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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chp 301. Hup Holland Hup!


It’s FIFA World Cup time again, and soon, my blog will be one World Cup post after the other

I know, I know… that means fewer visitors But at the end of the day, I know it will be good to look back at this month four years from now (if we’re still alive by the Grace of God) and walk down memory lane.

This is the second World Cup my blog is witnessing. And right now, looking back at the posts I wrote in 2006 sure brings back a lot of memories. Those were the days before I started working, or even before “Delhi” happened. I had just dropped out of IIMB then, trying to get through the prelims of UPSC.

Some of my 2006 World Cup posts like Of women and football etc were cross-posted at desipundit and various other blog community forums. So much has changed in my life since then. But the one thing that never changed? I am still a hardcore Netherlands supporter, since the days of Ruud Gullit, Van Basten, Bergkamp etc (Cruyff was way before my time, so I’m not including him in the list)

Netherlands team
[Pic source: Netherlands vs Denmark: World Cup 2010 ]

Go Oranje! I love them, mainly because a lot of them are named “Vans”. Like from the current squad: Van Persie, Van Bronckhorst, Van der Vaart, Van der Wiel, Van Bommel, Van lalruatkima. etc. Yeah, in case you didn’t know, I’m a Van too I may not come from the DeBeers family (though I wish) or have a great grand uncle who fought in the Boer Wars, but being an Arsenal fan, there is such a closeness with the Dutch, either in the form of gunners or players playing for our main rivals.

Van Persie jersey

Watching the Dutch kick Denmark’s ass today was exhilarating. 2-0. Hup Holland Hup! (which means Go Holland Go!)

And that’s why I love my office so much. Sure we may work hard most of the time, but we are soon going to get a new TV in office dedicated solely to World Cup matches (that’s what the bosses were discussing about last week). And apart from that, I was watching today’s Netherlands match online with no disturbances from anyone.

And the best part? I told my boss I was coming late to office today because I had to watch the Game 5 match of the ongoing NBA Finals. And that match gets over only by 9:30am. So my boss gave me permission! See, I didn’t even have to lie. Most others would have lied saying headache or pms etc because they wouldn’t have been granted permission just because of a basketball match on TV. How I love this place!

Lakers versus Celtics 2010 NBA Finals

Game 5 this morning was freaking awesome. Kobe was burning up the floor with 38 points but it wasn’t enough. Bwahahaha. Celtics now lead the series 3-2. One more win and they are the 2010 champs. Comon Celtics!!!!

I’ve always been a Lakers hater. I was too young to witness the Celtics-Lakers rivalry (Bird versus Magic) of the 80s (plus, we didn’t have cable access then ) but I was very much a part of the NBA scene from 90s onwards. Like most passionate basketball jocks, Jordan was my idol too, but my team was Utah Jazz those days. I switched to Kings followed by Spurs after that. And that is why I hate Lakers so much. They decimated many of my favorite teams like Spurs, Kings, 76ers, Mavs etc.

Celtics this year are strong. Pierce, Garnett, Rondo, Ray Allen, Perkins, Finley, Wallace, Glen Davis. A lot of old warhorses! Lolz!

The next match is at Staples Center on Wednesday morning for Indian viewers. If Lakers can come back with a win, then the Final match (game 7) will be in LA again! I hope it doesn’t go to game 7.

Ending this post with my favorite video of today’s NBA Finals – Tony Allen blocking the 7 feet tall and former Grizzlies centre Pau Gasol! Woot!!!!! What a block! Totally PWNED!



Cheers!



41 comments:

Kym said...

Well a draw between Italy and Paraguay was disappointing, Italy should have won, but still its good they don't lose.

About NBA I just love watching them, their moves but not any particular team.

Jerusha said...

Dutch ho chu ka tran lo uihsek :P

illusionaire said...

@ Kym: hehe... what a match that was :) I was yelling "Paraguay" from the top of my lungs :) And yes NBA, the game is simply beautiful. One can just watch without supporting any team. My only criticism is that towards the end, there are too many time outs (which means TV commercials) because its necessary to plan new strategy when the scoreline is close. It should be like football - No breaks! :)

@ Jeru: Dutch ho in i tran an duh lo uihsek bawk :D

aduhi said...

Tunkum World Cup chu ka en lovang ka ti ve a mahse ka en ka en ta mai, weekend ah en lo remchang bawk si nen, office ah Bengali thianpa en peih deuh lo awm ve bawk si. Tan em em bik pawh ka nei rih lo.

Sekibuhchhuak said...

In la vannei viau e. hei hi han chhiar teh lem :-)

We've found something even louder than the vuvuzelas at the World Cup... the Dutch female football fans

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1286568/WORLD-CUP-2010-Louder-vuvuzelas--Dutch-female-football-fans.html#ixzz0qua3ZFiE

Shuakshuali said...

A nuam eeee tunkum walkap hi! Ka tran an la chak zel tralalala... Next is Spainnnnn... i tran an in draw daih elaw? :D Suahsual thlak hle mahse NBA heti khawpa football-in a lan hneh hi nuam ka lo tive tawp, American domination dodalna kawngkhat, hihihihi.. YMA day pualin theihpatawpa Zo in ka rawn kawment anih hi :D

Shuakshuali said...

Lolxxxx..ka hriatsual lui palh :D 2-0 ani tak, hehe, lo la na hman ang chu

illusionaire said...

@ Aduhi: Nia, en loh tum pawh hian en loh hi a har a nia :) World Cup fever baby :)

@ Seki: Hahahaha big boss, heng te hi a ni maw i en thin chu? :D i va hai chhuak nalh hlawm ve. Dutch ho chu an chhe lo a nia :)

@ Shuak: No further comments :D

By the way, NBA Finals game 6 today at 6:30am. Am planning to watch it. So I must go home from work soon and wake up after 3 hours of sleep to watch it LIVE. Comon Celtics!!!!

Alejendro said...

Soccer World Cup ah chuan Argentina an champ dawn a.. NBA play off ah chuan Lakkers :-)

illusionaire said...

Sala... Celtics lost this morning :( :( :( Series now tied at 3-3.

Game 7 will be on Friday morning 6:30am IST.

Comon Celticsssssss!

Alejendro said...

Lakers 89 - Celtics 67

Tee hee :-P told ya..

dr_feelgood said...

Ualkap chu sawi ve vak lo mai ang.Kan naupan lai chuan Sipai Lammual hrik hi kan ni ve thin a, a pet sang thei thei kha kan ngaisang tawp. Laipui tlang aia pet sang phei chu ngai sang tak kan ni. Lammual thlang lam ah khan sipai ho khan basket ball an theh thin, a game hming tak ngial pawh kha kan hre ngai lo!! Those were the days.

illusionaire said...

@ Alej: Bleh.

@ dr_feelgood: Phai a sikul kan kal lai pawh khan a pet na na leh sang ber kha football thiam ber an nia lawm :D Laipui Tlang ai a pet sang chu an va bawn awm ve!!! :)

ramstein said...

ka tan thin a ka beidawng tawh :D

mesjay said...

hehehe, while i read your blog in a basement in windsor, the tv is on behind me with hubby, brother in law and his bro in law watching the game between south africa and nirguay. i didn't even know who were playing and had to turn round and ask them!

congrats on your good bosses!

mesjay said...

sorry, uruguay

Kym said...

Spain lose. Darn it..!! And the worst thing is I would not be able to make it for 5:00 play today between Argentina and South Korea. Sometime blessing can be a curse, to be in the office...ggrrrr.....

jay-me said...

i wish ol bosses r like urs..or maybe u hv ur way with people...maybe u pull on a puppy face wen u ask 4 sumthng...wish i knw da trick 2...holland eh? i hv orange-color blindness...cant c them

C. Lalfakzuala said...

Keipoh Holland hi ka tan ber te an ni ziah. an champion thei lo lutuk erawh hi chu a buaithlak ve chiang khop mai...

VaiVa said...

Oranje!!! Spain kan lo lo first tlat mai!

illusionaire said...

@ ramstein: Beidawng hma lutuk :) This year is the year of the Oranje :)

@ mesjay: lolz pi mesjay, for a second there, I thought Nigeria and Uruguay combined their best players and formed one team :D

@ Kym: hahaha... you can't watch any of the matches from office? So saddddd :D We're all watching it here :D And why do you wanna watch Argentina and South Korea match? You like watching Argentina lose? :D :D

illusionaire said...

@ Jay: Hahaha... this from somebody who recently used the weirdest blog template with fluorescent orange fonts and fluorescent green background color! :D

@ Fakzuala: Nia... mahse tun kum hi chu kan tanna kan hlawhtling dawn e :)

@ VaiVa: eh. Lawngah te khan World Cup an khel mek tih te in lo hre ve e law? :D

Jerusha said...

Bleh! Poi an ti ang tih ka sawi lo uih sek. Poi ti lo uihsek mahse poi ka ti lo uihsek :PP

luliana said...

Keipawh holland ka tan ber. Mahse Euro ang khan an peak hma lutuk ang tih chu ka hlau deuh...

Kym said...

We will be watching TV in our office when pigs fly. Man you are lucky as hell.

And tonight is England. Got to recharge.

illusionaire said...

@ Jerusha: Japan kha tan mai teh :P :D :P

@ Lulian: Nia, hetian zawi te hian rawn khel bawn telh telh se, Finals a mawi tawk chiah in rawn chak se, ka duh tawk khawp mai :)

@ Kym: Awwwweeeee.... cho chad. :D Will think of you while I'm watching in office today :D

Alejendro said...

Game 7 Result i hriat loh takin

Lakers 89 - Celtics 67

Tee hee :-P

illusionaire said...

Heh. Check my tweets and facebook updates since 6 this morning. Ka hriatna a reiiii tawh :P Also check misual.com. i BC thei lutuk :D

ku2 said...

Holland hi an hlui tawh.. trantu an lo la neive alo?

illusionaire said...

Ehiau!!!! i rawn comment ve hlawl chu le. Thanx for the comment, Veni, mahse Netherlands ho leh Mizo "Van" ho rawn sawi chhe tur ringawt a i rawn comment hi chu ka pawm vak lo a ni... Eng team nge i tan ve? Sala in bet i la?

Dr. Chandana Shekar said...

have fun... enjoy the world cup.., waka waka :)

OpaHmar said...

"I HATE this game" "Where cheating happens" hahaha those were some thoughts which came to my mind on the morn of game7. And i happened to argue with all my family members during the final mins....Hope Lebron goes to a good team and kick Kobe's sorry @$$ next year

Kym said...

Btw what is draft pick?

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illusionaire said...

@ Dr. Chandana: Waka waka to you too :D

@ OPA: I second that. God, I hate Kobe so muchhhh! I hope Celtics take Lebron :D

@ Kym: Heh? What was that email for? :) You want me to tell you what "draft pick" means in that email address? Well, you have deleted your comment because you know I would have received that comment on my mail, but do you know that all the people above me who have subscribed to my comments in this post would have received that comment too? :D :D :D

Alejendro said...

Heh.. there's no way LeBron play for Celtics. Cleveland is nothing without LeBron. Even if he do, there's no way he beat Kobe :-) wakauuuuuuuuu :-P

Kym said...

:P sorry. I thought it hasn't posted yet so I keep posting it and so there I ended up with same 3 posts.

C. Lalfakzuala said...

Second round chu lut ta phawtss. Quarter finalist min ti toh em lo ang chu maww.. Holland jersey ka la neih kha hai chhuak leh tan toh teh ang.

illusionaire said...

@ Alej: my a$$. Lebron can kick Kobe's butt any time he likes, even while he is sleeping.

@ Kym: lolz. :) Its ok... ;)

@ Fakzuala: Kei pawn an team jersey rawng tee-shirt chu ka nei ve... ka ha ve ziah an khelh apiang chuan :D

C. Lalfakzuala said...

Kan va champion teuh toh ve.