When the dust from the corona virus finally settles what will our sporting world look like? Will everything just pop up again as if nothing had ever happenned… or will the world of sport be a completely different place? Who knows? Socrates decided to invite various sports philosophers to the sports bar to ask them about where they thought that sport would be in 2021. He started off with the republican author, columnist and rugger bugger with the penchant for red hankies… Peter Fitzsimons. Not surprisingly, one of Peter’s strongest messages was that he hoped that in a new world (with many genuine serious social, cultural and financial needs) it wouldn’t be sport that gets pushed up to the front of the queue when it comes to handouts.
Philosopher’s Sports Bar
Some athletes are so overcome by pre-match terrors that they can’t even keep the contents of their stomachs down. Ancient Athenian philospher and passionate rugby front-row forward, Socrates, is one of the afflicted. His puking habits not only make life on week-ends almost unbearable but they inhibit his performance on the field as well! Stoic philosopher (and rubbish soccer player) from Rome, Seneca, steps up to give his mate some advice that isn’t easy to stomach. Think Seneca is going to comfort Socrates with assurances that he has nothing to worry about? Nup. Just the opposite. The nasty stoic tells the nervous Greek that he should be prepared for the worst. According to Seneca imploring someone to hope for the best when the the worst is distinclty possible is doing them no favours.
The Matildas had a big win against Vietnam in their Olympics qualifier. They also topped their group in the Olympic qualifying tournament a few weeks back. But do they look like they are playing as well as they can? Despite having some of the world’s best players Socrates feels uneasy about the progress of Australia’s favourite sports team. According to the fat old philosopher, even when they are winning they don’t look convincing. Find out what Socrates thinks about the play of the team that he thinks should be world beaters.
Socrates discusses rugby scrums and how they used to be in the good old days. He thinks that the former Sports Minister has been taking lessons from the Spartan scrum. Back in the day there used to be rules that wiley hookers would try to twist to their advantage. Socrates explains that some rugby scrums, on the other hand, didn’t give a tinkers cuss about “the rules” and pretty much made things up as they went along. In many ways, this lawless version of the rugby scrum (which didn’t usually pay off back in the old days) is currently making a return in the new world of Australian politics and, frustratingly, the lawless ones seem to be getting away with it. It is now the world of “I am the boss, so I can do what I want. I am not breaking the rules… because there are no rules!”
Social media can be frustrating. Especially when the hyper-partisan sporting tribes decide to attack each other rather than to scrutinize the politicians they pay to care for their needs. Socrates borrows the thoughts of a wise academic to show how communities should participate and co-operate to keep the politicians from using public money to look out for themselves.
In the lead up to the Olympic Games could this extraordinarily brilliant graph shine a light on one of the teams most critical questions? With all their brilliance (in dunking, dribble penetration, athleticism and shooting) we sometimes forget that the good old assist/tunover ratio is still one of the most important measures of the effectiveness of a point guard. Where do Australia’s guards (who play in the NBA) stand in this regard. While comparing different players will always be problematic… especially when it comes to using stats… this little chart may still give us something to think about. Click the graph and get the story…
obey sound sporting principles!
Despite coaching basketball for over twenty years Socrates still manages to make the same stupid mistakes he tries to teach his young players to avoid. The old fool turns up for a game of pick-up with a bunch of fellow old coots and manages to make a complete goose of himself by doing precisely what he knows doesn’t work! The moral of the story? Even if you are playing with a bunch of sixty year olds, good principles still apply!
aphorisms, insights and wisdom… about fishing!
Waves of Pain!
How do you like your day at the beach? Lots of blood, bruises and broken bones? Not many remember that relations between the various tribes that inhabit the surfing beaches was not always as good as it seems to be now. This fictitious yarn about a bad day at the beach is based on real events that happened at Sydney’s beautiful Palm Beach way back in 1966. Of course, as the old saying goes, the names have been changed to protect the innocent… (or guilty).
In pub discussions about the Australian women’s football team’s most remarkable player the name Aivi Luik is not often the first one to come up. Socrates thinks that this might be a mistake and that the value of this remarkable athlete might be under-recognized. Check out her record of achievment in almost every corner of the football world. USA, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, Australia. MVP awards. Championships. All star team selections. She has had a remarkable career by anyone’s standards and is still playing at her best at 34! With Luik and her fellow Matildas in camp preparing for their Olympic Games qualifying series matches against China, Thailand and Taiwan this week Socrates was grateful that she found time to answer some questions about her footballing life. Press here for the Aivi Luik interview – a must for all sports fans, especially ambitious young athletes considering overseas careers.
secret strategies for sensational success
Some of the world’s best sporting strategies can come from the smallest leagues and least famous characters! A few years back, a wily small-town country rugby league back-rower had an amazing suggestion for his famous coach, Rugby League legend, Ian Martin. Click hear to find out what Martin thought of his idea. But how did super coach Jack Gibson find out about this big bloke’s secret strategy?
who is this kid?
This good looking young bloke was a handy rugby league half back and a cracker fielder on the cricket oval (though he couldn’t bat or bowl to save himself). He also had a pretty handy back hand in tennis. The handy back-hand he still has! Anthony “Albo” Albanese may be a sports tragic who would still love to win a competition or two but he knows that sport has more going for it than the buzz you might get out of winning the next match. Great sport is about great community thinks Albo!
sports style – or lack of it!
There are hundreds of fashion choices that look ridiculous, foolish, horrible and offensive in a sporting context but seven particular style choices brand the “sinner” almost beyond redemption. Socrates smugly sticks his massive nose in the air and points the finger of sartorial disgrace at the “sins” he finds most hideous.
Have you ever thought about living a life of adventure? Of buggering off to another land with a different culture, language and entire way of life and never coming back? That’s what John Morrell did decades ago. He went for a short visit… and never came back. If you went to Hokkaido too maybe you would do the same. Find out why John and his family are still loving the aspirin snow. Get his story in his chat with Socrates right here!