During my University days I had a job lifeguarding at a large swim centre in Melbourne. I’d arrive at the ungodly hour of 5:30am and watch through bleary eyes as the local swim squad did laps for a few hours before they headed off to school. The fact that I was charged with their wellbeing was kind of funny, because I’m a mediocre swimmer. However, it is surprisingly easy to qualify as a pool lifeguard, and it pays well, so I wasn’t about to complain.
“They gave me the job ‘cos I’ve got a pretty sweet cannonball.”
I love New Zealand. Great place. Great people. More than any country (even Mother England or the Yanks) Australia can turn to New Zealand (and vice versa) when the going gets tough. They also boast the single greatest burger joint on earth.
Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand. God bless these burger maestros.
But when it comes to sport… all bets are off.
Cricket and rugby immediately spring to mind, but today I’m going to suggest that our fiercest rivalry with the Fush und Chup eating, jandal wearing, chillybin owning mob from across the Tasman is in a different sport altogether.
Posted in Cricket, Netball, Rugby Union, Sport
Tagged Australia, Cricket, Diamonds, Fergburger, Netball, New Zealand, Rivalry, Rugby, Silver Ferns, Underarm
Last week, we had fun bringing you the 10 Greatest Sports Commercials! This week, we are doing the complete opposite.
There are tonnes of terrible sports commercials out there that try too hard to be funny, filled with puns and stuff that doesn’t make sense. Then there are those that leave you standing there, wondering where your brain cells went. Well, we sacrificed our IQs to go through and rank ALL of them. Ok, not all of them but the 10 worst sports commercials we could find.
Otherwise, Enjoy Yo’self!
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Tagged Alex Rodriguez, Boston Celtics, Camel cigarettes, Commercials, Converse, Dennis Rodman, Dominos, erectile dysfunction, Guitar Hero, innuendo, iron mike tyson, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Namath, Just for men, Kevin McHale, KFC, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Luis Figo, Lung Cancer, Magic, Magic Johnson, Michael Phelps, Mickey Mantle, Mike Tyson, NBA, NFL, nfl running backs, NHL, Pele, Pepsi, puns, Scottie Pippen, Sports, Tim Tebow, Tony Hawk, Turkish Airlines, Walter Payton, wayne gretsky, Wayne Gretzky, worst
Commercials and sport are enemies, right? We hate ads during the game. And yet sometimes the creative advertising folks actually get it right. The right mix of humour, sincerity, inspiration and sport.
We’ve literally studied every single sports commercial ever from a philosophical, historical and meta-theological perspective to bring you the definitive compilation of the Greatest Sports Commercials ever made.
We know there are heaps of them out there and we tried to mix up the sports as much as we could so feel free to disagree (even though you’re probably wrong).
Leave comments on ones that you think we missed and we will amend the article if we happen to agree.
As always, Enjoy Yo’self!
Let’s be honest, after a title like that I’ve already got your interests piqued at unusually high levels, so allow me, if you will, to properly set the scene.
It’s the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games; subsequently (and somewhat ironically) nicknamed ‘The Friendly Games.’ Australian athletes such as Dawn Fraser, Betty Cuthbert, Shirley Strickland and Murray Rose are slowly making the ’56 Games the most successful ever for Australia.
On December 6, 1956 the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre (which may be more familiar to you now as The Westpac Centre: the training and administrative centre of Collingwood Football Club) hosted the men’s water-polo semi-final between the USSR and Hungary. On the surface a men’s water polo match-up between the two nations seem incongruous and insignificant, especially in the context of rivalry, but let me assure you (and as the title indicates) this match was particularly worthy. In fact, not only is it considered the most famous and brutal water-polo game in Olympic history, but the match was never actually completed. It included numerous penalties, security escorts, and the young Hungarian forward Ervin Zádor being helped from the swimming pool with a wound to his right eye and blood streaming down his cheek.
There’s been a lot of love for AFL on MoTD recently, because the AFL season is upon us again. I don’t mind AFL. A good quality game is fun to watch, and I genuinely enjoy kicking the footy with mates.
However, I lack the ‘obsession’ gene that most Melburnians are born with. I lack that pathological fixation on all things AFL. I don’t live the months of March-through-October one weekend at a time. And when my team lose, I don’t take it personally (which is a good thing, since I support Richmond!)
Growing up, my preference for basketball over footy was met with pity, confusion or occasionally contempt. How could I pick a Yankee non-contact game for sissy beanpoles over the roughest, toughest, fastest and most exciting game on earth?
Say NBA to an Aussie, chances are good this is the mental image they come up with.
Well it’s time to burst some bubbles folks, so strap yourselves in… this could be a long one.
Posted in AFL, Basketball, Sport
Tagged Aaron Davey, AFL, Andrew Bynum, athleticism, Brandon Jennings, Buddy Franklin, Chris Judd, Cyril Rioli, Dane Swan, Danyle Pearce, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Endurance, Gary Ablett, Gerald Green, Jonathan Brown, jumping, Kendrick Perkins, leaping ability, LeBron James, Manute Bol, Michael Hurley, Nate Robinson, NBA, Nic Naitanui, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Scott Pendlebury, Shaquille O Neal, Size, Speed, Strength, vertical leap
The final instalment of our AFL Season Preview is here! The Top 4 are finally unveiled as well as a few other predictions for the upcoming season. Thanks to all for reading, we hope you enjoyed our crystal ball findings and the very best of luck to your team for 2012!!
And a reminder to sign up to Mike or The Don’s AFL tipping competition – all details can be found on our Facebook page.
Posted in AFL, Sport
Tagged AFL, blues, Buddy Franklin, Carlton, Chris Judd, Collingwood, Dane Swan, Gary Ablett, Geelong Cats, hawks, Hawthorn, Joel Selwood, magpies, Scott Pendlebury, season preview, Travis Cloke
In Part 1 and Part 2 we covered the bottom 10 teams but now we get stuck into the juicy part of our AFL Season 2012 Preview – the Top 8. In Part 3, we uncover our predictions for the teams that we think will fill position 5-8 come season’s end.
Posted in AFL, Sport
Tagged AFL, afl season, AFL season preview 2012, Andrew Swallow, Brad Scott, Dean Cox, Dockers, Eagles, Fremantle, kangaroos, Matthew Pavlich, Nick Riewoldt, North Melbourne, opposition teams, Ross Lyon, saints, saints fans, Sports, St Kilda, Subiaco, West Coast
Following on from Part 1, we continue our climb up the ladder with the teams predicted to finish in spots 9-13 in 2012. There were many hard calls that had to be made and more than a few eyebrows will be raised so feel free to let us know if you think we’ve made a wrong turn and put down your thoughts and predictions in the comments section below…
Posted in AFL, Sport
Tagged 2012, Adelaide, AFL, Bombers, Brenton Sanderson, crows, demons, Dustin Martin, Essendon, James Hird, Melbourne, Michael Hurley, Richmond, Scott Thompson, season preview, Sydney Swans, tigers, Trent Cotchin
As the first bounce of the new AFL season draws nearer, we cast our eye over each team’s crystal ball to bring you our definitive season preview for all 18 teams over 4 packed editions!
In Part 1, we start in the doldrums with our predictions for the teams that will occupy the bottom 5 spots on the ladder. Sadly for these teams, we here at Mike or The Don think their chances for the flag are about as good as Brendan Fevola playing in the AFL ever again.
Posted in AFL, Sport
Tagged 2012, AFL, brendan fevola, Brisbane Lions, Callan Ward, chad cornes, dean brogan, Gary Ablett, GCS, Giants, Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney, GWS, Jonathon Brown, Matthew Boyd, Port Adelaide, Power, Preview, Sports, Tom Scully, Western Bulldogs