Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

It's a Fine Time of Year; the Sporting World Just Vibrates with Activity

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

It's a Fine Time of Year; the Sporting World Just Vibrates with Activity

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WHAT a great time of the year

Some people don't like this time of year.

They think it is a sporting vacuum. Not me. I dead-set love it. Over the last week I've watched Australia play New Zealand in the rugby league World Cup, sorry, the Four Nations.

I've caught (love the pun!) NSW filling their pockets fulla cash in the Champions League T20 over in India.

And this weekend I'll watch the Wallabies and the All Blecks go at it in Tokyo, and Australia play England somewhere in England. That's not a bad setta offerings. Three sports played in different parts of the globe.

I'm happy.

Good for the game

LET'S face it. Cricket is the bestest sport in the world.

No. Let's give it its full dues. Cricket is the greatest social institution in the world.

It can save world hunger, cure us of racism, clean the environment, and even place men and women on the moon.

Ok. Maybe it can't do all that - crikey, it couldn't even get Warnie off the bungers - but, it provides a fair bit to those lucky few that get ta roll-the-arm-over, or swing a piece of wood at a piece of leather with a cork in the middle for a livin'.

And let's not forget the spectators - we kinda get a fair bit out of it, too. But I digress from my point to this bit.

What I think is a major part of cricket's competitive advantage is the variety in the versions of the game.

We have test, domestic 'shield', 50 over and T20 cricket.

Each one aimed at satisfying the needs of a different segment of the market.

If cricket was a product, marketers would be very excited with it. What am I talkin' about? Of course cricket is a product. But, do you get my point?

World Series

IF ya like me, seein' grown men, scratchin' their groin, adjusting their caps, and spittin' out chewin' tabakee whilst throwin' and hittin' a white ball, then you'll be all warm-n-fuzzy about baseball's World Series that started in the US yesterday. …

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