July 23, 2012 by dixwah
21-22 June 2012
Adam Scott finishes second at British Open
A most unlikely headline, considering Scott lost from four in front with four to play. A major disappointment, and the obvious parallels with Greg Norman (he of consistently unbelievable losses in majors) are being played to death. For me though, it’s times like these I turn to Jean Van De Velde, the obscure Frenchman who only needed to double bogey the 18th at the 1999 Open Championship to take home the Claret Jug. VDV hit a triple-bogey seven before bowing out in a three-way playoff.
Roy McAvoy is probably the other one that comes to mind, a maverick who led the US Open as a driving range pro, only to hit 12 on the 72nd hole after refusing to lay up on a treacherous par 5. McAvoy proved once and for all you could blow it all on 18 and still win the hearts of the golfing world (which is better right?).
As for Scott, I don’t go for terms like ‘blown’ and ‘choked’ when describing someone who finished 2nd in one of the most competitive tournaments in one of the world’s most popular sports. He’ll be disappointed, but has about 840,000 reasons to smile.
I’m incensed: the female flag bearer debate
I’m extremely saddened by Natalie Cook’s threat to boycott the Olympic Opening Ceremony if a woman is not the flagbearer for the 2012 London Games.
As a man, I find her comments unbeleiveably sexist. I would be most disappointed if they gave such an honour to a woman, simply because she was a woman!
Any suggestion from Cook that women have been overlooked as flagbearers in recent times is simply ignorant. Alisa Camplin and Torah Bright waved the flag at Australia’s previous two winter Olympics.
Is Cook being discriminatory in suggesting the summer Olympiad overrides its winter counterpart?
The AOC have the power and the right to give the gig to whoever they deem fit, irrespective of gender. Ironically, after this bitchy display, the Cookie Monster has probably talked herself out of the equation. Good riddance.
Basketball Australia throws up an airball
While on the gender debate, the Opals actually have a claim to being hard done by after discoveries the Boomers travel in business class to stretch their legs while they’re stuck in coach.
This shouldn’t be an earning capacity, medal-winning potential or even sheer tallness and therefore plane (or plain) comfort issue. If it was the women probably sit at the front of the plane. Essentially it’s a huge cock-up from a governing body that aren’t putting many through the hoop at the minute.
A story about basketballers on a plane threw up endless pun potential though. The airball line was a lock. ‘Opals punished for travel’, ‘Basketball women cry foul’, ‘BA slam dunked on travel’, an editor’s wet dream.
Who cares about Le Tour?
So you’re telling me Cadel didn’t win? Next….
Souths win but Inglis in trouble
Greg Inglis may have a bit of time to spend on his recently launched ‘GI’ merchandise range after a sickeing hit on Dean Young in Saturday night’s win over the Dragons.
The Bunnies are flying high but may lose a bit of momentum leading into the finals if Inglis is to join hooker Isaac Luke on the sidelines for any considerable amount of time.
Hawks firm as flag favourites
Hawthorn showed their premiership credentials with an eight-goal drubbing of Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday. The hawk-talk drowned out any pats on the back for the Sydney Swans, who now top the table on percentages after a late onslaught got them across the line against St Kilda.