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Tim Paine's time as captain is done as Australia crumble to humiliation against India

The Sydney and Brisbane matches are the first cricket of any sort that I’ve ever watched owing to a minor but extended medical problem that kept me indoors (not Covid).
I was (mostly) enthralled not in any way bored (as I expected).
It was like reading a long, complex novel.
I was fascinated by Steve Smith’s Nadal-like rituals, Dave Warner’s mustache, the weird (to my uneducated eye) Bumrah run-up to bowl, the way the Indian team draped their arms around each other as they sat watching, the wide-brimmed sun hats that I’m sure cricketers wouldn’t have been caught dead in 30 years ago (the dangers of the sun seem to be getting through), Labuschagne’s bubble gum, the stoically expressionless faces of the umpires, the cat and mouse games with Indian batsmen and Australian fielders at the end of innings, the breathless rabbiting of Ricky Ponting giving us way too much information all loaded with the implication that if he were out there things would be going a lot better, the smoothness of Sunny pretending to be impartial and last but not least Rishabh Pant, chunky, sexy and electric banging the ball into the stands.
This could be one of those feel-good movies.
Cricket – who’d have thought? I may be hooked.
I barely know the basics, however, from my amateur-watcher’s eye, the best team won.

Tim Paine's time as captain is done as Australia crumble to humiliation against India

It’s called racism when the offending words are aimed at people who historically are viewed to have been ‘victims’. It’s not racism when the abuse is aimed at people who historically are viewed as being ‘privileged’. Is this fair? Maybe it is. Maybe as a whole privileged folk have to suck it up and bend the knee to atone for the sins of our forebears. But for how long? Is there ever going to be an end point?
Australia is not a racist country. All our institutions and laws are for everyone. People are not excluded from employment, schools, universities, health care etc on the basis of their race, however, like all countries we have dopey people who yell out stupid things at sporting events. They not a reflection of our country and I’m pretty tired of hearing how ‘racist’ we all are. If this is indeed true, why do people from all around the world want to come here to live?
I’m sure the majority of sane Australians deplore racist comments being flung at sporting heroes but other than investigate the claims and deal with the offenders, I’m not sure what else can be done.

Kohli wants action on racism claims

Okay, so yes, it wasn’t ‘harmful’, didn’t inflict damage, most likely didn’t even hurt.
So, let’s forget it?
Even though the player was on the ground and the play had finished, it was just an oversight by Lynch? A bit of fun? Let’s see what I can get away with? Let’s show this bloke on the ground who’s boss? Let me demonstrate how dumb I am even if I can kick goals.
Lynch reminds me of James Sicily, another great player, who absentmindedly walks on an opposition player’s hand as he’s on the ground. Oops, sorry about that.
And Ben Stratton, the accidental arm pincher. Just a bit of fun.

You see, not all players do this. Most of them don’t so, yes, the ones that do need calling out, fines and bans.
Dimma can defend Lynch all he likes – I get that coaches should defend their players – but deliberately sneaky childish actions are not about ‘passionate, aggressive play that’s good for the team’. They are petty and unworthy of the great game of AFL.

Five talking points from the AFL semi-finals

Wow, good for him and the Lions.
Really glad that he didn’t tempt the Swans. Have a feeling that wouldn’t have worked too well for them.

Daniher nominates Brisbane as new club for 2021

‘Don’t forget where this great sport originated from, Victoria!’
Not likely to – you lot bang on about it enough. Not sure why you ever let it out of the Gulag, you’d have more fun playing among yourselves.

Tigers want Gold Coast final

‘Caroline the wrinkles Wilson’
You don’t have wrinkles? Perhaps if you’re a bloke they’re called character lines.

Tigers want Gold Coast final

The whinging coach…always bemoaning something or other even when his team wins.
Chris Fagan is a joy. May the force be with the Lions. Or Port. Or West Coast.
ABAVT in this year of a GF outside the gulag.

Tigers want Gold Coast final

Great article. Measured and thoughtful. Thanks Cameron.
As a Sydneysider AFL follower, I have always believed it is important to get another team into Sydney. In general, despite the press hype there is not the hardcore rivalry between Giants and Swans as in, say, Crows and Port, Dockers and Eagles because AFL followers in Sydney generally want to see Giants do well. Obviously Swans followers want their team to win but failing that are keen to see Giants succeed and increase AFL devotees in the harbour city.
So, it is disappointing (depressing really) to see what is happening to the Giants and read comments, particularly from Vic team tragics banging on endlessly about ‘soul’ and ‘tradition’ and how no one wants to leave the golden state to play anywhere else.

The coach is a large part of keeping players, particularly in the non-AFL states. Note what’s happened in Brisbane. Chris Fagan has been a miracle worker. And Stewie Dew seems to be acquiring trust from his young players and building credibility for the Suns.

I hesitate to slam coaches as they know far more about the game than I do, however, there is something dull and listless about Cameron. No energy. I also note that he is also one of the few (maybe the only) coaches who publicly disses his players – ‘there’ll be changes and they’d better be ready for that etc’ sounds more like a beige high school principal than a high-end AFL coach. And dropping the captain was unconscionable but seems, sadly, typical of the strange coaching culture there.
Can’t imagine, for example, Clarko (who sticks to his players like glue no matter what), Fagin, Longmire, Dimma treating their players – publicly at least – in the same way.
I’m not a Giants supporter but will always barrack for them when the Swans are not in the mix.
They need a new energetic, enthusiastic, loyal coach.

GWS are broken in every way

‘(Besides the Dogs in 2016 of course but there were so many caveats that year)’
Umpires’ grand final, that one.

Rules to work out which AFL teams are truly legitimate

Papley staying with the Swans…an excellent result.
Note too his glowing endorsement of Swans’ coach.

Carlton missing Tom Papley is a blessing in disguise

Found it:
“he gave off that little buzz of glamour peculiar to the Australian tradie”.
Helen Garner.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

The Australian tradie is a recognised sex symbol 2dogs, beautifully described by Helen Garner in one of her books (forget which one).

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

I’m sure your basic education was sound 2dogs.
Unfortunately social media and texting has undone all the good work, not only for you, but for the world in general.
Never mind, I still enjoy seeing your efforts.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

Big Four Sticks:
I can tell when you’re on a computer rather than using the mindless text.
Full stops, commas and capital letters all in place.
Lovely.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

I don’t like dumping on coaches as can’t begin to imagine what a difficult job it is – I know, I know they get paid heaps and ‘if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen’ and so on. Nevertheless, in these times of rabid social media and every dopey expert under the sun putting in their two bob’s worth, who’d want to coach?
Re Leon Cameron, however, there is something about his body language and speech that is like a damp dishrag. He may show a different face to his players but his public persona is a long way from inspirational, indeed the reverse.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 16 and 17

‘Chol’s last couple of games weren’t great. I wonder if they will go with one ruckman.’
Probably still getting over his sexual harassment ordeal. Might be making him a bit wary on-field.

Giants' finals hopes all but gone

Thanks Mark, I stand corrected.
Nevertheless, it’s time the GF started moving around and we stopped treating the MCG as hallowed turf teams should be grateful to play on.
It’s just a stadium – bricks and mortar.

Lions great Scott scoffs at footy code war

And…?

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 15 and 16

‘This is the first time the grand final has been played outside Victoria in more than a hundred years of VFL/AFL competition and, for all we know, it could be another hundred years or more before it happens again.’
One wonders why this has been allowed to happen.
But change is in the air. The momentum is growing.

Six talking points from AFL Rounds 15 and 16

“The NFL has no qualms holding the Super Bowl in stadiums of 60,000 and they’ve got many, many times the population we do.”
Love this. NFL shifts their GF around the country. Stadium size is not part of the equation. Rewarding finalists is.
Just because the bloody old G holds 100,000 is no reason for it to have the GF priority set in cement. GF should be moved around.
The momentum for change is growing.

Lions great Scott scoffs at footy code war

Indeed

Richmond duo arrested over strip club brawl

‘Why would I hope the Pies are back in the headlines for the wrong reasons Angela? That’s a strange thing to hope for?’
Indeed and sincere apologies. I wrongly assumed you were a Tiger supporter wishing ill-will on other teams. That will teach me to pay attention and not jump to conclusions especially with regard to highly-esteemed Collingwood.
Angela AC (always courteous)

Richmond duo arrested over strip club brawl

‘…and it could be your club tomorrow.’
You hope.
I’m sure Dimma will come up with an appropriate response to soften yet another blow to the image of the brotherly Tigers.

Richmond duo arrested over strip club brawl

Yes, bite the bullet and do what the Swans have done.
Do they have the courage?

Clarko, it's time to go