Thank You, Sir Alex

Technically speaking, I knew this day would come, but at the same time, when it finally happened, it feels so unreal. Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from the football scene, after 26 six years managing my all time favourite club, Manchester United. He joined Man. Utd. in 1986, exactly the year I was born.

From the days when my dad would watch alone, to the days that he taught me to watch and I watched with him, till now, I watched alone, Alex Ferguson has been there, at sidelines, yelling commands at his players and cheering at goals scored. I won’t deny it won’t be the same not seeing him there, at the sidelines.

Though it’s really sad to see him retire, I believe he has earned this well deserved rest. The trophies he has under his belt is enough to make him a legend in the football world. 316410_447053398722963_1124600748_nOh, let me rephrase that. He’s not a legend, but he’s the legend. My most memorable season is in 1999 where he lead the Red Devils to a treble win. That was fucking awesome! I remember celebrating with my dad. Dad even got me a t-shirt that says ‘Treble Champions’. But time is sometimes a cruel thing. 14 years down the road, dad passed away and now Fergie’s retiring. I guess all good things must come to an end? I hope not, though. Hopefully new manager David Moyes will be able to continue leading the Red Devils into more victories.

Coming back, it’s definitely a loss to the club, and all it’s fans around the world. Heck, even those from the rivaling clubs feel the loss. As long as you’re a football fan, you’ll know the significance of Sir Alex Ferguson. 428712_171483143017563_1210524948_nI don’t care what anyone else says, but to me, Alex Ferguson is the best manager ever in the history of English football. As a matter of fact, he’s the best manager ever. Period.

All being said, I hope he’ll have a splendid retirement.

But, I’m definitely gonna miss good old Fergie.

Defeated But Standing Tall

Like I said before, I’m not a fan of Olympic. And certainly not a fan of badminton. But somehow, I feel, this guy is worth writing about, because as much as I don’t like badminton, this fella has brought together Malaysians of different races and cultures to root for our country, united as one.

29 year old Datuk Lee Chong Wei made Malaysia a proud country despite not winning the gold medal for the Olympic Badminton Men’s Single. He fought his way through to the finals, where he faced his most popular rival, China’s Lin Dan. It’s like the 2008 Beijing Olympics all over again, EXCEPT that this time, Datuk Lee Chong Wei played a really good game, giving his all. I remembered his 2008 Olympics Badminton Men’s Singles Finals against Lin Dan. I presumed it must be due to the stress to win Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal, that made him play a bad game. Think he lost his spirit to fight somewhere during the first round, sealing the defeat at 12-21 and 8-21 to China’s Lin Dan. Even those of us who watched the match didn’t hope much 15-20 minutes into the game, at that time.

But this time, 4 years later, Datuk Lee Chong Wei made Malaysians proud. If I may say so, maybe luck just was not with him this time.

A 21-15, 10-21 and 19-21 defeat to world number 1, Lin Dan, just proves that he gave his all, and did his best. He may have lost the match, yes, but in my opinion, he already won and surpassed his old self who seem to have given up halfway through the game 4 years ago. And based on that alone, I can safely say, it is a good accomplishment. Even with the weight of every Malaysian’s hopes to obtain the first Olympic gold medal for Malaysia, on his shoulder, this man fought his way to the very end, losing by only a very slim margin.

So it came as no surprise when this time, after the defeat, people started posting “We’re proud of you, Lee Chong Wei” or “Job well done, Datuk!” or “Even though we lost, you did great, Datuk Lee Chong Wei” or many other quotes that are along the same line, as opposed to those of the “It’s okay. Nevermind. There’s still the next Olympics” posts 4 years ago.

Congratulations to China’s Lin Dan. A well deserved win to the world’s number 1 and also 2 time gold medal winner of the Olympics Badminton Men’s Single.

As for Datuk Lee Chong Wei, he did a great job, and Malaysia as a whole is extremely proud of him.Here’s one for the man who got Malaysia its first medal in the London Olympics 2012.
Here’s one for the man who defeated his old self and rise up better than before.
And more importantly, here’s one for the man who brought all Malaysians united together on the night of 5th August 2012.

Olympic London 2012

Kicked off with a bang, a couple of days ago. But I guess I’m not really a sports person. While almost everyone is talking about the updates, its kinda sad to say, I’m not really interested in them. Of course, I do just flip to the sports section once in a few days to check up on the medals won by different countries all over the world. I find it nice that all the countries are gathered in the same place in healthy competition and ‘indirectly’ bonding with each other. Kinda gives the world a little feel of fuzzy warmness, or so I’d like to believe. Though I gotta say, this year, the Olympic Games doesn’t feel as hyped up as it was 4 years ago, when it was held in Beijing, China. Or maybe its just me. Heh.

ONE thing I did notice though, which pretty much comes a little as an embarrassment. Just a little. I still have to support my country, right? During the opening ceremony, I saw tweets from friends who were following the progress stating stuff like “OMG! What is Malaysia wearing??” or “Oh no! Team Malaysia, why your uniform so clownish?” or “Such an embarrassment. What an ugly uniform. Sigh.” Curiosity got the best of me. I waited a couple of hours then I googled the Malaysian uniform for the Olympic Games 2012. Gotta say, I was kinda speechless for the first few seconds. 
Well, I guess, on the upside, it would be hard to miss the team walking past, since we probably need a pair of sunglasses to shade the eyes. And to make matters worse, Yahoo! just have to go and rate them one of the worst team uniforms of the London Olympic Games 2012.

I wish I could say it wasn’t THAT bad. But I really, REALLY think, they could have done a much better job with the uniforms. I mean, the ‘baju kebaya’ is actually a really nice attire to be worn, and it looks really good! If only the could have toned down the colours or the patterns. Tone them down by a wide margin, actually. So I guess it is too bad that the beauty of the ‘baju kebaya’ is ruined. Oh well. Like I said, too bad. Heh.

News going around that there are a couple of really good looking hot athletic, but aren’t there always? =) So the games kicked off, and to date, it seems like China is surpassing the United Stated to take the lead in the medal table. But we’ll see how it all ends. It’s only slightly past the beginning anyway. 😉