Psst… If you’re a traveler to Malaysia and have been attentive enough to your surroundings, the past few days would surely leave you in no doubt as to what our national sport is. Badminton is really a freakin’ big deal over here, and the Olympics is probably the most important battleground of all.
A big congratulations to our badminton men’s doubles pair, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong for clinching yet another unexpected silver medal for us. Much like our mixed doubles pair, these boys were not even expected to reach the final, let alone win it. If someone offered silver to us before the Olympics started, I’m sure we would have grabbed it with both hands, tightly.
Good job, boys! Good job! Bravo!!
Also a big shoutout to Carolina Marin of Spain for beating that Indian bitch (what’s her name again?) in the women’s singles final. No, I’m not calling that girl a bitch for being Indian. I’m not that racist. She’s a bitch because she beat Okuhara Nozomi in the semifinal. She f – – king beat my lovely Nozomi-chan! No!!!!!
For that she has to die! Okay, not die, but at least she has to NOT win the gold medal in the final! So all through the final I was rooting for Carolina and willing for her to “take down that bitch!! Avenge my Nozomi-chan!!!”, so to speak.
And she duly delivered. Yes!!! Good job, Carolina! 😉
But come on, let’s face it. The one that all us Malaysians were really highly anticipating was the men’s singles. That was where we had a legitimate chance from the get go to land a gold medal for the first time in Malaysia’s Olympics history. After all, that was where we have a World No.1 in action.
Things started with a huge bang on Friday evening. And I mean that literally. Our men’s singles ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei got the better off Lin Dan in an epic three sets struggle of untold proportions to book himself a berth in the final.
Great job, Datuk! Finally you managed to beat that f – – ker in a crucial match in a big tournament! I’ll get to the f – – ker bit later.
Huge bonus: the moment the match was won, it was as if the entire country erupted in cheers and wild celebrations, in unison. Shouts of joy could be heard coming out from apartment buildings (including the one I’m in), cars stuck in traffic were tooting their horns like there’s no tomorrow, and restaurants with TV descended into utter chaos. You could probably find videos of these celebrations on Youtube, I think. Mind you, it was just the semifinal. We still had to win the final to win gold, but everyone was celebrating like we had already won gold.
To be honest, I didn’t care too much about winning gold in the Olympics. To me, beating Lin Dan is more important. because for far too long, that f – – ker has been the constant source of heartbreak for millions and millions of Malaysians over these years. I’m pretty sure I am not the only Malaysian who feels that: beating Lin Dan is more important and much much much much much more gratifying than winning Olympic gold.
Sadly though, with huge celebration comes huge disappointment. Datuk Lee was beaten in straight sets by the new f – – ker of China, Chen Long. Both sets were closely contested, but still, like Datuk Lee said, a lost is a lost.
I said I didn’t really care about winning the gold, but I guess I said it too soon. I was kind of disappointed.
I was not disappointed by Datuk Lee’s performances. He might not have won gold yet again, but he won silver for three consecutive Olympics game. In other words, he reached the final for three consecutive Olympic games. That by itself is no mean feat!
And for years he has been the sole hope of breaking our Olympics gold duck. We will never know the magnitude of the burden that he carried on his shoulder. He will always be a true champion in my heart. And the heart of millions of Malaysians. Thank you, Datuk Lee! Thank you so so much for all these years!
I was however, disappointed with Chen Long’s performances. That f – – ker… I was also disappointed with the comments of many who claimed Datuk Lee lost due to being old and lack of stamina. Not just idiotic keyboard warriors, but also some who actually watched the match, like I did.
I am wondering if I have been watching a different match compared to you guys or what, because in the match that I watched, it wasn’t about age or stamina. It really wasn’t. Even before that, Datuk Lee has just beaten Chen Long not 3 months ago in another tournament, in China no less, under the same circumstances: 4 days continuous matches, a gruelling semifinal with Lin Dan, and then beating Chen Long in the final. You’re telling me in just 3 months there has been a huge change in stamina between them 2?
Coming back to this match, I actually thought Datuk Lee played a great game. In fact, I think he was playing better than he ever did at any point of time, even better than when he was playing the final in the 2012 London Olympics. Datuk Lee brought his best game that day, stamina or no stamina. The only reason he lost was because Chen Long on that day (that f – – ker) was simply better than Datuk Lee’s best game ever.
If you do not believe me then you should believe Datuk Lee himself who confirmed that he played better than during the London Olympics.
Astro’s clip, they blocked it from being shared by other websites (morons), so you have to click into YouTube to see it…
Which brings me to the main point of this blog post. Why call those Chinese players, the f – – kers?
I know, Datuk Lee and Lin Dan are the best of friends off the court, so us fans should not be bickering with each other. I’m not, I’m just voicing out my frustration, which I believe many Malaysians share.
For far too long, Datuk Lee and Lin Dan has been locked in an epic tussle for badminton supremacy, with us fans watching on the sidelines. All these years, the one annoying thing that I managed to observe is, with Datuk Lee, he has been amazingly consistent with beating the shit out of lower ranked players, those perceived weaker players. Lin Dan on the other hand, has had some inconsistent moments where he would yo-yo between being great and being beaten by random unknowns from India or Singapore.
But every time he faces Datuk Lee, he will most definitely bring his A game, where he will give 110% focus, 110% determination and 110% power. It is like on a scale of 1 to 10, when he faces other players, he would perform anywhere between a 6 to 10, but when he faces Datuk Lee, he would unlock a special Lee Chong Wei scale and go Super Saiyan mode.
This mostly happens in a major tournament that many Malaysians would tune in and watch. Sometimes, Datuk Lee would beat Lin Dan in those less prestigious tournaments, but seldom in a big and prestigious tournament like the Thomas Cup or the All-England. Or the Olympics.
After all these years, (and I’m sure many Malaysians feel this too) it is like when Lin Dan knows there will be lots of Malaysians watching the match between him and Datuk Lee, he would be like “Oh, there are many Malaysians watching, so I will do my damnedest best to beat their hero and crush all their hearts!”
To some they are great friends and great rivals, but to me, Lin Dan is a f – – ker. He might have won is tussles with Datuk Lee fairly, but he was not being fair. He reserved maximum effort only when he is facing Datuk Lee in a major tournament. That, my friends, is what only a f – – ker will do.
Which was why when Datuk Lee finally beat this f – – ker in an Olympics match, the entire nation erupted in cheers as if we had won the gold medal. This was why beating Lin Dan is more important and much much much much much more gratifying than winning Olympic gold.
What about Chen Long? Why is he also a f – – ker?
Before the Olympics, Chen Long has lost to Datuk Lee for 4 consecutive times, 2 of those times in this year. If you have watched those matches (I watched a couple) and compared them to the match last night, you would quickly realize that Chen Long not only brought his A game. He brought his A++ game.
Seems like Lin Dan has passed on the “Malaysians’ hearts breaker” turbocharger to Chen Long. Last night was Chen Long on 120% focus, 120% determination and 120% power.
It wasn’t a case of Datuk Lee playing a bad game. It was a case of Chen Long playing abnormally well to win it.
In other words, a normal Chen Long, playing at 100% power, under normal circumstances, would NEVER have been able to beat the Datuk Lee of last night.
Which is why Chen Long is, to me, also a f – – ker. In fact, he is the new f – – ker. Sure, it was a great game, he won fair and square, well deserved, no doubt about that. Good job to both of them. Still, being a Malaysian, isn’t it super frustrating that he decided to play much better than he usually did in a last chance saloon for Datuk Lee?
That’s what a f – – ker does…
You know, this is a rant from a passionate Malaysian badminton fan, so you should treat it as such. What I would hate most to see in the comments is you guys trying to give me politically correct bullshit like “win or lose doesn’t matter” or “Lin Dan/Chen Long is great and you suck” or something like that. If I see a lot of those I will delete and close off the comment section.
PS: “win or lose doesn’t matter” is the biggest bullshit ever. It’s the Olympics for f – – k’s sake. Our athletes are competitors, they’re there to compete. Of course winning matters! If our athletes do not care about progressing or winning, then they won’t be there in the first place. A winning mentality is important to any athletes, so to tell them “win or lose doesn’t matter” is the most disrespectful thing you can say to them.