BY DAN AND HERMAN Melbourne: Tuesday. Day 1 of the Boxing Day test Australia finally wins a toss and Steve Smith decides to bat. From early on David Warner is faced with a field that includes a deep point. Joe Root employs this field to dry up the boundaries to Warner, and frustrate him into … More Funky Defensiveness: The Joe Root Doctrine
BY DAN AND HERMAN The Canberra Raiders are the unluckiest team in Rugby League. Anyone that has paid attention to this season would undoubtedly be aware of that fact. Six of their losses have been by a try or less. They’ve lost three games in golden point. One of those the ball hit the underside … More The Canberra Raiders Are Unlucky
BY HERMAN The launch of the AFL women’s league is a great development. It has also been deservedly copping some flack recently over the pay conditions of the players. Most players will be paid just $5000 for the 8 week season. Two “marquee” players for each of the 8 clubs might even get $25000. Oh … More What the NRL can learn from the launch of the AFL Women’s League
BY HERMAN Recently John Grant issued an ultimatum to NRL clubs. I’m paraphrasing here, but it boiled down to get your shit together. NRL clubs together lost a total of 42.7 million dollars in 2015 and with the much publicised bailouts of clubs like the Tigers, Newcastle and Titans, it looks like Grant wants to … More The Conference System
BY HERMAN Last night Australia clinched victory in the One Day International series against India. After the game, Michael Slater was waxing on about something or other blurted out some inane comment to the effect that “India could have won all three games” because they scored 300 or thereabouts. While technically true, it misses the … More 300 Is Entertaining? You Are Wrong James Faulkner!
BY DR HERMAN The Ashes are over. Five consecutive comprehensive ass whoopings. Ass whooping after ass whooping after ass whooping. Not one of the five test was close. Not even a little bit close. Not even if you close your eyes and believe really really hard close. Heck, the last two Australia lost were over … More Unhinged Ramblings: The Platypus Ashes
BY DAN AND DR HERMAN The Canberra Raiders are the unluckiest team in Rugby League. I mean, I would say that. I’ve chronicled the ridiculous ways they’ve conspired to lose games this year. Like giving up 18 point leads on at least two occasions, coming back from a million points only to lose, or that … More Finally! Scientific proof the Raiders are the unluckiest team in the NRL
BY DR HERMAN George Dobell ruined everything. After banging on a bit over the first two tests about how bad the pitches were, flat, lifeless (quite rightly, but this is not a time for sense), he finally got his wish. A pitch with a bit of life in it, a bit of assistance for the bowlers. … More Blame George Dobell
BY DR HERMAN The Daily Telegraph recently published an article about how many National Youth Competition graduates each club had had since the competition began in 2008. One of the things that stands out is that the number of “graduates” does not equal success. This shouldn’t be a big surprise. After all, winning an elite sporting … More The Real Story About Junior Development
BY HERMAN Australia lost the first test of the ashes. They were outplayed in pretty much every department. Cracks that have been lingering under the surface for the last year finally came to the surface. The successful Australian cricket team suddenly looks broken. The bowling in the first innings was to put it bluntly rubbish. … More Ashes shock: Australia suck.