Tuesday Tithbits: 4th May

In light of the news out of the United States, we might have to refer to Gates and Bezos playing tennis as the Singles Doubles Team:

Given today is Star Wars Day, here’s the out of context shot of Darth Vader and the 501st Stormtroopers supporting the Western Bulldogs in Round 7, 2014…

The Bulldogs lost that game to Essendon by 8 points, and we all know what Lord Vader did to Brendan McCartney in the rooms afterwards:

You wouldn’t actually know who won the Carlton-Essendon game on Sunday just by looking at the talking points from that Fox Footy tweet

One team kicked 19 goals and defeated their arch-rivals in a classic contest.

The other was Essendon.

I like how every time an AFL/AFLW game gets moved in 2021 it somehow involves the Brisbane Lions

Round 7 of the AFLW – The Lions get a home game against Collingwood moved to the Whitten Oval

Round 3 of the AFL – The Lions have a home game against Collingwood on Easter Thursday swapped and moved to Marvel Stadium

Round 8 of the AFL – What would’ve been a Fremantle home game at Optus Stadium gets swapped and moved to the Gabba

Although this time, the Lions actually ended up on the ‘right’ side of a fixture swap.

My stat of the week – Jack Miller is now the third Australian rider for Ducati in MotoGP to lead his Italian teammate in a 1-2 finish

The first was Troy Bayliss, who came back as a wildcard following his second World Superbike title and won at Valencia in 2006 ahead of Loris Capirossi, which was Ducati’s first 1-2 finish in MotoGP, and Bayliss’ only win.

Next, Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi finished 1-2 at Phillip Island in 2007, the first of Stoner’s 6 wins in a row at The Island and the race that gave Ducati their first Constructors title.

And now Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia have finished 1-2 at Jerez, their first win at the track in 15 years.

Fair to say Jack has single handedly restored relations between Australia and Italy, and it goes to show that when the Corse hires an Aussie, invariably, they’ll win at some point.

The First Day at the Warrnambool Carnival, and ironically, Patch Adams makes everyone cry instead of laugh

81-1 if you don’t mind umpire… Still the First 4 ended up quite tame for a roughie winning:

So Sam Burgess pleaded guilty and was fined for all those traffic offences

If he’d done that in England many centuries ago, they would’ve sent him to Australia as punishment.

Hans Moleman Productions Presents: Man Getting Hit By Football

We were seriously close to seeing a rider die in Moto3 on the weekend and nobody knew

This relates back to the last lap, last corner collision that started with Deniz Oncu (Who led most of the race before Pedro Acosta claimed him) trying a move up the inside of Jaume Masia for 2nd place, only for the front to wash away on the Turkish rider and send him clattering into Masia, tipping the Spaniard off his KTM, which also took poor Darryn Binder with them, although they all remounted and finished outside the points.

As Deniz revealed on his Instagram, it could’ve been far more serious than it looked, because as he fell and made contact with Binder’s bike, the front brake disk of Binder’s Honda made a pretty severe impression on his neck, and I warn you, this image is somewhat frightening:

It’s like getting cut by the blade on an ice skate.

I’m now finding myself picturing Australians escaping India like they’re prisoners on the run

I say this in respect to noted website Crictracker and their headline about Michael Slater’s situation and the COVID outbreak in the IPL (Which has now been suspended by the BCCI), which didn’t involve any mention of his swipe at the government:

“Reports: Michael Slater leaves IPL bubble, escapes to Maldives; other players keen to follow same route”

Based on that headline, it sounds like Slats spent weeks digging a tunnel out of his hotel room, then bashed open a sewer pipe with a rock, crawled through river of crap to freedom, celebrated in the pouring rain, and promptly boarded a plane for the Maldives.

Anyway, is it really escaping when you’re just trying to leave for home?

And finally, Brad Smith goes from being goalless in his first 51 MLS matches for the Sounders to scoring twice in 2 games

Fair to say Brad had a few more follicles on his head prior to this sudden goal-scoring streak.

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