Thursday, May 13, 2010

Legendary Fishes

It always happens that when my Masi is down my mom gets these bursts of energy and gets damn thrilled coz then she has company. They chat for all day long and do things that they wouldn't usually do. That's what they did yesterday when Mom and Masi got these 3 fishes which they were damn thrilled about. Loved the fishes but never even thought that in a day I would be writing about them leave alone the thought of giving them these legendary names.

Today i happened to read this Louis Vuitton article "AN ENCOUNTER WITH GREATNESS" which involved three of the world's best football players in history namely Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane. And what a coincidence that it had to be the 3 of them, it could have been 4 or 5 of the greats but.... And that's where these 3 fishes got their names. The black one undoubtedly the great Pele, the small orange one had to be "The hand of god" Diego and the Silver one the French great Zizu.

Each one a great great footballer in their own era; each exuding a class of their own. Still, unfortunately they never played in the same arena. But now, by sharing the same arena(my aquarium) :-) , I'm sure this dream would come true and soon something really great would come to the fore. Waiting for the magic to unfold :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Red Devils 1-0 Gunners

The Reds outclassed gunners at Old Traford on a night that saw a series of missed chances by United matched by a lazy fruitless display of football by Arsenal. Yet the Reds achieving what they had set out to do.

Sir Alex Ferguson said on the eve of the game that he would be "delighted" with a 1-0 win and that is exactly what he got. On the back of a inspiring match changing performance by Carlos Tevez against Spurs which helped the Reds maul them 5-2, Sir Alex was all set to give Tevez a start against the Gunners.

United were off to a flying start creating chances at will which eventually paid off in the 18th minute when O'shea converted a close volley to put united into the lead. United continued to create chances in the first half but lacked the finishing touch. This was all thanks to Manuel Almunia who pulled of a series of brilliant saves from first Rooney and then Ronaldo and kept the Gunners in with a chance. Cesc Fabregas's attempt on 35 min. was the closest that a gunner go to the Man U goal but the shot was fired straight at Van Der Sar.

The second half saw Ryan Giggs making his 800th appearance for United as a sub and would have made it special when he had the ball in the net, but his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag. Surely Sir Alex would have felt like scratching his head when Ronaldo sent a 30-yard shot ratteling the bar.

This was a job well done but Arsenal aren't out of it yet. Arsenal would surely feel that they could score twice and restrict united at the Emirates but a single goal from united would mean that Arsenal have to score thrice. If united continue to play the way they did then a trip to Rome for the finals surely awaits.

Advantage United.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The darkest day: Feb 6th 1958

February 6th will forever be circled on the calendars of everyone connected with Manchester United.

On that day in 1958, the darkest day in United's history, 23 people - including eight players and three members of the club's staff - suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.

Flying back from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade, the team plane stopped in Germany to refuel. The first two attempts to take off from Munich airport were aborted; following a third attempt, the plane crashed.

Twenty-one of the people on board died instantly. Aeroplane captain Kenneth Rayment died a few weeks later from the injuries he sustained while Duncan Edwards - one of the eight victims from the team - passed away 15 days after the crash.

The tragedy is an indelible part of United's history, as is Sir Matt Busby overcoming his injuries to build another great team which won the European Cup 10 years later.

Roger Byrne (28), Eddie Colman (21), Mark Jones (24), David Pegg (22), Tommy Taylor (26), Geoff Bent (25), Liam Whelan (22) and Duncan Edwards (21) all died, along with club secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley.

Eight journalists died - Alf Clarke, Tom Jackson, Don Davies, George Fellows, Archie Ledbrook, Eric Thompson, Henry Rose, and Frank Swift who was a former Manchester City player. Plane captain Ken Rayment perished, as did Sir Matt's friend Willie Satinoff. Travel agent Bela Miklos and crew member Tom Cable also died.

We will never forget.