BY JEFFERIS Soccer (here-to-fore referred to by its internationally recognised and more dignified name – football) has had a strained relationship with the Australian public for some time now and the Socceroos (Footballroos?) display at the current Asian Cup is a good indication of how football is now being perceived at home. In terms of … More Football in Australia and How I Stopped Worrying and Loved the Game
BY DAN The Super Bowl is next Monday Australian time. For many Australian sports fans this will be the one game of the season that they take an interest in and might even try to skive off work to watch. To get the most out of your valuable work shirking viewing, wouldn’t it be handy … More A Sportress Super Bowl preview special – questions of casual fans answered by a slightly more knowledgeable fan
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the contributors to the blog. We are lucky to have acclaimed filmmaker Sari Braithwaite to (reluctantly) interview our first subject: her brother Ben. By Sari Braithwaite This week I sat down to do an interview with one of the specialist NBA bloggers at the Sportress, … More Sportress Profiles: Ben
BY ROB A by-product of being an expansion team in any sporting league is that the teams that have been in the competition for years (i.e. the best part of a century) have taken all the regular colours for their jerseys. As the new kid, you have to pick from the unwanted crayons in the tin. … More EVERGREEN: A visual evolution of the Canberra Raiders
BY DAN There is currently an amazing focus in American sport on the appropriate levels of air pressure in balls. And it is revealing the worst of everyone involved. Admittedly, #deflategate[i] is a pretty odd situation. At half-time in the American Conference Championship last week, it was discovered that the balls supplied by the home … More #Deflategate brings out the worst in everyone
BY JONESY Tonight 43 year-old Brad Hogg will take the field with youthful abandon and skip around for the Scorchers in their Big Bash League Semi Final. On Thursday night 35 year-old Tim Cahill defied both physics and age to score two cracking goals for Australia in the Asian Cup. Come February 2, 37 year … More Dudes that are old and still heaps good at stuff.
BY DAN It’s hard to know who was more desperate for a victory last night – the Knicks or their fans. The crowd at Madison Square Garden was loud. So loud that those of us not lucky enough to live in New York could feel the desperation across the world. They were hopeful that today … More A salute to desperation.
BY JONESY. Brett Lee announced his retirement on Friday from all forms of cricket.[i] The career eulogy of retiring Australian cricketers generally encompasses four phases: Phase One – early brilliance; Phase Two – hurdle to overcome (i.e. gets dropped, gets out hooking, gets dropped by right hook; Phase Three – overcomes hurdle to enter a period of dominance: … More Live Fast Bowl Long
BY DAN By this stage of the NFL season there isn’t really all that much to say. Is Aaron Rodgers’ ankle up to the destructive defensive force that is Seattle? Will his O-line be able to communicate with him and each other in the cacophony of noise that emanates out of CenturyLink field? Can the Patriots … More Your Conference Championships Preview: 20 Bold Predictions
BY BEN Over the last few summers there has been an obvious changing of the guard in the Channel Nine commentary team. This shift from the over 70 brigade of Benaud, Lawry, Grieg and Chappell to the new over 40 team of Taylor, Slater, Healy, Warne, Nicholas and Brayshaw has seen the commentary evolve from … More Middle Aged White Men – The Protected Species of Australian Cricket Commentary