Monday, November 16, 2009

The page that now wants the Sheep AND 3 Lions

So Tiger came down under and did the business. He not only made the cut (that many critics feared he wouldn't), he led for most of the tournament and despite a minor hiccup on day 3 never really looked in much trouble. It was rather good to watch actually, the man is the best there is, and in my opinion the best there ever will be, and I for one hope he will be back soon. Apart from the golf there has been plenty else on, including the qualification by New Zealand for next years World Cup. Well wonders never cease! And to think that they bemoaned us leaving the Oceanic Region, claiming it would only weaken the area. Well guess what guys, if we didn't leave for Asia, you wouldn't be going to South Africa!

King of the Week

Australia won the Four Nations tournament - So what?
New Zealand qualified for the World Cup - And?
Tiger Woods wins one of our major golf championships without much effort, thats a true champion! The laughable thing was he received $3.25M just for turning up and if you noticed the novelty sized cheque he received for winning the tournament you will have noticed that the winner pocketed $270,000. Bloody Hell!

Dick of the Week

During the 80's and early 90's the sporting viewing public grew up with free-to-air coverage and it was all we knew. Then the Pay TV revolution hit and the wonder of a sports dedicated channel hit. No longer were we suffering through ads just before a crucial moment in a game, or an ad break just after a goal or try. We have been spoilt, spoilt to the point that whenever a major sporting event is shown on free-to-air we remember just how bad it was.

The coverage of the golf on Channel 9 was horrible. The footage being shown on Fox Sports and Channel 9 was exactly the same yet they couldn't have been further apart. In the Fox Sports commentary box we had golfers who clearly knew what was going on. Channel 9 had dicks such as Eddie Mcguire and Kenny Sutcliffe, whom both probably love "putting from the rough". On course commentary for Fox Sports was provided by Lucas Parsons, now celebrity Masterchef, but not too long ago a touring professional who provided quality comments. Channel 9 provided Ex-Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy, who couldn't have done more to make himself sound and look like a dick if he tried.
Long live Pay TV, long live Fox Sports.

Even the sheep are happy
So NZ made it through to the South African World Cup, and I'm happy for them. Especially if it improves our slim hope of hosting a World Cup in the foreseeable future by lifting the profile of the region. But this post isn't about their qualification more about the celebrations. You see, as I was watching the highlights of New Zealand's qualifier I was taken back my the noise the crowd made as they celebrated the goal. The crowd went nuts. It seemed even a sheep or two were shouting with joy. Or maybe I'm just hearing things. Or maybe it was just the Fox Sports crew were having a lend. Have a listen for yourself.,8659,26351007-5019291,00.html

All White on the night
Let me just start by saying that I think that the "All Whites" as a name for a sporting team would have to be up their with the "Bunnies" in terms of lameness. Seriously what is up with that name? Then again I suppose we can't really talk, "Socceroos" is embarrassing, but thats a rant for another day.

I'd just like to express my happiness for the sheep shaggers and their recent qualification for next years World Cup. I didn't catch the game live but when I saw the replays the next morning I have to admit that it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, it took me back to that sweet night in November when we had our own historical night. While those last chance 2 legged knockout games are massive emotional rollercoasters, when the end result goes your way it is sumthing special! Now we are in Asian we will never have that again, hopefully.

So once again "All Whites", congratulations, you have now provided one more whipping boy to the group stages. Lets hope that we now get drawn with both you and England! Now that would be something special!
The Fiddler

The best in the world?
Watching the Australia v Oman game on Sunday morning, yeah yeah I know I'm sad but I'm sure I wasn't the only one, I came to a conclusion. It is my opinion now that Mark Schwarzer is the best goalkeeper in the world. Now I have been a fan of the bag mans for some time now and this is not an opinion I have come to lightly. I think every Australian fell in love with him for those magnificent saves that got us to the World Cup, it wasn't Aloisi's penalty, it was Schwarzer's saves!

Last night against Oman he proved once again how good he is with some fine efforts that kept us in the game and he was the only reason that we were able to then go on and win the game. With him I think Australia can go a long way next year in South Africa, without him I think we are f@#*ed!

Wish they were all like that
Just a quick one on Ricky Herbert's post match interview after New Zealand made the World Cup. I loved it! It was how interviews should be, it was pure, it was raw and it was honest. He was so caught up in the emotion of it all you could see that he was almost in tears. Quality.

The thing that got me though was he was so caught up he let out a few swear words when describing things, he let out a few f@#*s, but who could blame him! The interviewer didn't even blink though, he just carried on asking questions, then at the end of it I think he wanted to give the coach a massive pash, but instead a massive man hug was all he got.

That's what sport is all about, that kind of emotion is why we love it!

Just a pity they are going to get smashed by whoever they get drawn with!

The ‘not sport’ retort
Apologies for being a bit slow on the reply lately, but I just read Skins comments about swimming NOT being a sport. In his words, swimming is more of a ‘life skill’ than a ‘sport’. Geez, if we used that as the basis of what constitutes a sport, we’d have nothing left to bet on. More so, Yeahmatego would be about as popular as Harmo.

Allow me to explain.

Driving a car is a life skill. So by Skins’ definition, do we ignore all forms of motorsport?
Riding a pushbike to school is also one of life’s skills. But does that mean we take cycling out of the Olympics?
I can give my mate a real good dead arm – but who’s gonna tell Tyson that boxing’s not a sport!
Swatting flies in the kitchen takes great skill and reflexes. So do we disregard tennis, squash and badminton while we’re at it?
I’ve contorted my body on a dancefloor! While it’s a fairly unimpressive ‘life skill’, is it reason enough to take away the sporting credentials of rhythmic gymnastics?
How about bending your knees while you lift heavy boxes when you move house – another important life skill. But then suddenly weightlifting is off the sporting calendar as well.
Now, we’ve all run after a bus once or twice…so is it time tell Usain Bolt he’s no longer a sports star!
I’ve also whacked a cane toad with a 5-iron…an essential ‘life skill’ of a Queenslander. But for some reason golf is still on Fox Sports!
And what about pony rides at the Royal Show? Does that mean the ‘sport’ of kings is just a televised novelty?

All I’m asking Skins is that you just think things through before you go making rash statements like swimming NOT being a sport. Geez, next thing you’re gonna to tell me is that walking shouldn’t be a sport either!

One thing that should be a bloody sport though is typing. I’m stuffed!


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