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Great Scott!

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Adam Scott Masters win

So, I’m at my Christian Teachers work conference yesterday morning. There’s worship going on, there’s great musos, there’s a genuine buzz in the auditorium … and I’m following the end of the golf – the Masters at Augusta – on my iPhone!

Yep, there are just some things which transcend the normal day to day of work and life, and an Aussie doing something significant on the world stage is about as big as it gets.

There are a number of great Australian sporting moments that the average fan will be able to reel of.

What are yours?

The mighty Windies

For mine, there’s highs and lows. I remember as a kid being devastated by countless losses in cricket against the mighty West Indies. Read the rest of this entry

The Olympics are over … now what?!

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The Olympic Games have come to a close. As much as it pains many Aussies, we’ve been pretty good about giving appropriate kudos to the Poms on their running of things. The chances of us saying the same thing about Qatar after the 2022 World Cup are about 386 kajillion to one.

But what have we learnt over the last two weeks about ourselves and about the athletes involved? A lot! So, with school term in full swing, let’s look at some of the significant lessons from London 2012.

You beauty, unknown Aussie legends! (And thanks for putting your names on your boat…)

Aussies rock at sailing!

Going into these Olympics, sailing would have been right up there with synchronised swimming and the 50km walk for marquee events that would (not) garner the public’s attention.

But 3 golds later? We love our sailors! We even gave our flag at the closing ceremony to dual gold medallist Malcolm Page. And yes, I had to Google his name and how many golds he has won. I will gladly buy you lunch if you remember his name when, in 4 years’ time, you’re watching the closing ceremony and thinking ‘Who the hell carried this thing at London?!’

Blue skies, warm temperatures, un-real…

The Chinese aren’t the only ones who can fix the weather

Remember Beijing 2008 and how the Chinese launched thousands of specially designed rockets and artillery shells into the sky in an attempt to manipulate weather conditions? It worked. And no, I’m not making this up. (They used silver iodide, which … ahhh google it yourself.)

Well, the Brits have a secret weapon, technically termed Pommy-arse luck. Read the rest of this entry

Superbad comforters

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Hey Frenchy, pick on someone your own size, and sex … and age

Before we begin today, it seems that the French sportsmen are getting themselves in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Today, there’s the footage of the French steeple chaser who, after win-ning the 3,000 metre event, fully shoves a mascot right in the face. The problem? Well, besides the fact that the mascot was only trying to give him a gift bag (you know, as congratulations for winning the gold medal and all), it was being worn by a 14 year old girl. Silly angry Frenchman…

The national soccer team were also knocked out of Euro 2012. Don’t feel bad, Frenchies, a 2-0 loss isn’t so bad, considering what Italy served up in the final (0-4).

And then, Frenchy counterpart Gilles Simon brought up what most men on the pro tennis tour believe but are too afraid to say, that women don’t deserve the same pay as men. We looked at this topic in January, after Sharapova received the same amount for capitulating in her final within an hour as Nadal did in going down to Djokovic (damn it!) in over 5 hours in what has been touted as the greatest final ever.

We won’t go into more of it here, therefore. I’m with the men here, by a long margin. Yet I do have to give it to, of all people, my nemesis – longtime nasty bully who once threatened to kill a line judge by shoving a ball down her throat – Serena Williams, who actually brought some common sense to the topic.

I shall dishonour the French behaviour by refusing to eat French Fries during my holidays. For today only. It’s the least I could do.

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Blocked

About 3 weeks ago, I had a good mate block ‘Safari’ on my iPhone. As I’ve reflected before, I have found that with all my down time around being home with my newborn son, I was far more prone to killing time by surfing the net. I was losing all my battery life within a day; I initially blamed Apple(!), and was filling in time wastefully.

So off it went. Currently I’m getting 2+ days of battery power. No coincidence there!

Yet, distractions abound.

I may have solved the phone dilemma, but my laptop and I still have issues.

Want to ask me about the NBA free agency situation and where Dwight Howard, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are headed? Go ahead. I’ve got all the details. Carlton’s issues in the AFL with coach Brett Ratten? Yep, up to date there too. Who got who in the NBA draft and who they should have drafted instead?! I’m your guy. Read the rest of this entry

The best, worst, and best & worst things about missing the Australian Open!

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Hopefully...

It pains me to move on from any Super Bowl references, especially in the light of 2 facts – 1) The enormous response to Tuesday’s piece on my Pats making the Super Bowl, and 2) I have a link to share featuring the all-time great Super Bowl ads!

I’ll save the link for a week or so and move on, but not before acknowledging Michael Clarke’s 210 and Ricky Ponting’s 221. Just a superb effort and series from those 2 stars, although this is reinforcing Craig’s position in his piece about the haggard state of India’s bowling attack!

Clarke and Ponting after yesterday's double centuries. Kudos, boys...

Regardless, Happy Australia Day!

To the tennis!

It only occurred to me recently that I hadn’t blogged once about the tennis at this year’s Australian Open. I’m sure this isn’t life shattering news to either the reader or myself, but the tennis is actually a hugely enjoyable part of the Australian summer.

Rod Laver Arena, home of the Australian Open

It’s to the point where I’m actually not sure what captures the public’s imagination more – this event or the cricket. (Although to be honest, they’re both probably superseded by the Boxing Day sales…! And in this city, everything is a long way away from the AFL…)

So without further ado, here are the best, worst, and best and worst things about having to miss the Australian Open! The last one will make sense when you get there.

The best things to miss

Grunting – I can’t tell you how much this bothers me, nor can I adequately explain why this is! Let’s just say I was thrilled beyond belief when I saw this week that there was an article addressing this phenomenon and that some fans had taken to mimicking the overt grunters.

Monica Seles, you started this. I hope you're satisfied.

I’m happy for anyone to try any-thing to shut them up. It’s unnecessary, borderline cheating (some players do it deliberately to drown out the sound of the ball hitting their racquet and therefore hide their slice, topspin etc) and is annoying as hell.

Plus, it’s easily resolved. Dock a player a point for excess grunting, squealing or wailing and watch it disappear immediately! Read the rest of this entry

6 month anniversary!

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What was meant to be a celebration turned in something more sinister in the last 24 hours. Going without sport was supposed to protect me from injury.

Let’s just say that a fair bit of time and effort went into typing the second half of this piece!

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It was 6 months ago yesterday that I was coming back from another wasted weekend away. Multiple footy games had been consumed and a big NBA playoff game loomed.

And then everything ground to a halt.

‘Enough of this. I’m going cold turkey.’

I’d tried moderation in limiting my sporting viewing and had achieved some success. But not enough. It was clearly still a crutch on which I leaned too heavily.

And so, drastic measures needed to be taken.

Predictions

If I had known then what I know now, I am not sure I would have gone through with the plan to take 12 months off sports viewing, including newspaper and online articles.

I honestly thought it wouldn’t be that hard! Read the rest of this entry