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Big Ramifications
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"I love the joint, tho the nicknames sometimes throw me." Same here! I'm a regular [with a few big gaps] and fark me.... for example, it took me a month to figure out who Spearmint was. There's still a couple I have no idea about. Tony really needs a sidebar KEY for the nicknames.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2014 on THIRD TEST: NEWLANDS at AGB Cricket
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I was talking about the cricket. Lou Vincent has pled guilty re: his role in match fixing scandal. Pled. Don't pretend you don't like it.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2014 on THIRD TEST: NEWLANDS at AGB Cricket
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Crikey! I just read the comments up top. I've bin on 'olidays and missed Pat's performance. I don't think I'll bother checking what was written. Speaking of "coons" and "carnts". My boy Michael has been a talking point lately, and here he is knee-deep in coons and carnts. What are the odds? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw2k5p4dcJ0 // I wheely bin in jail, but don't tell anybody
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2014 on THIRD TEST: NEWLANDS at AGB Cricket
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We knew when we began it wouldn't last forever but we always thought somehow it would get better. Just look around and see the mess we're in. It all falls down like a house of cards. Yeah, it all falls down like a house of cards in the wind. It all falls down like a house of cards. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2ePjDqsAX0&feature=kp I wanted to put my comment in the correct thread, because I have manners and stuff, but it was CLOSED. http://aftergrogblog.blogs.com/cricket/2013/12/kiwi-undersuspicion-stinks.html
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2014 on THIRD TEST: NEWLANDS at AGB Cricket
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Hoh. Lee. Crap. Watson sounds like a 12 year old. That quote has just entered my Top 3 "Did I Really Just Read What I Thought I Just Read?" moments in sport. // And yeah.... cop a load of his fake injury in the previous Test! So bad he couldn't even finish the over. And how's the stupid look on his face as he trudged off?!! If you ever had a Picture Dictionary and looked up the definition of "face you just want to punch" then that would be the definition.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2013 on NOMENTUM at AGB Cricket
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"Outside war and sex, no-one wants to win all the time."I larfed. " During England rugby's brief period of being half-decent…."Remember the period from about a decade earlier when "Southern Hemisphere rugby" did a Emma George Kerry Saxby and took a big leap forward? A young firebrand had just arrived on the international scene, and the Jonah Lomu buzz was in full effect. 1995 World Cup. Semi Final. England vs. New Zealand. Two minutes into the game.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhmQlxCDFSc That play by Lomu still remains in my Top 3 "Did I Really Just See What I Thought I Just Saw?" moments in sport. Selecting a BIG UNIT to play on the wing was a revolutionary idea, similar to the Sri Lankan one-day cricket team's CRAZY idea of going the tonk in the first 15 overs. Jonah wasn't the first, however. IIRC Va'aiga "Inga the Winger" Tuigamala can lay claim to the title of first ever BIG UNIT to play on the wing. Good times, good times.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2013 on STARK CRAVIN' at AGB Cricket
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"How about we suggest Warnie is speaking from experience?" How's that for paraphrased?! Are you saying personal experience, or seeing it happen to Australian team mates, or seeing England do it in the past? Never in his playing career did Warnie strike me as being arrogant AND dismissive. He got a bit "cat playing with a mouse it had caught" but he always maintained that killer glow. Or maybe Warnie was arrogant AND dismissive at times [eg. Daryl Cullinan] but he won the mind games and had the supreme skills to always back it up [erm.... and if so, then his warning doesn't really fit the narrative there].
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2013 on BOLD, SHANE at AGB Cricket
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A former Household Cavalry regiment buddy talks about how he and other officers would go to see James Blunt sing at his early gigs. As Blunt set out on his musical career, his brother officers made a point of supporting his efforts - not always to his advantage. "James had some fairly horrid experiences at gigs," says Birkbeck. "We'd troop along to these infernal places where he was playing. Lots of record industry guys would be there, checking James out. But he'd have all these roaring chinless wonders in red moleskin trousers, coming up and congratulating him on his stuff. James would look sheepish. He couldn't get away from us quickly enough. That one's stayed with me for the eight years since I read it in a barber's waiting area. A great little self-depreciating metaphor for the weak boned inbred "born to rule" class – as jealous types are wont to caricaturize them. I've also become a keen "spot the chinless Englishman" enthusiast. Woefully under represented in the current England Squad, might I just say. http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/JbENAa1D8Ar/England+Portrait+Session/browse // I stole it, naturally, and added it to my STABLE of slang terms that are reserved for use in the presence of polite company. // Normally gets the right reaction.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2013 on SECOND TEST: LORD'S at AGB Cricket
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Here's another coincidence for your files. A mate tells me he had both TVs going, one showing the Eagles Dockers game, and the other a documentary on the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Then he mentions the traditional Spanish "bull running" uniform of cricket whites and a red scarf. Maybe a sensible hat. And how amazed he was when he spotted someone in the crowd who looked exactly like he should have been on the other TV. Wires got crossed and I'm picturing a Spanish guy at the footy game. Got a huge laugh when he showed me this today. I love it how he sticks out like dog's balls! // the Luddite took a photo of his TV screen
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2013 on PUT A FIGGY DOWDY ON A GOOD LENGTH at AGB Cricket
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"They have a code of honour and they are able to discuss the fight technically and with intelligence without a string of sports-speak platitudes." Hey I never really noticed that. The almost complete lack of "take it one game at a time" fluff that you get from a lot of professional sportsmen. A few of them go a bit far with pre fight tub-thumping, I guess. Speaking of code of honour. If a round ends with the fighters needing to cross paths to go to their corners, love it how they'll often give each other a high five [a high five "fist" of course]. And if they're standing toe-to-toe punching each other in the head when the final bell sounds they'll often give each other a bear hug. Inspiring stuff, heartlifting even. Saw a replay of the UFC 116 Bonnar Soszynski fight last night. The first round was a great stand up slug fest. Towards the end of the round they were going at it a phenomenal pace. Bonnar took some fierce head shots and was covered in blood, but somehow he stood up to all of the hits, even wearing a few big combos while he was launching an attacking flurry of his own. Dunno how he was still standing, to be honest. Then the bell rings and it's. Stop. Deep breath. High five. Walk to corners. Classic!
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2013 on FOLEY CHUCK! at AGB Cricket
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BLOODSPORT HATE SPEECH MUST BE PUNISHED! And you wondered why the guy is nicknamed "Meathead"? Two days after saving his UFC career with a 19-second knockout, Matt Mitrione had his contract suspended Monday evening after unleashing a hateful tirade about transgender mixed martial artist Fallon Fox during an Internet radio appearance earlier in the day. Mitrione, who ended a two-fight losing streak with the quick finish of Phil de Fries at the UFC on Fuel TV event Saturday in Stockholm, went on the MMAfighting.com show The MMA Hour and called Fox a "lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak." The diatribe began with Mitrione making Fox, a 37-year-old postoperative transgender female who has won her two pro MMA fights and revealed in March that she was born a man, the butt of an insensitive joke. The former NFL player, who gained entry into the UFC by appearing on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter in 2009, laughingly drew a comparison between Fox and The Silence of the Lambs character "Buffalo Bill," who murders and skins women in order to make a "woman suit" for himself. It was a cruel and thoughtless joke, one for which Mitrione surely would have had to answer to his employers and the public, but a joke nonetheless. Things only got worse, however, when the fighter stopped kidding around. Asked by host Ariel Helwani why he was referring to Fox as "he" rather than "she," Mitrione turned serious and shot back, "Because she's not a he. He's a he. He's chromosomally a man. He had a gender change, not a sex change. He's still a man. He was a man for 31 years. Thirty-one years. That's a couple years younger than I am. He's a man. Six years of taking performance de-hancing drugs, you think is going to change all that? That's ridiculous." Mitrione then had a few words for Allana Jones, who is scheduled to fight Fox on a Championship Fighting Alliance card May 24 in Coral Gables, Fla. "The woman that's fighting him: Props to you," said the 34-year-old former member of the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. "I hope you beat his ass, and I hope he gets blackballed and never fights again, because that's disgusting and I'm appalled by that." Blackballed. Disgusting. Appalled. Those words and sentiments would soon come back to bite Mitrione. "The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on 'The MMA Hour,' " read a statement issued by the sport's leading promotion. "The organization finds Mr. Mitrione's comments offensive and wholly unacceptable, and -- as a direct result of this significant breach of the UFC's code of conduct -- Mr. Mitrione's UFC contract has been suspended and the incident is being investigated. The UFC is a friend and ally of the LGBT community, and expects and requires all 450 of its athletes to treat others with dignity and respect."
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2013 on FOLEY CHUCK! at AGB Cricket
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http://aftergrogblog.blogs.com/agb/2003/12/fat_saca_shit.html Y'all remember 20 years ago when Sir Guy the Gorilla stormed out of an important function coz an Aussie comedian was dressed as the Queen? That was the other first-thing I thought of. Botham and Gooch created a mini-storm when they strode out mid-meal on the eve of the 1992 World Cup decider against Pakistan at the MCG, taking offence to Australian comedian Gerry Connolly's impersonation of the Queen. Fifteen years later, Botham's beef with the comic SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SUBSIDING [you idiot]. The legendary all-rounder now says he never wanted to attend the gala dinner in the first place. "It would never happen now on the eve of a World Cup final. Paraded in, sat down - really don't want to be there. Got my mind a million miles away," a grumpy Botham told a UK sports history website. "World Cup final, 1992, last game I'm going to play, big game in a big arena, retire the following summer ... and I'm there and I've got some POOFTER GAY GUY comes on stage in drag with a stuffed corgi under his arm and takes the piss out of the Queen. "Why should I put up with that? If it was done the other way around and he came in with a turban on his head and took the mickey out of the Pakistan team it would be called racism." http://www.smh.com.au/news/cricket/sir-ians-beef-over-queen/2007/09/27/1190486465797.html
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on BULL AND COW CORNER at AGB Cricket
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On Thursday when I Googled the terms "after grog" something v.interesting happened " [do you believe I’ve never bookmarked this blog – I always navigate here via a search]. Google normally returns AGB proper as the #1 result, and below it I usually find two sub-links to recent AGB Cricket posts. Yesterday, Google returned a link to this thread and a link to an almost decade old AGB post. The hell?! A ten year old link in the top 3? Earlier the same day I received an email tip that Dudley Root was playing.. how shall we say.. dress-ups just prior to becoming the punchline to the running joke that is Ravey Davey Warner. And Mahatma Cote was the very first thing I thought of, heh! Tony, having a very vague idea of how I think Google algorithms work, does that mean a crap-ton of other IMPORTANT WEBSITES have suddenly linked to your ancient Mahatma Cote post? Is it somehow related to this recent Shoeless Joe saga? Sorry, I meant Racist Joe.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on BULL AND COW CORNER at AGB Cricket
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Does Trott chuckle to himself when he gets diarrhoea?
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2013 on GOETHE BY SEA at AGB Cricket
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I was probably being a bit lazy there, Carrot, should have worked it out. I read Pat's "Pom" accusation and believed it. Got a good chuckle out of your comment, m0nty. I like levels. LEVELS: The closeness of m0nty -- m0nky -- m0nkey reminded me of a story. Back in the day, a couple of us were going thru a fad of inventing ridiculous nicknames for celebrities. Changing part of their name to a similar-sounding or rhyming word was one method - no effort was made for the replacement word to mean anything, which made a lot of nicknames xXtra funny. For example, Larry Emdur became Larry Em-fur. Coz "fur" sounds like "dur" and it's a double entendre which makes it funny. With me? Oprah was dubbed Ape-rah by a buddy. Apes are funny, like fur. I can't think of too many other words one can get by swapping the "O". Eep-rah? Whenever I accidentally let that one slip in polite company, or if I dropped it in a forum comment, I always got chided. And my response was that I didn't know the real meaning and assumed it was just silly assonance with no racist intent. This was never accepted. But if someone disapprovingly sees a simian reference in terms of looks, and points it out.... Then who's the real racist?
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2013 on THE NEW DART at AGB Cricket
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To frame the Adam Goodes incident another way, three-fingers-pointing-back-at-him style.... A girl barely in her teens. A child in the eyes of the law, due all the extra protection our legislators deem so necessary. Adam Goodes confidently picks out one of three girls as the one who verbally abused him as he was rushing past not even looking at them. Then in front of 65,000 people, plus the millions in TV Land, plus the millions more who will find out when it becomes news, plus the lingering public humiliation and vilification that will surely follow.... Adam sees fit to call a halt to the game to have this child ejected from the ground by burly security guards. Just coz his feelings got hurt. That about it? No one in a civilised society should be granted a magic set of chimp-out words. Words so provocative to the listener that they don't know how they might respond – and then unashamedly claim "diminished responsibility" for their actions. For it to be a members-only club, with admission criteria based on citizens' culture or minority status, is just ludicrous.
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>> I think our Tony meets all the requirements of the alt-right. > Is alt-right anything like alt-country? Alt-Right is a new one for me. Never heard of it before. FWIW, Neo Con is one of those political pigeon holes that particularly annoys the crap out of me. Not coz of what it means, mind you – I wouldn’t have a clue what the differences are between a Neo Conservative and Conservative. Or Neo Con and Libertarian; or Neo Con and Teabagger; or Neo Con and Fascist, for that matter. It GRATES on me simply coz it only ever seems to be used as an insult, and the people who use it are almost exclusively the yappy, shouty, dogma reciting Student Grant types bereft of any real clue. Erm. Yes. Well. *nervously adjusts collar * Enough about me.... what do you guys think about me? ~ ~ > And, to close it down for another evening of something or other, here's one going out to Tim Blair, Andrew Bolt, and of course, the redoubtable Bunyip: I haven't clicked your link yet, Pat. Presently using a mate's prepaid stick and he's gigabyte poor. But here's a music video for youse all, inspired by the Woolwich incident and Pat's introduction above. Probably the biggest band in the world when was it released as part of an album. Truly in the "how did they ever get away with it?" category. A song so scary that attention wh0re, serial idiot Marilyn Manson scrapped plans to do a cover a few years later. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zePfn80Eh4 ps: Student Grant: http://oi44.tinypic.com/2uykexd.jpg
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Bloody hell. Another sportsman who is peddling that tosh. "Sports journalists should write about their "home" teams in a generally encouraging manner." Why.... I don't even.... Harry Kewell had a big ol' cry about the same thing just prior to the 2010 World Cup. Except he lectured a whole bunch of Aussie journalists. To their faces. During a televised press conference. He sounded absolutely pathetic. The fact that his moany speech was probably vetted and approved by a number of Soccer Australia power brokers and PR experts just makes me shake my head. It all seems to part of this politically correct RESPECT craze that sprung up about a generation ago and slotted itself into the rules of social etiquette. Respect no longer has to be earned, it has to be given. The more urban and "street" the culture, the more people seem to be hung up on being shown RESPECT, simply for having a pulse. ~ ~ BEST TWEET: "have a look at yourself." Warner's first reply to Malcolm Conn was a non sequitur, and each new rebuttal found hilarious ways to be more deranged and nonsensical than its predecessor. So I had a huge old laugh when he played the "have a look at yourself" card as an entire retort. The conversation was already starting to read like a Monty Python sketch, and that tweet was unintentional comedy gold. Farking perfect.
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Big Tones, after a decade of reading my comments – by your own admission, reading them in open-mouthed awe at my James Joyce standard of imagery – you must have realised there was a reason for me to use the Americanism for "barracking." I still can't believe Richmond won the game Carlton lost the game. Three shots at goal to take the lead in the dying couple of minutes, two of the misses were absolutely criminal. That easily added another 5 BONUS FIST PUMPS to my victory celebrations. Did y'all notice how Damian Hardwick did the big Lley-Lley "C'MORRRN!!" when the siren went? Massive laughs. Love him or hate him, our Lleyton earnt all his C'MORRRNS. It was funny to see it used in a huge sigh of relief context. I was amused enough that I even ripped a highlights package off the 'net and made a Youtube clip of Hardwick's performance. // plus, I preceded "r00ting" with the 110% Australian term "fair dinkum" so it makes any criticisms supar null-and-void
Toggle Commented May 13, 2013 on LIVING IN THE MOMENT OF TRUTH at AGB Cricket
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I wrote that when I was shitfaced drunk.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2013 on TONY TEN at AGB Cricket
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For almost two decades, the party line's been that certain advances in racket technology, conditioning, and weight training have transformed pro tennis from a game of quickness and finesse into one of athleticism and brute power. And as an etiology of today's power-baseline game, this party line is broadly accurate. Today's pros truly are measurably bigger, stronger, and better conditioned,(6) and high-tech composite rackets really have increased their capacities for pace and spin. How, then, someone of Federer's consummate finesse has come to dominate the men's tour is a source of wide and dogmatic confusion. There are three kinds of valid explanation for Federer's ascendancy. One kind involves mystery and metaphysics and is, I think, closest to the real truth. The others are more technical and make for better journalism. The metaphysical explanation is that Roger Federer is one of those rare, preternatural athletes who appear to be exempt, at least in part, from certain physical laws. There are probably a half-dozen other examples since 1960. And Federer is of this type — a type that one could call genius, or mutant, or avatar. He is never hurried or off-balance. The approaching ball hangs, for him, a split-second longer than it ought to. His movements are lithe rather than athletic. Like Ali, Jordan, Maradona, and Gretzky, he seems both less and more substantial than the men he faces. Particularly in the all-white that Wimbledon enjoys getting away with still requiring, he looks like what he may well (I think) be: a creature whose body is both flesh and, somehow, light.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2013 on TONY TEN at AGB Cricket
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Melbourne Aiport Customs Seize 85 Knives http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/05/03/08/59/melbourne-aiport-customs-seize-85-knives . . . . THE OFFENDER DID NOT POST BAIL AND REMAINS IN CUSTODY:
Toggle Commented May 3, 2013 on TONY TEN at AGB Cricket
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I get heaps of emails requesting alliances with advertising sites and especially betting sites, but I'm a rock solid citizen. Who wants to pollute their sites with boilerplate analysis, which is really just click bait for mugs? Well, lots of blogs, since you ask. Just not me. Aren't you glad I notice these things? Being able to reply to my comment by spouting off.... without coming across like you're, erm, spouting off. Crikey, you deserve the recognition if people have been regularly offering to throw cash your way. I never knew. Being a BBC Top 10[?] Cricket Blog one year, I suppose I should have guessed. ~ Carrot first commented back in 2002 when I had Haloscan - it is not even called Haloscan anymore. A dotcom company that was merged / changed names in the last 11 years? Strike me pink! ~ Biggy, your first comment that I remember was as Big Ramifications during the 2003 Rugby World Cup. I thought your Far Car comments came later. I stopped the piss in April 2003 and linked to that booze blog afterwards. Cool. I did the old switcherooney, eh? Pretty sure I started reading *just* before you gave up, a matter of weeks if I recall correctly. Believe it or not I used to lurk at new Blogs back in those days, before diving in with my expert banditry. Sorry – punditry. That "Booze Blog" was rather bleak reading. A bunch of people trying to encourage each other to stay off it. But your average post went something like:Been an alcoholic for 12 years. Gave up drinking for 5 days. Had a bit of a falter last night and bought a bottle of Scotch on the way home from work.And then a stream of readers offering their condolences and encouragement to try again. I only looked at it twice I think, it was all a bit too depressing. I hope it helped people regardless.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2013 on TONY TEN at AGB Cricket
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Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2013 on TONY TEN at AGB Cricket
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So here I am reading a link filter website a few days ago. I'm at a news item about one of the Carnival cruise liners that karked it mid-cruise. In the comments section one user quipped "never pay to go to sea" or something v.similar. It got my That-Was-A-Quote senses tingling, so I checked on Google. I got zero exact matches, but a Moby Dick online-reader thang came up ranked top 3, http://www.americanliterature.com/author/herman-melville/book/moby-dick-or-the-whale/chapter-1-loomings that contained a paraphrased version of the quote.... and less than a page after that was a completely different quote about a different subject that I would find myself CONTROVERSIALLY posting here a few days later. Makes you sit up, eh? The world chooly is an amazing place.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2013 on A DOG ATE MY EXPLETIVES! at AGB Cricket
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