Cricket stole the show this week, in good ways and bad.
I’m still not sure what the big deal was about a kid eating watermelon at a cricket game. OK, yes, he ate the skin as well. But it’s not like it was an onion.
Mitchell Schibeci’s watermelon demolition was Twitter’s top trending topic Down Under and number five in the world. Which shows how quiet things have been in the new year.
“It’s really good. It’s 100 per cent edible,” Mitchell told the Herald Sun.
And if the Australian Melon Association (yes, there is one, I looked it up) doesn’t take advantage of this, I’ll eat a honeydew.
Then there was Chris Gayle. I vented about that earlier this week. So in the interests of balance, I’d like to present the other side of the argument.
But the runaway cricket story of the week, in more ways than one, was 15-year-old Pranav Dhanawpade. He’s the lad who broke a 117-year record to score 1,009 not out, the highest individual score at any level of cricket.
“The runs kept coming,” he said. Well, obviously.
The opposing team was then all out for 52. Don’t you dare mention Trent Bridge.
At the other extreme, Sri Lankan spin bowler Milinda Siriwardana served up one of the worst deliveries ever during a one-day international with New Zealand in Nelson.
Wow, that’s almost as bad as this guy.
Billy Joel used to sing about seeing the lights go out on Broadway. This week the lights went out at Rio’s Olympic Stadium because someone forgot to pay a $250,000 bill.
The water was cut off a month ago. But there’s plenty they could ship in from Guanabara Bay.
The first week of January heralds the start of the tennis season in Australia. Which means only one thing. Koala cuddling.
And doesn’t Andy Murray look right at home? Good practice for when he becomes a dad in the coming weeks. Assuming wife Kim gives birth to a koala.
Andy was far more comfortable taking down this bloke who gave him less than constructive feedback on his serve.
Former NFL player Shaun Smith might like to get some tips from Andy about handling social media. He doesn’t seem to get that Twitter is a forum for sharing diverse views.
“Don’t get mad at me cause I state my opinion,” he tweeted. “I didn’t ask u for your take so shut up.”
Then he posted a picture of a gun. Yes, we should really be protecting people’s second amendment right .
As Europe gears up for Euro 2016, England is being haunted by its big tournament record of recent years, in which it has been bundled out in the groups stages of the rugby, soccer and cricket World Cups.
So you’d think Football Association chairman Greg Dyke would be a bit more circumspect with his wording about what will happen if the same fate befalls the English soccer team this year.
“We’ll all shoot ourselves,” he says. “We’ve got to get out of that group. If we don’t, that really is bad news for English football.”
Buffalo Bills player Dan Carpenter is nursing a facial injury after taking his frustrations on his helmet. His helmet wasn’t having a bar of it.
And finally, cyclist Peter Sagan and his wife have done a Grease tribute video. I’m not sure why but let’s just be grateful they did.
Have a good weekend, everyone. Be electrifying.