Posts categorised ‘Sport’

Currently watching the AFL Grand Final (or the half-time entertainment) with Viv – the second year in a row that it’s been at night, in a different state from its traditional “home” at the MCG, and we haven’t even been allowed to see our loved ones to watch the big game together, as we usually would 😔

Not really fussed who wins, although I’ve been glad to see the Bulldogs wage a fightback to make it more interesting 😆 As someone who’s neutral, I definitely prefer to watch an exciting game! (Now when the Swans are in it, I wouldn’t find seeing a one-sided game with us winning… but haha as if that would ever happen.)

Hopefully by this time next year we’ll be able to see it with others once more 😌

Link: “Afghanistan Cricket Board accuses Australia of ‘knee jerk’ reaction over threat to cancel Hobart Test, makes no mention of fate of female players”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-11/afghanistan-cricket-accuses-australia-of-knee-jerk-reaction/100454082

Found this quite an interesting piece, because the journalist has taken the approach of quoting the Taliban-appointed ACB boss’s letter at length, allowing his smarmy dishonesty to speak for itself almost completely. Although this paragraph of added commentary near the end stands out:

There appears to be no irony in the statement that cricket may cease to exist in Afghanistan should the men be prevented from playing; for the women in Afghanistan the game apparently ceased to be played the day the Taliban took over.

I’m certainly no supporter of neverending imperialist wars, but neither do we have to legitimise repressive regimes – and allow them to use matches as propaganda tools – by playing cricket against them 🤷🏻‍♀️

Link: “Olympic cities can become multi-billion-dollar graveyards for white elephants after the Games”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-07/what-japan-learned-from-olympic-white-elephants/100329488

With the Olympics now over, it seems a good time to reflect on what’s happened to the enormously expensive venues that recent host cities have built. Not surprising, really, that hardly anywhere is interested in hosting the Olympic Games any more. There can be some benefits (like the Brisbane 2032 bid apparently was motivated in part by local mayors wanting better train services, and this article says Athens got greatly improved transport infrastructure too) but how overshadowed is it by the cost of unnecessarily large venues and flattering IOC officials’ egos…

The article does also suggest that greater use could be made of pop-up venues (like Pyeongchang’s $101 million disposable stadium – which despite that price tag was less than 15% what Sydney’s Olympic Stadium cost) or else that that the Games could get a permanent home, or maybe that different Olympic sports could have different permanent home cities, although at that point you’d have to wonder what would distinguish the Olympics from existing world championships.

My Preferred Olympic Winner Order

Watching the Olympics this morning, I think I’ve decided the order in which I like to see countries win events. It’d be easy to say “I just want my country to win everything”, but actually I don’t 😉 That’d be really boring and no fun at all. So, I reckon my order goes:

  1. small or underdeveloped countries that don’t see much Olympics success (e.g. Bermuda, …

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The Tokyo Olympics Begin

I stayed up ‘til 1am last night watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony in Tokyo. I don’t think I’ve paid much attention to any Olympics in ages – it’s probably just Sydney and Athens that I actually followed, because those are the ones that happened when I was just the right age (primary school) to care. (Don’t @ me with “what about the Winter Olympics” – …

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Wiki: football

When I talk about “football”, I’m referring to Australian rules football. The most prominent competition playing this sport is the AFL (formerly the VFL), which has come to dwarf all others to the point that some people incorrectly use the name of the league as the name of the sport.1 Historically there were Aussie rules leagues in three states – Victoria, South Australia and …

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Link: “AFL expansion debate for Northern Territory, Tasmania not strictly business”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-07/afl-expansion-choice-between-protecting-game-or-finances/100194384

Tasmania and the Northern Territory deserved teams well ahead of the Gold Coast and Western Sydney. Existing football areas should always have taken precedence ahead of rugby league heartland that already had local AFL teams to back anyway… at this point it feels like AFL is purposely snubbing them.

Link: “We’re not the good guys: Osaka shows up problems of press conferences”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/may/31/were-not-the-good-guys-osaka-shows-up-problems-of-press-conferences

Really sad to hear that Naomi Osaka has quit the French Open. Her reasons for not giving press conferences made perfect sense to me – and this article, from a sports journalist, backs that up – and I’d hoped she’d do well and stick it to those tournament organisers. Alas 😢

Link: “The European Super League Is the Inevitable Conclusion of Football Capitalism”

Original post found at: https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/04/the-european-super-league-is-the-inevitable-conclusion-of-football-capitalism

The European Super League would be a disaster for football, but it hasn’t come from nowhere – it is the end of a long road of commercialisation which has torn the game away from the working-class communities that built it.

Interesting piece. As an outsider to soccer, much as I enjoy watching it, it’s always seemed a very profit-driven sport to me (I mean, compare it to the AFL, where private ownership of clubs was mostly phased out after disastrous experiments in the 1980s(external link) – largely at the expense of my club! – and salary caps and draft rules tend to mean no club is just stuck in the doldrums forever any more). The AFL is far from perfect anyway, “commercial concerns” are still a big thing, but even that kind of model would be a huge step forward for most soccer leagues (including our A-League), it seems. Would love to see it.

Link: “Is Aussie rules booming at rugby’s expense?”

Original post found at: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/australian-rules-football-is-booming-in-sydney-is-it-happening-at-rugby-s-expense-20210416-p57jtz.html

Blacklock recalled an old story from a friend, whose son - a Swans and Waratahs fan - was turning 10. He contacted both clubs to see if they could send him any memorabilia.

“The Waratahs sent out a couple of posters and a signed footy. The Swans sent out two injured players to his birthday party,” he said.

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