any results ? Did you mean they can only 'play' any format of the game or you meant play well, perform and win ? No, you tell me how the hell does Wasim Jaffer fit into the side. Why didn't you pick Rohit Sharma or Robin Utthapa ? Was it because it was they who probably stole your place in the national team ? No, you HAVE TO tell me how the hell does Wasim Jaffer fit into the side. Could have bought many bottles of bear for that money ! At least it would have signified its existence. Ain't I right ? Everyone thinks we are probably the best Test side in the tournament. But this is Twenty20. You still haven't told me that how the hell does Wasim Jaffer fit into the side. You and Charu made the worst choices possible first and then to cover up you chose Misbah and Boucher. How can you expect these two to do the job of eleven players. WILL YOU TELL ME WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE WASIM JAFFER ?

Person on the left (Monologue) : God ! Keep it this way. Please make sure that by no chance the name 'Sunil Joshi' pops up into his head. What will I say ? But seriously, why Joshi ? Was it Charu's choice.
I guess he is right how can we expect a win with the side we have ? But now what can I do before the next season ? Oh my God ! he will put me up for sale. Mr. Modi can 'Icons' be kicked out and put up on sale ?
Why wasn't Kumble made an Icon for BRC ? Then like Dhoni even I would have been bought, perhaps by Rajasthan and it would have been great.

[PS : Please feel free to tell me something else that you think they AREN'T discussing]

Life after Indian Premier League

59 matches big soap opera ended on a high on Sunday with Warne's Royals winning the inaugural IPL championship. I just thank god it was not like Ekta Kapoor Serials running for decades, it was short and sweet and created a thunder all around the world. Yes it showed to the world that the commercial form of cricket has arrived and now it can think of matching the fan following and craze of football all around the world.

There were new viewers in form of kids and women who would never have watched the 50-50 and test version saying it as boring, but they enjoyed this short form in ground and in homes. Earlier families would have dinner at 8 and they would have either gone for a evening walk if they were not staying in concrete jungles of modern cities otherwise they would have watched some serials on television and slept. But IPL changed the whole schedule now dinner before 8 or during the 10 minute break and it became a habit in the past 45 days.

Now I am feeling empty empty after 45 days of fun. I always believed that this will not degrade the level of cricket but it will increase the skill level as bowlers will think of innovative ways to get batsman out and they will take care of no balls , batsman will invent new shots and improvise a lot and fielding standard will rise. It all happened , those who termed it as a hit and run cricket with no skills required are now quiet.

Actually they were the people who are with natural tendency of human beings of being susceptible to change, they roared when one day cricket came and so did they shouted against it now. Even I am a test cricket fan but this twenty20 also requires a lot of skills.

BCCI made a lot of hoopla even they wouldn't have thought of before the starting of the tournament. Who would have thought of teams becoming profitable in the first year itself ? KKR followed the first law of branding by being first in advertising and publicizing itself their by creating a brand has helped it earn profit in first year itself.

Details of profit and loss the franchises as in todays economic times are

KKR + 8 crores
Raj Royals + 5 crores
Kings X1 - 3.5 crores
Chennai - 4 crores
Delhi - 8 crores
Deccan - 20 crores
Mumbai - 21 crores
Banglore - 45 crores

+ is profit and - is loss

Now we will see the after effects of IPL, brand value of Dhoni will rise further and shane warne will be selling goods on Indian television. Footfalls on malls and multiplexes will come back to normal and I feel from next year onwards the IPL season will be fought by malls by turning the 45 days into sale and discount period. News channel will start beaming gossip news like "commissioner's dog found" etc etc.

We may also see the franchises playing matches outside India to keep the brand value alive like football clubs. Lot will happen before the next season but lets not change gear and move to Euro-08.

Poll Result

Delhi Daredevils1124%

Chennai Super Kings818%

Rajasthan Royals818%

Kolkata Knight Riders613%

Deccan Chargers511%

Kings XI Punjab49%

Mumbai Indians24%

Royal Challengers Banglore12%

Out of 45 polls only 8 guessed the winner correctly :)

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