Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Frozen out

Thailand is not renowned as a bastion of sporting excellence. Thai people enjoy sport, and are enthusiastic for any sign of success. I still remember the triumphant homecoming of Thai medal-winners from the 2004 Olympics, parading down Sukhumwit Road in open-topped Bentleys. But overall, expertise seems to concentrate in sports that have yet to achieve worldwide popularity, as I discussed a few months ago.

So it's splendid news that a Thai sporting team entered the record books only yesterday. The fact that their claim to fame is being on the less favoured end of the biggest winning margin in modern ice hockey history (52-1) has not stopped the eternally patriotic Bangkok Post from focusing on the historic aspect of this achievement. And at least with ice hockey, the goalie doesn't usually have to fish the ball out of the net.

Chasms of the Earth: It's like a reading group, but with stronger coffee.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

How is their 4 man bob doing?

Jun Okumura said...

It's Jason Cotsmire's fault.

corin said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Thailand had some very strong disabled sports-persons/teams...

Tim Footman said...

Fair point, Corin. They've been doing OK at the last couple of Paralympics, at least by comparison with their immediate neighbours.

And let's not forget James Wattana, Paradorn Srichaphan and (sort of) Tiger Woods.