Eagles Fail to Achieve Liftoff while Bombers Soar at Optus

It helps to have a shiny new stadium. In terms of attendance, at any rate. The West Coast Eagles established a new record, becoming the first club in AFL/AFL history to have seven consecutive home ground games of over 50,000 spectators in a single season. The official attendance given was 51,409, leaving us to wonder…

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Two of Three Legs of Motorsport Triple Crown now Held by Alonso

The Indianapolis 500, the Grand Prix of Monaco and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Arguably the Triple Crown of motor racing. Both Indy and Monaco are open-wheel, open-cockpit races. Le Mans is not, quite, as there is a bit of glass, a hood and the least bit of high-tech body work on those cars,…

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Blues Hold Top Betting Line for Sunday’s Origin II

Our emotions have often proved unreliable, but we have always trusted our eyes, at least we have in the past. We had to blink some, do a bit of rubbing and add some artificial tears to ensure that we were seeing right when we looked at State of Origin 2 and saw the Blues quoted…

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Round 13 AFL Attendance Well Short of Figures for one World Cup Match

Six clubs enjoyed a week away from the rigours of competition in the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, so there were just six matches in Round 13. The capper of the round and arguably the best game, was the Richmond Tigers win over the Geelong Cats by the score of 83 – 65 at Melbourne…

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Aussie Women’s Seven Arc de Triomphant in Paris

Slightly belated congratulations to Australia’s women’s Sevens, who took the World Series title in Paris and will enter next month’s World Cup to see if they can remain on top. The women were the picture of consistency during play in Paris, finishing no lower than third in any World Series leg to find themselves ahead…

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Gold Coast Suns Need Extreme List Support to Survive

Not sure what the AFL expected when it opened two clubs is Queensland, but unless those expectations were incredibly low, it would seem to be a case of a failed experiment. The Brisbane Lions are a story in their own right, fielding a senior list of 22 frustrated rugby players who simply lacked the bulk…

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Vettel Wins Canadian Grand Prix Now Tops F1 Driver Standings

From the television coverage, it would have seemed as though the Canadian Grand Prix was a two-driver race between Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. In point of fact, neither of the two podiumed. Ricciardo was sixth on the grid and finished in fourth position. Hamilton is right behind him. Max Verstappen took…

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Bye Week Just in Time for West Coast Eagles

Having reached the halfway point of the home-and-away season of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, we encounter that juncture where the standings can get jumbled during the next three weeks when the clubs will take bye weeks. The West Coast Eagles appear as though the break comes at the best possible moment. Western Australia’s…

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Ponga Draws Support for Maroons Inclusion Despite Tender Age

Even the most creative minds in the entertainment world could have come up with the scenario that is unfolding in reality as the Queensland Maroons prepare for State of Origin 1 as the game looms ever larger and closer to getting underway. Billy Slater has been scratched. That creates a void not easily filled, but…

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Mental Error by J.R. Smith is Smith’s Achilles’ Heel

Many years ago, when we were playing juvie baseball, our only true contribution to the team was the ability to understand the game situation and plan for most of the possible scenarios. Baseball moves slowly, there is time for thinking between innings, between batters, between pitches. Some teammates, however talented, seemed to lack that mental…

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