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Issue 88 • Friday, May 17, 2013
The city is accustomed to being first. The land itself seems imbued
with the magic of it, the power of it. In the ancient world of druids
and Merlin and Arthurian legend, Manchester held its own. Today,
the city can boast of a new legend: a football team unlike any other in
the history of the game---Manchester United.
At the heart of the global industrial revolution brought on by a boom
in textile manufacture, the city of Manchester, in the south-central part
of northwest England, is recognised as the first industrialised city in the
world. In 1877, the Manchester Town Hall was built and a year later, the
Newton Heath LYR Football Club was founded. The club changed its
name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford in 1910.
The Football League was founded in 1888, it is the oldest such com-
petition in world football.
The team won that league title for the first time in 1908 and would
do so again---and again---but it was at the end of the 1986 season that
Man-U's most recent run of success began with the arrival of Alex Fer-
guson from Scottish club Aberdeen.
In 1993, the club won the league---its eighth overall. The Mancs had-
n't lifted the trophy since 1967, and a year later, for the first time since
1957, it won a second consecutive title---alongside the FA Cup---to com-
plete the first double in the club's history.
Much of the Man-U legend will always be remembered with Fergu-
son's name mentioned in the same sentences.
In the 1998--99 season Manchester United became the first team to
win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League---The Tre-
ble---in the same season. T&T's own Dwight Yorke played in that squad.
Up till that time, the team that had won the most league titles was
Liverpool with 19 wins, and fans would make jokes: "Call us when you
get to 19!"
It would happen sooner than anyone would dare to imagine. Fergu-
son had made it look easy: win, reload, reward.
The team had taken the better part of the century to win its first
seven. Ferguson would deliver five before the Nineties were done.
He didn't stop there: three straight to start the Noughties and three
straight more to end them---he had done the unimaginable: by the start
of the 2010 season, he had won the league 11 times.
He didn't stop there either.
The lore of Man-U predates the spending surges that have charac-
terised the revival of clubs like Chelsea and Man-U's crosstown rivals,
Manchester City. Most certainly, Man-U stock is built on players
brought in---and for significant transfer fees at that. But, whereas
Chelsea and City jump out the money for the big names, Ferguson was
the type of manager that seemed to have the number on who would be
the next big time. Players who had the flair, the skill and the drive to
make it to the top, but who Ferguson added his secret spice and gave
them the green canvas to become legends. Eric Cantona was the first
for Ferguson, and set the trend: big players who Man-U made bigger.
Then came the young Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Dwight Yorke, Cris-
tiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie...each adding their name to a growing
list of legends, each adding another cup or two to Ferguson's legend.
After finishing as runner-up to Chelsea in the 2009--10 season,
United achieved a record 19th league title in 2010--11. This season, after
finishing as runner-up to Manchester City last term, Man-U achieved a
record 20th league, securing the championship with a 3--0 home win
against Aston Villa that put them mathematically out of the reach of
any other team.
The tinsel had barely settled on the Old Trafford pitch before the
team would announce that another Scotsman, David Moyes, would be
taking over the reins at the club. The 50-year-old leaves former club
Everton in sixth place ink the EPL and with his own credentials solidly
intact. He's going to be following a tough act, but he's as good a choice
as any to lead this legend into the future.
Love them or hate them, Man-U will win number 21 before anyone
else comes close to it.
There was a time that the Chicago Bulls play-
ing the Miami Heat in the second round of the
NBA Playoffs was something to write about. But
today, the only reason I'm writing about it is be-
cause of the off-court beef between Michael
Jordan and newly crowned MVP, LeBron James.
Yeah...MJ still talking some trash, trying to
goad LeBron---for what reason, who the hell
MJ has a solid claim to the title of best player
to ever suit up. Ever. Greatest Of All Time---the
But, just as the discussions got heated when
he was the up-and-coming new talent, trying to
knock off the older GOATs from their mountain-
top perches, MJ vs LJ is starting to get
MJ kindah sorta started this beef a
while back with some comments about a
possible return to the league. (Yeah, at
age 50, homie was working out with some youn-
gins and whuppin their butts too!) The talk was
picked up by just about everyone with a seat on a
talk show and everybody just about ran with it.
MJ the greatest then sent out some talk for
the new blood. First he said he'd pick Kobe Bryant
over LJ, cause five rings beats one ring.
Then he went and said that LeBron would've
been good back in the day---but wouldn't domi-
nate like he does today.
Yeah. MJ done gone and went there.
See...this is a case of what happens when a
man starts to believe his own hype.
LeBron, in his own defense, has kept it humble,
and kept his mouth shut while all this debate has
stirred around him.
But I'm not even gonna let that slide.
MJ? Boss...you gots to be crazy! Of course Le-
Bron would dominate back in the day! That's what
a bigger, stronger, faster, better player does! They
dominate! And on both ends of the court, too, be-
cause aside from the MVP, LeBron was also
named to the NBA All-Defense first team---also a
fourth time for that as well. And, don't get it
twisted: LJ is all of that TODAY! In an NBA that is
by far more competitive, by far more physical and
by far much better overall.
I'm beginning to wonder if MJ had his senile
dementia acting up---it's either that or his new
wife been having him lose that much needed
sleep older men tend to need in order for them to
not just talk trash all day!
Mike! Drink your Ensure and be quiet and let
Nike sell some shoes with the Jumpman while
you still relevant.
T&T Red Force fell to Barbados in the Regional
Four-Day cricket competition. The final, which
was played at Kensington Oval, Barbados, saw
T&T with the daunting task of a follow-on, after
a humiliating 369 by the Bajans was met by a
mere 110 by the guests.
Despite a fighting 140 from Lendl Simmons, the
T&T second innings had few highlights save for
the relatively good knocks by young debutants
Akeal Hosein and Stephen Katwaroo.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo after the match, T&T
skipper Denesh Ramdin expressed disappoint-
ment with his side's batting, and hoped to rectify
this performance for the future. "It was an up and
down season and we had to keep chopping and
changing players, some going and some coming,
and we never got that balance right in our batting
department. We were always struggling to put
200 runs on the board but our bowlers had done it
throughout the season for us. This is one of the
few times we have gotten over 220 runs for the
season. It is something we have to think about
and we have to go back to the drawing board.
"The top five or six batters need to come to the
party. They didn't come consistently as we
wanted them to in this tournament. Well played to
Lendl Simmons for getting a hundred this game.
"I believe it is a mindset that the players have
to change. We have to learn to stand up and bat
longer. Players are sometimes playing too many
shots and not batting as long as they should. To
get hundreds, you need to bat at least two and a
half sessions and we find guys are trying to get
the runs all in one session. Hopefully, they can all
learn from this experience and learn as fast as
possible. Next year will be right around the corner
and we will need to bounce back strongly."
The T&T side, missing key players who are out
playing in the IPL, did well to even reach this far.
The TTCB needs to get some applause for show-
ing how to build depth and how to field a decent
team---I refuse to call them second-string because
they're first class---in any weather.
Good job guys! We'll get them next time.
The T&T Olympic Committee held elec-
tions last week and vying for the post of
president were Richard Young, former man-
aging director and country head of Scotia-
bank, and Brian Lewis, who vacated his
previously held post as Secretary General to
contest the elections.
The TTOC was coming off the country's
best ever team performance at the Olympic
Games, and was in no crisis of leadership.
The outgoing TTOC executive, led by presi-
dent Larry Romany, who was ineligible due
to term limits, had done a great job.
The challenge would be to find a TTOC
team that could build stronger ties with the
private sector sponsors and who under-
stood Olympianism from the trenches as
well as from the VIP seats and plush
leather of international business class travel
to the games, seminars and conferences of
the IOC. A team that could look beyond the
coffers of the Ministry of Sport and the
Sport Company for the funding that is essen-
tial for getting the rest of the team on those
planes to the games.
So we enter the Lewis era, and I have the
faith that he---and his team, who I will list
below---will continue to build on the rich
legacy of T&T's athletic excellence at the re-
gional and international games.
"Now that the campaigning is over, it is
now about all the parties working together
for the Olympic movement," said Lewis,
after winning the elections 29-16.
"I am particularly proud that the campaign
was contested with a high degree of in-
tegrity and dignity at the end, the Olympic
movement will come together and I am con-
fident members of the new executive can
work together," he added.
The other members of the new executive
are David Inglefield and Dr Terry Ali who are
vice-presidents; Annette Knott as secretary;
Diane Henderson as assistant secretary gen-
eral; J. Tyrone Marcus as treasurer; Dr Ian
Hypolite, Wendell Constantine and Garvin
Warwick as executive members; Kerston
Coombs and Douglas Camacho as trustees;
and Larry Romany as immediate past presi-
Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls and LeBron James
#6 the Miami Heat battle for rebound position in Game
Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Playoffs
game at the United Center last Friday in Chicago.
Noticeably absent from photo is Michael Jordan.
Photo: Getty Images
Sir Alex led the lads to league win number 20
in his send-off season.
Barbados wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich catches T&T opener
Lendl Simmons in the Regional Four Day Competition final.
Brian Lewis, the new TTOC president.
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