Rugby: Finally someone does what Robbie Deans would not!

James O’Connor has been stood down by Ewen McKenzie from the Wallabies indefinitely following his poor conduct at the Perth Airport.

All I can say is: finally!!!! After the era of Robbie Deans pandering to the whims of O’Connor and his poor form and conduct the McKenzie era has now been stamped with not accepting poor player behaviour like that of the past!

I hope O’Connor learns from this. Equally I hope that the ARU also learns from this a message that facilitating poor player behaviour does not lead to the player’s behaviour actually improving. This is a step that the ARU and it’s previous coach should have taken some time ago.

Shumpty’s Punt: Horseracing and Sports Multi

It is the social club race day at my firm on the weekend and whilst I am not going (I prefer to punt alone) I have run my eye over the form for each race at Eagle Farm. I also have a sports multi that I am feeling very confident about.

Horse Racing (all Eagle Farm this weekend):

Race 1 Number 3 Playitstraight (e/w) (fixed price seems a bit short at the moment so go with the tote)

Race 2 Number 3 Write Cheek (win) ($4.00 fixed)

Race 3 Number 4 Borehole (e/w) ($7.00 / $2.40 fixed)

Race 4 Number 2 Essington (e/w) ($7.00 / $2.30 fixed)

Race 5 Number 8 Shazzle Pazzle (win) ($3.80 fixed)

Race 6 Number 3 Theft (win) ($5.00 fixed)

Race 7 Number 4 Prussian Heart (e/w) ($6.50 / $2.40 fixed)

Race 8 Number 7 Just A Perla (e/w) ($12.00 / $3.70 fixed)

Sports Multi:

Leg 1: Otago to cover the line (-7.5 points) against Manawatu in the ITM Cup ($1.90)

Leg 2: Melbourne Storm to cover the line (-8.0 points) against the Newcastle Knights in the NRL ($1.94)

Leg 3: In the Freemantle Dockers v Sydney Swans AFL semi final the total match score to be less than 157.5 points ($1.88)

Leg 4: San Francisco 49ers to cover the line (-10.0 points) against against the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL ($2.01)

This multi will pay $13.92 and I am investing $40.

As always:

· All care and no responsibility is taken with these tips.

· Please gamble responsibly.

· Prices are current as at 7am this morning via sportsbet.com.au

Have a great weekend!

Poetry: Excelsior by Walt Whitman

Who has gone farthest? for I would go farther,

And who has been just? for I would be the most just person of the earth,

And who most cautious? for I would be more cautious,

And who has been happiest? O I think it is I–I think no one was ever happier than I,

And who has lavish’d all? for I lavish constantly the best I have,

And who proudest? for I think I have reason to be the proudest son alive–for I am the son of the brawny and tall-topt city,

And who has been bold and true? for I would be the boldest and truest being of the universe,

And who benevolent? for I would show more benevolence than all the rest,

And who has receiv’d the love of the most friends? for I know what it is to receive the passionate love of many friends,

And who possesses a perfect and enamour’d body? for I do not believe any one possesses a more perfect or enamour’d body than mine,

And who thinks the amplest thoughts? for I would surround those thoughts,

And who has made hymns fit for the earth? for I am mad with devouring ecstasy to make joyous hymns for the whole earth.

Ashes 2013/14 Countdown Day 62: DRS madness!!!

The ICC announced yesterday that their solution to issues surrounding the use of the Decision Review System that came to a ahead in the Northern Hemisphere portion of the Ashes is to implement a trial during the upcoming Southern Hemisphere return series that sees two (2) additional reviews given to each team (assuming that team has exhausted its review allocation) after an innings reaches the 80 mark.

This is nothing more than a bandaid for a broader problem isn’t it? The issues that arose with the DRS in England were not that there weren’t enough reviews but a mix of poor technology, poor umpiring and limited understanding of what the laws actually say about the review process.

What happens in the coming series, for example, when there is a technology failure or when, after 57 overs and two failed reviews there is another “Broadesque” clanger? The same vitriol and negativity about the process would seem the obvious answer.

There is no quick fix for the problems that the Decision Review System has because the system is hamstrung by limitations in technology and, now, negative perception.

Instead of applying a bandaid, it is incumbent on the ICC to stand up and make the only decision really available which is to scrap the whole thing and go back to the onfield umpires being the sole arbiters of whether a batsman is in or out. Either that or institute a system whereby the system is used in real time to review every system.

One final thought: is the premier series of test cricket in the game really the right forum to test a “new” theory of how to fix the DRS? Seems like a recipe only for more disaster to me!

Poetry: Roll the Dice by Charles Bukowsky

No better poem to describe the notion that there is no use trying something unless you are going to commit to it 100%. One of my favourite poems this.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.
Otherwise, don’t even start.
If you’re going to try, go all the way.
This could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and maybe your mind.
Go all the way.
It could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
It could mean freezing on a
park bench.
It could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.

Do it, do it, do it.
do it.

All the way
All the way.

You will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.