Two days ago we saw one of the most incredible games in World Cup history, with Germany annihilating Brazil 7-1 in the Semi Final.
The game and its implications will reverberate for years to come. People will remember where they were when the Brazilians were humbled. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a German team with cliche-levels of efficiency completely dismantled the home nation on one of the biggest stages possible.
Cheer up kid. Maybe you’ve got some German *ahem* ancestry…
Posted in AFL, Soccer, Sport
Tagged A-Legaue, AFL, Australian Media, Brazil, Channel 7, FIFA, FIFA World Cup, Gary Ablett, Germany, Herald Sun, Hooliganism, Jack Watts, Journalism, Media, Melbourne, Melbourne Media, Soccer Hooligans, World Cup, World Cup Semi Final
Being a sports commentator is a hallowed and sacred position in the Australian sporting landscape.
We have our preferred commentators, we have those we can’t stand, and we have commentary that becomes synonymous with moments in time.
Jesaulenko, you beauty.
Leo Barry, you star.
This, is a famous victory.
Oh it’s a wonderful moment in Kaiserslautern!
But I have a problem with Australian sport commentary. And it struck me during Australia’s recent World Cup matches, which I watched at 2am while involved in numerous simultaneous SMS conversations with friends also watching the matches.
Posted in AFL, Basketball, Soccer, Sport
Tagged AFL, Analysis, Bruce McAvaney, centimetre perfect, Commentary, commentators, Dennis Commeti, EPL, Garry Lyon, Grantland, NBA, Zach Lowe
Friday it kicks off – the big dance, the big show, the main event. THE WORLD CUP! Every 4 years we set our body clocks to nocturnal and enjoy the extravaganza that is football! Now at this time you can read any type of preview imaginable – from your basic break down of each team and their star players to ones that can state which team will win based upon the selections of an ocelot.
Case in point
So at Mike or The Don we have stripped back all the fluff and have compiled arguably the most comprehensive form guide to give you all a slightly different perspective of each team’s chances heading into the World Cup. Continue reading
Posted in Soccer, Sport
Tagged Australia, Australian football, Australian soccer, Brazil 2014, Brett Holman, Cristiano Ronaldo, football, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Soccer, socceroos, Tim Cahill, World Cup, World Cup 2014
Here at Mike or The Don, we think the FIFA World Cup is the greatest sporting event on earth.
We are stocking up on Red Bull, napping at the office, and experimenting with not-quite-legal medication in an effort to retune our body clocks to Brazilian time.
Most pundits are writing off Australia as having no chance. We are not most pundits.
We’ve done the homework for you, investigated our competition, and have come up with this sure-fire, can’t-miss, lock-it-in-eddie guaranteed plan that will win Australia the World Cup.
Allow yourself to imagine those hands belong to Mile Jedinak!
Laughable, you say? Well, let’s break it down, MoTD-style. Continue reading
People complaining about the Jack Viney decision must have completely missed the last decade of AFL Head Office decision-making.
Former players, journalists, and legions of fans are absolutely livid that Viney copped a two-week suspension for breaking Tom Lynch’s jaw in a bump.
The world’s most controversial cuddle.
Imagine watching the 2020 Olympic Games.
Specifically, imagine watching the Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Match.
You’re probably picturing Team USA vs someone.
Are you picturing… Australia?!
Could this be a Gold Medal Match?
Far-fetched? Not as far as you might think. And here’s why…
Please watch the following 5 second clip from Will Ferrell’s Acadamy Award® winning performance in ‘Zoolander’
Note his expression, tone, and inability to comprehend what’s happening before him.
These are things I can relate to at the moment.
You see, I just saw an article online that ranks the top 100 Australian sportspeople. Mile Jedinak was listed at number 51.
Seriously, am I on freakin’ crazy pills right now?!
Sadly for Australia it was an all too familiar scene. A low total required on the last day of a Test Match for victory only to fall agonizingly short. Unbelievably, cruelly, throw-the-remote-through-the-TV-screen short.
So in the wash-up, the DRS system has taken a belting, as too has Draco Malfoy – sorry, Stuart Broad (everyone loves a scapegoat) but it’s important to look beyond the obvious and re-hash just what we learnt this test and therefore what to expect for the rest of the series.
Hopefully a lot less of this, for starters
Posted in Cricket, Sport
Tagged Alastair Cook, Ashton Agar, Australia, Cricket, Draco Malfoy, England, Jimmy Anderson, Michael Clarke, Stuart Broad, The Ashes