It Stinks to High Heaven

by Zaheer E. Clarke

Published February 16, 2015

'Billy' Heaven (left), JCA President and Dave Cameron, WICB President

‘Billy’ Heaven (left), JCA President and Dave Cameron, incumbent WICB President

Hope, elation and victory, that’s how the West Indies tour of India had begun in October 2014. In one quick breath, pain, disappointment, and anger were all I was left clinging to. My head sunk, my heart ached, and my sleepless nights were all for nought. Hope disappeared, so too the West Indian players, and with that the 2014 West Indies tour of India was abandoned.

It’s been four months later, and the pain, disappointment and anger, not only still linger, but are breaking new frontiers. The stench from that India fiasco has unraveled to an all-time high, and it’s perfusing every aspect of West Indies cricket. Continue reading

The Fierce Black Mamba: Love Him or Hate Him

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published February 2, 2015

The Los angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant exhalts after a three point shot in a game that he finished with 49 points and a 2 games to none lead over the Denver Nuggets in a NBA Western conference play-off game.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant exalts after a three point shot in a game that he finished with 49 points and a 2 games to none lead over the Denver Nuggets in a NBA Western conference play-off game.

In recent weeks, the words on numerous basketball fans lips are if the Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant will retire at the end of this season. He initially sparked this debate when he said it crossed his mind. Now, with him likely out for the rest of the season due to injury and season-ending surgery, the discussions are approaching a crescendo. Continue reading