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Image by Alex Hague

Image by Alex Hague

This is Eden Park in Auckland. It’s a nice enough footy field. But it’s only a footy field.

So why is it such a graveyard for Aussie rugby dreams? What are they spraying on the turf that makes it so Wallaby repellent?

It’s 28 years since Australia beat the All Blacks on this ground, or at least it will be in a couple of weeks. On 6 September, to be precise. Not that anyone’s counting.

Twenty-eight years. By my reckoning, there are more than eight million Aussies who haven’t experienced an Eden Park win in their lifetime. That’s about 35 per cent of the population.

These are frightening numbers. Almost as scary as Saturday’s scoreline, which I’m not going to repeat because I have way too much Aussie pride.

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We fancied our chances on Saturday, didn’t we? Go on, admit it. We’re Aussies, we always fancy…

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Here is a small compilation of sport bloopers. I hate seeing these types of fails in high competition sports such as the Olympics, but when it’s not there it’s slightly amusing.

It’s only a short video and I hope you enjoy. If you were the cyclist in the second bike related piece, you would be so embarrassed! And the poor pole vaulter..I’m still cringing in pain!

The below clip is courtesy of Stupid Jock Videos.
 

With the tragic news of Robin Williams this week, here are a few very funny clips of his routines about sport.

This one is about Golf:

This one is about the Olympics:

The NFC North will be tight this year. The Lions have the most talented team, the Bears have the best WR duo, the Packers are the Packers and their QB is not unhandy and the Vikings have AP and. Well they have AP. 

Here is a preview of the four teams form the NFC North: 

Green Bay Packers 

Coach: Mike McCarthy

Stadium: Lambeau Field 

Collarbone. Fixed. That’s all you really need to know if you are a Packers fan. A healthy Aaron Rodgers means the cheeseheads won’t be on the nose this season. Their star running back from last year, Eddie Lacy will get better with Rodgers by his side this year and while you always expect snow to fall in Green Bay, expect plenty of touch downs to fall the way of this team, too. They’ve added some salt and Peppers to spice things up as well.  

Key losses: WR James Jones, C Evan Dietrich-Smith

Key signings: LB / DE Julius Peppers, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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Chicago Bears 

Coach: Marc Trestman

Stadium: Soldier Field 

This team can score points and plenty of them. They just had some trouble tackling last year and they’ve looked to address this in the offseason. Bears might be circus animals, but the wide receiving duo of this team are magical and will fit under any Big Top. When Brandon Marshall’s his troops, the Soldiers will be marching. 

Key losses: DE Julius Peppers, KR Devin Hester, QB Josh McCown, DT Henry Melton 

Key signings: DE Jared Allen, DE Lamarr Houston, DE Willie Young, DB Kyle Fuller

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Detroit Lions 

Coach: Jim Caldwell

Stadium: Ford Field 

With the roster of this team and given the injuries of key personnel in other division rivals, it was just assumed the Lions would make the play offs last season. Somehow and beyond all odds, they didn’t make it. Matthew Stafford is so close to being an incredible QB. If he can tweak a few things he will be able to lead this team to a division title and it’s up to them if they go further. It’s Jim Caldwell’s first year with the Lions. Let’s see if he calls well or ends up at the bottom of the well.  

Key losses: CB Chris Houston, S Louis Delmas, WR Nate Burleson, DE Willie Young, PK David Akers, QB Shaun Hill, S John Wendling 

Key signings: WR Golden Tate, S James Ihedigbo, TE Eric Ebron, LB Kyle Van Noy, PK Nate Freese, QB Dan Orlovsky, FB Jed Collins, CB Cassius Vaughn, CB Nevon Lawson, OL Travis Swanson, DE Darryl Tapp, DE Larry Webster, DT Caraun Reid.

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Minnesota Vikings

Coach: Mike Zimmer

Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium

You have to Ponder about this team. How did they overachieve so much in 2012 and then be so disappointing in 2013? Who will be the Quarterback for this team? Has there been enough water under the bridge for Matt Cassel and will Vikings fans finally find something to hold on tightly to, like Teddy Bridgewater? Their home ground is TCF but if they don’t produce results it might become TFC- thanks for coming. By the way, they still have some running back called Peterson or something.

Key losses: DE Jared Allen, TE John Carlson, CB Chris Cook, QBJosh Freeman, RB Toby Gerhart, DT Letroy Guion, LB Erin Henderson, LB Marvin Mitchell, DT Kevin Williams

Key signings: Rookie LB Anthony Barr, rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, LBJasper Brinkley, S Kurt Coleman, CB Derek Cox, DT Tom Johnson, NTLinval Joseph, rookie RB Jerick McKinnon, CB Captain Munnerlyn, DE Corey Wootton

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Tony Lockett is one of, if not the greatest Sydney Swan. 

I don’t want to jinx the Swans as they march towards the semi finals, but today we take a quick look at Plugger’s kick which got the Sydney Swans into the 1996 Grand Final and the very first GF for the team known as the Sydney Swans. The previous Grand Final was under the South Melbourne banner, when they lost in 1945.
 
With the scores all locked up and just 17 clicks left, Plugger took a mark and lined up, needing to just kick a point to get the Swans over the line. He had a dodgy groin and a 50m kick in front of him, which must have seemed a mile away.
 
Watch what happens…
 
 

Souths and North Queensland showed some authority in the weekend just passed. Incredible win by the bun buns, but can they do it again when it really counts? The Tigers were/are horrible, but the Cowboys are certainly rising in confidence. 

Here are my power rankings after week 22: 

16. Canberra – They tried hard. Wonder if Ricky can get into Parliament House and try and sort out his football team’s woes.  

15. Cronulla (down 1)- Like the kid at speech night who doesn’t have they best grades, the Sharks get the ‘Effort’ award.  

14. Gold Coast (down 1)- A week of turmoil and emotion. They hung in this game and didn’t look too Searley. 

13. Wests Tigers (down 1)- Mick Potter needs to borrow Harry’s wand to get out of the pickle he and his team are in.  

12. Newcastle (up 3)- They’ve been believing in miracles for a while now up in Newcastle and another miracle came true. Down by 10 points, 3 minutes left and they somehow won!  

11. St George Illawarra – It’s time to start talking about ‘mathematics’. You know what this means Dragons fans.  

10. Canterbury (down 1)- I would hate to play the dogs next week. Hasler would have said words to this team which may have started with most letters of the alphabet and possibly been some part of a woman’s body. 

9. Brisbane (up 1)- Beautiful one half better the next. Stunning performance from the Broncos.  

8. Parramatta – It’s almost getting boring so I’ll save the pain and just say Hayne did it again.  

7. NZ- You often play to the level of your competition. They got the job done. That is all. Tick. Two more points. 

6. Melbourne (down 2) – One of the worst losses this club has been through. They’ve conjured wins in the past they shouldn’t have and now they’ve received a dose of their own medicine. Doesn’t taste very nice does it?!  

5. North Queensland (up 1) – Um… Wow. It doesn’t matter who you are playing, to rack up 60 points in the NRL is a huge effort. This team isn’t a bunch of cowboys. They are the real deal.  

4. Roosters (up 1)- They’ve got the team to defend their title. They just don’t have the form at the moment. Let’s hope they can put a Mini effort in for one of their favourite sons. 

3. Penrith – These fellas aren’t going anywhere. They’re like the Franklin’s of the grocery world. Completely no frills but their play isn’t going “down down”.  

2. Souths – The atmosphere was horrible at the SCG but the Bunnies performance was electric. Controlled and sensible play. Souths fans refuse to say anything at the moment in case they jinx their team but they are all feeling confident.  

1. Manly – They finally lost. Unlike the TV show, they aren’t Lost though. 

Rory McIlroy should get a new sponsor- Dark and Stormy.

What an incredible win by an incredibly young and sensational golfer, Rory McIlroy in the US PGA.
 
It was almost night time when McIlroy sunk his final putt to claim his fourth Major Golf title.
 
In scenes rarely seen, the final pair hit up onto the green of the group in front of them as light faded quickly and further storms brewed.
 
Phil Mickelson had a chip shot for eagle to tie the lead on the last hole and it missed by the barest of margins. McIlroy then had two putts, in the dark to win and he did. He could have waited until the morning to putt out, to ensure he won, but instead chose not to.
 
Phil was filthy about the group behind them playing up. It wasn’t a comp at your local golf course, it was a Major. It may have got darker and made it even harder for Rory to play his shots, which is completely in the rules. I can understand why Mickelson was upset. He is a competitor.
 
At 25, McIlroy has won a few majors on the trot and has really stamped his authority on the game. At 25 years of age, I had just broken up with girl. Same as Rory. I was travelling the world. Same as Rory. I was drinking dark and stormy cocktails and lifting cups to my mouth with more frequency than Rory has won tournaments. Rory just wins tournaments in dark and stormy conditions and lifts cups to his mouth which are silver coated. 
 
Congratulations Rory McIlroy. Take a bow.
 
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The AFC North is even tougher than it used to be. The Bengals are very decent now and who knows what the Browns will do…

Here is a preview of the four teams from the AFC North:

Cincinnati Bengals 

Coach: Marvin Lewis

Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium 

“In Dalton we trust”. A few words I never thought I’d hear. But Andy Pandy is here to stay, for at least the next six years, which is great for…Bengals? This Bengals team has definitely roared in the last three seasons and they will be there and there abouts at the end of the year. Wednesday may be ‘hump day’ for many in the working week and January is hump month for this team. Cincinnati are sponsored by the up and coming fashion brand Giovani Bernard and he will be carrying a large workload this year. Let’s hope the threads in his back are strong enough to carry the team.  

Key losses: DE Michael Johnson, OT Anthony Collins, C Kyle Cook, WR Andrew Hawkins 

Key signings: CB Darqueze Dennard (draft), RB Jeremy Hill (draft), QB Jason Campbell, DB Danieal Manning.

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Baltimore Ravens 

Coach: John Harbaugh

Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium 

I’ve had a hangover before. It’s not ideal. The Raven’s definitely had a hangover last season, which lasted more than one day. It lasted 16 horrible weeks for the beloved purple people eater fans from Baltimore. The Raven’s swooped almost undercover in 2012 to win the Super Bowl, but in 2013, they just swooped low. They’ve had some off field dramas and their star running back won’t be punching up the ball in the first two rounds. If you have a mix master, put this team in the bowl for January though. 

Key losses: RT Michael Oher, S James Ihedigbo, CB Corey Graham, DE Arthur Jones 

Key signings: WR Steve Smith, OL lineman Jeremy Zuttah, TE Owen Daniels, LB Rookie C.J. Mosley 

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 Pittsburgh Steelers 

Coach: Mike Tomlin

Stadium: Heinz Field 

The Steelers were downright horrible last year and yet with 3 seconds left in the season, they almost made the play-offs! This team just doesn’t know how to lie down and give up. Big Ben is pretty consistent with its hourly chimes in London and let’s hope the Big Ben of Pittsburgh can also chime with consistency. Their roster isn’t as strong as previous years and they are in a tough division, but it’ll take a lot more than Heinz baked beans to say this team smells. 

Key losses: S Ryan Clark, WR Jerrico Cotchery, RB Jonathan Dwyer, LB Larry Foote, DE Ziggy Hood, RBFelix Jones, DE Brett Keisel, P Mat McBriar, WR Emmanuel Sanders, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, OLFernando Velasco, LB LaMarr Woodley, NT Al Woods 

Key signings: rookie RB Dri Archer, RB LeGarrette Blount, rookie WR Martavis Bryant, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, CB Brice McCain, S Mike Mitchell, LB Arthur Moats, WR Lance Moore, P Adam Podlesh, rookie LB Ryan Shazier, DT Cam Thomas, rookie DE Stephon Tuitt, P Brad Wing

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Cleveland Browns

Coach: Mike Pettine

Stadium: First Energy Stadium 

They had a movie made about them and then the real Draft Day went almost to script. Sometimes Hollywood does get it right. Johnny Football is at Cleveland. He needs to get past Brian Hoyer first, but all of the US wants to see Manziel start. With all the Manziel media, people forget that the Browns also now have Ben Tate at running back to add some fire power. It won’t be boiling hot in Cleveland this coming winter but let’s hope the QB, whoever it is, can warm up the stadium. Oh yeah, Brandon Weeden is no longer there.

Key losses: LB D’Qwell Jackson, DB T.J. Ward, WR Greg Little, QB Brandon Weeden 

Key signings: S Donte Whitner, LB Karlos Dansby, RB Ben Tate, CB Justin Gilbert, QB Johnny Manziel, WR Nate Burleson, WR Andrew Hawkins, RB Terrance West

 

Thanks to foxsports.com for contributing the in and outs of players.

MONDAY-ITIS LAUGH

Posted: 10/08/2014 in Uncategorized
I’m not a dad yet, but thought I’d throw in two quick fire dad jokes. Apologies in advance.
 
1. What did the the NFL coach say to the broken vending machine? I want my quarterback.
 
2. Why do scuba divers fall off the boat backwards? Because if they fell forward they’d still be on the boat.
 
Have a look at this athlete from the Chinese University Games a few years back running in the hurdles. Wonder if Sally Pearson learnt from this fella?!

Souths are playing Manly tonight at the SCG. A place where the Bunnies won just a few premierships.

 
People are saying it could be a Grand Final preview. I don’t think it will be, but there’s more chance of that happening than me finding Cronulla winning a premiership for a Flashback Friday segment. 
 
1971 was when Souths last won a premiership and this footage is incredible. The camera work is almost as good as today and the crowd is unbelievable.
 
“Glory Glory to South Sydney”…wonder if this will be sung anytime in October?