What we can learn from Jarryd Hayne

Welcome aboard mate!#HaynePlane #49ers pic.twitter.com/seyJ89ocnO — San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 5, 2015 San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula summed it up perfectly. “I can’t say enough about his approach and the kind of person he is. He’s a world class athlete. He’s a national figure back home and — just think about that now…

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The Ashes blame game

There wasn’t that much cricket, just eighteen days in all So we’ve taken up another sport in lieu of bat and ball Our batsmen forced our hands, for they just refused to linger And here begins the game called Let’s Point the Ashes Finger. *** The rot set in when Pup announced he’s hanging up…

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How to handle a gloating Pom

There’s no sugar coating this. Today is going to be hell in the office if you work with a Pom. Heaven help you if you’re an Aussie working in London. If that’s you, get the hell out of Dodge. At the very least, chuck a sickie or quit your job. But we don’t have to…

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Man punches shark

Aussie mums to be, throw away the baby name books. There are only two  you need to know. Mick and Mitch. Call your child either one of these, even if it’s a girl, and they’ll grow up to be a be a dead set legend. Exhibit A: Mick Fanning Sees off Kelly Slater in the…

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We need to talk about Shane

In recent weeks, we’ve seen some gutsy stuff from a number of Aussie sportspeople. Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons burst an eardrum in the second round of the Fiji Pro. No problem. She bandaged up her head, ignored doctors’ orders and went out and won the title. Basketballer Matthew Dellavedova played himself into the ground for the…

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To sledge or not to sledge

It all starts when Dave Warner says wistfully he wants to tone things down in the backchat department. Go for it mate, says Captain Clarke. No one asked you to be an arsehole anyway. Let’s make the whole Ashes campaign sledge-free, says Jimmy Anderson, unravelling himself from the lotus position. That series we played against…

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The demise of comic genius Sepp Blatter

In the end, it all happened very quickly. One minute he was there and then he was gone. A bit like this. The man who just a few days ago declared euphorically to be the ‘President of everybody’ suddenly wasn’t feeling the love anymore. “I do not feel that I have a mandate from the…

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Friday funnies: And the numpty of the week is…

You have to wonder at the particular brand of knuckle-headedness that governs cycling. This week, at the Giro d’Italia, there was a positive story to be had. Not the failed drug test kind of positive but a solid gold good news story. Worthy of a Chariots of Fire soundtrack. That good. The scene opens on…

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Here’s the story of a man named Brady

To get an idea of how charmed Tom Brady’s life is, take a look at  this photo of his wife breast feeding. Yes, that’s supermodel Gisele Bundchen. She posted this picture on Instagram 18 months ago. And was bewildered that it somehow failed to resonate with other mums of the world. “What would I do…

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I’m an English cricketer. Get me out of here!

Scene: The middle of nowhere. PETER MOORES sits on a log in front of a campfire, frowning, a spreadsheet on his lap. Ten men emerge from the bushes in dirty cricket whites. They reach the campfire and slump to the ground. One starts burning a cricket bat to keep them all warm. JAMES ANDERSON: What…

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A bizarre twist in men’s tennis

Until recently, Serena Williams was the torchbearer for wacky on-court fashion. You name it, she’s donned it — denim, leopard print, a leather catsuit, cut-out dresses, school blazers, at one point even something resembling an Australian hockey uniform. Enough outfits to do Beyonce proud. Not to be outshone, sister Venus once played in a corset….

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How do we build on the legacy of these two men?

They were born almost 60 years apart, yet died within months of each other, both at the hands of the game they loved, one felled by a ball, the other by the long-term effects of not wearing a hat. Through that game, they are both forever linked to the number 63, one by virtue of…

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