Welcome to the near 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.
TIME TO SHUT UP SHANE
Like a Toolie on the Gold Coast, Shane Warne tries to be relevant and think he is still is cool enough for everyone to care about. Problem is, that anything that comes out of his mouth lately is either self indulgent tripe, self indulgent social media photos, or self or friend indulgent comments about the current status of cricket.
A much better article delves into the depths of how bad the channel 9 commentary is at the moment HERE but the latest whine about how Darren Lehmann isn’t the mastermind behind the recent success but Michael Clarke is adds another chapter of useless cricket drivel from Shane.
Not content with attempt to crowbar himself into most waves of commentary throughout the summer including on and off the field events, he is now focused on commenting on everything else involving cricket in Australia. More than likely to ensure he stays fresh in the minds of Aussie cricket fans in case we forget him. He is in fact becoming as relevant as a crazy man with an end of the world sandwich board or the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons.
At least we avoid him and the other clowns when Australia don’t play at the World Cup.
ANYONE FOR DRUGS?
Rugby League has got its scandal out of the way early with the cocaine saga raging on with threats it will hurt teams other than the Gold Coast. The Broncos are next up after the news added one and one and got Broncos.
The charges aren’t actually that bad in the grand scheme of drug taking and distribution, but I guess League players are held to a different standard, and to be honest, anyone who is paid to play sport for a living deserves what they get if they go on the snort.
The biggest victim is the Gold Coast who have stood down numerous players, including big names Greg Bird (was anyone truly surprised to hear his name mentioned?) and Dave Taylor (who moves like he should up the dosage). Gold Coast will struggle to field a decent team if anymore players are found guilty, and despite the bailout from the NRL, still look rather shaky.
Like Souths before, them minus the 100,000 person march, it is time for the Gold Coast public to show they want a rugby league team, and not another notch in the belt alongside the Gold Coast Roller, Gold Coast Chargers, Daikyo Dolphins, and the Brisbane Bears. We give it 5 years before it goes like Clive palmer and the Gold Coast Soccer team – belly up.
Finally, the origin for this (pardon the pun) was Karmichael Hunt’s arrest. Some say he has ruined his career with all this drug nonsense. We disagree, he ruined his career by choosing rugby union over any other code.
NO AUSSIE ONE DAY GAMES IN BRISBANE
Thanks Cricket Australia for a wonderful summer in Brisbane. Although not their fault about the cyclone, February is the typical wet season and this is always on the cards.
Two things, firstly thank goodness for the Ireland v UAE clash which was a quality battle between two of the associate minnows. Secondly, it may be an indictment on the state of the Gabba why we are now fourth choice at best for premium cricket games. it is a soulless drab place to watch cricket, except when there are premium games, which are unlikely in the future.
CRICKET WORLD CUP
Thursday to Wednesday – every day on Fox Sports
CRICKET WORLD CUP
Saturday 2PM – Ch9
NZ v AUSTRALIA
Friday, Saturday, Sunday on Fox Sports/CH10
LIVERPOOL v MANCHESTER CITY
Sunday 10PM – FOX SPORTS
IPSWICH v NORWICH
The Old Farm derby.
SUPER MULTI – $1 for $35
AFGHANISTAN to win v Scotland
ZIMBABWE to win v Pakistan
MELBOURNE VICTORY to win v Wellington
OVER 2.5 GOALS – Sydney FC v West Sydney
OVER 2.5 GOALS – Perth v Brisbane
TICKET TO RIDE
No luck last week with all the UK League sides losing to the Aussies which included our One Bet for the Ticket to Ride. Our best still stands at ONE.
Scott McLachlan to take pole for the first Race in the Clipsal 500 v8 race in Adelaide.