What’s on the menu at the Bulldogs? Leg of lamb, shoulder of beef, ear of Slater … Hannibal Lecter can’t stop Europe winning the Ryder Cup … Should Sydney host the AFL grand final and Melbourne the NRL grand final? … Del Piero, Heskey and Ono. Let the A-League games begin … Stewards don’t give Nikolic a holiday, he gets long service.
FALLING OVER THEMSELVES
Six times and you’re out of here. Flopping – falling to the floor to get a foul called against your opponent for contact – is to basketball what diving is to football, and the powers that be feel there is no place in the game for it. So this season the NBA will get tough – kind of. Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5000 for a second offence, $10,000 for a third, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 for the fifth. Finally, for six or more, they can be suspended. But, just hours after the league announced the new penalties, the Players Association was up in arms and threatening legal action. Association executive director Billy Hunter said: ”We believe that any monetary penalty for an act of this type is inappropriate and without precedent in our sport or any other sport.” He has a point, especially when the average salary of an NBA player is a bit over $5 million.
It’s still a few weeks before the AFL draw is released but surely the romantics at AFL headquarters have the round 23 game for the GWS Giants pencilled in. That match will be the 678th and final for Kevin Sheedy as a senior coach. Just 44 of those games have been with GWS, the other 634 were during his 26 years at Essendon. The best round 23 game would be Essendon versus the Giants, in Sydney.
When it comes to college football players, there is naturally a lot of them and quite often some have some very unusual names. What do some parents think when naming their children? It doesn’t take long when Google is your friend to find dozens of intriguing names of college players over the years. Here’s just a few: Jiggy Smaha, De’Cody Fagg, Major Ogilvie, Sonny Sixkiller, Mister Simpson – yes he can be referred to as Mr Mister Simpson – Craphonso Thorpe, I-Perfection Harris – his full name was Immaculate Perfection Harris but he shortened it – and Lucious Pusey.
WHAT A SUCKER
Those Americans will try anything when it comes to supporting their team, so much so they enlisted Hannibal Lecter at the Ryder Cup. England’s Justin Rose revealed in The Sun after Europe’s win that: ”The worst incident with the crowd was when someone was really trying to put me off. He was very close to me and he was doing a Hannibal Lecter – that sucking of the lips he did in the film – while I was over a bunker shot. Those are the things you hear out there and you have to deal with it. I backed off the bunker shot and said, ‘Are we good? Are we OK here?’ My singles opponent, Phil Mickelson, told the guy to back off and asked the security people to do something about him.”
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One Night Stand! Live At The Harlem Square Club. Sam Cooke. Smooth as a Roger Federer backhand, a Ray Allen three-point swish, a Mark Waugh cover drive, a Drew Brees rainbow, Ernie Els’ swing, Kelly Slater easing in to a barrel at Pipeline.
”I expect the Taipans (NBL), Fire (WNBL) and Mariners (A-League) to start their respective 2012-13 season campaigns in winning fashion. For those looking for some action at the track – Randwick not Mount Panorama – I will also be having a small wager on Rangirangdoo to run a place in the Epsom at $2.90 on Saturday.”
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The Sydney Swans won their fifth VFL/AFL premiership last Saturday, and remarkably – well, kind of – all five of the Swans’ grand final wins have been won on different dates – and not just the years. Their first came in 1909 on October 2, the next in 1918 on September 7, then in 1933, on September 30. Seventy-two years passed before they won the premiership again, on September 24, then last Saturday they did it again, on September 29. Good news for the Swans is that next year the grand final is likely to be played on September 28.
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