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Best advice I ever heard; You learn nothing by talking. Your opinion only gets stronger when you consider another side of the topic. Anything less is just adding insult to injury.

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Have you tried to follow the thread of some of those commentators? There’s some sort of dysfunction going on! Maybe it goes back further and it was time off class for schoolboy rep games, as it was never thought they’d need an actual education. They certainly had the last laugh on those schools then, earning a living speakin’ ‘n’ talkin’ ‘n’ writin’ an that, for a living, eh!

RIP rugby league: 1908-2021

Have you never heard of satire?

RIP rugby league: 1908-2021

I guess many of them were happy with concussion as a sporting legacy and think being punched round the ring is something they couldn’t live without!

RIP rugby league: 1908-2021

Back in the day, Bob Uecker was amusing, changed up his delivery, saw the ironic, but the recent Yankees commentators are appalling. Giancarlo Stanton hits a homer he his was a Stantonian effort Aaron Judge homer is a Judgian strike? What the? Every single time!

Some gentle advice for commentators

With you there, the so called professional who had the fake suspense build up in his delivery. Cometti retired too early, McAvaney too late. I remember an Olympics a coupla decades ago when ‘Macca’ had NZ world champion 1500m champ as his colour guy and Macca treated us to the last two years of results for every guy in the field and ended with what do you think John Walker? Walker just said, ‘Yes, you’re right’. McAvany was so impressed with his own research he couldn’t be professional enough to allow the expert to earn their spot. Couldn’t stand the guy, that’s why I can’t remember how to spell his name!

Some gentle advice for commentators

“Chaos football”, so termed because Dustin Martin just kicks into the forward line without looking for a player. For all other players it’s called kick and hope or just bombing it into the forward line.

Some gentle advice for commentators

Agree they won’t win the Ashes for England. Leach never will, especially in Australia, but Parkinson will be one step further in his development for 5-10 years time to provide a major impact in Test cricket.

Matt Parkinson, not Jack Leach, can spin England to Ashes victory this summer

Sorry Blitz, not the solution. Players bring insight that talking heads don’t have. The networks just need to be more selective of the ex players with the ability to commentate. Richie Benaud was a trained journalist who used his insight to NOT say anything when the pictures did the talking. Ex players have a right to a career after sporting retirement, the networks just have to choose more critically.

Some gentle advice for commentators

Brilliant article, couldn’t agree more.

Jarryd Hayne may belong in prison, but removing him from the NRL’s record books solves nothing

In football the kick went the distance, not journey, not the trip. Because every player is playing for huge sums of money, it is a given that they are all ‘playing with intent’! I can’t imagine anyone takes guards and says, ‘You know what, I don’t care about cricket or whether I get hit here’. For the love of sport could we have commentators stop asking players what are you feeling right now? Learn how to elicit emotional responses without the stupidest question in sport.

Some gentle advice for commentators

Spot on, the problem comes with killing the golden goose. England has 70m people and they struggled to get participation numbers up with pay per view, to the extent they did FTA highlights to entice interest in the last 50WC. Australia has less than half the population and 2 of 3 International formats behind a pay wall. They’re heading down the same path. Not to mention that CH7 doesn’t actually care about cricket and saw the BBL as their rating cash cow, but knew to get the rights under the FTA sport rule they had to accept showing 25 days of Tests a year. The merest drop in the BBL will have 7 opting out.

T20 hasn’t killed Test cricket – it’s proven why Tests are the pinnacle of the sport

Nice article, Joss. My main problems with T20 come from the contrived nature of the ‘experience’ and 21st Century administrators need to quickly cash in on spectator interest to the extent of killing the golden goose. T20I’s don’t live in the fans memories because, as you rightly point out they’re at saturation point. But, I’m clearly talking about T20 Internationals. The T20 domestic leagues around the world are essentially doing what the other formats did to get established. In their formative years they found their feet, drew big crowds to Aussie Shield games, County Cricket etc, because Internationals were ‘an event’, but that built over time as Test cricket tweaked from timeless uncovered marathons. Rivalries were established and marketed to capture fans imagination and those events took on sporting importance. Where this new format struggles is a global information overload and ADHD administration from the ICC with a T20 World Cup every other year making it yet another money grab rather than an eagerly awaited event which the quadrennial gap creates the anticipation. Four Ashes in less than 10 years had fans going ‘ho-hum’ and hopefully the lesson was learned there. Whether that is also possible for administrators to show scheduling restraint to build anticipation for a T20I Cup event and fans to view results of any game as a classic which lives in the memory, is the big question!

T20 hasn’t killed Test cricket – it’s proven why Tests are the pinnacle of the sport

Far more interested in seeing the catch 5 times, than Broad’s reaction. It’s like saying this is the best six in a decade…..here’s Kohli watching it.

Stuart Broad reacts accordingly to unbelievable County Championship catch

Even LBW with cameras has an element of subjectivity, because the DRS algorithm isn’t flawless, the stumps are artificially smaller on review. Therefore the arguments continue. Then another subjective element is added – the soft call – to cloud the issue further and ramp up debate. That contention though, engages more fans than raw data, making the debates more enjoyable.

Lies and damn lies: Cricket’s debatable statistics

Too soon to ask if NZ were looking at a replacement for their poor quality spinners? He’d still be able to turn them further.

Lies and damn lies: Cricket’s debatable statistics

Great stuff Matt, fairly dealt with. As with every esoteric ideal included with statistical data, the criteria for inclusion and conclusion is important. A researcher can leave data out, add what THEY believe to be a fair weighting system to certain stats to account for esoteric factors like Wow factor, importance of stat in individual game, against certain opponents or game situation. All of which are subjective and as you rightly say, change the view of the stats. I believe it’s what keeps fans coming back for more!

Lies and damn lies: Cricket’s debatable statistics

Will check a few out, thanks, particularly looking for the evidence where man has hastened change. The images of the increases in pack ice in the Arctic are quite enlightening too. I’m always interested in studies which definitely explain an issue, parameters used and not used, why, over what period, how the individual characteristics can be grouped for evidence of wholesale change, how a single small element or factor can be attributed to the complete destruction or improvements of an entity or element.

Cricket must start preparing for climate change

A politician who lied? What a novel concept!

Is playing cricket in COVID really a welcome distraction?

Ok, wonder why the Gulf of Cambay in India flooded 9500 years ago, must have been an earthquake? Atlit-Yam in Israel was because of a tsunami from a volcano 8000 years ago. I guess humans have always gravitated to coastal areas and will continue to complain about the loss of property as the planet gradually adapts to ice age melt?

Cricket must start preparing for climate change

I guess they didn’t see the increased outbreak coming, it didn’t really surface in large numbers ’til after the tournament started, did it?

Is playing cricket in COVID really a welcome distraction?

Isn’t that the damnedest thing! Must be why rising sea level proponents Rudd, Turnbull, Flannery, Obama, Gore, Pelosi, Newsom, Cuomo, Tedros, Schwab, Guterres, Clinton, Kerry, Branson, Dorsey, Biden……all have homes on the coast, they all have an inside running to know the safe coasts to live on! Mind you for a few of them it’s their 2nd, 3rd or 4th home, so they’ll have options come 2030 won’t they? Now if I only had a renewables investment broker too, I could become a neighbour to one of them.

Cricket must start preparing for climate change

Which glaciers? Just glaciers in general world wide, or do you have something specific? Point me at some research and I’ll study it.

Cricket must start preparing for climate change

Still the same on Fort Denison high tide mark too! Couldn’t be a more stark visual.

Cricket must start preparing for climate change

Mate, seriously. The Science and Public Policy Institute published historical storm trends in Australia and New Zealand and there is no evidence for increased extreme weather. Alexander et al looked at locations in SA, Qld and Tas in their wind speed study going back to 1890 and the results showed a decline in wind speeds and storms from the 1920’s. Nott and Haynes study of cyclonic activity along a 1500km stretch of NE Australia for the not inconsiderable period of 5000 years concluded a 200-300 cycle of super-cyclones. Ashcroft, Karoly and Dowdy in their study of 178 years of rainfall data for Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide tracking trends and extremes and there are no unusual or unprecedented changes in the last 30 years despite the sharp rise in CO2. The worst extremes were observed for the 1840’s! Finally even with the BoM changing their measuring methods with Acorn and smaller Stephenson gauges and only recognising data post 1970, the temperature has been shown to be dropping since 2016 and any extremes to be in extended cold snaps not extreme heat as indicated by the last Northern winter which has just had a further plummet in far Northern regions. All this despite an increase in CO2 from 350ppm to 420ppm. Reason? We’re in a period of Solar minimum. Summer sports are in no imminent danger from climate change, regardless of what the renewables investors keep advertising!

Cricket must start preparing for climate change

How does the US ‘get on top it’ with a policy of unchecked refugee caravan streaming in via Mexico. According to Johns Hopkins, South American countries have a higher than average infection rate and higher than average mortality rate from covid and the Biden administration is encouraging unaccompanied minors to be prioritized. All of whom are being stacked and racked in cages which they claimed to be inhumane when 10 times fewer were held there under Trump! The percentage of asymptomatic carriers is higher in children as well. The Biden administrators have started a misinformation campaign blocking Border Forces from commenting not only on the numbers entering, but those who are infected. Meanwhile they are railing against the ‘irresponsibility ‘ of Florida allowing spectators at UFC indoors and MLB crowds outdoor. All this while vaccine rollout is stifled in Democrat States because the numbers must conform to racial and gender quotas. So Jeff, the new regime policies in the US are coming with inherent political biases, just as those they supplanted had.
Meanwhile the mainstream and social media bias in the US gives foreign observers just as skewed a view of actual events as the Indian situation.
Who is determining what ‘covid normal ‘ is? We have been quickly conditioned to believe lockdowns and cessation of life as we know it is prudent, but in what we’re told is a fast paced world, here we are 18 months later with the same ‘policy’ in place with all the knowledge of actual infection & death rates and the anomolies from different locales.

Is playing cricket in COVID really a welcome distraction?