Thursday, August 16, 2007

How cricket explains the world

From a Financial Times review of John Major's More Than a Game --

the cricket-mad former British prime minister, recalls explaining the sport to President George Bush Sr – his “eyes swivelled when he realised that a match could last five days and yet still not produce a winner”.

There seems to be some essence of Bush in that reaction: the impatience, wanting things to be settled quickly, and the bewilderment that foreigners might have a different notion of "winning" than the Bushes have. A little bit of anecdotal evidence for the analysts to ponder.

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