Sportsmasnhip

When motorcycle racers were properly mad

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The politically incorrect class clown of the 1980s, Randy Mamola, will be inducted into the Moto GP Hall of Fame at the Austin Texas round of the 2018 season. Thoroughly deserved. Mamola typified the fun side of motorcycle racing. Not spouting carefully scripted messages for sponsors but showing a genuine side to a sport where lives were properly at risk. The 500cc 2-stroke era of the 1980s was known as the ‘unrideables’ such was the erratic behaviour of the machines. They were pioneers. Experimental rocketmen. While Mamola never won the championship he did finish second in multiples seasons and was bestowed a Ferrari Testarossa by team owners, the Castiglioni brothers, after he managed to get the hopelessly out of its depth Italian Cagiva on the podium in the mixed condition 1988 Belgian 500cc GP. I watched that race. He rode out of his skin. Congratulations Randy! Nice to see the left-field choice get the accolades.

XFL vs NFL

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See a need. Fill a need. While the kneeling saga continues to hit the revenues of NFL, WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced he is bringing the XFL back “to give the game of football back to the fans.”

In what is a pretty simple formula McMahon said, “People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained. We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time,”

Any player with a criminal record will not be eligible for the XFL. McMahon will own all the teams. He claims he isn’t doing it due to NFL troubles.

So the question is will players still be kneeling in NFL in 2020 if indeed there is a league to kneel at? Time will tell but know your customer suggests is an important recipe in making money.

Never, never give up

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Probably one of the best matches in junior cricket.  Australia vs England in the U-19 ICC Cricket World Cup quarter final. When I woke up Australia was 7-88 and looking totally lost at sea. 128 looked a pretty easy target given the Aussie batsmen threw so many wickets away.

The Poms started the run chase well, reaching 50 in short order. It looked like a formality that they were going through to the semi finals. Then a ginger haired leg spinner named Lloyd Pope drew first blood. The next batsmen was hyped by the commentators on his form through the tournament. Out first ball. The fear was in the faces of the English squad in the stands. Then Pope took another in the next over. And another. All of a sudden the tide has turned. The English were 8-88 before they knew it.

From the offset the English sort of convinced themselves that they couldn’t lose to such a tiny run chase. However Pope totally changed the setting. Helped by some excellent catching and fielding it was so obvious the Poms were hoping his spell would end to finish the slaughter. In his final over Pope rolled the rest with two balls to spare. 8-35.

Deserved man of the match. A fantastic lesson in salvaging a seemingly hopeless situation. Highlights here. Never never give up.

Nick Kyrgios needs someone like this man

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Just watched Nick Kyrgios lose another match he could have won. There is nothing wrong with his skill. It’s mental. His problem is obvious- weak coaching. Any coach that can tolerate being told to “shut the f%ck up” on court when making unforced errors has no relationship. If he had the steady hand of a Brian Clough type coach he’d have to contend with someone who wouldn’t accept his abuse.

It is a shame. Someone who can belt 35 aces and fire 200km/h second serves could go to the top. Sadly as it stands his coaching staff aren’t up to return his serves. For all his outbursts they looked more pathetic than him.

Totalistralian Open

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From today’s papers – “Stacy Cole and his husband Brian Hewitt have travelled from Dallas, Texas for the first Grand Slam of the year but won’t be buying tickets to Margaret Court Arena after the stadium’s namesake expressed her views on same-sex marriage.”

CM thoroughly endorses their right to choose not to watch matches in it. What CM doesn’t endorse is the motive behind the action. The Margaret Court Arena was named after her for sporting achievements. Period. Just because she possesses different values on marriage is not an excuse to go down the path of vilification which seeks to remove the name. As they said,

I hope that the Australian Open takes the fact that her name is on his Court very seriously and maybe considers having another name because it does make us feel a little uncomfortable buying tickets to go in.

As John McEnroe would say, “YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!!!?” Uncomfortable? Perhaps the Australian Open can compensate them for their trauma. Had they stayed in Texas, would they have turned off the TV were any matches played on the Margaret Court Arena? Give me a break.

Stacy & Brian identify their same sex union as a traditional husband and wife sense. The 2016 Census highlighted same sex couples as 0.7% of total relationships. Those identifying as husband & wife in same sex couple relationships was less than 0.03%. So the media are giving Stacy & Brian a platform to shove a message down people who voted overwhelmingly to support SSM in a plebiscite. What purpose does it serve? Surely victory is already theirs on SSM? They can toast the fact that all of Margaret Court’s activism on the NO campaign was fruitless and now a law confirms her lost cause. Yet the left can’t let go. True victory only comes when the enemy is completely crushed, humiliated and stripped of any accolades richly deserved for the manner in which they were awarded.

What the left consistently forget is that they only push the very people they are trying to bring around to their way of thinking further away. What can’t be argued with reasoned logic must be protested with threats or acts of force.

Welcome to the tolerant left. Margaret Court should be forced to watch her name being removed from the stadium for extra effect. Maybe the International Tennis Federation should retroactively strip all of her championships and prize money indexed with inflation? Setting examples is the only way forward for totalitarians.

An end to sex segregation in sports?

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The ever impartial and balanced ABC posted an article talking about how it is time to eradicate sex segregation in sports by using formulas/classification systems to ‘even it out’. Were these social experiements warranted, how was it that Michele Mouton finished runner up in the 1982 World Rally Championship against an all male field with zero free kicks? She won four races in the season. Call it raw talent. She didn’t require complex formulas and spreadsheets to give her a handicap. She won on her own merits. No system required. Isn’t that the thrill of competition?

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In the Moto 3 motorcycle championship, Maria Herrera competes against an all male field. She is not a championship contender but she isn’t always last. Still she has no handicap. If she wants to race with the men then accept all the same rules of competition. You won’t find Maria moaning about being hard done by.

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Ana Carrasco, a 20-year-old from Spain, became the first woman to win a world championship motorcycle race last year. No sex segregation but grit, hunger and determination. No handicaps.

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Still, the driving factor (no pun intended) behind these three women has been the machines which level the playing field but the importance was they won on their own skill.

Sadly, it is an inescapable fact that men and women are different physiologically. Especially in sports which rely solely on the physicality of the athlete. Should Merlene Ottey have been pitted against Usain Bolt in the 100m? Give her a size, weight and twitch fibre handicap? However shouldn’t whites or Asians be equally justified to complain that black athletes tend to dominate track and field. Perhaps they should be given race based handicaps? Perhaps a flyweight female boxer be given a 20 point start against a flyweight male boxer? Whatever it takes. So much for betting agencies setting fair prices (although what a way to match fix by a subtle tweak to a handicap formula).

Then we switch into the transgender athletes e.g. males who identify as females. So let’s say a former 125kg All Black wants to play for a women’s rugby team. Apart from the health and safety aspects of such a move, there is no logic or fairness. Or perhaps to avoid health risks give Serena Williams a two set head start against Roger Federer? Make him play with a racket head half the size.

Since the first Olympics in Athens in 1896 the world has had over 100 years of sex segregated sports. No one has really complained. Drug cheating is a bigger issue to be fair. Having said that people want to see athletes break records unhindered by spreadsheet based technicalities. Usain Bolt trained for 16 years to remain at the top of his game. Would FloJo be satisfied to say she ran an adjusted 9.57s to be the world’s fastest sprinter when she only managed 10.49 in real money? Or is it worth setting her starting blocks to run 92m so as to even it out. Talk about hollow victories.

Seriously though, what is wrong with athletes training their hearts out to win glory? What is it with the left that insists on trying to even out absolutely everything. Why not allow women hammer throwers to do the men’s 100m? Surely they can derive a formula for that? Or perhaps the Jamaican 4x100m men’s relay team should complete against the Japanese women’s group synchronized swimming in their respective sports? Why not give the weight of a Djibouti gold medal 10x that of the US or China?

This thirst for loony social experiments is really going too far. The outward push for diversity continues unabated. Yet once again the hypocrisy of the left calls for ‘differences’ to be eradicated so everyone can be a winner. Equality without a level playing field. Now that is straight out of the socialist playbook.

When you’ve seen something truly masterful

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What a fantastic innings by Mitchell Marsh. Recalled into the side after an 8 month break and he has even outplayed his captain, Steve Smith. While Smith has played a brilliant innings so far, Marsh has scored more boundaries and his straight drives have just flat demoralized the English bowlers. Enjoy. It is worth signing up to watch the video. Who said cricket was boring? Perhaps the trophy cabinet of Australian sports might start to fill up again.