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!
obey sound sporting principles!
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).
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?
Philosophers sports bar
There is nothing more entertaining than two Greeks discussing a soccer match. Aristotle gives Socrates a lesson on how his principle of the Golden Mean applies to football defence as much as it does to everyday life. Could this be a sound lesson for the Tildas or should ancient Greek philosophers mind their own business?
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!
Everyone knows that Australians, Americans and Hawaiians are surfing nutters. You don’t have to be a genius to know that surfing is pretty popular in Brazil, France and Spain too. Here Socrates side-steps the well-known surfing communities and shines a spot-light on people you never knew surfed. What are the strangest surfing communities in the world? Socrates points out ten of the craziest and coolest. Would you believe the Swiss love to surf? You better! Find out about Swiss surfing right here and nine other mad surfing communities.
A sports lover who starts late!
What happens when you take an old bloke (a musician) who has never played a game of rugby in his life and you stick him on the wing and send him out to play. Magic happens! That’s what!
Primary school soccer competitions may start out as a bit of slap and giggle but win a few games and it starts to get serious. Or at least it does for the one or two girls who break their backs to help their less experienced team-mates along the journey. Read the story about one pair of star players who helped their team make it to the upper realms of their State Knockout competition then thought that it might be time for a team talk!
rough and risky play
Kids aren’t into fantasy fiction! They just love fighting, eating themselves silly and giving the rude finger to authority. So thought artist and novelist Norman Lindsay, and it inspired him to write the children’s classic, “The Magic Pudding.” With sports physiologists arguing that helicopter parenting (kids being barred from playing rough and risky games by risk-averse parents) prevents kids from developing higher level athletic skills I thought it might be a good idea to look at what this Magic Pudding thing might be able to teach our kids. Even if you don’t like the values it represents, its still a bloody funny read!