Tuesday Tithbits: 12th October

Well it’s the 12th day of October, and here’s my anniversary of the day.

On the 11th of October, 2002, the 2nd Test between Australia and Pakistan began in Sharjah, which just happened to be Steve Waugh’s 150th Test, and after winning the toss in horrifically hot conditions (51 degrees Celsius), Pakistan were bowled out for 59 after 31.5 overs, what was then their lowest Test match total…

Unfortunately for Pakistan, that record didn’t even last a day, because on Day 2, Australia, who scored 310 in response, bowled the ‘hosts’ out for a new lowest score of 53 after just 24.5 overs, with the Aussies winning the match by an innings and 198 runs, and it was so dire for Pakistan that Matthew Hayden, who top-scored with 119, outscored them by 7 runs.

Unfortunately the 12th of October in 2002 isn’t a fond day in Australian history, because it was the same night that 88 Aussies perished in the Bali Bombings.

It’s my birthday on Saturday

Yeah, go me.

A brief summary of today’s activity of the AFL Trade Period

Reviewing that Everest promotion between Rowan Browning and Hugh Bowman aboard Lost & Running yesterday at Randwick

You call that a race between a human and a horse?


Here’s what happened the last time the Thousand Guineas was run on a Wednesday

It was the year 2013, and $1.45 favourite Guelph, who won both the Sires Produce and the Champagne Stakes as a 2-year-old, led all the way and won the race with Kerrin McEvoy aboard for Peter Snowden and what was then Darley Australia, giving the filly her 4th Group 1 win from just 11 starts, although she wouldn’t taste victory again in the 3 remaining starts of her career before she was retired following the Phar Lap Stakes next Autumn.

Interestingly, 2013 was the last Spring Carnival to feature the silks of Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Racing, because they were changed to Godolphin Australia from August 1 of 2014, which saw the royal blue silks become a fixture of Australian racing, and Peter Snowden stood down as Darley’s head trainer in May of 2014 to head up his own stable with son Paul.

Checking in on the Caulfield Cup

After a few leading chances were taken out of contention, hot favourite Incentivise currently sits at $1.95, and if that price holds steady for the next 4 days, Peter Moody’s gelding would be the 3rd-shortest priced favourite in the history of the race, behind the mighty Tulloch in 1957, when he won at 6/4 on ($1.67) and smashed the 2400m world record, and Tobin Bronze was 8/11 on ($1.72) in 1966, but he jumped in the air when the gates crashed back, and ultimately ran 6th behind Galilee.

Of course, Maldivian was $2.40 in 2007, but he wound up being a sensational late scratching after striking a camera mounting in the barriers.

It’s like Cricket Australia were so focused on the Australia vs India series that they forgot the Women’s Big Bash League starts on Thursday evening

That means we’ll finally get to see the Nike Big Bash kits in the flesh, and funnily enough, Cricket Australia still haven’t released the Nike merchandise, despite announcing it 3 weeks ago.


Esteban Ocon did what no Formula 1 driver has done in the 21st century

He finished a non-red flagged race without making a pit stop.

The last driver to do so was Mika Salo in the rain-affected 1997 Monaco Grand Prix, when the Finn finished 5th in a crapbucket Tyrrell with a broken front wing, a great strategy call by Mike Gascoyne when he realised the race would only run for 2 hours due to the weather, which shortened the GP from 78 laps down to 62.

Back then, there were two Finns named Mika driving in Formula 1, and neither of them had won a race.

That 5th placing by Salo would also prove to be Tyrrell’s last points in Formula 1 before they were sold to British American Tobacco at the end of 1998, which started the long chain of events that led to Mercedes returning to F1 in 2010.

Still, if you saw Ocon’s tyres post race, you’d wonder how he lasted 57 laps.

From the F1 Twitter

He was 21 seconds ahead of Giovinazzi with 7 laps to go….

He finished 0.7s ahead.

The Brisbane NRL expansion race turns heel

“Redcliffe remain undisputed front-runners to become the NRL’s 17th club, however 7NEWS can reveal an 11th hour, billion-dollar backer has provided a late twist in the game’s expansion race.”

“While the Dolphins are hopeful Redcliffe will soon be home to an NRL team, the Western Corridor consortium, made up of the Ipswich Jets and Brisbane Bombers, have produced a trump card….”

“A billion-dollar Queensland business promising to back the rival bid financially and counter Redcliffe’s $100m war chest.”

Let’s just call him C.Palmer…. sorry, I meant Clive P.

It disappoints me to see certain people with an agenda to destroy the Adelaide Parklands pit buildings to make sure the Adelaide 500 never returns

First of all, last week there was the revelation that the SA Tourism Commission are attempting to sell key infrastructure from the circuit, which all goes back to the South Australian government deciding to kill off the Adelaide 500 last year as some kind of cost saving measure in these economic dark ages, and now you’ve got inner city Liberal donors who want parts of the circuit ripped up under the guise of it turning Victoria Park into a heat sink during summer.

It strikes me that this is all an effort to ensure that Labor, in the unlikely event that they win the next South Australian election in March next year, won’t be able to follow through on their promise of bringing back the Adelaide 500, which, as a motorsport fan, would be an absolute travesty to see.

Let’s remember – When the Australian Grand Prix first hit Adelaide in November of 1985, it was so meticulously organised and so popular with everyone that Bernie Ecclestone awarded the organisers the Formula 1 Promotional Trophy, and Adelaide finally had an international event. it could rally around

Then, after the GP moved to Albert Park, the Adelaide/Clipsal 500 became the biggest annual tourism event in the entire state by a long mile, with the 2020 event generating $45.9m AUD, it received national recognition 5 times over at the Australian Tourism Awards, AND WAS INDUCTED INTO THE V8 SUPERCARS HALL OF FAME.



Cameron Johnston getting caught out by the Houston Texans faking a fake punt against the New England Patriots

As a result, Johnston managed to produce a close range falcon on teammate Terrance Brooks, the ball went sideways and out of bounds, a punt of exactly 0 yards.

As you can notice by the scoreboard, the Texans led 22-9 at the time.

They lost 25-22.

No DRS for this year’s Big Bash League

Cricket Australia has abandoned plans to bring the Decision Review System into the Big Bash this summer due to the complexities of getting technology operators across international and state borders.

Big Bash officials were planning to introduce a version of the DRS for the first time this year but the requirement to get government exemptions for up to 15 UK-based operators to enter Australia and then move them and their equipment around the country has proven to be too great a logistical challenge.

The league has also opted against implementing a basic review system using only television replays due to concerns about decisions being made based on inconclusive evidence.

Once again, I said this last year and this year…

If you can’t get it in, just say “Yeah, we don’t have DRS because we’re tightarses, deal with it.”

That would solve more problems than it would create.

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