Home WiFi still down - sorry!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

A coalition of boredom

I have no objection to cricket existing, as it clearly gives a lot of pleasure to a lot of people, but I find it intensely boring. I've been told this is because I don't understand the game, but this isn't true; after all, I was forced to play it for nine years at school.

It therefore seems somehow fitting that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that Greene King IPA has become the Official Beer of England cricket. GK IPA is one of those intensely boring, utterly characterless beers, and it sits well alongside similarly tedious beers such as Tetley Bitter and John Smith Cask. In welcoming the deal with the ECB, GK's managing director describes the beer as "our iconic IPA". Funny: I never realised that 'iconic' now means 'dull as ditchwater'.

I don't know how the England cricket team is doing at the moment, but if their playing is as inspired as this beer, then if I were a fan, I'd be very worried. As it's the official beer, do the players have to drink it, I wonder? That would certainly be an unreasonable condition of employment.

8 comments:

  1. Previous sponsors of the England cricket team include Tetley Bitter and Scrumpy Jack cider. And look what happened to them.

    ReplyDelete
  2. They should not allow alcohol sponsorship, kids get the idea drinking is cool.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm probably in a minority of one in liking both cricket and GK IPA.

    All sports can be exciting or boring, depending on the teams playing, the score and what's at stake.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Don't know how they can get away with calling an IPA. It's just a weak, indifferent bitter!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Why shouldn't they call it an IPA? It's a pale ale in roughly the same style as those sent out to British India in the C18th and C19th.

      Delete
  5. Not in the same league as Thornbridge, Jaipur IPA or Tiny Rebel, Loki or Loki Lite. These beers are bursting with flavour.

    ReplyDelete

Comments, including disagreements, are welcome.
Abuse and spam are not and will be deleted straight away.
Comment moderation is installed for older posts.