With half of July already out of the way, we’re heading into a cracker of a weekend of sport, and what better way to enjoy the freezing cold weather than from the comfort of one’s couch in front of the box?
The British Open is well underway and with Tiger Woods finishing day one scoring a two under 69, one could be forgiven for thinking that the standard “get in the hole!” was a tad unnecessary. In fact, given his conquests both on and off the fairway, I’m all for a complete ban of yelling anything regarding getting in a hole at Tiger, but somehow think the American public will see otherwise.
Australia’s own Adam Scott will be hoping beyond hope that he can redeem himself after a choke of the Mamas and Papas proportion last year, which saw him relinquish the lead at the death to finish runner up to South Africa’s Ernie Els. Choking to hand a South African a victory – whomever would have thunk it??!!
But signs for Scott are positive – after all, Rory McIlroy had a similar combustion at the 2010 PGA Championship, held his head high and went on to win the 2011 US Open. Oh, wait… he’s already had that recovery victory, hasn’t he? BELIEVE, ADAM. BELIEVE!!
The Super Rugby play off rounds kick off in Christchurch tomorrow evening with the Crusaders recalling All Black captain Richie McCaw to the bench – an interesting move, given one would think the Saders were pretty much a lock over the Reds in New Zealand. That said, with Ewen McKenzie’s swan song at the Reds before moving onto the gold and a Dickby Ioane-less backline, the Queenslanders could very well pull off a repeat of the 2011 Super Rugby final. Ha. Wow. I can be funny.
The Cheetahs make their Super Rugby play off debut in Canberra against a Brumbies unit still recovering from a loss to the Western Force last week, but reinvigorated with the prospect of galloping into a semi final next weekend. With George Smith and Clyde Rathbone both named in the squad, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Brumbies have slipped back a decade or so, but that said, they have returned from Western Australia, so it’s probably not that far off the mark.
The winners meet the Bulls in Pretoria and the Chiefs in Hamilton next weekend, so the road will be far from easy for any of them. Should be a ripping two matches.
The World Matchplay Darts kicks (throws?) off this weekend and who doesn’t enjoy sitting down watching a few fat guys, beers in hand, trying to stab something and score the highest amount of points? Over the course of my lifetime, I can recall several nights (all good) that panned out over the resonating “one hundred and eigggggggggghhhhhhhhhttttyyyy” tones as someone (usually Phil Taylor) destroys the opposition and this year will probably be no different. Let’s face it though, when you’ve got a guy who’s claim to fame is stabbing a sharp instrument to anything, people are going to sit up and take notice.
Finally, the Aussies will be keen to make amends after such a thrillingly close first test and with the return of Ryan Harris to our bowling stocks, anything could happen. That said, with the return of Ryan Harris to our bowling stocks and Shane Watson also in the side, the safest job in Australia at the moment must be that of the team physiotherapist, with job stability pretty much guaranteed for the tour. Next time, Boof, I’d appreciate the heads up so I can purchase a few thousand shares in sticky tape and remedial therapeutic goods. Perhaps you’ve misplaced my number?
We did get a laugh last night though, when England sent in a night watchman to protect Stuart Broad from the ever vicious Steve Smith and his ability to spin a ball. Steve Smith, the guy that a puppy would bark at and he’d run away crying. Steve Smith, the guy that… well, you get my point. A night watchman? Really?
Meanwhile, down in Africa, Dave Warner attempting to break his way back into the Ashes side managed to score a very formidable six runs off nine balls. Despite the scoring being limited (and what’s to be expected with a moustache like that one), it’s not a bad strike rate, really. Given he managed to score more than Clarke, Cowan, Haddin, Siddle, Starc and Pattinson did in the first innings of the first test – combined – I expect a call up for the third test to be a mere formality.
Aside from the obvious heritage, it would be wonderful to see Australia take out the second test match, if only to find out if Geoffrey Boycott actually hates anything more than the current list of humour, Australians, umpires, hot food, Trent Bridge, Lords, cricket, the weather, women… well, you get my point.
Have a cracker.