A weekend for the Aussie toilers

Eddie Jones may not have had an epic record in the four years he coached the Wallabies but he’s just become the talk of the Rugby World Cup. The boy from Burnie presided over the feel-good story of the year — for everyone not going for South Africa, that is, which would be most of…

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A Winter Olympics… with no snow

When the International Olympic Committee met last weekend to decide the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, it had a choice between two cities: one with snow and one without. But who needs snow, right? After all, the last Winter Olympics were held in the tropical slushie of Sochi. So Beijing got the nod….

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Battle of the boofheads

If we’ve discovered one thing from the Adam Goodes episode this week, it’s the dumbest person in Australia. It’s been a hotly contested tussle. Some of the comments put forward wouldn’t look out of place in a Miss Universe pageant. But from the primordial slime has emerged a clear winner. Come on down, Griffin McMaster….

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Goodes’ treatment a problem for us all

To the people calling Adam Goodes a sook, instead of going to work today take the tools of your trade to the nearest stadium and do your job from there. Ignore all those people insulting you from the stands, the ones leaning over the fence and into your face spitting bile and hatred. The better…

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Friday Funnies: Blatter ‘working hard’ on reforms

Today, in the most ironic timing ever, the film United Passions is being released in the United States. Almost entirely funded by FIFA to the tune of more than $30 million (!!!), it dramatises the early days of soccer’s governing body and the introduction of the World Cup. Without the corruption. So it’s a short film….

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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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Watching sport through a Bachelor filter

If you’re looking for good comedy, it’s hard to go past The Bachelor, a game of romantic musical chairs where women compete for the affections of a serial snogger with the personality of a stick. This season he’s being played by a bloke called Blake. It may be all sorts of wrong but it’s hilarious….

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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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