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Tony

By the way. Who will join me in my theory - fully fleshed and researched as usual - that Paper Cut Watson and Lemming Clarke were rested from the Perth match on Sunday so they were fully fit for Monday night's Border Medal Coloured Carpet Colossus.

Russ

I don't agree with getting rid of the medal ceremony. I don't want to watch it, but it is worth having. It ought to follow the Shield season though, or precede the final. It is just about the only chance to give due account of domestic and women's cricket. May as well use it.

Big Ramifications

A few times I thought Doug Walters was gonna get up and snot Greg Chappell.

Jeez a lot of cricketers are dumb. And they spent the whole night interviewing them or replaying interviews with them. Not a good mix. Most of them sounded like school boys last night.

And how many references to piss? It was like being back in the early 80s. Grow up. Jesus.

The big highlight, however, was Michael Clarke having a domestic and Shane Watson having a BIG OLD CRY reminiscing how Clarke hit him with the ball. Didn't he go on about it [Clarke eluded Watson was angry about it for ages].

Clarke had a point with "maybe if you'd thrown it properly, Brad" [paraphrased] but I don't think that was the time or the place.

And what did Watson expect? He was aimlessly lurking in line of sight of the stumps. Maybe he was expecting a soft relay throw, but that doesn't excuse aimless lurking.

RT

There was a superb doco on the '75 World Cup on Fox straight after the AB Medal. Excellent stuff. Roy Fredericks hooking a fierce DK bouncer for 6, only to realise he'd trod on his stumps. Interviews with Cool Clive, Gus Gilmour, Dennis Amiss etc...Pakis on the take even back then as they squandered a gilt edged chance against the Windies?? Alvin Kallicharran belting DK in a pool game and in a semi, Hadlee. Can't say there is much anticipation about the coming WC. With 3 in a row, no real hunger for Oz to win it either. Major Yawn Time, but at least the footy will be started by then.

Bruce

That was a good one RT. There was a similar one about '99 a few days ago.

Tony

I'm spewing. I watched the Superbowl and intended to watch the 75 World Cup show later, but upon looking up the show on the Foxtel guide discovered it is not on again in the near future.

m0nty

Will hit all the right notes, except for defending Lemming against the booing. The punters paid their dough for the overpriced tickets and they can say what they like at the cricket, in my opinion. Plus, he deserved it.

Tony

We here in Straya are over-sensitive to booing. Try telling a NY Yankees fan they can't boo as an over-rated player under-performs.

Yobbo

It came out in the 1-dayer last week that Clarke walking onto the ground in that Brisbane game coincided with some bouncer-related Beach Ball popping action, which is what the boos were actually about. Could just be Ch. 9 spin but it's not beyond the realms of possibility - everyone hates bouncers.

Lou

I agree with Monty, you pay that amount of dosh for cricket you could bloody well boo Don Bradman's ghost if he turned up.

Besides, Clarke doesn't really give a shit and nor should he. He's got the backing of CA and the NSP so why would he give a toss about getting a few boos?

The list of nearly rans shows how toss the team has been this year. Marcus North as fourth in the test points?

Yobbo

Lou, there were a lot of tests were Marcus North was the only Australian bowler who could take a wicket.

Lou

Well, there was one test that I recall. He hasn't really souped it up against anyone other than Pakistan.

m0nty

I'd boo Bradman's ghost. I'd even sledge.

"This is all your fault Don, you caused this by fighting with Chappelli all those years ago and losing. Australian captains now think they're Napoleon, it's ruined team discipline. You should have stood up to the young prick and nipped it in the bud. Now get some pads on ya bastard, we've got a hole at three."

Tony

I'd boo him, too, but in a really high pitched voice.

Big Ramifications

Another highlight was watching Mark Nicholas behaving like a pretentious narcissistic overbearing suckjob. He normally doesn't grate on me too much, but if I had 20c for every dramatic pause he did I would have $4.20.

And really, what sort of tosser signs off with "bless you all"?

Big Ramifications

Sorry Tony, won't happen again. I meant to do just a normal link.

Although I do like how it turned out.

Tony

Don't worry about it. Love the pictures. And yes, TSG looks like an absolute fake laugh nob.

Big Ramifications

My very last 2011 AB medal highlight. Evarr.

Alan Border says we sometimes learn from losses, and Mark Nicholas thinks this is a very good point how we learn from things that have gone previously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3eKMiDfdks

Tony

Well, that made me laugh.

A lot.

Professor Rosseforp

Mark Nicholas looks like an airbrushed Gordon Ramsay.
In the 3 sequence shots, Doug Walters looks like he's demonstrating the old "coin substitution to make sure you win the toss" trick.

Tony

Fake laughers are pretty bad in public speaking situations, but at least it is partially their job to try and gee up the room. Fake laughers in a pubs are far worse. "Hey, look at me snorting and wheezing and guffawing, I'm the life of that party, I'm having a really great time, how funny am I, whacky, funny, me, look at me, look at me, LOOK AT ME!!!"

Lou

First shot made me laugh. Haddin looking dumber than ever which takes some doing in that Mensa gathering.

Tony

Mmmmmm... processed chicken.

Lou

Nice. But I think he was wondering who AB was.

Big Ramifications

In the 3 sequence shots, Doug Walters looks like he's demonstrating the old "coin substitution to make sure you win the toss" trick.

Now that you've said it, I'm thinking more the good old "severed thumb" trick.

I took a terrible piece of photojournalistic licence there and rearranged the sequence to fake laughter | feigned interest | fake laughter. Erm. For balance.

The Haydos one from the other thread was my inspiration. He had this silly look on his face the whole night. Sort of an embarrassed look as if he'd been sprung doing something naughty. In the last frame he looks like he's just realised he's filled a load in his pants. The purple haze is the stench – in the classical Ren and Stimpy style where a smell is noticeable in the visible spectrum.

It's much brighter than all the other pics, so it's a safe bet that he did actually fill a load in his pants.

Tony

Matt happens.

Lou

Matt needs a Fake Dad.

'Pull 'em down, I tell you!'

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