BY JEFFERIS Arguably the golden age for Australian Rugby Union was during the 90s. The Wallabies started the decade by winning the Rugby World Cup in 1991 and finished it by again winning the cup in 1999. A third of the Wallabies victories in the Bledisloe Cup 80+ year history was also during this decade. … More David Pocock could be a ‘Nobody’: In Praise of Pocock’s Principles
BY DAN In his seminal work, the Invention of Tradition, historian Eric Hobsbawn outlines how many of the traditions held dear in the United Kingdom are actually invented. Things that were relatively recent occurrences are portrayed as having existed since before we can remember, often as an obstacle to further development. Invented Tradition is particularly … More The Myth of Tradition
BY DAN I have to admit it. This was a pretty underwhelming week of football. The games that were exciting were between teams that don’t matter (hello Washington and Tampa!) and the games that mattered weren’t exciting as they should have been. But like every week, there were still things to enjoy. 5 Up For … More 10 Things About the NFL: Week 7
BY BEN So I got given the job at the Sportress of writing a piece for this weekend’s World Cup Final. Of course New Zealand are favourites. In the last 36 games between the two teams the Wallabies have only been victorious 6 times (I felt that was actually pretty good for the Wallabies). And … More Stats That Show Why New Zealand Will Lose The World Cup Final.
BY DAN The stakes for Kristaps Porzingis are extreme. He’s the first top 5 draft pick the team has picked since 1986 (Kenny Walker for those playing at home). He joins the team on the back of one of the worst seasons in recent Knicks’ history (and that’s saying something). And he’s been clearly designated … More 6 Things We’ve Learned About Porzingis
BY DAN This week was all about #deflategate. The match-up that spawned a thousand hot takes was renewed again this week. It was neither the rampant revenge that New England fans wanted, nor the redemption that Colts fans had thought they earned. As Bill Barnwell put it, is was really just a very good team … More 10 Things About the NFL: Week 6
BY DAN The newly starting season of the National Basketball Association carries with it the promise of fulfillment of potential. But unfortunately we tend to focus too strongly on the validation of a career that winning a championship brings. As a community we stake out positions on people in such a binary manner that we … More The Shaming Narrative and the Return of the NBA
BY ROB Every sports fan has a dead zone. It’s the period of the year, where, for a short while at least, you kinda just don’t care about sport. For me, a fan of rugby league, formula one and cricket, the Dead Zone is the period between the rugby league grand final and the first … More In the Quiet of the Dead Zone, the Rot Sets In.
BY ROB The Australian media lost it’s mind when Jarryd Hayne ran the ball 8 yards on Monday morning. An overreaction? Or do they know something you don’t? One of the most closely guarded aspects of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership is a small subset of clauses relating to trade between Australia and the USA, which was … More Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Hayne Gains
BY DAN It’s weird watching football from Australia. I get up early on Monday morning before work, watch Red Zone until I have to go to work (usually around the end of the 1pm games). Then usually I come home and watch a game or two on Monday night. So in terms of excitement, I’m … More 10 Things About the NFL: Week 5