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DeadBall Awards: Best Sport Scandal 2008

Honourable Mention: Underage Chinese Gymnast

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The Chinese government doesn’t have the best relationship with the truth, what with the whole lip-syncing baby at the Olympic opening ceremony, the denial of Mao’s atrocities and so forth. So it shouldn’t really surprise anyone when allegations arose regarding the age of their gymnasts at the Olympic games. Particularly because the gymnasts in question all looked younger than a Wiggles fan. More disappointing, or scandalous, is the  reaction from the IOC  – which was less thorough than your average age check at Pak n’ Save.  Continue reading

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Gully Creepin’

Usain Bolt’s WR victories in the 100m and 200m at this year’s Olympics in Beijing were second only to Michael Phelps’ eight (8! It still sounds totally unreasonable) gold medals in the pool. Phelps is a pretty great guy, who went up a bunch in my estimation after telling interviewers that he got himself psyched for performances by listening to Lil Wayne. That makes me wonder how he didn’t spend most of his performance trying to levitate, or semi-conscious… But I digress.

In addition to the outrageous, did-that-just-happen pace Bolt generated, it was his exuberance which shone. The fact that he could’ve broken 9.6 for the 100m had he not stopped to celebrate well before the finish, and, um, tied his shoelace makes me love him all the more.

Jacques Rogge whinged mightily about his celebrations, and justifiably got hammered for it, so watching Bolt perform the Gully Creepa, after each victory probably made him doubly sick.

The Gully Creepa is a Jamaican dance whose creator, David Alexander Smith, better known as Ice, has just become one of the 1500 or so annual murder victims in Kingston. Continue reading

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Gully Creepin'

Usain Bolt’s WR victories in the 100m and 200m at this year’s Olympics in Beijing were second only to Michael Phelps’ eight (8! It still sounds totally unreasonable) gold medals in the pool. Phelps is a pretty great guy, who went up a bunch in my estimation after telling interviewers that he got himself psyched for performances by listening to Lil Wayne. That makes me wonder how he didn’t spend most of his performance trying to levitate, or semi-conscious… But I digress.

In addition to the outrageous, did-that-just-happen pace Bolt generated, it was his exuberance which shone. The fact that he could’ve broken 9.6 for the 100m had he not stopped to celebrate well before the finish, and, um, tied his shoelace makes me love him all the more.

Jacques Rogge whinged mightily about his celebrations, and justifiably got hammered for it, so watching Bolt perform the Gully Creepa, after each victory probably made him doubly sick.

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The Gully Creepa is a Jamaican dance whose creator, David Alexander Smith, better known as Ice, has just become one of the 1500 or so annual murder victims in Kingston. Continue reading

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How To Halberg ’08

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The Halberg Awards speculation is starting to heat up, and this year they’re actually pretty damned tough to call. Scott Dixon’s win at Indianapolis would be a shoo-in most years, especially when allied to his second championship win in the IRL.

But that was before the Kiwis went and produced a still-unfathomable sporting upset over Australia to put the cat amongst the pigeons there. And because this was, let’s not forget, an Olympic year, we kinda have to consider Valerie Vili’s feat as well (because, as good as they were Ashley and the Evers-Swindell’s achievements don’t stack up next to track & field gold).

So far this decade the choices have been relatively uncontroversial: Rob Waddell’s win was the only bright spot in a dismal Sydney Olympics, and thus the only sensible choice in a pretty average year for 2000. 2001 was worse again, the Ever-Swindell twins getting theirs on the back of two silver medals at the world rowing champs, in a year so flat even perrennial winners in minor sports like Marlene Castle and Steve Gurney were finalists. Continue reading

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How To Halberg '08

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The Halberg Awards speculation is starting to heat up, and this year they’re actually pretty damned tough to call. Scott Dixon’s win at Indianapolis would be a shoo-in most years, especially when allied to his second championship win in the IRL.

But that was before the Kiwis went and produced a still-unfathomable sporting upset over Australia to put the cat amongst the pigeons there. And because this was, let’s not forget, an Olympic year, we kinda have to consider Valerie Vili’s feat as well (because, as good as they were Ashley and the Evers-Swindell’s achievements don’t stack up next to track & field gold).

So far this decade the choices have been relatively uncontroversial: Rob Waddell’s win was the only bright spot in a dismal Sydney Olympics, and thus the only sensible choice in a pretty average year for 2000. 2001 was worse again, the Ever-Swindell twins getting theirs on the back of two silver medals at the world rowing champs, in a year so flat even perrennial winners in minor sports like Marlene Castle and Steve Gurney were finalists. Continue reading

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