One of these characters has astonishing strength of will and resiliance. The other is Khaleesi.

Sansa Stark is better than Khaleesi

Yes. Sansa. The irritating whiner who kicked off the domino effect that started pretty much all the pain in Westeros by lying to King Robert in Season One? The one who basically got her own father killed?

Possibly more hated than Joffrey in Season One.

Possibly more hated than Joffrey in Season One.

The Lamest Stark™ is a much better, much cooler character than Queen Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi, Stormborn, The Unburnt, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons, The Haver of Nicknames, who has been smashing and burning that glass ceiling since her brother got his very snug golden crown fitted?

Yeah. And it’s not close. Let’s break it down.

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Matthew Dellavedova is embarrassing Australia.

Habitual Linestepper

Charlie Murphy said it best.

Whenever I bring up my dislike for Delly’s play style, I’m met with, “quit your sooking and man up! It’s a contact sport.” – “he’s not dirty, he’s just clumsy” or, “he’s Aussie!”

I understand and respect Aussie camaraderie. We are supposed expected to stick by each other no matter what – purely based on the fact that we’re Australian… but I’m sorry, I can’t stand by and blindly support Delly’s blatant disregard for the well-being of other players. He was recently voted as the dirtiest player in the NBA in a poll by his own peers and coaches, no less.  Continue reading

In defence of Nick Kyrgios

So Nick Kyrgios has declined to represent Australia in tennis at the Rio Olympics, and cited the Australian Olympic Committee’s treatment of him as a reason for his withdrawal.

The response from the sporting public has been predictable: “GOOD! Kid has an ego and throws tantrums on-court. He Tweets too much. He doesn’t deserve to wear the sacred Green and Gold, reserved only for good, hard-working Aussies.

Are sunnies part of the uniform? Why aren’t the lenses green and gold!?

Australia’s Rio Olympics Chief, Kitty Chiller put it like this:

“I think some of Nick’s comments in social media in the past week shows he doesn’t really understand what it means to be an Australian Olympian.”

The dirty truth of her comments might not be obvious to most. However, the hidden meaning of her comment is plain-as-day to any second-generation Australian.

Nick has been hung out to dry by the Australian Olympic Committee because he’s not Aussie enough.

Yes. It’s racial prejudice.

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Most overrated moves in sport

 

  1. The Beatles’ musical talent.
  2. Jennifer Lawrence’s acting ability.
  3. Nutella.

Yes, many things in life are overrated.

People, it's just sugar, palm oil, fake flavour, and some nuts... let's dial our Nutella-Love down a notch, shall we?

People, it’s just sugar, palm oil, fake flavour, and some nuts… let’s dial our Nutella-Love down a notch, shall we?

Sports is particularly susceptible to this, as marketing departments and fierce loyalties converge.

Entire populations become irrationally certain that a particular player is the best, a certain team is unstoppable, or a particular league is the pinnacle of their sport.

But if we drill right down, we even find that particular moves can be overrated.

Things like…

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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 by 1 run on the final delivery of the game. An ideal and exciting scenario for the Big Bash League (BBL) and their efforts to attract supporters and crowds and ratings and sponsors.

Nice of them to wear pyjamas given the game ran well past Kevin Pietersen's bedtime.

Nice of them to wear pyjamas given the game ran well past Kevin Pietersen’s bedtime.

But at the same time, something was niggling at me. I couldn’t shake it.

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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 to create space… the footwork on both ends of the court… in many ways Kobe was very very very very close to being “The Next Jordan.”

Kobe even had better shooting range than Jordan, who rarely shot the ball at a high level from distance.

As a defender Kobe was extremely proficient… but Jordan was a few shades better.

And of course as a leader and as a winner Kobe was a poor imitation.

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With Kobe Bryant announcing that this will be his last NBA season after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, there has been an outpouring of emotions from NBA fans.

Some NBA fans who are lamenting the loss of the “greatest player since Jordan.”

But I have a harsh truth for Kobe’s legions of fans:

Tim Duncan was the Greatest Player of Kobe Bryant’s generation.

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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 a party.

In 2013, he worked his way onto the team and endeared himself to (most) fans with his willingness to put his body on the line, team-first attitude, and hard-work.

You can see the fear in Steph Curry's eyes.

You can see the fear in Steph Curry’s eyes.

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