Well it’s the penultimate Tuesday of the Southern Hemisphere winter, and with the Formula One season resuming at Spa this weekend, this week, tomorrow specifically, marks 30 years since Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut in the striking 7up Jordan 191, filling in for Frenchman Bertrand Gachot, who was serving time in HMP Brixton for spraying CS gas at a London cab driver during a road rage incident.
The story goes that Schumacher was contracted with Mercedes-Benz in the World Sportscar Championship, so Mercedes paid Eddie Jordan $150,000 USD to give Schumacher the seat, and despite next to no exposure in an F1 car, or Spa itself, Schumacher qualified 7th, and after such a huge build-up, he didn’t even make it past the opening lap after his clutch failed out of Raidillon.
After that, Benetton immediately signed the German to race the rest of 1991, they got their way in a legal battle in Jordan, and the rest is history.
Funnily enough, today is also 24 years since Schumacher won the ’97 Belgian Grand Prix for Ferrari, in what was the fourth of his six wins at Spa.
In case you’ve probably forgotten the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics is on tonight
You know what I’m looking forward to the most about the Paralympics?
The same thing I look forward to seeing every Paralympics – People in wheelchairs going faster than me over 100 metres.
Got get ’em Australia, go get ’em.
I’m hoping to get the Victorian State Of Origin All Stars done by tomorrow, however I am booked in for a coronavirus vaccine tomorrow morning so it might come at exactly 11:59pm AWST
Not to worry, I’ve received threatening emails from people over East at times much later than that, so you’ll all have no choice but to be fine with it.
Ahead of their shot at 20 wins in a row on Saturday, here’s a grand list of Australian lockdowns since the Melbourne Storm last tasted defeat
On Thursday, March 25, Penrith defeated the Storm 12-10 in a Grand Final rematch.
Greater Brisbane I (March 29 – April 1)
Perth and Peel I (April 23-26)
Melbourne and the Rest of Victoria I (May 28 – June 10)
Greater Sydney (June 26 – Ongoing)
Darwin (June 27 – July 2)
Perth and Peel II (June 28 – July 2)
Greater Brisbane II (June 29 – July 3)
Alice Springs (June 30 – July 3)
All of Victoria II (July 16-27)
Parts of Central West NSW (July 20-27)
South Australia (July 20-27)
South East Queensland (July 31 – August 8)
Regional Victoria (August 5-10)
Melbourne III (August 5 – ongoing)
Armidale (August 7 – Ongoing)
Cairns and Yarrabah (August 8-11)
Tamworth (August 9- Ongoing)
Byron Bay, Richmond Valley, Ballina, and Lismore (August 9 – Ongoing)
A shitload of Western New South Wales (August 11 – Ongoing)
The Australian Capital Territory (August 12 – Ongoing)
All of Regional New South Wales (August 14 – Ongoing)
Darwin II (August 16-19)
Katherine (August 16-20)
Regional Victoria II (August 21 – Ongoing)
MELBOURNE STORM WINNING STREAK: 19
The Delta variant right now
Reuben Garrick has 2 more games to claim a slice of NRL history
The Manly winger & goalkicker can become the first player in the NRL era of First Grade rugby league to outscore an entire team over a season.
Garrick is currently leading the competition on 274 points for the season, just 10 points off the unofficial wooden spooners the Canterbury Bulldogs, and as the SMH noted today, no player has managed such an achievement in First Grade since Jason Taylor scored 225 points for North Sydney in 1996, outscoring the South Queensland Crushers on 220.
Who do Manly play this weekend?
Who did Garrick score 30 points against not even 2 months ago?
What was the final score?
Good to see Scott Morrison has already started preparing for a possible pre-election knifing by agreeing to another job coaching the Perth Wildcats
Obviously it’s a last-ditch bid to improve the flailing Liberal vote in WA, but I think Scott Morrison will succeed in garnering more support than Scott Morrison:
I think he’ll get Mark McGowan as an assistant so he can draw up some Lockdown defence.
From the makers of Mad Max comes Mad Maxine: Beyond Border Control
If you ask me the woman is an alleged genius.
If she’d been stopped at the SA border without a G2G pass she would’ve been fined and turned away – Now that she’s charged through the border police like John Wayne through a pack of native Americans and supposedly committed several serious offences, she gets a few warm meals, and she gets to stay in WA during the peak of the third wave.
And with the way we’re going on about secession over here, she’ll get her wish to leave Australia in no time!
Random fact before the AFL finals – every team’s record vs the Finals teams of 2021
Out of all the teams in the league, minor premiers Melbourne led the way with 8 wins from 10 games against the Top 8, 6th placed Sydney was next-best at 6 wins from 9 games, and would you like to know who was 3rd?
Hawthorn, who finished 14th on the ladder, had 5 wins and a draw from 10 games against the Top 8 , which should also tell you how crap the Hawks were against Bottom 10 teams, because they only won 2 out of 12 games against the other Bottom 10 teams.
Had West Coast and Fremantle made the Top 8 in place of GWS and Essendon, the Hawks would’ve fallen below St Kilda.
Conversely, Essendon had a 1-8 record against their fellow finalists, only slightly better than wooden spooners North Melbourne, who didn’t defeat any finals teams, although it should be noted the Dons’ lone win was against the Western Bulldogs in Round 21.
Guess which two teams are playing on Sunday in an Elimination Final…
THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES, BUT THEY’LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM
Fact before the US Open begins next week – Ash Barty has surpassed the 10,000 ranking point milestone on the WTA Rankings after winning the Cincinnati title
It’s the second time Barty has crossed 10,000 points in her entire run as World No.1, having crossed 10,000 when she made the Madrid final in May, and that unbroken run at No.1 is now up to 83 consecutive weeks (90 overall), and Barty now has a large 3,175 point gap to Aryna Sabalenka, who jumped up to a career high No.2 with Naomi Osaka going out early, which means the Belarussian will be seeded 2nd for next week’s US Open ahead of the defending champion.
Given this is the last major before ‘Pandemic point protection’ ends, Barty is only defending 4th Round points (240) from 2019. Sabalenka only 2nd Round points (70) from 2020, and as stated above Osaka is the defending champion (2000), Barty will still hold the No.1 ranking after Flushing Meadows finishes, which would leave her getting ever closer to 100 weeks at No.1.
For the record, there’s only one other player I can find in the last decade who cracked 10,000 points on the live rankings – the one and only Serena Williams.
A heartwarming fact about Collingwood’s 2021 season
On the night of the 2020 AFL Draft, Collingwood sent their 2021 first-round pick to the GWS Giants in exchange for picks 24 and 30 in 2020, plus a 2021 fourth-round pick that originally belonged to Geelong.
With Adelaide winning the last game of the year, Collingwood finished 17th on the ladder, meaning the Giants, who are playing in an Elimination Final on Saturday, will also have Pick 2 in the draft in November.
I believe Chris Brown’s plan to recover the missing $57m is that he’s got this brand new tipping strategy that he wants people to invest in
Just for a laugh, given it is about horse racing, I thought The West should’ve put “I VOW AND DECLARE to pay back $57m”
Adam Cerra wants to go from Fremantle to Carlton, but Carlton haven’t spoken to him, which is fine, because Carlton haven’t spoken to their current head coach either
It just goes to show some players are so desperate to get back to Victoria that they’ll willingly go to Carlton, no matter how utterly crap they are, year in, year out.
Pancho, the second-fastest horse to win over the 2040m at Moonee Valley, only slightly slower than another Chris Waller trained horse