Stand Tall Dave Cameron (Enough is Enough)

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published April 25, 2016

A young man in a counselling session. Many West Indian fans have had to seek couselling because of the performance of the team in the past 15-20 years.

A young man in a counselling session. Some West Indian fans have had to enter counselling over West Indies’ perpetual problems.

Five months ago, while lying down on the couch in the office of the legendary and my imaginary psychotherapist, Dr. Émile Coué, I was encouraged to resist.

“Resist the urge of adding your voice to the tittle-tattle that will ensue from the recommendation to disintegrate the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)”, he said.

After an alleged insufficient review of West Indies cricket, a Caricom and WICB jointly appointed committee produced this dauntless stroke of cracked wisdom: dissolve the WICB. Guided by my wise doctor, I bound my tongue and detained my pen from offering a comment on this repugnant and absurd recommendation.

At the time, my sport-loving heart bled due to other unwholesome events, on and off the field, in athletics, football and West Indies cricket. “Find the joyous side of sports” was the final instruction the good doctor gave me before I rose from his couch and left, certain I would find it.

As time elapsed, my heart healed. Sunlight disinfectant was dabbed on the operations of the IAAF along with its affiliates in Kenya and Russia, and a new FIFA President was elected, amid corruption guilty pleas of indicted former executives. Joyously, West Indies also bagged three World titles and the electronegative emotions that haunted me, finally left me. With all these happy happenings, still the calls ring on for the dissolution of the WICB. Doc, I beg to please excuse me, I think the time of commentary restraint on this recommended dissolution is finally up! Continue reading

10 Bizarre Facts About Steph Curry & Golden State That Will Blow Your Mind

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published April 18, 2016

Steph Curry Michael Jordan

There it goes! Michael Jordan and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ revered record of 72 wins and 10 losses, for the best record and most wins in an 82-game NBA regular season is kaput. Emboss Steph Curry and the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors as the new regular season kings with a record 73 wins and 9 losses.

Steph and the fire-breathing Warriors have redefined the NBA with their style of play and have established exceptional regular season numbers. This presented us with ten interesting facts we’d like to share. Continue reading

Infinite Hope, Finite Tears & Everlasting Joy

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published April 11, 2016

Republished April 13, 2016 (Jamaica Observer)

West Indies wins the 2016 Womens Team is T20 Champions

West Indies  women’s team wins the 2016 T20 World Cup

Two days after the West Indies senior men’s and women’s teams won the ICC T20 World Cup, I drove through the often depressed and violence-edge community of Norwood in Saint James, Jamaica. Drive-by gang shootings and death, over simply water catching a cell phone at a roadside restaurant, are all plausible when you venture into a grim inner-city community such as this.

As hunger churned through my gas-filled stomach, I swooped over to a popular cook shop, to arrest the groans of my breadbasket. Behind the shop laid a freshly cut football field. The garbage, once hidden, was now revealed and littered everywhere. Though the posts were there for football, surprisingly, no football was being played. Interestingly, kids, three years old and older, with as many boys as girls, were seen playing cricket, the game I deeply love, in the midst of grass clippings and municipal rubbish. Continue reading