Okay, FIW: Show me an $18M high school soccer field....or cricket field for that matter. As for the skills learned....wouldn't it be better to put that sum of tax money into building better students.
Using 18 M was an analogy not a fact.
I am guessing that the 18M at Mynderse also includes the track, upgrades to other facilities; probably more than just a football field. If you are frustrated with your taxes then say it. That could be a more valid point. Do not just hide behind hating sports and being in denial about the benefits of athletics for the kids in your community.
Where do you think some of those kids would be hanging out between 4 PM and 6 PM if they did not have sports? SFPD would need to hire more people for their department. Oops, excuse me while I duck!
Trying to describe the benefits of athletics to a sports hater is like trying to explain Rock n Roll to a stranger.
Cricket: The sport religion of India
In the context of today, it can be said that Cricket has become synonymous with the identity of being an Indian sports enthusiast. Such is the charisma of the game in the nation and so badly are the people influenced with the aura of Cricket-stars that their glory and fan following can easily put some Bollywood stars to shame.
Although the national game of India is Hockey and the country has been a strong power in the game at world level for a long period, still over the period of time Hockey took the back seat and Cricket came to the forefront as far as popularity among the masses is concerned. The main reason behind this might be Indias strong presence in the arena of Cricket, and its gradually diminishing strength in world Hockey.
The Dhoni Effect
Then a young boy from the state of Jharkhand with rock star-like looks and college boys-like attitude entered the scenario. The boy named Mahendra Singh Dhoni, popularly known as Mahi among the young crowd soon became the icon of Indian Cricket. Under the leadership of this talented batsman and captain, Indian Cricket team managed to win the first Twenty20 Cricket World Cup, which gave the already game a yet another boost among the sports freaks of the nation.
The M.S. Dhoni led team has been said to be one of the most successful teams Indian Cricket had ever got, and has time and again proved its strength by winning many major international championships and trophies.