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February 3, 2018

Super Bowl, India Bowls: Sport Sunday

The New England Patriots will meet the Philadelphia Eagles at the home stadium of the Minnesota Vikings in the 52nd edition of the NFL Super Bowl today.  American Football's crowning achievement each year is fought in this game, today played in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The two teams seem evenly matched.  Both have 15-3 records in the season so far.  Both are teams which emphasize team accomplishment over individual glory.  While the Eagles have not won an NFL Title since 1960, prior to the current Super Bowl format, the Patriots have five titles in recent memory.  The Patriots are adored by their fans and hated by a good portion of everyone else.  The Eagles have never really been contenders enough to fire up hatred of others.  Their fans, on the other hand are considered by many others to be obnoxious boors who do not know that sportsmanship extends beyond the end zone. 

It seems Super Bowl LII has never been about football, with ads and entertainment being top on many fan lists.  The real question for many viewers, though, is whether each team instrumentalized the game and politics during this season which has alienated so many fans.  While the Patriots ownership and some players are fans of President Trump, none of the Eagles fans ever knelt during the NFL take-a-knee protests, ever.  Not a single Eagles player sat or knelt during the national anthem, one of just seven teams with perfect non-kneeling records.  The Patriots had 17 such incidents, towards the beginning of the season.  (The other teams witnessing no protests were Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams ,  the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets)

India has very good reason to be proud of their Cricketers these days.  India won the  Under 19 Cricket World Cup today as Manjot Kalra hit an unbeaten century to lead country to win by eight wickets at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand.  Opener Manjot Kalra smacked an unbeaten 101 in even time as India easily disposed of Australia.  This was India's fourth win in the U10 World Cup.  With Kalra scoring freely, India won by eight wickets as they chased down Australia's 216 all out with more than 11 overs to spare.  The opener's century included eight fours and three sixes, and he was well supported by wicketkeeper Harvik Desai, who was 47 not out when he finished the match with a boundary.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, the India team has redeemed themselves, in their present tour.   They are acknowledged by all to have performed poorly in the three Test Matches of the Tour, although they managed to win the third  and last Test by 63 runs last Saturday.   Whilst they performed poorly in some of those outings, they have acquitted themselves well as the One Day International (ODI) portion of the tour starts. 

Captain Virat Kohli struck a stylish century to lead India to a comfortable six-wicket victory over South Africa in the first one-day international on Thursday and end the hosts' 17-match winning streak on home soil.  Virat Kohli hit a 'special' ODI hundred as India clinched that series opener.  South African standout Faf du Plessis attempted to captain his team to a victory, but this proved not to be enough.  The second game of the series is at Centurion in Pretoria on today. In the absence of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, South Africa will have to find a way to get past Virat Kohli and India to prevent the series from drifting away.  Both players were injured fingers in trying to catch Kohli out during Thursday's ODI, and will be out today, and probably for the rest of the series. 

South Africa now tops the International Cricket Council’s ODI team rankings with India second.  This series may determine a change. 

Whether you enjoy the Super Bowl or perhaps Indian Cricket, this day's for you.   


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