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I think part of it is because there’s genuine pace parity between the different manufacturers, so there are a lot of drivers with a real chance to win, unlike in F1. The last few years of F1, races have essentially been a foregone conclusion, so people have a lot of time to grumble about what’s wrong with the sport rather than talking about the races themselves.
Your reference to the debate over parity within the Supercars fanbase upon the introduction of the Mustang last year doesn’t quite convey how acrimonious that issue was though – it basically devolved into a slanging match between the red and blue armies, to the extent that using the word “parity” instantly flagged a comment for review over on Speedcafe (the main Australian motorsport site), and nearly every story focused on that issue.
And then you get the same malcontents you get with any sport, who are utterly convinced that the whole thing has gone to the dogs, it was much better back in the day, and why can’t it just be like it used to be…

Why are Supercars fans so much more upbeat than those of F1?

‘Shrooms.

Crows duo in hot water over drug possession

You know, you might be on to something there…

Crows duo in hot water over drug possession

Undoubtedly. In fact, everything bad that has happened or will ever happen at the Adelaide football club is the result of that camp – there is now definitive scientific proof that tachyons emanating from spacetime coordinates corresponding to the earth location -28.200° latitude, 152.937° longitude at 04:37:25 GMT on February 2, 2018 (referred to as “the singularity”) travelked backward in time to 06:31:45 GMT on September 8, 2007 and collided with a football at the earth location -37.817° latitude, 144.948° longitude, causing Lance Franklin to kick the goal that knocked Adelaide out of the 2007 finals. Investigations are ongoing to determine whether other tachyons emanating from the singularity caused Adelaide to trade pick 23 to North in 2000, pick 2 and 18 to North (again) for Carey, picks 10 and 16 for Gibbs, or whatever that money stuff was that happened with Kurt Tippett.

Crows duo in hot water over drug possession

Pretty weak by Cotchin there, taking a swing at Crouch and then the play-acting after Crouch took a swing back.

Nankervis unleashes on Crow after fight with Cotchin

I suspect that the team’s beer sponsor wouldn’t look kindly upon the team drinking the product of a competitor either – that would probably be a bigger disincentive than health groups (who aren’t happy about things like alcohol and fast food sponsors, but also haven’t had any impact on those sponsorships).
Conditioning and high-performance coaches would be unhappy about it too, and with the amount of work they put in now, players would be jeopardising their places in the team if they ignored instructions from those coaches. And with the amount of money the players are paid now, everyone who is contributing to those wages will be having a say in player behaviour, and they’ll all want both good results and (generally) reasonably restrained behaviour from the people they’re paying.

Cricket desperately needs its characters

Barrie Robran is a notable omission here, given he was good enough to be considered an AFL Legend.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter R

Exactly – with very rare exceptions, players are giving their all on the field during the game, but they don’t hate their oppositions, in that deep-seated tribal sense. It’s a national, professional game, the players in every team come from all over the country, and they move between teams with some regularity, so there’s usually somebody playing for the opposition that they used to play with in juniors or at state level, and it’s difficult to hate someone you grew up playing with (again, with rare exceptions).
And you don’t really gain anything by bearing grudges after a match, because it just draws focus away from what’s important – the next game. That lack of rancour after the game is one of the things I really like about many of the sports played in Australia – you play hard, but shake you opposition’s hand at the end of the game.

The backlash to Gibbs' send-off is laughable

Good to hear – he’s a great bowler to watch, and seems like a quality person too.

Australia collapse, England win second ODI

Starc bowled pretty well, but Cummins hasn’t bowled well in one dayers in the UK historically (average of 31.94 compared to 28.25 overall, strike rate of 35.84 vs 32.55 overall), and he’s shown that again here.

Australia collapse, England win second ODI

A dead weight that hits 77 off 59 as part of a record partnership after the team was 5/123?

Australia collapse, England win second ODI

When you watch his game against Australia in 2006, it wouldn’t be an unfair conclusion to draw.

Nearly a Socceroo: Josip Simunic reflects on his career, from Canberra to Croatia

If the money isn’t available for the most popular sports in each state (every Aussie rules or rugby league state competition is semi-professional, as far as I am aware), there’s very little chance of full professionalism in football at a state level.

A-League enters death spiral

If you can’t say something nice…

Five talking points from the Italian Grand Prix

He’ll be doing well to get that seat – I suspect that Russell is in prime position for that one, and he has a couple of years on Gasly. I suspect that Renault would like the synergy of a French pairing in a French team, even though it’s based in Enstone.

It would be great to see reasonable parity between the teams in the next five years or so, and the young guns (Verstappen, Leclerc, Russell, Norris and Gasly) each in one of the five big teams – Gasly to Alpine, Russell to Mercedes, and the three others leading the teams they’re with now.

Five talking points from the Italian Grand Prix

Jimmy is deserving of all the plaudits that come his way – he’s a genuine great of the game, and always good to watch (though equally infuriating when he’s taking bags of wickets against Australia).

And you’re right – watching a long innings is always interesting in that respect. I was lucky enough to be at the ground for every minute of Warner’s triple in Adelaide, and his ability to just go on the charge after he got to 300, along with his capacity for concentration and his sheer endurance running between the wickets was quite something to witness.

Australia snatch T20 defeat from the jaws of victory

😁

I liked the first test against Pakistan too though, purely because it was a quality game. And the third test – Crawley showed the kind of ability that I thought he might be able to, and it was genuinely good to see Anderson’s 600th.

Australia snatch T20 defeat from the jaws of victory

Indeed it can. No matter, your reply to Cari basically covered the same points I made anyway.
And yep, the lack of matches for Australia reasonably means that they’re focus of a lot of people, at least for the first couple of matches. I know more about the form of the English team at the moment, because they’re the only team I’ve been able to watch for the last six months, and even watching England win is better than not watching any cricket at all (said like a true partisan Australian)! Though I did particularly enjoy the first test against WI.

Australia snatch T20 defeat from the jaws of victory

It was intended for Cari, but the comments system here is a little buggy sometimes (I know I’ve had replies directed to somebody else delivered to me, as it were, and at other times not had notification of replies, which I assume means they were directed to somebody else by the system). All good 👍

Australia snatch T20 defeat from the jaws of victory

If Renault/Alpine stay in the sport and remain competitive, Gasly could look at moving there when Alonso retires the next time.

Five talking points from the Italian Grand Prix

Australians will be more interested in the performance of their own team, especially in this situation. Australia has returned from a six-month hiatus, so their form is uncertain, while England have been playing all winter and are more or less a known quantity. Australia’s performance was somewhat unexpected, as most assumed they would be rusty, but they took the game to a position from which they would usually win it, and then did not – such a performance offers scope for critique and analysis. Your own comment on the game itself (as distinct from this conversation, where you’re just carping about the commenters here) was an analysis of Australian players. You’re on a hiding to nothing here.

Australia snatch T20 defeat from the jaws of victory

You know this is an Australian site, right? It’s not terribly surprising that the vast majority of the comments relate to the performance of Australia’s players in the game.

Australia snatch T20 defeat from the jaws of victory

We do, his name is Jono Wells, but he’s probably not going to get a run in the team.

Smith is probably the best option as a finisher, but he’s also the best option pretty well anywhere in the order, and leaving him to the end of an innings won’t use him to best advantage. If Stoinis is going to play he should probably be at 3, with Smith and Maxwell floating depending on the situation.

'Really bad bit of cricket': The needless Glenn Maxwell shot that triggered game-losing collapse

Here’s hoping we see that return at the new track out there.

AFL Power Rankings Round 15

Born in the Adelaide Hills. Sure, he grew up in NSW and went to school in Victoria, but he was born here.

AFL Power Rankings Round 15