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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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 replacement and poor recent performances, we are not too upset. However I am leaning towards feelings of anxiety…

Seems about right

Seems about right

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World Cup 2014 – The Mike or The Don Analysis

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

How Australia can win the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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!

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Mile Jedinak and the Crazy Pills

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?!

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The Ashes 1st Test: Cheap suits, card tricks and Draco Malfoy

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

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