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This has nothing to do with sport (but Go PIES!!)

This is one of those things, where in one sense, I don’t want to write about it because it gives the author some sort of credibility, but at the same time, he is such an ignoramous contemptuous twat.  He doesn’t even realise it either, as evidenced by his very “defence” where he confirms Justice Bromberg’s actual judgement.

Regardless as to whether you share his views or not, it cannot be (successfully) argued that Andrew Bolt is anything but a divisive character, who loves to both incite and invite controversy.

Yesterday, after a long legal battle, Justice Bromberg of the Federal Court of Australia delivered his judgement that Andrew Bolt had breached the Racial Discrimination Act 1974, which Bolt (and others – most spectacularly members of the Federal Liberal party, who have set up sites online for people to donate to his appeal fund) claim to mean freedom of speech in Australia has now died.

Professor Spencer Zifcak, a man I once studied under and whom I both respect and admire for his academic intellect, in his role as head of Liberty has surprisingly supported the decision.  Prior to it being delivered, Liberty had enunciated, numerously, their concerns about the effect of the implied right to free speech – we don’t have a “first amendment” in Australia, just interpretations made by the (High) Court over time to ensure that we have this right through the common law.  This right is not all encompassing as it appears to be in America, where just about anything can be justified by “free speech”.

Judge Bromberg perhaps deals with this most succinctly with his line about Bolt’s articles being “of public interest, rather than in the public interest.”  This rings very true with me, particularly having closely followed the “super injunction” debate (judicial and political) in my adopted land here in the UK this year.

My bet is that the Professor has actually read the entire judgement in reaching this conclusion.  Something that perhaps Bolt should do also, given his article this morning only quoting the head notes.

From Bolt’s article in today’s (tomorrow’s ??) Herald-Sun, it is clear that he just doesn’t get it.  He truly thinks he is the “conservative voice of the people” and he has been wronged.  While I have never been a fan of Andrew Bolt, in fact have despised the guy’s articles and opinions for as long as I have read them, I have never had a problem with him putting them out there (except when they are racially/religiously offensive).

My main problem with Bolt has always been his lax approach to research and facts.  I was sick of watching him on Sunday mornings on the insiders shouting down people with valid arguments with “the facts”.  Not once (admittedly when I could actually be bothered to do so) did Bolt’s “facts” actually stack up.

And this basically is what has so upset me about his response to a 175(ish) page judgement, he has taken the absolute minimum, and ridiculed those comments by His Honour in isolation, to try to make his point about how poor white male is once again a victim of the system.

I’ve spent enough time on this, there are more important things to do (such as stocking up for a long night on Friday … let’s be honest, I’m not getting up at 4am to watch my boys, I’m staying up all night), but I think this one line in Bolt’s “defence” article sums the guy up:

“I also made mistakes, Justice Bromberg said, although none seemed to me to be of consequence.”

None seemed to me to be of consequence.

Says it all really Andrew.

For those of you who want to make your own mind up, Bolt’s article can be found at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/silencing-me-impedes-unity/story-e6frfifx-1226150249249

While Justice Bromberg’s decision can be found here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCA/2011/1103.html

Oh, and as a final aside, it is lovely to read about how he has spent “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on his defense – might be a little more factual to mention that HWT (the owners of the Herald-Sun) are the ones to have ponied up the cash … oh, but I guess that is one of those inaccuracies that is inconsequential isn’t it Andrew.

Would love to hear your thoughts – especially you Farmboy!

Back to sport tomorrow!

Rusty

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Oh FFS!

I can’t be bothered …

Yay!  Australia has climbed up to fourth on the test standings …

I’ve got nothing – Michael Clarke, if you can’t be bothered trying to win the game, I can’t be bothered writing about it.

Pull your head in Clarkey and skipper like an Aussie – seriously with 35 overs to go (even 40), do you not think you might have been a chance in a twenty:20 style or ODI match up?  Was making sure we didn’t lose that important?  If Tubby and Tugga were dead, they’d be spinning in their graves.  As it stands, I expect plenty of character assignations instead.

Huss was good (again).

That’s all I’ve got – sorry.

Go Pies!!

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Stop press … Shane Watson CAN play

I have written a lot of negative things about Shane Watson.

Well today, despite leaving a straight one on the stumps, I’m not going to.

Shane Watson can play cricket.

He can bat well, very well.  His driving is is sublime, and when he is on song, his agression and smart stroke play has the potential to change the course of a session, even a match.  He is even more devestating in ODI.

His highest test score is 126, and he has been out in the 90s too many times, indicating that he may have a slight problem with his concentration, but if I had a an opening batsman who consistently scored between 50 and 100, I’d take it.

He can also bowl.  I think he comes in off too long a run up, but he and wobble it in the air and off the pitch and has a knack of picking up wickets at important and surprising times.  I saw him pick up 6 at Lords a year ago, it was a clever and patient display of medium pace bowling.

His international figures are excellent – particularly when you consider that he was never an opener in international or first class cricket until he stepped in a couple of years ago.

Tests: 28

Runs: 2011; Ave: 40.3 (approx); 2 hundres and 15 fifties

Wickets: 48; Ave: 28.77; 2 five fors.

It is reasonably early days – but these are better than Flintoff’s figures

ODI: 138

Runs: 4122; Ave: 43.38; 6 hundreds; 26 fifties

Wickets: 138; Ave: 29.10.

These figures rival some of Australia’s best ODI all-rounders.

I may not like the guy, but he can play.

And I guess that’s my point – that I don’t like him doesn’t really matter, it may be fun to write, and at times humourous (as least to me), but he is playing for Australia, and doing a dam good job of it.

I’m not writing about the match today – apart from to say it was solid, slow, and shortened – fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Rusty

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Poor Simon, luck Phil – is that a song?

I didn’t post about the end of the last game.  I didn’t really feel that there was a need – and I was a little shell shocked by Geelong’s shellacking of the mighty Pies.

It was a solid win for the Australians.  A good first up effort from the new spinner (please give him a break and stop talking “spin saviour” rubbish – remember Jason K on a dust bowl in India?).  Clarke batted well, Harris and Copeland bowled well, Ponting racked up his 100th test victory – and Australia knocked over a side that didn’t seem to want to be playing for a full five days.  They have a top order who should be able to routinely knock out 400+ innings –  but they don’t look like they want to stick around long enough to do so.

I can’t believe that I am writing this – it is not something that I thought I would ever utter, scrawl, type … but Arjuna Runatunga is right.  This Sri Lankan team doesn’t seem to want to play test cricket – and the selections are puzzling.

Although the Australian selections continue to be so – David Warner to cover for a homeward bound Ponting???

Are the selectors secretly turning to comedy now?  Writing a show for the next Edinburgh Fringe?

But I digress.

Somewhere, Simon Katich shed a tear tonight.

If only Trott fielded that ball …

Or perhaps Twatto was just trying to get the Krab back into the side?

Who knows.  I couldn’t guess what goes through that guys head.

Phil was lucky that it wasn’t a direct hit, and gets the chance to make some runs tomorrow.  The boy didn’t deserve a diamond duck, especially after the “ball tracking” saga of the previous match.

I can’t decide whether Twatto was lucky or unlucky – but it doesn’t matter now, I guess.

Just that someone needs to slap some good running sense into the pretty boy – even you have to agree with that one Farmboy!?

All out and only a hundred in front after winning the toss and batting at the end of day one.

That kind of brings back some horrible memories from the Ashes.

How good was Hussey’s catch? He probably doesn’t need to score a run in the next two games and will keep his place on that alone!  But wait,
there’s more.  He knocked over the best batsman in the opposition side when he was set.  A wicket maiden and a 50% increase to his test wicket talley.

How much does Shaun Marsh look like his dad?

How has Copeland managed to convince people that a slow medium pacer is the next Glen McGrath?  Bowls well, steady, bit of movement – but SO slow!!  Although I do like his control.

Here’s hoping that Harris’ knee stands up for a while – he looks the business.  Just need to find one more proper (consistent) fast bowler and perhaps the Australians could consistently look like taking twenty wickets again, and perhaps, just perhaps, there is a chance that this side could begin to rebuild.

On another note – would it be better for Sri Lanka to just play 4 spinners?  They just don’t look like taking a wicket until the spinners come on, and they had spin from both ends before the end of the 10th over!

Still a fair way to go in this game.  It will be great to see Marsh have his first hit, and hopefully he can make some runs, hopefully Lyon can get some more wickets – he bowled well today.  And hopefully the Sri Lankans don’t already have plans for days 4 and 5, I’d like to see a bit more cricket!

But first – c’mon you good thing Pies – let’s get that week off!

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Not that horrible …

Surprisingly, the title doesn’t refer to Australia’s play today.

Before I explain, thanks to those “shout outs” for my piece yesterday  – I didn’t realise that Rusty would be missed, so I will try to write a little
more frequently – perhaps not just on the cricket … no promises though.

It was great to hear from the NBA tragic bemoaning the  impending player strike – mate, enjoy the footy finals, we’ll find something sporting worth caring about for you … time to start checking the racing form – I might even try and get to the Cup with you again this year.

To the expected comments from the Watson fanatic – good to hear from you, and yes, the Baywatch boy bowled well – although your silence
was deafening when the Aussie’s started batting again!

But back to the heading … my favourite comment I received today, in fact perhaps the best comment I have ever received for my writing …

It was nice to spend some time reading something that wasn’t that horrible

Yep – not THAT horrible.

I take that to mean that my Rusty blog is awesome – because everything else they have read on the cricket was terrible.

Yep, I can make that jump and I have.

Which surprisingly is what the Aussie boys seemed to do too.

Some absolutely sensational fielding, a few poor shots, some classic catches and a spinner that turned the ball!

The only major disappointment of the first half of the day was when Mitch cost himself (and the Australians) another wicket due to a no-ball
… seriously guys, you have GOT to stop doing that.  Measure your dam run up, and start half a foot behind it … really will a few inches make that much difference to your ability to hurl the ball down the other end at pace?

Clarke looked good.

Yesterday I mentioned that it was good that they were playing on a results pitch, 16 wickets on day two might indicate that it is too much of a results pitch.

Nah, it’s good to see the batsman have to fight for their runs rather than cruise.

16 wickets in a day, is more of a reflection of poor shot selection, good catching, quality strangling bowling and perhaps a bit of “rusty” batting (did you like that one farmboy?) techniques.

The Aussies shouldn’t lose from here, in fact it should be a big win.  Normally I would have already pencilled it in, but not with this side.  The Sri Lankans have some real quality batsmen in their top order (yes their tail is shite – but so it India’s and Baiji has a few 50+ scores against
a much better Australian side), and it will be interesting to see if the bowlers can do it again.

I haven’t really given enough credit to the Australian bowlers for their amazing efforts to strangle the life out of the Sri Lankan batting line up – the runs dried up, loose shots prevailed and the catching was superb – especially Ponting!

Okay, so that’s the cricket – what about the most important thing to happen tomorrow – Pies v Cats (and in second place Red Sox v Yankees)
… ultimately, neither match means a lot in the grand scheme of things.

The Pies will be playing West Coast next week at the G for a week off on the Gold Coast and a likely match up with the Hawks, the Cats will take on Hawthorn at the same venue.

But both sides will still want to win.

A win to Collingwood would be the best ever season result (they have gone through a season with only one loss, but not as many wins) and that is something special.

If the Cats get the biscuits, then they will be the only side to beat the Premiers this year (twice in fact).

No doubt there will also be plenty of the kids getting the chance to fight for a spot in the big game the following week.  I haven’t seen the teams yet, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Swan, Pendlebury and Jolly are all rested – perhaps Cloke as well …  unfortunately I won’t be able to watch the match live – my leave has been sorted for the rest of final – but the match won’t be a classic.

The Red Sox and Yankees are playing the final game of a three game series – 1-1.  Both teams won the game they should have lost – so perhaps whoever pitches worse will take home the bacon … The two team are separated by a game with a month left in the season.  Both will be playing in the playoffs – most likely they will be playing each other for a spot in the World Series.  The winner gets home advantage … but this won’t decide that – they play each other another 4 times, and both teams have around 25 regular season games left – but it is still fun.  In the first game there was a bench clearing “chest puffing out” competition (put the Manly/Storm fracas to shame … ummm), after a pitcher decided to scone a bloke who had smashed him out of the park the time before.  Quality entertainment that!

Anyway, I am still finding my blogging vibe again – hopefully it will come soon … in the meantime, put up with me (please)!

Rusty

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