Tuesday Tithbits: 18th May

Yet another Tuesday where I bring up boring crap, but it’s not so boring this week, because my neighbour Denise’s 60th birthday weekend, and it seems she’s been supplied with the sounds of the late legend of country music Charley Pride, so on this Tuesday, I have one question to ask you….

Is anybody goin’ to San Antone?

There’s history on offer in the Collingwood-Port Adelaide game on Sunday

You may not believe this, but……

After 125 years of VFL/AFL football, Collingwood are only one defeat away from bringing up their milestone 1000TH loss!

Still, if you ask me, it’s impressive that the Magpies held out this long being a foundation VFL club, considering Richmond, who entered the league 11 years after them are a good 100 losses ahead of them, and the three ‘invitees’ from 1925 in Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne all cleared the 1000 loss milestone in the last decade.

If you must know, Collingwood have played 2585 games played for 1558 wins, 28 draws and 999 defeats, a winning percentage of 60.81%, the best winning % of any club in the league by a good 3% to the West Coast Eagles, despite having played 1780 more games than the Eagles, which goes to show how bloody good they’ve been.

Of course, that winning percentage drops down by a good 1/3 in Grand Finals.

Considering their shared history, it probably would’ve been more appropriate if it were Carlton who had the honour, given their history with Collingwood, but apparently it might just be Port Adelaide to extract a pound of flesh about the prison bars.

To think that Lauren Jackson now has something in common with baketball legends like Lindsay Gaze, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo and Michael Jordan is fantastic

They’ve all been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Yeah, there’s something you didn’t know – Lindsay Gaze, the greatest teacher of basketball that Australia has ever known, was granted basketball’s greatest honour in the year 2015.

Prior to Lauren being inducted this year, Lindsay was the only Australian to ever be inducted into the hoops HOF, which goes to show that considering the impressive number of Australian players that have made it big in the United States, they’re both in rarified air!

The McLaren Gulf Oil livery for the Monaco Grand Prix

With the most famous race on the F1 calendar making a return from it’s pandemic-enforced break this weekend, McLaren (Obviously featuring Duncraig Daniel Ricciardo) and their major partner Gulf Oil have teamed up to produce a special livery for the weekend, celebrating McLaren’s rather long history with the brand that goes back to the days of Bruce McLaren:

Bloody brilliant from McLaren, and if you know your motorsport, and you’ve seen the old replays of the John Wyer-run Porsche 917s and Ford GT40s that dominated at Le Mans in the late 1960s and early ’70s, you’ll recognise that strikingly familiar tribute to the blue & orange Gulf Racing livery:

The familiar Porsche 917, 1970 & ’71 overall race winner at Le Mans
The all-time GT40, the car that most people would associate the Gulf livery with

There’s been some iconic liveries in the history of world motorsport – Marlboro McLaren, Repsol Honda, Martini Lancia, John Player Lotus, Rothmans Porsche, 555 Subaru, but that orange & light blue Gulf Oil livery is right among the greatest liveries in the history of world motorsport, and that’s a fact.

You can understand why several MotoGP rider wanted the timing of the French Grand Prix changed

A cold Spring weekend in Northern France resulted in 117 falls across MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, the third-most for any weekend since 2015, caused by a combination of rain-affected sessions, and the low track temperatures meant the Michelin & Dunlop tyres couldn’t generate enough heat.

It should be noted that the 3 leaders in falls per event were all affected by weekend-long wet conditions – Valencia 2018 had 155, and Misano 2017 had 140, which I think can also be attributed to riders having limited experience in wet conditions at the tracks in previous years.

A very interesting headline from on Saturday

According to Chad, it was close to 8 or 9 inches.

A big well done to a big fan of mine, the great Merv ‘The Swerve’ Roberts – The Kalgoorlie Bowling Club Pairs CHAMPION for 2021!

The fact that Merv finally won a bowls competitions can only leave you thinking that his partner Barry ‘The Fish’ Salmon must be a bloody good bowler if he can drag Merv over the line, and I’d say what had already been a great Sunday was capped off with Jack Miller winning the French Grand Prix!

Trust me Merv, the word has reached the Manning Bowling Club of your superb performance, and the correct word to use about your victory is AMAZED.

Finally, in the time you’ve read this sentence, at least one NRL player has been sent to the sin bin

If you read this line for at least 5 minutes, another will be sent off.

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