Welcome to the ALL NEW weekly sporting round up we call Circling the Drain. Each week we hand pick the sporting tidbits that tickle our fancy and provide our commentary along with some factual information. That and our best bets featuring the ever popular Super Multi and the new Ticket to Ride.
ABL, REMEMBER ME? You’ve been following the Australian Baseball League all year haven’t you? You know all about the Aces, Bandits and Bite.
More than likely the answer is no, and that you didn’t even know that the ABL had formed again, let alone in its fifth season since rebirth.
That is until Baseball saw one of its minority sport compeditors Darts get all over the news after a riot at Etihad Stadium. Not to be outdone, the ABL saw a massive all-in brawl featuring most if not all the players on the field and bench in the game between Adelaide and Melbourne. Also trying to pretend there’s little difference between the majors and the ABL, the stoush looked every bit as good as the US ones you see on sports montages from time to time.
The fallout was the first piece of coverage for the ABL on mainstream news this year, and a hefty six week snooze for the Pitcher that was the spark for the melee. But it’s probably worth it, and timely too given the ABL is in the last week of regular season games before the finals series.
For the record, here’s the current standings. It may be the only time this year you’ll see it. Top 3 teams go to playoffs.
ADELAIDE BITE 29-15 (W/L)
PERTH HEAT 24-20
BRISBANE BANDITS 21-21
CANBERRA CAVALRY 20-22
SYDNEY BLUE SOX 20-22
MELBOURNE ACES 14-28
ROBERT ALLENBY KIDNAPPED An even bigger story than the ABL biffo was the Robert Allenby kidnapping story. Whether you believe him or not, it’s hard to believe the kidnappers have done their homework when deciding on which golfer to kidnap in Hawaii. Surely if they were chasing the big bucks a golfer higher up the food chain would have been a better option.
It does beg one question though, could the USPGA Tour introduce this an interesting new development if golfers not only didn’t make money when missing the cut, but were robbed and kidnapped in addition to not playing on the weekend.
AB DE VILLIERS SMASHES QUICKEST ODI 100 Some kind of innings from the South African batsman, wicketkeeper and captain. Beating the previous record set just a year ago of 36 balls, the de Villiers cleared the record by 5 balls to set a target that will be hard to beat, no matter how many new Afridis come out of the woodwork with their T20 background.
He reached 50 off just 16 balls, beating the 17 ball record set previously by Jayasuriya on the way to his hundred. Plus the next lot of 50 coming 15 balls later as the ton was reached. Not to be lost amongst the talk of the fast 100 is that the next lot of runs up to his total of 149 took just another 13 balls, coming close to breaking the 50 run record three times in one innings and showing a great consistency for slog.
Thankfully, this will only raise hopes and expectations for the World Cup before the inevitable late tournament choke.
STUART MACGILL SUES CRICKET AUSTRALIA
News filters down during the week of Stuart Macgill suing Cricket Australia for $2.6 Million for lack of injury payments after his sudden retirement. Merely confirming his place amongst the most dislikeable cricketer in Australia (after Mr Slater of course).
We don’t have much of an idea about the merits of the case and likelihood of victory for Mr Macgill, so we suggest the next best thing, and we’ve come up with a few things that Macgill can be counter-sued for on behalf of Cricket Australia, and the Australian Public.
– $1.2 Million for those awful, awful Wolfblass ads.
– $0.4 Million for not admitting to being not as good as Shane Warne.
– $0.8 Million for his stint on Triple M breakfast.
– $0.2 Million for general arrogance.
– Todd Carney whined during the week about Russell Packer’s imminent return to the NRL claiming that Drug Dealers are looked upon more favourably than someone who pisses in their mouth. He has a point, and is it a reflection of society that Drug Dealers are on a higher pedestal than a self-gargling piss addict.
– Australian GT championship headlined during the week that an ex F1 star would be joining their circus next year. Scratching the head on who it could be or who I wanted it to be, my thoughts turned to Pierluigi Martini, Pedro Chaves or Diniz or Shinji Nakano. As it turns out it was former Prost GP crash test dummy Tomas Enge the first onliest Czech F1 pilot.
– Whilst on Motorsport, three cheers for the earlier start times for 5 GPs this season, finally sticking one finger to the lunchtime GMT crowd and giving our regions races the decent time slot we slave for during the European/North American season.
Welcome to our Weekly Super multi. We try and compile as many winners as possible in one convenient multi for you to get the maximum return for your betting dollar. Not that we win all that often, but our $580-1 win last year proves a stopped clock can be right twice a day.
ODI – AUSTRALIA to beat England
ASIAN CUP – UZBEKISTAN to beat South Korea
ASIAN CUP – DRAW – Australia v China
ASIAN CUP – IRAN to beat IRAQ
ASIAN CUP – JAPAN to beat UAE
AFRICAN CUP – TUNISIA to beat Zambia
AFRICAN CUP – DR CONGO to beat Cape Verde
AFRICAN CUP – ALGERIA to beat Ghana
AFRICAN CUP – SENEGAL to beat South Africa
TICKET TO RIDE
In addition to our Super Multi above, we introduce another sports betting option, this one more cost effective and disciplined than the above. The aim is to have one bet for one dollar, and see how many weeks we can turn this into a Pot O’ Gold. Each week we’ll provide our best bet and return for a dollar, and keep you updated on the progress. The end goal of the Ticket To Ride is 7 weeks in a row. If you’re up for it, send your weekly tips and progress to our inbox.
THIS WEEK’S TICKET TO RIDE:
SENEGAL to beat South Africa @ $2.10
Check in next week to see if we bet with $2.10 or $1.
Here’s a few of our favourite things to look forward to this weekend.
THURSDAY NIGHT – ABC – 8PM
ASIAN CUP – AUTRALIA V CHINA
FRIDAY – NINE – 1PM
ODI – AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND
FRIDAY – FOX4 – 4:30PM
ASIAN CUP – IRAN v IRAQ
FRIDAY – FOX4 – 5:30pm
ASIAN CUP – UZBEKISTAN v SOUTH KOREA
SATURDAY NIGHT – TEN – 6PM
BIG BASH SEMI 1
SATURDAY NIGHT – FOX4 – 9PM
SANTO, SAM and ED’S ASIAN CUP FEVER
SATURDAY NIGHT – until late
FOOTBALL – FA CUP 4th ROUND
SUNDAY NIGHT – TEN – 6PM
BIG BASH SEMI 2
WEDNESDAY NIGHT – TEN – 6:30PM
BIG BASH FINAL