Circling the Drain – Gurgler’s Week O Sport

So we’ve made it to another week. Might I say what a shame the Commonwealth Games are over, but in what style. Nothing beats a Closing ceremony does it? More later.

WINNERS

 

RORY MCILLROY – Not a bad run for the Briton (read: Northern Irishman when he loses) a British Open winner, US Tour Winner and number 1 all in the last month.

PNG HUNTERS – Another win, another step closer to a sweet, sweet finals berth and a chance at Superbowl glory.

MIGUEL ANGEL JIMINEZ – More of hope than an achievement for this week’s coming US PGA. The Mechanic is due. More tomorrow in our Golf preview.

FOOTBALL AGENTS –
The transfer Window is still open for another few week but up until now the top 20 transfers in Europe total just over 1 billion Australian dollars. That’s just the transfer fee not the wage. Good money for everyone involved.

CHANNEL 7 GET THE OLYMPICS BACK – Although Olympics aren’t really our cup of tea, the removal of the games from Channel 9 has many, many upsides. No Stefanovics, Eddie Maguire, Emma Freedman, Michael Slater, et al. Hopefully Ch7 wrote into the contract that none of the above can come.

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THE ABOVE THE TOP SHELF PERFORMANCE
The World Cup inspired cross from Chris McQueen during Souths game in Cairns last week was the highest of quality finish you could find. Whether it was meant or not, it was some of the finest.

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GRAB THE PLUNGER – THE WEEK’S LOSERS

RICKY STUART – Heading for a wooden spoon in consecutive years with different clubs. Putting his own brand of polish in the nation’s capital has been to the detriment of the  Raiders who timed the wearing of a Hulk jersey poorly with a terrible performance that would fail to topple any Qld Cup side.

NRL JERSEYS – Further from above – enough different jerseys and special rounds. Manly do not play in Yellow and Blue.  Surely teams should have a home and away jersey only with a one off special jersey.

EXIT STRATEGY FROM IPSWICH 400 V8 RACE
If you expect anyone to go to this race from outside the Ipswich council range then think of better ways to get fans in and out. Sending them through 30 minutes of unlit dirt roads so they have the privilege of driving 20 kilometres the wrong way before heading in some kind of proper direction toward the capital is BS.

Add to that the track is rubbish, and you have all the possible reasons to move back to the hallowed turf of Qld motorsport – Lakeside.

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UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS

US PGA – The final Golfing Major – we’ll talk more tomorrow.
WATKINS GLEN NASCAR – They have to turn right – meaning Marcus Ambrose comes to the fore.
NRL FRIDAY NIGHT – Souths 2nd v Manly 1st plus Brisbane v Bulldogs for two sides desperate for wins. Only taken until August to have two games worth watching on a Friday night.
UK FOOTBALL – Championship, League One and League Two kick off this weekend, followed by the start of the League Cup midweek. Goodbye to sleep on a Saturday night until May.
FFA CUP – More of the round of 32 in this surprisingly excellent tournament.

THE MEH OF THE WEEK

COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND CLOSING CEREMONY – The Games were just a bit dull. But then came the closing ceremony. Like most of the closing ceremonies, they are a complete waste of time and money. Not even Kylie or some unknown Australian interloper could make it interesting.

Surely if the whole process was to hand over the games to the Gold Coast you could have included the former AFL great, former mayoral candidate wannabe, porn star, actor, only person thrown off Celebrity Big Brother, Warrick Capper.

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THE GURGLER’S MEGA-MULTI
PNG HUNTERS to beat Ipswich
MARC MARQUEZ to win US Moto GP
SOUTHS to beat Manly
ESSENDON to beat Richmond
MIGUEL ANGEL JIMINEZ – Top 25
MARCOS AMBROSE to win NASCAR at Watkins Glen
League 1 – FLEETWOOD to beat Crewe
League 2 – BURY to beat Cheltenham
Championship – NOTTS FOREST to beat Blackpool

$1 Multi pays $715.

 

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Max has no time for long bios, he has only time for sport and then more sport. Each week he tries to sum up what sport has tickled the collective fancy of The Gurgler.