The Year in Review: Number 1 … Blake Ferguson and the law

As a long time Canberra Raiders fan, I have lamented much of the year the poor behaviour of some the Raiders players. Blake Ferguson’s conduct reached its lowest ebb when he was arrested and charged with indecent assault. I wrote a blog post that day that outlined what legal machinations would happy following his being charged and it was the most read blog of the year on this site.

Here is the link to that post: https://shumpty77.com/2013/06/18/what-next-in-the-blake-ferguson-saga-an-explanation-of-the-legal-steps/

As you will be aware, Mr Ferguson has been found guilty of the offence he was charged with and will be sentenced in February 2014.

The Year in Review: Number 2 … Life Lessons from Denis Wright

In June, in the midst of a difficult period mentally I read an article about Denis Wright, his journery and his lessons about life. I reproduced those lessons on the blog, as well as printing them out and sticking them on my desk to read every day, and that post was the second most popular post on the blog this year.

If you do nothing else in the shadows of the Christmas break, then please read the lessons from Denis Wright: you will be happy you did. A link to my blog is here: https://shumpty77.com/2013/06/28/life-lessons-from-denis-wright/

The Year in Review: Number 3 … dispelling the Lyon fallacy

Shane Watson aside there have been few Australian cricketers this year who have been more maligned than off spinner Nathan Lyon. I have become a massive fan of Lyon and took up his cause in the face of the selectors failing to support him, the press lambasting and those on social media baying for his blood. One of the biggest statements about Lyon’s form was that he regularly failed in the final innings of games.

My blog dispelling that fallacy was the third most read post on the blog this year and the link to it is here: https://shumpty77.com/2013/06/13/the-nathan-lyon-conundrum-the-second-inning-fallacy/

The Year in Review: Number 5 … Sportspeople and Citizenship

The saga of Fawad Ahmed’s availability to play for Australia got my hackles up in advance of the winter Ashes series. My blog on the topic was the fifth most viewed post here this year.

Here is a link to this post: https://shumpty77.com/2013/05/30/sportspeople-and-citizenship-does-bowling-a-wrong-un-make-you-worthy-of-the-fast-track/

I maintain my view that it is an absolute travesty that a cricket player is entitled to special treatment under the laws of Australia whilst other immigrants with special skills (or no special skills at all for that matter) are finding it more and more difficult to get into our borders.

The Year in Review: the Top 5 countdown

As the year draw to a close, I have had a moment of pause to consider how much I have enjoyed writing this blog this year. Some of my writing has been a bit rough at points and some of my posts have been more personal than I intended but the importance of this blog as an outlet for me is something that has always stuck with me during this year. It goes without saying that I am humbled that even one person would deign to read what I write so thank you to all of you who have found this blog during the course of the year.

I thought I would end the year by reposting the top 5 blogs posted here as judged by the number of times the bog has been clicked on. These blogs are not necessarily my favourites during the year (those blogs will be subject of a seperate countdown next week) but they are the ones most read.

I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane and, as always, please feel free to comment freely!