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    January 31, 2006

    The power of breaks of play

    While the previous time I wrote about breaks of play was in the context of an extremely boring Lahore test made interesting by the experts, this time around I hail the much hated advertisement breaks.

    As someone who loves to watch the game rather than the ads, I really do prefer that there be no advertising, especially given that I am in any case paying the channel a monthly subscription. So I don't see why they should bombard me with advertisements. But since I can't do much else other than crib on various fora, I just have to put up with them, by either seeing them or ignoring them altogether.

    Strangely enough, they work both ways. When India [or a team I support] is batting, I really prefer that the ad breaks be as short as possible. If it isn't yet time for lunch or tea, a long break means a wicket, almost for sure, unless it is a scheduled drinks break. But if a team I'm not supporting is batting, I always hope for a long ad break!

    Oh, and I really hope that in the first two sessions today, there're lots of long ad breaks. ;-). That is really the only way the Indian team extricates itself from the self-created mess.

    Have you ever felt the same way about advertisement breaks?
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 8:59 AM |
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    I thought I was the only superstitious person around here!

    By Blogger Zainub (01-Feb-2006, 1:08:00 AM)  

    Hah Zainub - I think almost everyone who follows cricket is. I still recall not budging from my seat during the final stages of the India-Australia match at Brisbane in the 1992 World Cup which we lost by one run (the rules were unfair!), only because my father warned me against doing so. My father still does things like decrease the volume on the television to 0 [rather than press the mute button!] to tilt the scales in India's favour etc. etc. :) My brother doesn't believe in this volume nonsense and instead opts for a lucky "change channel", i.e. he keeps switching between the game and _that_ channel for the entire duration of play. We once had to endure watching some ridiculously crappy movie on the other channel to accomodate his whims and fancies.

    By Blogger Jagadish (01-Feb-2006, 8:31:00 AM)  


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