Biting Tongues: Dominic Cork, Rob Steen, Sepp Blatter, Shahid Afridi, Etc.

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Biting Tongues: Dominic Cork, Rob Steen, Sepp Blatter, Shahid Afridi, Etc.
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Dominic Cork

What he said:

“I’m a bit like Sepp Blatter at the moment in Hampshire: crisis, what crisis?”

Dominic Cork compares himself and his county side, Hampshire, struggling at the bottom of Division One to embattled FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.

What he really meant:

“Of course, I’m not like Sepp. We’re miles apart but you wouldn’t quote me otherwise, would you?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Corruption has spilled over onto the county scene.”

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What he said:

“…precious few have ever had a) any concept of how to go about it or, b) any awareness that, no matter how hard you try, you cannot dictate how you are remembered.”

Rob Steen writing about Shane Warne’s legacy.

What he really meant:

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Shane Warne

“Time tells a tale on you.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“It’s a leg-acy."

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What he said:

“Crisis, what is a crisis?”

Sepp Blatter denies that FIFA is in trouble over corruption allegations in the voting  to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

What he really meant:

“Do you like my impersonation of an ostrich burying its head in the sand?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’m retiring to run an emu farm.”

(I couldn't leave out the original Sepp Blaller quote.)

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Sepp Blatter

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What he said:

"There is nothing bigger than a man’s respect, and the way the board has treated me, there is a limit to everything."

Shahid Afridi announces his conditional retirement from international cricket.

What he really meant:

“Power and respect comes from the barrel of a gun and my retirement’s the smoking gun. At least, I hope.”

What he definitely didn’t:“Mao who?”

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What he said:

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Sanjay Manjrekar

“Fans scream ‘Dilscoop’, and I think, ‘Thank god for the helmet’.”

Sanjay Manjrekar makes it clear that cricketers had it harder in his day, without the protection of a helmet.

What he really meant:

“Dilscoop—without protective gear—is akin to suicide.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Ice-cream, anyone?”

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What he said:

“When the players have been bought like slaves at an auction, they just can’t have rights.”

Bishan Singh Bedi minces no words in taking the BCCI to task for its hypocritical stance on the ‘club versus country’ debate.

What he really meant:

“The IPL is no EPL.”

What he definitely didn’t:

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Bishan Singh Bedi

“The BCCI is an egalitarian body and IPL franchisees are democracies.”

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Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 


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