BY DAN In a wonderful piece for Today’s Tale, Sam Perry did an excellent job of ‘trendspotting’, pointing out that the era of the block play was perhaps on its way out. Before we get going. Read the piece. Please. I’ll wait here. What’s the block play? Well as Sam aptly describes it: “This play, … More The death of the block play?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 19-0 victory over Parramatta was yet another hard-nosed performance. Against an opposition that underwhelmed they attacked through the middle, kicked to the corners, and defended like hell. This was meant to be a big test for the Raiders, but they barely felt troubled. Before we spend the next few hundred … More Raiders Review: The Recipe.
BY DAN So Sunday night games hey? Waiting the whole weekend for footy is not ideal. So here’s some random thoughts to tide you over until six o’clock. 1. BJ has been great this year (and others) I get it. BJ gives away some dumb penalties, and occasionally he tries stuff on offence he probably … More 5 Bonus Things We Think
BY ROB Friday night of last week was a stressful one – Not only was I driving into Sydney during the backend of peak hour in the wet, but I was also listening to the Raiders fumble their way to a frustrating loss against the Storm. While they may have improved their situation in the … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Knights round 3 preview
BY HERMAN Last night Australia clinched victory in the One Day International series against India. After the game, Michael Slater was waxing on about something or other blurted out some inane comment to the effect that “India could have won all three games” because they scored 300 or thereabouts. While technically true, it misses the … More 300 Is Entertaining? You Are Wrong James Faulkner!
BY HERMAN It’s a tired old formula. Sport player does something bad, controversial or stupid. The moral outrage brigade jumps up on their high horse. “These players are mentors, people look up to them” “I can’t believe anyone could do something like that”, “he should have known better”, “sportspeople are idiots, dickheads”, “sport X has … More The Same Old Outrage: Don’t Tell Me About the Brand
BY ROB Being the resident artist of the Sportress I have a fascination with design and art in sport. From uniforms to liveries, stadiums to logos I love examining all of the aspects of how sport is presented to us visually. Formula 1 is very much a convergence of looks and performance, and even though … More Shiny Vroom Vroom: Meet the F1 cars of 2015
BY JONESY Tonight 43 year-old Brad Hogg will take the field with youthful abandon and skip around for the Scorchers in their Big Bash League Semi Final. On Thursday night 35 year-old Tim Cahill defied both physics and age to score two cracking goals for Australia in the Asian Cup. Come February 2, 37 year … More Dudes that are old and still heaps good at stuff.
BY BEN I vividly remember seeing this as a young child on the TV: Glenn McGrath sitting in the Australian dressing room, with his feet on the window sill, holding a life size blow up doll and using it to wave to the cameras. They had a player commentating who explained that the doll had … More Carrying the burden of bad fielding.
BY HERMAN Ask a boomer who the best band ever is and the answer is often The Rolling Stones. Arguing with them about it is a sure fire way to ruin your work Christmas party. For many boomers, the brilliance of The Rolling Stones is a concrete fact: they are the best. Period. Anybody who … More Each Generation Needs it’s Own Heroes