Tuesday Tithbits: 6th October

This Tuesday is another great anniversary – It would’ve been Richie Benaud’s 90th birthday.

The absolute gold standard of sporting commentators – Murray Walker, Vin Scully, John Motson, Rabs Warren, Dennis Cometti, Bill Collins, they’re all legends, but they aren’t Richie Benaud.

There’s no better time than this to bring the 2,994,876th replay of Richie putting aside nationalities to tear shreds off the Chappell brothers for the Underarm incident – There wasn’t a single verbal punch that didn’t connect.

“I think it was a very poor performance, one of the worst things I have ever seen done on a cricket field… Goodnight.”

It’s marvellous – He spends a good 30 seconds mercilessly going through calling it for exactly what is was (A disgrace), and just suddenly ends it with “Goodnight.”

Just ticked past 700 posts on Sunday

Another forgettable milestone has been TICKED OFF.

Ashleigh Barty is guaranteed to end the year as WTA World No.1, having played all of 4 tournaments and not having played since February

This calls for a celebration!

The greatest wildly popular beer-swilling world champion since Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Just on Iga Swiatek – Anyone who saw her play in Melbourne back in January, when she was still 18 (And actually hadn’t graduated from high school), would probably realise that her downing a player of Simona Halep’s ilk isn’t some bolt out of the blue.

I say that because Iga got to the 4th Round in Melbourne, and only went out after losing an extremely tight 3-set match to Anett Kontaveit, having come back from 5-2 down in the final set, only to lose 7-5.

Dunno why they’re calling it a Long ban

I mean, Ben only got 1 week.

Friday night is the first time Richmond and St Kilda have met in a final since 1973

This time it won’t be Ian Stewart vs St Kilda, it’ll be Dan Butler vs Richmond.

In fact, prior to 2020, 1973 was the last year the Tigers and Saints had even played in the same finals series.

There’s some obvious well-known reasons for that.

After ’73, the Saints didn’t feature in the finals until 1991, in which time they won 7 Wooden Spoons, while the Tigers drifted into hibernation after 1982, only making those 2 finals appearances (1995 and 2001) prior to 2013, when they started to return to success, while the Saints appeared in 7 out of 8 finals series between 2004-11, which was their last appearance prior to 2020.

But, this is 2020, and worlds are colliding.

The All-Australian contest on Sunday Night Football

So it was Mitch Wishnowsky on the 49ers, Cam Johnston punting for the Eagles, and of course, the big story was that Jordan Mailata finally got his first career NFL start in his 3rd season, thanks to some key injuries on the Eagles offensive line.

His only mistake was a false start penalty, but otherwise he held up okay in Phlly’s first win of 2020, as they become Kings of the Shitpile Mountain that is the NFC East.

But while Jordan did his thing, there was something at the epic conclusion that caught my eye.

With 2 minutes to go and having just cut the deficit to 25-20, the 49ers needed an onside kick recovery, but they used regular kicker Robbie Gould instead of Mitch, who obviously has his Australian Rules pedigree, and can come up with a banana, a snap or a drop kick if need be.

Needless to say, Gould’s kick was one to forget, the Eagles recovered the ball easily, and eventually survived a Niners Hail Mary.

Jason Dunstall won’t like this thought, but you know what would’ve had a chance there?


Brandon ‘The Cheese’ Smith stealing candy from a baby

From the Storm Instagram

I reckon that’s even funnier when you find out that young fella is Craig Bellamy’s grandson.

Cheese did give the lollipop back, most likely under threat of Satanic sacrifice from Bellyache.

The Marquee players in the Perth Scorchers WBBL Squad

It’s saying something about how much quality there is in the team that they could lose Australian captain Meg Lanning, and arguably end up a BETTER team.

Apparently this is it:

England wicketkeeper Amy Jones returns, joined by spinner Sarah Glenn, who just carved up the West Indies in their T20 series, and just to cap that off, the Scorchers also got BOTH the top runscorers from WBBL 05.

Beth Mooney from the champion Heat team + New Zealand captain Sophie Devine.

To put it mildly, I have more hope these Scorchers can go close to a title than their male counterparts, who only have Liam Livingstone, probably Jason Roy, and 9 John Does from WA’s Sheffield Shield team who will kill the strike rate.

Looking at the Australian Horse of the Year Awards

In this post-Winx era of Australian racing, Chris Waller is still training the standout thoroughbred, because Nature Strip was probably a standout choice for Horse Of The Year, which he won, but I reckon there’s going to be a bit of hilarity in the 3-year-old categories.

Yes Yes Yes, by virtue of winning The Everest, which is classified as a Special Conditions race and does not have Group status, won Champion 3YO Colt or Gelding.

I say hilarity, because he has to be the first horse to ever win in the Three Year Old category without winning a Group 1 that season.

I’d also point out, Yes Yes Yes had 2 cracks at Bivouac in the Spring of 2019, in the Run To The Rose and the Golden Rose itself.

He was beaten both times.

Bit of a head scratcher – Still, surely the unofficial champion 3YO was Loving Gaby, who was rightly awarded Champion Filly.

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