A Few Good Men …

I eat breakfast three television yards away from four thousand bloggers who are trained to pick me off. So don’t think for one second that you can come down here, flash a bit of cricket knowledge, and make me nervous.
Son, we live in a world that needs money, and that money has to be made by men with the Indian cricket model. Who’s gonna do it? You? Journalists? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for your country and curse the team. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that your country’s loss, while tragic, probably still made the BCCI money. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, makes money. You don’t want the truth – because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on those screens. You need me on those screens. We use words like mirrors, retirements, coaches. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to men who rise and sleep under the blanket of the very insightful comments that I provide, and then question the manner in which I provide them! I’d rather you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise, I’d suggest you pick up a blog host and put up a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

Ian Chappell has been signed by ESPN-Star as part of its commentary team called “A Few Good Men” along with his “good friends” Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram.

Col. Jessep’s (played fantastically by Jack Nicholson in the film) original lines here.

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6 thoughts on “A Few Good Men …

  1. sfx….. it sure beats ‘shaz and waz’ (two guys who were clearly past it wearing figure hugging clothes and hitting on unfortunate women) and ‘professor deano’ (of terrorist fame – his mathematics showed the same strain of dubious logic).

    Those were two all together unfortunate efforts. I think of those four, Chappelli and Wasim can do justice to the Jack Nicholson legacy…. SMG – well, we might have to find a Danny DeVito legacy for him…… 🙂

    As for RJS, i think he should be cricket manager again and spare us the “consecutive boundaries”……

  2. rahul

    for the love of the game, to work with his mates and such great stalwarts, and because he’s always amazed at the great knowledge of indian cricket fans – he says…

  3. homer,

    that movie – and that monologue is brilliant – and (should i be ashamed of saying this?) i’ve used ths before on my fx blog many months ago …(traders hate sales-folk! – and vice versa)

    I eat breakfast three hundred yards away from four thousand hedge funds who are trained to pick me off. So don’t think for one second that you can come down here, flash a client relationship, and make me nervous.
    Son, we live in a world that has risks, and those risks have to be avoided by men with models. Who’s gonna do it? You? The Sales Force? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for your client and curse the desk. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that your client’s loss, while tragic, probably saved p and l. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves p and l. You don’t want the truth – because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me in those screens. You need me in those screens. We use words like roll-down, carry, gamma. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very bonus pool that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise, I’d suggest you pick up a prop book and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

  4. Kartikeya …

    Agreed !! The thing is , I am not sure they are done recruiting yet … so there’s a lot of room for dismay (or joy) yet …

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