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Los Angeles Clippers to Showcase a Desi Halftime Show for India’s Republic Day

Indias Republic Day   

India's Republic Day

Here’s a double whammy for me:

1. On January 26th, the Los Angeles Clippers will play the Portland Trail Blazers (at home).  I’ve got to get a hold of tickets so I can watch one team BLAZE another (in case you don’t understand which team I’m rooting for it’s the Blazers).

2. During halftime of that game, the Clippers will be celebrating India’s Republic day (not to be confused with its Independence Day).  If you’ve read any of my previous posts you already know that I’m an Indian American with the possibility of becoming a motel owner, 711 manager or taxi driver.  

No really though – This is great news!  To finally see cultural celebrations being recognized by mainstream Americans shows that our community is pushing in the right direction. What’s even more surprising is that it’s done through sports and not political actions.  Now I know the NBA is looking to spread its brand across South Asia and hopes this can provide publicity – But the fact that they are doing it is good enough for me (and most South Asians aren’t very tall so their publicity will only bring back 5’ 5” scrappy players who would face the Mutombo’s of basketball). 

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers

As usual a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.  If you’re looking to watch the game live you can buy discounted tickets from the Clippers’ NBA page. 

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vijay – Stop Pussyfootin’ Around

Vijay Mallya, owner of Force India F1 and a lot of other things

Vijay Mallya, owner of Force India F1 and a lot of other things

Toward the end of the 2008 Formula 1 season, then current drivers Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) and Adrian Sutil (GER) said that they had solid contracts for the 2009 season. And management stated to the same, from Colin Kolles, team managing director, and Vijay Mallya, team owner.

Now, however, Mallya has gone on the record that he has not made up his mind about who will sit behind the steering wheel of the 2009 Force India F1 racecars. What’s the deal here?

Right after the end of the season race in Brazil, Mallya canned technical director Mike Gascoyne (who was brilliant when he was at Toyota F1, but not so brilliant at Spkyer F1 / Force India F1) and managing director Colin Kolles (not brilliant at Midland F1 / Spyker F1 / Force India F1) for lack of results, I would presume. I believe that Mallya was correct in canning these two, as they couldn’t figure out what to do with the brillian Ferrari V8 engine.

Now that Force India F1 has a technical partnership with McLaren Mercedes, they will reap the rock solid Mercedes powerplant and transmission related components from Woking. So perhaps sensing that 2009 might turn out to be a semi-competitive year (if they get the chassis and aero into proper shape), Mallya is perhaps seeking drivers with more clout. Or perhaps McLaren has dictated some sort of a driver swap as a part of the technical partnership. Will old Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa get a chance to race once more? Will young Gary Paffett get the chance to drive some races? Who knows.

But what we do know is that Fisichella and Sutil do have contracts. And for Mallya to pull the plug on existing contracts is the same old driver shuffle bullshit that we’ve grown to know and love – recall the Jenson Button Honda – Williams contract fiasco? I guess when you are filthy rich and have billions at your disposal, you can flip the middle finger at anyone and pay ’em off if necessary to shut them up. I guess he really doesn’t give a shit that the Italian / German duo did what they could with a crappy car all season long and even showed some promise in the latter half of the season.

And to cap it all off, Mallya stated:

“One McLaren test driver has already tested our car.”

“They bring the McLaren experience with them.”

“We haven’t finalised anything on the race seat. I will discuss this issue with McLaren and take this decision at an appropriate time.”

Looks like Ron Dennis has a puppet at his disposal in the F1 paddock. Hate to say it, but this is resembles English colonialism in India just a tad too much for my tastes.

December 12, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, Formula 1, General, Motorsports, Talkin Trash | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments