A couple of days ago the perceptive and articulate (especially in relation to sporting matters), Peter Fitzsimons, threw his hat (or bandanna) into the twitter sphere ring of people commenting on Usain Bolt’s intention to swap his snug running daks for baggy soccer shorts. Fitz was less than enthusiastic about Usain’s prospects and offered a catalogue of sound reasons why the … [Read more...]
Archives for July 2018
What great sports writing does.
“I hope you enjoy this, John! Fond regards, Judith.” I’d been living in Connecticut for three months. New England, forested by trees of red, gold and amber foliage, was wrapped in Autumn’s melancholy. Back in Oz, the semi-finals of the footy season would be kicking off. I was homesick. ‘Hooked on League,’ the autobiography of Penrith hooker Royce Simmons (co-written … [Read more...]
Surfing is my feminist origin story – (in that I left for the arts swiftly, and remained angry)
We crowded around the TV in a sweaty demountable and watched footage of the high school surfing team. I saw stringy boys in black wetsuits ride wave after wave; I was waiting for footage of me, which arrived unexpectedly spliced into the year ten boy’s semi-final, although I wasn’t surfing. I was emerging from the water and onto the shore—like girls I had seen in Tracks … [Read more...]
Something on in town? Rugby maybe?
Footballers may suffer from rare disorders!
While many have criticized some footballers (soccer players), throughout the World Cup, for an abundance of what appear to be less than life-threatening injuries, a senior American research fellow in rare illnesses, Professor Gerard Ouchy of the Bostonian Institute for Societal Degenerative Functionality Disorders (BISDFD) has pointed out that several players may well be … [Read more...]