A Beautiful Offer

The GRE’s over and Im midway through this admissions process. Did surprisingly well in GRE, and was over the moon with my marks till I discovered all scores are calculated only between 130 and 170. That was quite a blow. I was sitting in front of the comp after my GRE test like Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Rocket Singh’, staring at the figures that had come up showing my unofficial score. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I’d scored more than 90% in Verbal and about 85% in Quantitative.

Later, of course, I came to know how exactly these guys scored GRE and was brought back down to earth.

In the meanwhile, I wrote these blogs on Ibnlive.in.com. Football helps me keep my sanity, with its fascinating tactical theories of how space is used. As if to prove the point, I lost my copy of Jonathan Wilson’s ‘Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics’  and have been trying to forgive myself ever since.

Here we go, starting with the most recent blog and then working backwards.

1) http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/arunpradeep/3389/64334/serie-a-fiorentina-spice-up-italian-topflight.html

Vincenzo Montella’s team were fabulous against Inter, who looked out of depth and out of breath. They were probably exhausted by their Europa League match, but a big club can’t be citing fatigue as an excuse. Fiorentina’s fluid attacking shape, if in form, can trouble even the best teams, and Inter at the moment are not one of those.

2) http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/arunpradeep/3389/64301/steven-gerrard-still-pushing-boundaries-at-32.html

Gerrard has been playing deeper as he’s gotten older, probably taking a leaf out of Roy Keane’s book, but has not lost much of his influence of old. If Brendan Rodgers is to create a legacy of any worth at Liverpool, he needs his captain to be on the same page and he does seem convinced.

3) http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/arunpradeep/3389/64187/epl-robin-van-persie-leads-the-line-for-united.html

Van Persie’s already been compared to Cantona in terms of the influence he has had on United ever since he joined them. As of today, United are 15 points — 15 — clear at the top of the EPL. Much of that is down to Van Persie. Roberto Mancini, otherwise a decent man, has whined this season that his club did not adequately strengthen themselves in the summer and has cited that as the  reason behind a lacklustre season after City won the title last year. But Im only reminded of Brian Clough, who won the old First Division — twice — with teams he had led to promotion from Division Two, Derby County and Nottingham Forrest. Different times, yes, but somehow you’d think Mancini had a better excuse.

4) http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/arunpradeep/3389/64138/epl-united-silence-noisy-neighbours-but-city-still-in-this-fight.html

Highly charged match, with United leaving with the honours. I hate doing ‘I told you so’ but I did in fact say the effect of this loss on City could be more psychological. And so it seems.

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