FFC3 - My date with RCB
RCB continues its fan club initiatives with FFC3 held in Bangalore on 16th August,2010.
RCB has definitely set a benchmark for other IPL teams when it comes to fan engagement programs, both in online and offline domain. I was privileged to be a part of FFC3 Challenge which happened to be on 16th August,2010.
The whole event was very well organized and kudos to the backend team of RCB for executing it to perfection, especially to Nidhi, Natasha, Amrit, Babu, Ashwin and many others. After flying down from Mumbai to Bangalore, we were taken to Chinnaswamy Stadium where the whole event was to happen.
I had been to Chinnaswamy stadium before, but I had never roamed so freely in any of the stadium.
To be seated in Media stand during the audition for bloggers was a privilege in itself!
But the most interesting part of the day was during the personal interview. We were made to enter a room where Rahul Dravid, Robin Uthappa and Siddartha Mallya were seated next to each other. For a moment I felt like pinching Rahul to check if he is real, but at the same time I had butterflies in my stomach.My interview was taken by Rahul Dravid himself. First he carefully went through my application and after 3-4 minutes he started interviewing me. From where you have come, What do you do, How will make the fan club more interesting, Which is your favourite match were some of the questions asked by him.I still can't believe I spent more than 5 minutes personally talking to my favourite sportsman!
He is really professional, a true gentleman, a very humble being, very much true to the image we see on television!
Perhaps, one of the greatest tribute that can be given to this living legend is the below image near the entrance of Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The event ended on a good note with three deserving winners getting a chance to fly to South Africa along with the team. Disha has been a loyal fan since very long, Dharma's work just speaks for himself and Shireen's attitude and confidence made all the difference.
Speaking of the blogger's audition, we were asked to write about leaving behind the IPL controversy, foccusing more on the clash of champions and South African masala in less than 500 words. Here is my work:
RCB ready to paint South Africa ‘Red n Gold’
Bangalore is bleeding these days! People of Bangalore are bleeding red and gold! Many are suffering from high fever. Doctors have given a new terminology to this disease – ‘Champions League Fever’!
According to fakingnews.com, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai had a big fight last night. Mumbai and Chennai, jealous of Bangalore’s dominant performance in last two editions of IPL challenged the latter to do so in an unfamiliar territory. Apparently, the words used were “In one’s own den, everyone is a Lion”. Now what they don’t know is that they have challenged an alligator without crossing the river. Obviously, not to be undone by this challenge, Bangalore accepted it. The other clubs from West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and New Zealand saw this acceptance as a threat to their supremacy and announced the world war in order to prove their mettle. Though RCB didn’t do well in the previous edition of this war, they haven’t accepted defeat, because defeat is not something when you fall, it is when you refuse to stand up! So, from 10th of September we would see all these clubs fighting on a common battleground, and the experts have chosen to name this war as ‘Champions League 2010.’
The location chosen for this mega event perfectly justifies its importance – South Africa. It is a country which as seen many ups and downs in the sporting history. From being banned from international cricket to making a spirited comeback, from being a nation torn with apartheid movement to win the 1995 Rugby world cup, of which the team comprised of both blacks and whites, South Africa has seen it all.
After hosting the highly successful FIFA World cup, South Africa is definitely game for more and also game for life. That certainly goes along with slogan of RCB. Under the dynamic and ever young captain Anil Kumble, a man whose secret is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, RCB would launch their campaign in South Africa to gain knighthood. The good news for RCB is that they have brought three highly explosive weapons from three different countries for this mega war, namely Jacques Kallis from South Africa, Ross Taylor from New Zealand and Cameron White from Australia. In fact, experts have termed the deal of acquiring Ross Taylor as a strategic move because in laymen’s language he is often called ‘Weapon of mass destruction’. Now that makes RCB even more dangerous because in Rahul Dravid , Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Jumbo, Praveen Kumar they have weapons which are made in India but are of international quality.
So as RCB prepare to launch an assault on other teams, but this time not in familiar conditions of Chinnaswamy stadium, but in far off Africa, here’s prospective Chief Blogger, Sujan Salian, wishing the team good luck and hope they achieve something as great as what ‘ Father of South Africa – Mr. Nelson Mandela’ achieved in his own country!