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Men of Windies Cricket gone girly?

Windies hire shrink to “Sort issues”

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Is this the end result of the feminization of society and sports? Are the men of the Windies trying to “get in touch with their inner selves”???

I can’t believe what I’m reading. The West Indies have been on a losing treadmill for the last while, but team management thinks that hiring a psychologist to help the cricketers “sort issues” will make a difference to the kind of unbelievable disasters and mistakes we’ve been seeing for far too long.

It’s not about “feelings”. It’s not about “thinking too far ahead” or being worried about the idiocy of two weeks ago. It’s about management, the mix and coaching. It’s about supposed professionals who let their individual egos conflict to the determent of the team as a whole. It’s also about a younger generation who lately have been overdoing it on the parties and late nights. Don’t they realize that people see them out late and know what is going on?

“See any of them heavily drinking within 48 hours of a Test and it doesn’t take a brilliant scholar to know where to put your money. That’s about management, professionalism and discipline, not psychology.”

Windies don’t need a shrink. They need someone to give them each a kick in the backside and bring back the bedtime discipline two days before a Test.

Management needs the shrink – the men need managing.

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New FIFA Bribery Allegations against Jack Warner

Lots of smoke ’bout this place!

It was only days ago that the story broke of bribery allegations against Jack Warner and three other FIFA officials in relation to England’s failed 2018 World Cup bid.

Today’s breaking story is about a NEW, completely unrelated bribery allegation surrounding the upcoming FIFA presidential election!

The following is from the FIFA press release sent out late last night:

“On May 24 2011, Fifa executive committee member and Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer reported to Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke possible violations of the Fifa code of ethics allegedly committed by officials.

“In particular, the report referred to a special meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), apparently organised jointly by Fifa vice-president Jack A. Warner and Fifa executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam, which took place on May 10 and 11 2011.

“This meeting was linked to the upcoming Fifa presidential election.

“In view of the facts alleged in this report, which include bribery allegations, Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, in compliance with art. 16 of the Fifa code of ethics, yesterday requested the Fifa ethics committee to open ethics proceedings.”

See our previous story: Jack Warner: FIFA’s poster boy for corruption, racism and disgusting talk

BBC story: Fifa begins ethics inquiry into Bin Hammam & Jack Warner

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WICB Exposé: All the West Indies Cricket Board dirt, all the time

WICB: Nepotism, Abuse of Power, Mismanagement, Hypocrisy, Financial Erosion, Dirty Tricks, Corruption

Insider to publish WICB documents

“Which WICB director rang up $712,311.60 in personal expenses on his association’s credit card and is now facing the embarrassment of having that credit card withdrawn with immediate effect?  We will publish an official document tomorrow to answer this question and to provide a long list of these personal expenses (gas stations, restaurants, sports bars, hotels and cricket clubs).”

WICB Exposé “When torchlight shine, cockroach run!”

Thanks to the dozen readers and one special old friend who sent us this email that is making its way around the Caribbean… Continue reading

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Atlantic rowing: Mutiny at sea as one of Big Blue’s crew wanted to quit

Sara G and Hallin Marine close to Barbados and a new record

As the two lead boats near Barbados, the demoralized crew of Big Blue (photo above) are so far behind that they have no hope of breaking the record. The problem was the winds that held Big Blue for two weeks off the coast of Africa. Whether the boat’s radical design is part of the problem or not a factor is something that only the crew know at this point.

One of Big Blue’s crew posted an audio message on January 31st that told of profanity amongst the crew and her wish to quit and swim to any passing yacht. Margaret Bowling seemed upset as she posted the audio on her blog, but the winds let up and the moment passed. Big Blue is now making well over 100 miles a day, but it’s too late for the record. Continue reading

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Three Trans-Atlantic rowing teams racing for Barbados

Sara G, Big Blue and Hallin Marine: Who will win?

Trans-Ocean rowboat Sara G is on her way back to Barbados for her second visit and this time she’s wanting to break the world record for the crossing. Only trouble is that two other teams have the same idea.

As I write this Sara G is the lead boat but just a cat hair in front of Hallin Marine. Sara G is a traditional single hull boat while Hallin Marine is a trimaran.

Big Blue (above) is a strange looking vessel that is the world’s first catamaran competition rowing boat. BB has a huge crew of 16, but they look like they are falling behind the other two boats. All of them are still ahead of the 2007 track of the record-holder La Mondiale. La Mondiale’s record stands at 33 days 7 hours 30 minutes to Barbados and that’s what the current three boats are trying to beat.

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Spark of the Day! Trinidad’s future cricket champion

At two years and five months old, Luke strikes terror into the opposition!

Give thanks to Georgia Popplewell and her Flickr collection.

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Some pampered babies at Barbados Royal Westmoreland crying over hurricane Tomas

UPDATED: November 22, 2010 9:31am Bridgetown

BFP reader ‘Come here’ says that Royal Westmoreland’s club house was open with free food and drinks throughout the period described by the “young posers” (that’s a quote!) to the Brit newspapers. Here’s what ‘Come Here’ has to say…

For the record, the renters of those 2 villas who complained to the MIRROR are young posers, entitled colonial era minded Brits, who cannot understand why “staff” did not rush from their roofless homes to bring them a Chicken Rita. Don’t ask how I know, but I do.

These disgusting snobs burned Rooney’s cabinets with candles, broke furniture, and generally abused the staff willing to brave the weather to “serve” them. The golfers clubhouse was open and operating WITH FREE FOOD AND DRINK, and several of the staff went without sleep to serve the guests. All of this nonsense here about what generator should be or what water tank could be in a million dollar home fails to explain why BL&P was unable to restore power to a lot of suffering people for nearly a week.

The point is that EVERYONE was caught flatfooted, including the inept government and salaried weather watchers, leaving Bajans a wind gust away from being in the disaster state that is St. Lucia.

All the millions wasted attracting visitors here cannot compete with the public relations nightmare Tomas has caused Barbados.

Here is our original article as published November 21, 2010…

All together now: “AWWWWWWWWW poor babies! Let mummy kiss it better!”

(While daddy shouts “Don’t do that. Let him be a man!”)

Some Royal Westmoreland guests are upset that their caviar and champagne holiday was interrupted by Hurricane Tomas. They rented Wayne Rooney’s home for 1,000 pounds a night (GOOD LORD!!!!) but when the power and water went out for three days they were greatly inconvenienced.

The p’d off guests report to the London Mirror that they had to use water from swimming pool to the flush toilets! Imagine that! They had to get a taxi driver to (hold nose here) bring them some chicken! EGADS!

And, doan ya know, the roof and door leaked during the hurricane! “Well, I never! That’s the last time I’d stay in that five million pounds rubbish heap!”

(Side note: We’ve heard rumours – only rumours, mind you – that at least three and as many as six other roofs in Barbados – gasp! – actually leaked during the hurricane!)  😉  Continue reading

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