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Free Richo

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It should go down as ‘AFL coaching move of the year’. Richmond coach Terry Wallace‘s decision to shift Matthew Richardson away from his traditional role at full forward earlier this season was a stroke of brilliance, on so many fronts. During his time at full forward, Richo kicked goals at a rate of nearly 3 per game, and with an accuracy ratio over his career of nearly 60%, statistics which put him at the top…

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There’s something about Adam

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After a stellar career as Australia’s premier all-rounder for some ten years, Adam Gilchrist has retired from all forms of international cricket (except the ones that pay far more than he has ever been paid to play cricket before). Yes, he was an great wicket-keeper, with over 400 Test dismissals. That said, standing behind the stumps with a pair of bright coloured gloves while Glen McGrath and Shane Warne were bowling meant that racking up…

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Patriots “missed it by that much”

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Meatloaf sang that “two out of three ain’t bad“, so by extension, eighteen out of nineteen should also be not too bad, perhaps even good. But try telling that to a New England Patriots fan, and you may well get the s**t kicked out of you. Because on the edge of the famous perfect season, they were outplayed, indeed humiliated, by the underdog New York Giants, 17-14. The Giants’ defence reigned supreme, and all day…

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NFL Championship Games Review

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Wow! That would have to be the most exhilirating “Super Sunday” in years (even if it is Monday afternoon over here). I decided to watch the games live, and it was worth every minute! Good to see that the Chargers took my advice, and went after Brady. They penetrated the previously impervious Patriots offensive line on several occasions, and this pressure together with their excellent secondary led to three interceptions. This is the first time…

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NFL playoffs – Jacksonville get it all wrong

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I’m no expert in NFL records, but this must be the first time in a long time that half the games in the first two rounds (wildcard and divisional) have resulted in wins to the away team. It certainly makes for an exciting post season, despite the fact that the New England Patriots are still hanging over us all as the favourites. The big question is: can anyone beat them? and if so, how? Before…

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Having it both ways

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Talk about a slow news week! The cricket “scandal” involving Harbajan Singh‘s alleged racial comment to Andrew Symonds have captured the imagination of the Australian public, and the media. And it’s fair to say that said “imagination” has run wild! The story jumped from the sports page to the front page, and to the opinion page. For two days running, 4 of the 5 most read stories in The Age online were about this topic….

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“preliminary” final?

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Well, with the AFL finals well underway, the one thing I can’t write about is my own team (but just you wait until 2011). My tipping in the finals has been awful, so while I still think it will be Geelong over Port, I’m not putting any money on that. What I want to comment about is the naming used in our finals system. The term “preliminary” final dates back to the days when we…

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Leave the game early? NEVER!

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I have not yet fully recovered from Richmond’s Sunday devastation at the hands of Geelong. Among the many e-mails and SMSs I received from friends emphasizing what was already known to me, there was the bizarre question “how long did you stay”? My answer to that question was, is, and always will be: I proudly support my team, and I stay until the final siren, no matter what the result, and no matter when the…

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World Cup Final – what went wrong

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Today, I am a zombie. After three hours of chatting and highlights, we were about to give up and go to bed, and then saw that the covers had come off (again), and the umpires had reduced the game to 38 overs. While this was not as bad as a potential Twenty20-style slogfest to decide the World Cup champion, already some gloss had come off, and the slightly shortened game seemed to advantage Australia before…

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A better World Cup competition structure

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Well, having received some interesting comments on my previous post, and having watched Ireland & Bangladesh proceed, and India & Pakistan bomb out (all fully deserved), here is my proposal for a better system: Just for the record, the majority of previous upset wins in World Cups have either been fixed, or been genuine “one-offs”, rather than an indication of a team moving up the world ranks. I hope this will be proved wrong this…

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