By Maxx Layne
The great philosopher Ronan Keating once scribed that you say it best when you say nothing at all. Given that our weekly column isn’t the best nor even good or worth reading that gives a licence to write as much crap as we can manage. And sport usually provides plenty to write, so write we will.
This week’s mention goes to Leon Bott.
The STABILO BOSS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK – brought to you by Sword Swallowers everywhere.
– EPL Title race – closest in years, plenty of goals being scored, and no Manchester United in contention for a change.
– Barcelona v Real Madrid – finally a much hyped mega football games lives up to the hype.
– Aussie Jack Miller winning opening Moto 3 GP in Qatar, continuing a fine line of Aussie bike talent.
– Major League Baseball – great to have MLB baseball for free on TV, and Sydney proved they are the big time event wankers of sports fans by filling the SCG. The crowd over two days would have beaten the first round of NRL with 7 Sydney games. Maybe next time they’ll reward the real sports capital in Melbourne. Also, there’s nothing better than watching the pitcher being humiliated in front of the whole crowd.
THE “ABOVE THE TOP SHELF” PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
MARK MARQUEZ – proving once and for all who the madest sportspeople on earth are winning the first Moto GP of the year with a fracture leg. Beating no less than the legendary Rossi.
GRAB THE PLUNGER – brought to you by the Bubble O Bill.
Refereeing in Chelsea v Arsenal – between the numerous officials no one could work out which player should have been sent off. As the FA proves after the fact this week, neither should have been. First mention for Rugby Union but the South African referee in Reds game was so bad that South Africans were apologising on his behalf. (Will be a very rare Union mention.
Close second = Tanya and James Hird. Enough is enough, the wrong thing was done, and penalty given. Do the time and your French business course and shut up until next season.
INTERMISSION LINK – This Week’s Youtube Clips
As Tony Abbott advised that knighthoods are back here are videos for some of our tips for next sporting knighthood.
YES IT’S ON, YES IT’S OVER
Relates to cricket this week. Don’t forget about the T20 World Cup. It may not capture the imagination like Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes, but it gives a good distraction for just the 40overs max. Hopefully Australia can beat India, West Indies and powerhouse Bangladesh. Hopefully with a big bag of Hogg wickets.
Almost 6 months after it started the Sheffield was finally completed this weekend. NSW won in front of many fan against WA in Canberra after both teams couldn’t be bothered completing all the overs. Probably a lot of Tests that could fall under same category.
CHOKE OF THE WEEK
Adam Scott, showing that he truly is a reincarnation of Greg Norman with a terrific choke on the weekend. We like to think he’s getting a bad round out of his system before the all important Masters.
UPCOMING WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS – presented by Womack Industries Inc. (Formerly Womack & Womack)
– A full round of AFL.
– More NRL – see our League article tomorrow.
– Malaysian F1 GP – see our F1 article tomorrow also.
– Australia v West Indies T20 World Cup – Friday
– Australia v India T20 World Cup – Monday
– Australia v Bangladesh T20 World Cup – Tuesday
– Champions League Quarter Finals
THE BEST BETS OF THE WEEKEND
Last week was hit and miss. AFL was 1/4. Baseball 2-0 series to LA was correct, and 3/4 Qld Cup League with a late Burleigh fightback costing us chocolates. That won’t stop more tips this week.
AFL – Multi $40
HAWKS -22.5 start v Essendon
ADELAIDE to win 1-39
FREMANTLE -40.5 start v Gold Coast
COLLINGWOOD +15.5 start v Sydney
BRISBANE + 24.5 start v Geelong.
QRL – Multi $27
REDCLIFFE to beat Tweed
PNG to beat Easts
MACKAY to beat Norths
IPSWICH to cover -30.5 start v Sunshine Coast