Cheer, cheer, the red and the white

I’m a Sydney Swans fan. And I’m in Melbourne for the weekend. You’ve probably concluded I’m here for the grand final. You’d be wrong. Because when the Swans take on Hawthorn this afternoon, I won’t be anywhere near the MCG. I’ll be in the shower getting all gussied up for a friend’s wedding. Who gets…

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Ray Rice not his wife’s only abuser

Had it not been for some timely video footage, Ray Rice would now be free to play for the Baltimore Ravens. Fans would be lining up to buy his shirt and get his autograph. News website TMZ put an end to those plans. It released footage of Rice knocking out his now wife Janay in…

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Solved: the hex of Eden Park

This is Eden Park in Auckland. It’s a nice enough footy field. But it’s only a footy field. So why is it such a graveyard for Aussie rugby dreams? What are they spraying on the turf that makes it so Wallaby repellent? It’s 28 years since Australia beat the All Blacks on this ground, or…

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“I don’t condone violence against women… but…”

“Now look, I don’t condone violence against women…” When someone says those words, it’s a good idea to brace yourself for some idiocy to follow. Because all too often, they don’t stop there. There’s a pause, then a ‘but’, then the insertion of a size 12 foot in an equally large gob. There has been…

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Harry Potter and the Unseen Game of Rugby

As the Wallabies took the field on Saturday night for their encounter with Les Bleus, Harry Potter was growing gills for his next challenge in the Tri-Wizards Tournament. Foolishly, I had agreed a week earlier to allow my progeny to watch the Goblet of Fire instalment without first checking the sports calendar. I thought I…

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Fighting racism with dignity and bananas

On Monday, I had breakfast with Adam Goodes. Me and a couple of hundred other people he mostly doesn’t know. Listening to him in conversation with Adam Spencer, I was glad I hadn’t chosen a career in Aussie Rules, or any professional sport, with all the training and the injuries and the diet and the…

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