So now that IPL is over, we can all take a sigh of relief, sit back, and enjoy other things on the TV (like discussions on the IPLGate on News! ;) ). But, as a closing ceremony, we thought, we'll wind up IPL with some analysis and graphs this time.
The first analysis is "My Support Versus Positive Outcome". The graph as you can see, is pretty much self-explanatory:
By the above analysis, it goes without saying, I solely blame myself for
(a) Delhi Daredevil's humiliating ouster
(b) Deccan Charger's Loss in the Semis
(c) Mumbai's stupendous performance throughout
(d) The not so good Zoozoo Ads this time
(e) The unfortunate theft of Dhoni's Maxx Phone, again, and again, and again (I didn't want his phone stolen, so that the stupid ad would go off air. Alas!)
(f) The MRF blimp's unstoppable, successful fly in the air
(g) Akshay Kumar's extremely annoying, "hair-pull" inducing laugh, becoming an anthem on TV
(h) The Oh-So-Cute Smile of Shane Watson becoming a rarity this season
I apologise for all of the shameful acts mentioned above.
The second analysis is "Interest Versus Time". My feeling, generally, was that the IPL stretched too much this time. There is a possibility that the feeling may have stemmed as a side-effect of the previous analysis, which led to a negative morale, but I can't be sure. The graph:
This graph may require some explanation. So, I have marked out the points, which are detailed below:
A - This was the beginning of IPL. I was interested to the extent of watching the first half of all matches, and catching up on the rest in the next morning's paper. Psssst : One of the reasons I would watch at least the 1st half, was to make a note of the latest zoozoo ad. ;)
B - Just when Delhi started playing well, the trip to Japan happened. There was no chance I could have followed IPL there, and thankful I was! But then, IPL on Youtube happened. And hence, C.
C - The interest peaked, thanks to the Brother-in-law's infectious cheering for Mumbai/Deccan. Delhi was feeling left out, and I just had to stand my ground and support the stupid losing team.
D - Then the interest dipped to alarmingly low, negative levels. There were disgusting performances by DD, the Chargers were out of steam, the zoozoos weren't funny anymore, and most importantly, the Japan trip unpacking!
E - I know this one is a blot on the face for any Sports lover, but my interest piked again, thanks to the IPL controversy! Oh so much gossip! There were so many stories, so many leads, so many characters. Go ahead, judge me, but hey, I love gossip, and this was one heck of a story! And very aptly, the 1 good zoozoo ad played around this time, the "Love Gossip" one! ;)
F - Delhi was out, but Deccan Chargers were in. I switched loyalties, and cheered hard in the Semis. But, Analysis 1 played spoilt sport here. Chah. :-| There is 1 high point in the graph at F. That was when India TV showed enactments of conversations between Tharoor and Modi. :D
G - I had piled up all my support on Chennai. And for once, for once, Analysis 1 turned out wrong. Sachin got injured. Oh my joy! I even did a little jig.
H - The final was as boring as it could have been. Sachin was back, I was bored, the MRF blimp looked smaller, Akshay Kumar's laugh wasn't irritating, catches were being dropped, the zoozoos looked dull, Modi was suspended. And thank god for my weakening interest, Chennai won! Yayy!
In conclusion, let us all take a moment to thank all the players, spoiltsports, politicians, sportsmen turned politicians, politicians turned sportsmen, reporters and gossip mongers for providing us with good entertainment for over 2 months. And let us also thank our stars that now, finally, the remote will be reinstated to its due powerful position, where it can actually change the channels.