The Barmy Army: An Explanation or Expletive

Many of our earnest baseball fans will be under the impression that cricket is a stately game watched by sedate elderly gentlemen and ladies wearing hats, sipping tea and eating cucumber sandwiches, and occasionally muttering “good shot” under their breath as they tap their begloved hands together in response to an elegant cover drive.

Well, without further commentary, I present to you a video of an English—very English—fan group called “The Barmy Army,” which tours the world following the England cricket team, and supports them through good times and bad with a beer-enhanced fervor and mantra-like chanting that buoys the players enormously and must drive opposition teams and their supporters, well, barmy. Here, baseball fans, is the modern face of cricket-watching. You will notice a distinct lack of gloves—if not hats.


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Co-author of the book, "Right Off the Bat: Baseball, Cricket, Literature, and Life"
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