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gillysgone

OK I will bite first. I think the pink thing is way over hyped. Its not Glen McGraths cricket team, its the Australia cricket team. Raise money for a good cause sure, but dont take over an entire SCG test. Every year. I hope proper auudits are done for the money raised vs the cost of the PR. Most of the guys in the team would not even have met his wife. sorry but I am over it.

Tony Tea

If it raises enough money to cure breast cancer it will be worth it.

CrikiLeaks [not on the pitch]

The cost of the PR? The McGrath Foundation benefits hugely from the SCG Cricket Australia partnership. The event raises funds and awareness that would otherwise require a very costly campaign. Jane, like many others, didn't get "over it"... perhaps you might just want to suck it up and battle through the distress the event causes you, champ.

Big Ramifications

The whole breast cancer awareness thing has an extrememly annoying frat boy "phnaw phnaw BOOBIES!!" feel to it. First noticed it well over a decade ago and it gets worse every year.

I'm over it too, gillysgone. Would also like to see where the Jane McGrath $$$ goes.

non-related: I was just thinking the other day, "you know what, this Ashes series needs some Fev tweets." Can't believe my luck. http://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/brendan-fevola-sparks-twitter-row-with-female-sports-journalist-after-tweet-about-english-cricketer-jimmy-anderson/story-fndv7pj3-1226791097715

Shep

Wow there are some cynics out there. The annual report for the mcgrath foundation is available online. Any one who wants to can check where the money is going. (spoiler alert, it's to nurses mostly.)

Big Ramifications

"Wow there are some cynics out there."

???!!

Wow there are some trusting people out there. Remember the Red Cross? The Red "Oh, the tsunami appeal? You want us to give money raised from the tsunami appeal to tsunami victims? Sorry we got caught being dishonest. Now that we have been caught we promise to do what we said we would" Cross? Remember that one, Shlep?

In 2013, anyone who isn't a cynic about charities is a grade-A farking moron. And yes, Jane McGrath died.

// Shlep - I meant PERCENTAGE of money raised, not destination of money raised. Read between the lines. Jesus.

Big Rammer's mum

It's 2014, sizzlechest.

lou

I'm not that cynical about charities.

Don't give to disaster charities but happy to give to charities involving research with cancer. I've known too many people who have had it not to live in the hope that charities who back research provide.

Which makes me a grade-A farking moron, I guess. But a hopeful one.

Carrot

I have no problem with Jane McGrath Day, the Foundation or what it's trying to achieve. Paint the whole SCG, deny entry to punters not wearing pink, get Slatts to play the same freakin' "Ohhhhhh it's just GREAT to see everyone getting behind such a good cause" tape over and over again, do whatever you want to do - bring it on.

What I do have an issue with is with "causes" being brought onto the field, and particularly when it messes with the national strip. If you absolutely insist on the players doing something, give them a pink HIV-style ribbon, or even pink bat handles - there are other ways to achieve the same end. Whether you take Ian Chappell or Steve Waugh's attitude to it, the Baggy Green should be unbranded, unpoliticised, and in short, left well alone.

Tony Tea

The players should wear pink jocks for prostate cancer research.

Tony Tea

I prefer cancer awareness to the dubious mythology of the baggy green.

Carrot

Well, that's just it, isn't it? If it's about "awareness", with the crowd in pink, the commentators bleating on about it constantly and everyone from KFC to the Schnozzer Warehouse queuing up to see how much commercial mileage can be made from it, how much more "aware" do we really need to be? The myth of the baggy green notwithstanding, is it really necessary to make the players look frankly ridiculous when every man and his dog knows what's going on already?

And has anyone thought of how Chris Rogers is going to look in a pink cap? Orange and pink don't go! No-one thinks of the gingers!!!

Tony Tea

So, you're a stakeholder.

Tony Tea

You don't like pink hats because you have red hair. You're a stakeholder.

Carrot

Er - yes, that's right!! I have a deep, unresolved hatred for the Jane McGrath Foundation on account of their anti-ginger bias. How dare they choose the colour pink to represent their cause when it clearly makes all the gingers and sunburnt Poms look stupid. They've done this deliberately!

lou

Pink hat is alright, Chris ROgers would look bloody awful in a pink suit, ala Slater a couple of years ago.

Russ

Giving to disaster relief is like connecting a garden hose to a fire-pump. If efficiency is the goal - or accountability - try a micro-lender and give it direct. But anyway...

Lean towards Carrot's point on changing the national colours. Good cause or no charities aren't neutral - nor is CA mind you, since it is a commercial entity, not a governmental (or quasi-) institution. Clumping it with women in cricket in CA's annual report pisses me off, because it has nothing to do with women in cricket, but there are worse things than Pink Day and its associated back-patting. The bulk of the advertising the match gives the charity is free too, because they'd otherwise be advertising themselves, so no bad thing.

Big Ramifications
"Giving to disaster relief is like connecting a garden hose to a fire-pump. If efficiency is the goal - or accountability"

??11!!?eleven??

If I give to the Red Cross APPEAL FOR THE FARK-OFF BIG BUSHFIRE then I really shouldn't expect them to be accountable?! It's a piece off piss bit of accounting to keep track of the funds. No excuses.

The "buyer beware" tone of your comment is exactly what I'm getting at. Charities are as dodgy as all fark.

// except for the Salvos
/// love to know what goes on in the SHANE WARNE FOUNDATION

Tony Tea

"Smack that ginger - yeah!"

Russ

Biggy, charities are setup to budget and spend a certain amount of funds each year. Disaster relief gives them an order of magnitude more to spend. Scaling is hard. Hence my comment. Give to charities if you like what they do, beware of disaster relief, it is far and away the most likely to have a lot of waste.

lou

Russ, that's precisely why I don't give to disaster relief, waste and accountability. You have no bloody idea really about any of it.

lou

That is, one has no idea.

I hate using 'one'.

M. Patard

Just awoke from one of those Der Steppenwolf summer dreams; dry, parched, hot sweaty worry and confused, and you wonder how long you've got and whether you're going to hell when you die.

Two things: 1) It's cooler outside and 2) it's raining. Should be some juice in the wicket in the morning. Not a bad toss to lose.

Carrot

Ha ha, Biggy.

I always worry with links from you or Pat that they're going to be some sort of depraved nuns-with-camels porn, that I'll be in a cafe when I click on them, klaxons will go off and they'll put me away for life.

..... Not that a ginger being thrown down stairs isn't depraved of course. You should be ashamed of yourself. Disgusting filth.

Professor Rosseforp

Big Rammers: those concrete steps look quite hard as the red-headed guy connects with them head first.

Professor Rosseforp

Black armbands -- what's the protocol with them? They also mess with the players' outfits. They happen so regularly that they could have proper shirts made up with pre-printed black armbands, rather than dodgy gaffer tape. It would be rare to have a week when someone connected with cricket DOESN'T die, so who determines if they are cool enough to warrant an armband? And maybe they could have a regular update so that casual viewers know who the armband is for.
End of grump.
Breast cancer awareness is one amongst many good causes, and one that did have a genuine impact on the Australian cricketing world, so on balance I don't mind the publicity. The pink caps are a little too much for me, but lots of others seem to think it's okay.

Professor Rosseforp

Lucky for some former PMs that there has been no mention of pink bats.

Russ

At least it is only hats. South Africa wore all pink in an ODI, with dark green pads.

Daaahling, no. Just no.

M. Patard

I'll throw my pink hat into the ring and side with those against the pinkening of everything, all for a "good cause".

I'll say this about charitable organisations, sponsorship and corporate promotion of such: Bikie gangs love to raffle off a Harley at the end of year celebrations with the proceeds going to a "good cause" (which usually involves an organisation working on behalf of sick children). Awww, shucks, them Bikies hearts are in the right places. Let's not judge their ownership of methamphetamine production and supply, prostitution, extortion etc etc.
Look at the good work they do.

I'm thoroughly sick of the McGrath Foundation and all who promote it and wear pink.

If it were an organisation promoting the awareness of White South African farmers being tortured and killed and the impending genocide there, that I'd support. But, that's never gonna float in this country. We don't trouble ourselves with going out on a ledge. Best pat ourselves on the back with our collective sanctimoniousness and celebrate outstandingly superior morality by wearing pink.

gillysgone

Must have been a bad day yesteray. Have calmed down now. Yes its a good cause, I just think its over the top.
Now my next subject is beer sponsorship. The bloke who coward punched the kid the other day had 8 beers apparently. I would like to see which brand of beer he drank emblazened on the news coverage. The beer boys want the coverage when there is no side effect eg a winning dressing room, but lets get real and place it directly against the side effect.
Have now come down off the pedastal. Good toss to lose, cloudy outside my office so bowling could be right. Rest Rhino and piss Papercut off, Doolan and Faulkner in. Now thats a team I would like to see. We need a real No.3 again. I dont care who it is, so Doolan gets first go. Papercut comes back at 6 for SA, George off into the sunset. 5-0 by lunch day 5

nottrampis

I have given you blokes more publicity and yesterday told all and sundry Our tone was the ONLY person to cotton on to my 'name'

Well done sir tone!!

M. Patard

Must have been a bad day yesteray. Have calmed down now. Yes its a good cause,...

What? Why are you backing down? Don't let Tony's Anglican moral sanctimony get the better of your feelings of self worth, stand by yourself man!

I prefer cancer awareness to the dubious mythology of the baggy green.

Posted by: Tony Tea | Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 07:41 PM

Don't you see what he's doing there? It's the stock standard Anglican/Presbyterian one two. First establishes his higher moral plane. Then goes in for the knife discrediting anything positive you may have held dear about yourself and any notion that you might belong to a collective of mutual respect. You don't. Your group is shit and it's based on dubious myths.

M. Patard

Now my next subject is beer sponsorship. The bloke who coward punched the kid the other day had 8 beers apparently. I would like to see which brand of beer he drank emblazened on the news coverage.

Oh. Fuck. Here we go.

He was also on drugs and, by the looks of him, probably on 'roids.

But, you're probably right. Let's all get together in our pink gear and damn all those who drink beer. This Test day has started well. Good thing I've got three Belgian beers lined up in the fridge ready to go and several bottles of Pinot Grigio rearing to go. Stand clear everyone. I'm gonna go on a king hitting rampage later on.

M. Patard

I have given you blokes more publicity and yesterday told all and sundry Our tone was the ONLY person to cotton on to my 'name'

Aren't you Homer aka The Don has Risen? Is this a secret?

M. Patard

He was also on drugs and, by the looks of him, probably on 'roids.

Should add, this is all alleged, even though the SMH doesn't mind convicting him already: Shaun McNeil: Portrait of an angry young man who said he'd changed his ways

Funny that. Name, race, life profile. Yet, if you're a gang rapist, or hacker of heads, or into cliterodectomies Fairfax is always clueless as to what the motivations and racial descriptors might be. It's all so confusing. Best get the pink on boys. Mardi Gras is coming soon.


M. Patard

Whatever happened to that apocalyptic heat wave we were promised? Isn't someone supposed to self-combust somewhere in Oztralia today as "the mercury" hits 50?

And what does Warney mean he hasn't seen a pitch like this since the under whatever's at some park oval in 1985/86? Is it reminiscent of a covered concrete slab soaked in rain?

What the fuck is going on? I'm angry. Where's Tones?

M. Patard

Root is dropped?

Matt

Now, back to the cricket. England drop the boy wonder it seems. Good move by the poms and shows some courage by the selectors. The easy decision would have been to drop Carberry and keep Root for his "potential". Potential is overrated.

Getting dropped may be the best that happens to Root.

Matt

So the Poms have a Saffer, a Kiwi and a Paddy in their team. Shame they couldn't fit Sam Robson in the team for a full set.

Tony Tea

Dud Root.

Tony Tea

You drugged out, boozed addled, hot blooded Cath O'Lick.

Tony Tea

England won the toss and will bowl. Now the Poms are taking the piss. Hats off. #Ashes

— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 2, 2014
Tony Tea

England won the toss and will bowl. Now the Poms are taking the piss. PINK hats off. #Ashes

— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 2, 2014
gillysgone

Cook wins toss and makes a tosser decision to bowl. clouds will go and we should get 400. Then again, 250 will be enough

M. Patard

I just looked inside my fridge and then king hit the cat.

I blame society.

gillysgone

unchanged 11. we will see how wrong this is when Papercut bowls 3 overs and goes off

Tony Tea

Now that the slow-as-Boycott Dudley Root has been dropped he is the Corpse Without Pads. #Ashes

— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 2, 2014
M. Patard

Oh Boydy Boyyyy-Oh,
The Poms, the Poms are
a caaaaallling,
It's you, it's you and your right-arm fast-medium.

M. Patard

And now I'd like to call up Uncle Pat Hannagan for a traditional welcome to Sydney country.

//walks up and king hits Mark Nicholas//

Tony Tea

You are not allowed to call it a "king hit" anymore; apparently it is a "cowardly hit".

gillysgone

AB on the ABC. Doh!

Tony Tea

ONLY FOUR non-England born players in the English team. #Ashes

— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 2, 2014
Tony Tea

If the "A" stands for "Allan" and the "B" stands for "Border", what does the "C" stand for?

M. Patard

Poms are now in talks with Silk to replace Cranberry in the field.

Tony Tea

From Silk purse to pig's arse.

Tony Tea

Cow Corner Warner out to a shit shot. Quelle surprise. #Ashes

— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 2, 2014
M. Patard

Good strike rate from Davey Boy. He's laid the platform for the team to launch into the last 14 overs and lay down a challenging post 150 score.

M. Patard

Buck is getting bogged down. Doesn't he realise there's only 13 overs remaining?

gillysgone

C is for commentary

M. Patard

From Silk purse to pig's arse.

That's very good. Took me a while to think it through. I'll never be a cryptic crossworder but I always enjoy it when they're explained to me.

M. Patard

Yeah, Warney's right. That was a top flight 16 from Davey Boy which put a whole lot of pressure back on England.

gillysgone

Rankin. Wankin. nice alliteration. Feel free to use if he has 0/50 off 6 overs.

M. Patard

Massive Unit Tall Timber. MUTT.

Matt

Time for Twatto to make his customary dead rubber 100 and confirm his place in the team for the next 12 months (when fit)

gillysgone

Guardian stat - Poms have not had a successful LBW decision in the series as yet. Which means Papercuts strategy has woked thus far, assuming it is a strategy and not good luck

M. Patard

Is it too early to crack open a pine-lime Splice?

M. Patard

Bring on the Mutt!

Tony Tea

I love pine-lime Splices.

gillysgone

Captain Cook won the toss
will bowl, to prevent a loss
we bat and Warners gone
but Buck looks well on song
and TWatto can add the gloss


M. Patard

Geez. Crap shot from Buck.

The pitch is doing nothing.

gillysgone

Last time I insert a close rhyme. Cost him his wicket

M. Patard

I love pine-lime Splices.

As do I. Pity my poor children but, you snooze, you lose.

Tony Tea

Bucken bottom edge. #Ashes

— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 3, 2014
M. Patard

Last time I insert a close rhyme. Cost him his wicket

Yes, thanks very much, Don.

M. Patard

Gilly'sDon

M. Patard

Been a funny morning for the Test. Nothing threatening from the bowlers that stands out, batsmen doing it easy on an easy pitch ticking over runs with ease. Yet two wickets down.

Tony Tea

Back to the black armbands. The Geelong skipper, Ben Graham, once wanted to wear a black armband in memory of his dog. I can't remember if he applied to wear one (you are not allowed to wear any item of clothing without AFL approval) and was knocked back, or whether he wore one.

Carrot

Don't care about the mixed nationalities, there are four gingers in this Engand team! Bairstow, Stokes, Rankin and Bell (who might be borderline, but I'm still claiming him). England are now my favourite team!

..... Yeah ok, not really. But still - four gingers in the same team!

Tony Tea

Gingland.

gillysgone

Rangerland

Tony Tea

If Australia was two down at lunch I would call the session for Australia. Three wickets down (or more - we're now in Clarke time) and it's England's session.

M. Patard

Definitely the Poms won the session.

M. Patard

It's a good thing Davey Boy put all that pressure back on the Poms.

4 down. Pitch doing nothing. Fuck off Oz.

Tony Tea

Watson plumb.

4 down.

MOST definitely Gingland's session now.

M. Patard

That pig looks as happy as a Cameron in beer.

Big Ramifications

Two great balls! [plus the LB appeal the over before] And the whole time on channel 9 Warnie was bemoaning England's lack of LBWs in the series and what their bowlers need to do to rectify this. It dead set seemed like Warnie was out there coaching Anderson.

England didn't review the first one, Anderson gets on with it and keeps his mojo. Wicket.

And WATSON didn't review?!

gillysgone

2 senarios at play
1. George gets out for less than 10, finishes test career but opens door for Doolan at 3 and Papercut at 6
2. George gets a ton, and delays inevitable dropping after poor SA tour.

i guess if scenario 2 plays out we might win this game. If scenario 1 plays out i am happy that we get a number 3, but unhappy about the loss. Lets roll those after lunch dice...

Big Ramifications
"At least it is only hats. South Africa wore all pink in an ODI, with dark green pads."

Jakers! That is horrible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R27Ya955FMc

food terroirist

Tubby Taylor was so excited to be seated next to the PM he resurrected the career of Jimmy Adams (padams) while commentating on Anderson bowling.

Slats seems like a Rudd/Gillard man, so he started sledging Abbott about his budgie smugglers & Pat Howard (Abbott brought up how Howard's dad was his rugby forward coach at Sydney Uni

Within 5 mins the PM says he doesn't have much of a clue about cricket... he was a rugby player.

Tony Tea

At least Abbott had the good sense to admit he's not a cricket man, unlike cricket fraud Rudd, who just made shit up.

M. Patard

There goes the whitewash.

gillysgone

bye bye George, see you in the one dayers. Put the baggy green in a display case, never to be worn again

Big Ramifications

Remember that rainy eve that I threw you out with nothing but a fine tooth comb? I know I'm to blame, well ain't that a shame. Bill Bailey won't you please go home.

M. Patard

But Cook didn't maintain his "equanimity" or "composure under fire"*. Not sure either whether he's a "stylish man in every way" or what that's got to do with anything anyway,however, Cook fronts up loss after loss, not that he's got much choice, and he did choose well after winning the toss here.

*Composure is a union wank term.

Tony Tea

Australia 5 for 97. That's the tail gone. #Ashes

— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 3, 2014
food terroirist

In Haddin I trust!

food terroirist

I missed the whole 1st session... what's he deal with the batsmen shouldering arms so much?
Some of the leaves outside off have been way too close to the stumps.

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