Category Archives: Sport

The Big Bash League is lying to us

I’ve been to the Melbourne Derby of the Big Bash League. Great atmosphere. Perfect family-friendly sporting event. Non-stop crowd engagement and loads of pyrotechnics and colour. There were 37,000-odd people at the MCG during that game. The Melbourne Stars won … Continue reading

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Tim Duncan is Greater than Kobe Bryant

Since Michael Jordan retired, the closest basketball has come to the mythical “Next Jordan” has been Kobe Bryant. His skill set was almost a carbon copy of Jordan’s. The post-up moves… the ability to finish in traffic… the little tricks … Continue reading

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Matthew Dellavedova and the 2013 NBA Draft Re-Imagined

We’re all big fans of Matthew Dellavedova here at Mike or The Don. Not only is he Australian, but he could be the best underdog story in the NBA.* Dellavedova didn’t get drafted to the Cleveland Cavaliers with fanfare and … Continue reading

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Luke Hodge and the PR Machine

When Luke Hodge leads the Hawks onto the MCG this Friday night, it will represent a triumph of public relations and corporate skulduggery. He shouldn’t be there. It’s as simple as that. He should no longer be Captain of Hawthorn, … Continue reading

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Which World Cup is the Best World Cup?

With only days to go before the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the entire nation of Australia is rallying to support the Wallabies. The streets are being painted Green and Gold, the media coverage is saturation-level, and fans around the nation … Continue reading

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American Arrogance and the Hayne Plane

Despite my well-documented disinterest in both Rugby League and American Football, I admit I’m interested to see the Jarryd Hayne experiment play out. Hayne, you may know, abandoned the NRL last year (where he was a superstar) and is currently attempting to make … Continue reading

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The 2nd Ashes Test – The Things That Go Unnoticed

Shane Watson and Brad Haddin’s absence from the 2nd Test brought some fans joy, ambivalence or anxiety. Many were joyful at Watson’s overdue dropping from the Test team. Haddin left himself out for family reasons but with a very capable … Continue reading

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LeBron James owes Matthew Dellavedova a house

Most people don’t know who Matthew Dellavedova is, but Aussie basketball fans will recognise “Delly” as the Aussie who is currently playing alongside the world’s best player LeBron James for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. Delly also has a … Continue reading

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Rajon Rondo and The Alpha Spectrum 

I will always be a Rajon Rondo fan. Yes, he no longer plays for my beloved Celtics, the greatest franchise in basketball. But he is still a captivating, frustrating, unquantifiably irresistible NBA player. He plays in a way we’ve never … Continue reading

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Ethnic ties have held football back in Australia

A few years ago at work I was asked to show around a new employee, a young Englishman named Michael. We got to talking and it emerged that Michael was a recent arrival in Australia, and was here to play … Continue reading

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