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.
But at the same time, something was niggling at me. I couldn’t shake it.
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.
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.
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 are obsessively following Twitter for any possible lineup changes or news from the Wallabies camp.
HAHAHAHA Just kidding of course… Hardly anyone cares!
Aaah yes, rugby, with the backward passes and the… touchdowns?
Which is a shame, because the Rugby World Cup is awesome.
I would go so far as to say it’s the BEST WORLD CUP IN SPORT!!!
I don’t mean the best literal cup… although it does have curves in all the right places.
In 1993 I bet $1 on Vintage Crop to win the Melbourne Cup. I was in primary school at the time, and was with my Dad as he braved the ridiculous crowds at the local TAB to place a handful of modest bets. A couple of hours later at the Cup Day BBQ, I watched as some horses ran around a track, and afterwards someone told me I’d won about $5. I was thrilled. When it turned out to be $16.20, I was beyond ecstatic. Yes, I still remember the precise amount, more than two decades later.