Tears are not something normally associated with Ricky Ponting. Black eyes, yes, in his early days. Black looks, certainly, throughout 17 combative summers wearing the baggy green cap.
Hosting the 2015 Asian Cup offers a “massive and unprecedented” opportunity for Australia, according to football supremo Frank Lowy.
Football is still in the little leagues compared with Australian rules and rugby league, the two behemoths devouring TV’s sporting dollars by the billion.
Having played Fireman Sam for a decade, David Gallop now gets a crack at Bob The Builder. Gallop spent much of his time at the National Rugby League putting out spot fires.
Buoyed by the signing of Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero, England’s Emile Heskey and Japan’s Shinjo Ono, Australian coaches can see the day when every A-League club boasts a player of such international stature.
The first grand final between the two clubs responsible for rugby league’s worst salary cap rorts has shown that the journey to redemption, though painful, can be swift.