By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published November 23, 2015
Steph Curry was the 2008-09 NCAA scoring champion. He is currently on track to achieve a feat neither Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson did in their combined illustrious NCAA and NBA careers. (Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Years ago, before marriage, kids, and juggling 2-3 jobs, I would make time – each night – to watch a few college basketball games to fill my appetite. Like a scout, each night, my writing pad or meal involved the emerging stars of college basketball who would one day become the Jordans, All-Stars or Hall-A-Famers of tomorrow’s NBA. When you are single and free of responsibility, any, and everything can fill your time, worse when you are a sports junkie.
NCAA College Basketball was one of the few entrées that captivated my taste buds with their exhilarating season of ups and downs, wins and losses which culminated into a knockout tournament often described as “March Madness.”
Looking back through my college basketball writing pads from the late 2000s, names such as Kevin Durant, Joakim Noah, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, James Harden, Blake Griffin, and a toddler by the name of Stephen Curry appear, and have all gone on to be bona fide All-Stars in the NBA. Continue reading
By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published November 16, 2015
Republished November 19, 2015
Sachin’s Blasters vs Warne’s Warriors Cricket All Stars T20 Series started on the 7 November 2015 in New York USA
THE negative energy currently suffusing three of my favourite sports — athletics, football, and cricket — is too much, and my imaginary couch therapist has instructed me to find the joyous other side of sports.
Therefore, over the past two weeks, I resisted the itch to write articles on IAAF’s emerging corruption scandal involving their former President Lamine Diack. Neither did I feel pressed to further peruse Sepp Blatter’s incriminating comments on FIFA’s fixing of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups hosts before the 2010 bidding votes. Similarly, I baulked at adding my voice, for now, to the ‘gabfest’ involving Caricom’s West Indies cricket review, and the suggested dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board. To be honest, another scuttlebutt or commentary on West Indies cricket would have drowned in the ocean of dissenters, comprising fans, past players, journalists, and even prime ministers, who have had enough of West Indies cricket.
Thankfully, the Cricket All-Stars Series, made up of a collection of 30 modern cricket legends touring the United States, was the perfect egress from these electronegative emotions. Man, it was like a captivating video game, on steroids. Continue reading
By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published November 2, 2015
(FILES)– A file photo taken on May 29, 2015, shows FIFA President Sepp Blatter (L) shaking hands with UEFA President Michel Platini after being re-elected following a vote to decide on the FIFA presidency in Zurich. UEFA chief Michel Platini revealed in a letter sent on September 28, 2015, to 54 European UEFA federations, that a payment made to him from Blatter had been “fully declared” to authorities. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Last week, in a wide-ranging interview with Russian News Agency TASS, outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter unclothed the underbelly of FIFA’s World Cup 2018 and 2022 selections, and the reasons, in his view, for the crisis that has embroiled FIFA ever since.
After fielding 30 questions and comments from Oleg Koshelev, Artem Kuznetsov and Maxim Filimonov of TASS, Blatter’s revelations confirmed my likening of FIFA to a Mafia organization in previous articles. The revelations also confirm the suffusive impact that the current suspensions, levelled at himself, Vice President Michael Platini and General Secretary Jerome Valcke, has on FIFA’s governance. Continue reading