Like Cricket? No? You Can Still See World-Famous Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar in Dallas.

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Some consider Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest cricketer of all time. For others, it's Sir Donald Bradman. But for my money, none can hold a candle to Sunil Gavaskar. As an opening batsmen, no one came close. There's a reason he set world records for the most Test runs and most Test centuries scored by any batsman. Ah, the way he could defend that wicket!

OK, I admit it. I just Googled all that. I had never heard of Gavaskar until yesterday, when Dallas-based MoneyGram announced that he had become an official company spokesman cricket ambassador. They're bringing him to Dallas on August 9-11, where he'll sign autographs and visit the Dallas Cricketer's League, which apparently exists.

Uh, MoneyGram, hate to break it to you, but this is America. The only thing we know about cricket is that Jerry Seinfeld said "wicked googly" in that American Express commercial. What we do know about cricket we hate, even more than we hate soccer. Having the "greatest opening batsman of all time" pitching for your company is going to convince exactly none of us to wire money.

Ah, but that's not MoneyGram's strategy. Your average, red-blooded American may hate cricket, but a billion-plus people in South Asia don't, and many have relatives here who have occasion to send money to their home country.

"Gavaskar is a legend in cricket, who is very well known around the world," said Juan Agualimpia, MoneyGram's chief marketing officer. "We're excited about the value he'll bring to MoneyGram by connecting with our customers through events we're planning in various markets."

Let's not all mob him at once.

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Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

This is what passes for sports? How about Lil E's game winner in the 10th last night..I know, Baseball is too lowbrow..

Mantikos
Mantikos

How many money hating Americans send money overseas? They are counting on the cricket loving Asian community here that actually uses MoneyGram to know who Sunil Gavaskar is, and I assure you every single one of them does...and btw, cricket is the second most viewed sport on earth

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

I'm going to have to agree, since WIlonsky's departure, the quality of posts, save Jim's, are really just bottom-rung..

stickywicket
stickywicket

Posts like this are perfect examples of the lows that Unfair Park has sunk to. Did Wilonski's departure have THIS great an effect on this blog? How about some relevant stories, like Lincoln Properties purchasing the Gaston/Garland/Grand intersection? Haven't heard a peep about that here. It would have gotten some press from you guys back in the day. 

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

 @stickywicket Look, the days of us covering blow by blow every move made by developers in this town are over. Robert did that, and did it well, and developed a nice little band of followers doing it, you and @chrisdangershow among them I'm sure. But like I said when he left, a different anchor means a different but equally worthy blog, if not to you than to someone else in town.

 

And while, no, I don't think this post is what we were going for -- I hurled a cricket ball at Eric's 'nads when he wrote it -- I think the body of work, especially considering how long Eric's been on the ground, reflects that. The traffic does, too.

 

And here's the upside: Wilonsky didn't die, and it's not like his new executive role has him toiling behind the scenes over there. He's basically doing UP still, albeit across 94 different channels. So you get Wilonsky, you get UP (if you still want it), and you don't have to pay for any of it. Everybody wins. Except, on this day, Eric's 'nads.

EricNicholson4
EricNicholson4 moderator

 @stickywicket Yeah, so it was a dumb post. But cut me a little slack. Wilonsky was a) Wilonsky and b) had been here for like 20 years. Would I like to be sufficiently plugged in to break news of/report intelligently on real estate happenings in Lakewood? Of course, but such things take time.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @joe.tone  @chrisdangershow i for one am surprised that the usual suspects didn't jump on the fact that a SE Asian wants to do anything in this country to draw attention to themselves on 9/11

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @joe.tone  @chrisdangershow I have a story for you, that Wilonsky wouldn't cover.  The Eid prayer in this town is held at the convention center.  It is perhaps the most nationally diverse gathering in this city year after year.  People/women particularly dress to nines, in the robes of their home lands.  At least 5 continents are represented, and makes for great photo ops.  Imam Yusef, the most senior and learned Imam in the region approves of photos, even of women, as they are dressed fairly modestly.   Eid anywhere else in the world, even the Haj isn't nearly as colorful as it is here.  Shia, Sunni, Sufis all show up for the event.  In Detroit the community doesn't gather as one in one location like they do here.  Rob't refused to send someone to cover the story.  Seems a funny call that you post pictures of random parties attended by a very few people with little diversity, though the NSFW factor is far lower. 

 

I find it beautiful to see the robes of East Africa, West Africa, Persians, Arabs, Pakis, Indians, and Indian Islanders.  The diversity is beautiful, and worth at least a photo spread.  Eid should fall on a Sunday the 19th.  The service starts at 9:00 or so.  Perhaps the best photos would be before or after the prayer, which only lasts 30 minutes or so.  There should be no problem taking pictures of the prayer itself. 

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

Wait, hang on: Wilonsky didn't die? That was an awfully fucking misleading staff meeting then, Joe. 

stickywicket
stickywicket

 @EricNicholson4 You don't need to be sufficiently plugged in to do that. Just read the Lakewood Advocate and then go ask some questions to put your own spin on the story. At least you could just state the facts of that story, and let the commenters fill in some gaps. It's not hard. But getting 'plugged in' requires some form of effort, which you evidently aren't willing to put in. 

karthik.gomadam
karthik.gomadam

 @EricNicholson4 I disagree Eric. You could actually take time to write an interesting piece, than just a silly attempt at satire. If most people dont care about Gavaskar, why would they care about an article on him? Unless of course MoneyGram asked you to write a piece. and BTW, Indians do send a lot of money home and the cricket themed promotion XOOM ran during the world cup proved to be a success. You might research a bit more before writing. Americans using MoneyGram like services are stupid, when they could use less expensive / free things like intra bank transfers, paypal, dowalla, and so on...

stickywicket
stickywicket

 @EricNicholson4 For instance, Lincoln is asking the city to rename Garland Road to Arboretum Avenue. That doesn't require being plugged in to know, and it's an interesting fact that would generate discussion on here, moreso than inane, uninformed jabs at cricket. 

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