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  1. Kazzl
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    I'm a big sports fan (of the armchair kind) and find that watching sport on tele is a good way to distract myself when I'm down and dwelling on things or if my mind is racing. This time of year it's cricket, with tennis coming up. And Christmas, oh! Boxing Day test, Sydney to Hobart. Love it. Then the Aussie Open around Australia Day. Then the start of the motor racing year, then the footy season (league and rugby for me), the Tour de France, Wimbledon, Formula 1. Sigh.

    Any other sports tragics out there? Looking forward to the Oz/ New Zealand test tomorrow!

    Kaz

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    28 November 2015 in reply to Kazzl

    I do love a bit of motorsport and there is usually an opportunity to get off the couch and go and catch a race, rally, hill climb, drags etc...I love it!

    Jack

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    28 November 2015 in reply to Jacko777

    Hey Jack, thanks for posting. Yep, love a bit of motor racing myself. Been to a few V8 races - Bathurst a couple of times, and Phillip Island once, and the Melbourne GP many years ago. Love it - the noise, the smell, the speed, gets the old heart racing.  It's a very different experience to watching it on tele (which is also great). Never been to the drags though, I watched them on tele (SBS I think). I reckon they'd be exciting. Do you have a track nearby?

     

     

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    8 December 2015 in reply to Kazzl
    I do like football (soccer). I have found world cups to be rather a thing. Not really a sport person either. I think it is the drama and suspense of it and that I end up with a few favourites that I want to see do well. 
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    9 December 2015 in reply to Kazzl

    dear Kazzl, well I join the club although car racing doesn't interest me, but cricket, football, horse racing, rugby union are my favorites.

    The Sydney to Hobart is great but would never ever be seen doing it. Geoff.

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    10 December 2015 in reply to geoff

    Hiya Geoff - Oz v the Windies test starts today! Media thinking seems to be it'll be a walkover for us - hope we're not too complacent or we could get a surprise. 

    Horse racing eh? Don't follow it now, but I have fond memories of Saturdays when I was little sitting with my dad while he went through the form guide. The races were broadcast on local radio (country town) so we'd pick horses for each race and see who had 'won' by the end of the day.

    Hi Gruffudd - I'm trying to learn soccer (not to play, to watch). My husband is English and has tried to teach me, but as I didn't grow up with it I find it very confusing. I like the World Cup though.

     

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    31 December 2015 in reply to Kazzl
    I really like watching the cricket and rugby league on the telly.  Although we've beaten the West Indies, playing New Zealand in New Zealand could be a different story as I heard it said their wickets are like the wickets in England!

    I'm mad on rugby league too! and I don't mind a world-class boxing match now and then either.

    TMB

     

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    31 December 2015 in reply to the_motorcycle_boy

    Another awesome thread.

    I love most sports - though not a big fan of synchronised swimming.

    But the cricket is always awesome - and I love the Test matches and the Big Bash as well.  Glued to the TV each night to check the Big Bash action.  Enjoy the commentary from the different ones - that Freddy Flintoff is an absolute crack-up - he should be a stand up comedian.

    Yes, the NZ'ers will be tough to beat over there and also, their grounds are so small.  Many big scores and loads of sixes.

     

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    1 January 2016 in reply to Neil_1

    I like the Big Bash too Neil, especially the commentary. Did you see it last night, love Freddy Flintoff he he.

    So, what's wrong with synchronised swimming then? 😉 It's good for a giggle. And I don't doubt their fitness and stamina - must take hours to get their hair and make up like that. Not to mention sewing on all those sequins! (Apologies to any synchronised swimmers out there, I know they are real athletes, just find the show bizzy thing a bit much. I don't discriminate though, I find rhythmic gymnastics a bit ridiculous too.)

    Looking forward to more cricket and the tennis must be starting soon. Do you watch the tennis Neil?

    Cheers

    Kaz

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    2 January 2016 in reply to Neil_1
    Thanks for the unexpected reply. I was kinda expecting to hear from Kazzi! but maybe another time... As you say, the New Zealanders will be hard to beat over in New Zealand but in the spirit of "Go, the underdog!" and "Give em a fair go!" we should see some excellent cricket. I am certainly finding the Test cricket, in Australia, very exciting at present with heaps of hundreds being scored and lots of records tumbling. What a marvelous time for Oz cricket! Dynamite thread!!!
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    2 January 2016 in reply to the_motorcycle_boy

    Hiya TMB! Glad you like the sports desk mate. Yeah, it's a great time for the cricket. Love it. I like rugby league too, I'm a Raiders fan, and union, Brumbies of course (guess where I live haha).

    Boxing eh? My dad was a boxer in his youth (before my time 😊). Back in the day when the   Police Boys Clubs operated and taught boxing to keep the young fellas on the 'straight and narrow'. He went on to be a state champion welterweight, and I believe, fought in Jimmy Sharman's tents at some stage. Can't say I like watching boxing, but I quite enjoying doing it at the gym, although I haven't managed to knock out the punching bag yet. Good for getting rid of stress.

    Have you checked out the BB cafe? There's a corner there that always has the sports on tele. (It's an imaginary place, so I reckon I can imagine whatever I like on teev.) Pop in sometime if you want and meet the cafe crowd. There's motorcycle parking out the front. What do you ride BTW?

    Cheers

    Kaz

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    2 January 2016 in reply to Kazzl

    In 2015 I watched

    AFL I like Richmond, west coast and even hawthorn)

    NRL

    Horseracing (free to air channel now)

    some Jarryd Hayne Gridiron

    Some Rugby , don't love it but like some individuals such as Cheika  and Pocock

    occasionally some golf

    womens world cup soccer

    mens world cup soccer

    Olympics (sorry not 2015)

    Japanese Sumo (reckon I might qualify soon with this gut)

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    2 January 2016 in reply to Scotchfinger

    Lol! A sumo-sized Scotchfinger. Imagine the size tea cup you'd need for dunking!

    (Sorry Joe, couldn't help it, my mind works in funny ways sometimes 😀)

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    2 January 2016 in reply to Kazzl
    If I can help people here by being the butt of their jokes, it will in some small way be my contribution to the mental health of this BB community.
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    2 January 2016 in reply to Scotchfinger
    Much appreciated Scotchfinger. And I shall do my best to help you make that worthy contribution.😄
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    2 January 2016 in reply to Kazzl
    By the way, Sherie and I are setting up the Big Tele in the cafe for the test tomorrow. All welcome. Munchies provided. 
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    2 January 2016 in reply to Kazzl
    Disagree about Freddie Flintoff. He's impossible to understand. That whole commentary team gets drowned out by the crowd noise anyway.
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    2 January 2016 in reply to Scotchfinger

    I love almost all sports too.  Although unlike a number of you, I dont really like the motor sports.  Although I do follow the results of the big Formula 1 races, just dont like to watch them.  And I definitely would not go to watch motor racing live, its way too noisy and smells of oil, rubber and fuel.  I have gone once!  So I do know.

    My favourite sports are anything on the Olympics and Commonwealth games (other than sync swimming, I'm sorry to say - something about those nose clips bother me) and World Championships.   I think my favourite team sport would have to be cricket.  I love all forms of it and follow Australia, NSW, Sydney 6ers (both men and women).  I also like NRL (Raiders and NSW Blues), Rugby (Brumbies), AFL (Sydney Swans), Soccer (Sydney FC), Golf, Cycling, Squash, Tennis, Horse racing, boxing, netball, in fact just about everything.

    Neil, I'm sure I read somewhere that Freddie Flintoff is in fact now doing a bit of stand up comedy, just like you suggested he should.  I personally like him, I think he's funny.  But can dominate a little bit perhaps.

    I am looking forward to the NZ vs Aus return series of cricket as well.  I think the Aussies will have a real battle on their hands, so I hope they dont become too complacent during the current WI vs Aus series.

    Hope to see you all at The BB Cafe for the coin toss and anthem prior to the start of play at 10.30am.  Hopefully the weather allows enough days play for a result.  To the Aussies of course!

    Sherie x

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    2 January 2016 in reply to Kazzl
    Thanks for the warm welcome Kaz. I love the rugby league, my team is South Sydney whom I have followed since the late "60's! That makes me mid 50's and I don't have a motorcycle either. My member's name is from a character in one of my favourite  movies, Rumble Fish.

    The story of your dad is very cool. My twin brother trained to be a boxer but never had a professional fight!  Still, he was super fit and very skillful. I bet if you keep trying, you'll knock out that punching bag sooner or later! lol

    Thanks a lot for the invite to the BB cafe. May rock up there on my imaginary motorcycle, maybe a different one for each day of the week!  

    TMB
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      Hi all

     

    Wow, I’ve been away for a couple of days and this thread has exploded – awesome to see.

     

    To Kazzl, yes I watch a bit of tennis, but not a huge fan.  I used to watch it heaps more in the days when Agassi was playing.

    And though I reside in the same ‘large town’ as you, I don’t follow the Raiders – my team is Cronulla.  Maybe one year, maybe one year!

     

    I’m having heaps more success in the AFL where my team is the Hawks. 

     

    Apart from that, I don’t have allegiances in any other sports really – though I guess I go for NSW in the State of Origin.

     

    Scotchfinger wrote that he finds the crowd noise is too much over the top of the commentators – and you know, I found that to be the case for the first couple of games last year.  I wrote an email to the Big Bash organisation and whether it was because of my complaint about it or whether it was just pure coincidence, but after that, the crowd noise was turned down big time for the future games.  Though at times this year when the ground announcer is talking, you can barely hear anything else.

     

    I also love my horse racing – and I think this coming weekend it’s Magic Millions time on the Gold Coast – one year I’d love to get up there for that.

     

    Cheers all and hope the rain soon goes away from the SCG.

     

    Neil

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    19 January 2016 in reply to Neil_1

    Hi everyone.  Not much activity here lately, so I thought I'd resurrect the thread.

    It was good to see at least one Sydney team into the semi's of the Big Bash League, dont you think?  It wasnt my preferred team as I follow the Sixers, but it was still nice to see Thunder get into the semi's.  Well done to Mr Cricket's team!

    And is anybody been following the tennis this week so far?  A number of Aussies playing, or have already played, in the Aussie Open today.  I do feel very sorry for Samantha Stosur though.  She is still a very good player, but she just cant seem to be able to bring her A game to Australia.  The pressure to perform in front of her home crowd must be too much for her.

    And what else has been happening?  Does everyone agree with the selection of the Aussie T20 team?  A couple of new faces there, as well as a couple of somewhat controversial inclusions.

    Sherie xx

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    19 January 2016 in reply to Missing user
    Hey Sherie. Do you take bets? I'll have 100 bucks at fixed odds of 5-1 for Tomic to win his next match. Don't tell anyone but this game is fixed. I can't lose!!
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    Ha ha ha, not sure I believe you there Scotchfinger.  But you do have an honest face ...............     ( - :

    What about Kyrigos, are you betting on him as well?  And Lleyton Hewitt, he just beat another Aussie in James Duckworth?   If you have any sure things, perhaps you can go for a multiple bet and increase your payout.  But no, I dont take bets unfortunately.  Although I do have an on-line betting account, which I mainly use for Horse racing and occassional sporting bets.

    I would just be happy if there was still an Aussie left in the main draw by Australia Day !!!!!!!!!  

    Sherie x

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    20 January 2016 in reply to Missing user

    re horseracing Sherie

     

    There was a period in my life when I spent about 6 months, every day in the TAB. I spent all my savings about 30 grand in that time. Regrets I've had a few and that is one of them, big time.

    Now , believe it or not, I can watch horseracing on TV on Saturday, without actually gambling at all! Just pick some horses and see how I go. I get some satisfaction when they lose, "oh at least I didn't have money on it."

    Hope you don't lose too much Sherie. I never had a TAB phone account. that would be highly dangerous for me.

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    20 January 2016 in reply to Scotchfinger

    Dear Sports Fans

     

    Am loving the Big Bash, though it’s soon to finish.  I thought Chris Gayle’s massive smash the other night absolutely amazing – 50 runs off just 12 balls to equal the record fastest 50 ever.  Just doesn’t seem possible, but there you have it.

     

    The T-20 team is a bit, um, odd – though, I guess that’s where the lounge-chair critics are able to make such comments.  I thought Usman Khawaja and George Bailey were unlucky not to be included.  But then I guess, who do you drop to allow one or both of them in?

     

    Sean Tait was a big left field selection I thought, although The Wild Thing can still sling ‘em down and fast as well and I guess the Aussie bowling stocks are a bit light on at the moment.  I thought Brad Hogg might have been a sneaky chance to get in – no-one seems to be able to read how he spins it.

     

    Not so much into the tennis – is Kyrigos behaving himself of late?

     

    Ps:  sorry to hear of your losses on the ponies ScotchFinger – I do enjoy a punt and did ok on Magic Millions day, a couple of weeks ago.  I really love the different carnivals with the top horses competing, the jockeys, the colour, the hype – gosh, I sound like Bill Lawry there, though he’s never gone into that about racing.  I have had a phone account (now an on-line one) in the past, but tend to make out my bets on a Friday evening, and put them on, on a Saturday morning and go home and watch them.  That way, they’re my bets and no chasing losses or doubling up any winnings.

     

    Neil

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    20 January 2016 in reply to Neil_1

    Still speaking cricket - The ODI series against India has been pretty good.  The Aussies have done well to chase down 3 targets of just over/under 300 runs, so they are doing well.  I was away last week but managed to see most of the matches.  There is the 4th match of the series today down in the ACT.  Kaz, are you going perhaps?

    T20 selections?  I would replace Shaun Marsh with Khawaja.  Agree re Sean Tate, with all the injuries to our young fast bowlers he is a fair selection.  And he can still bowl 4 overs of pace, which is all thats required for T20. Hubby thinks he should be in ODI team too, but I dont agree.  He cant be relied on to bowl 10 overs.

    Yes Neil, so far, young Kyrigos seems to be trying very hard to be a half decent fellow.  Hope he can continue. He's a showman and thrives on attention, and is a very talented player with lots of potential, so I guess its pretty hard for him to be humble.  Lets hope he keeps his feet firmly on the ground and not in his mouth!  I think Lleyton Hewitt is mentoring him now, so I hope he is a good influence.  Lleyton, when he was young, wasnt such a good role model himself, but matured well.

    Horseracing - Gosh Scotchie, thats not good about the gambling.  It can definitely be a trap.  My hubby used to be somewhat hooked, but never had an account thankfully.  I have an on-line account which I've had for about 5 years now after putting $300 in when I first opened it.  I still have around that same figure, taking some losses and then some wins.  But I only bet small.  $2 - $5 place bets mostly, and occasionally a $5 each way bet (on a sure thing!).  Sometimes I put a $10 bet on a quaddie or a trifecta.  I generally do pretty well, or good enough to maintain my balance.  But I can also be a bit of a sentimental punter.  And have been laughed at endlessly by some for putting on a $2 place bet on the likes of Black Caviar.  But often favourites pay as much for a place as they do for a win, and I figure you've got 3 chances (or 2 if a small field) with a place bet.  It is very much a luxury thing, and I keep it that way for myself. I also love going to the races just to watch the colour and sounds of race day.  Love watching the horses come out and parade in the mounting yard, and back again after the race.  I love horses!  And often when I go to the races, I dont even have a bet.  So I dont think I'm a problem gambler. And I'm glad you're not any more either Scotchie! 

    Have a good day all.

    Sherie x

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    Hi there Sherie

    Wow, we’ve got some chat to happen here – your last post really rang an accord with me.

    Firstly, I’m in the same town as Kaz as well – but nope, am not going, but will be able to watch it on the teev, when I get home from work and the gym.  Though, if the clouds that are brewing up come to something, it could be potentially a stop start arve/evening … let’s hope not.  And they’re not really forecasting it for today.

    I like Khawaja as well – and mark this name down – I reckon Jake Lehmann will represent Australia in all three forms of the game.  Remember Sherie, you read it here first.  I wonder what odds I can get on that?  :)

    It’s also a major pity about Pat Cummins … he could have developed into a superstar fast bowler, but his injuries are letting him down.  It must be so frustrating for him.

    Yes, the matured version of Mr Hewitt has come ahead in leaps and bounds since his arrogant youthful years – I guess it must be it – loaded with talent and the arrogance comes through.  Maturity could also be due to his marriage and kids?

    I love horses as well – used to ride them a lot when I was growing up on our farm, and we had an ex-thoroughbred on our property – only it was a galloper from the picnics;  but holy smoke, even a picnic thoroughbred can certainly travel.

    We went down to Melbourne to see Black Caviar run in her 17th race – and were a part of the inaugural cheer squad for her – we assembled at the far end of the straight at Moonee Valley and after Race 1, our group (of 50 or so) walked down the straight, and then were assembled in the first tier of the grandstand at the 50 metre mark – was the most sensational night.  So many memories – and we got to pat her afterward and got photos.

    One of my all time faves (and my Dad’s ALL time fave) was Apache Cat.  What a ripper he was – and since Dad passed, I now have a tatt with The Cat’s face on it – with his magnificent white blaze as well.  It’s very special.

    Cheers

    Neil

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    20 January 2016 in reply to Neil_1

    Oh gosh Neil, I'm so envious of you.  Fancy getting to meet Black Caviar in the flesh!  And Apache Cat was also a favourite of mine.  And how can you forget Kingston Town, Sunline, Octagonal, Might and Power, Saintly, Makybe Diva (with her 3 Melb Cup wins).  And closer to town for you, good old Takeover Target, what a great story that was! Anyway I could go on and on, but I wont coz you already know them all.   I have been to the city races (in all capitals other than Adelaide) a number of times, but never one of the major carnivals.  

    I also grew up on a farm, between Goulburn and Boorowa, and we always had horses as kids, usually the bosses stock horses who we were allowed to ride.  But later on we got our own horse and she was an ex registered racehorse.  And yep, she sure could run.  She was a bit of a bolter though, and generally we rode bareback, so we had our share of spills when coming to a stop at fences and the like.  But they were good times.

    The cricket is progressing pretty well so far.  Bit of a pity that Warner got our in the 90's, but Finch just reached his century.  Manuka Oval usually has big scores, so they are going to need a big one.  Even more so if your weather forecast comes to fruition and Duckworth Lewis calculations come into being.  Always seems to favour the chasing team for some reason.

    Yes I am also a big Pat Cummins fan, and felt so badly for him when he again went out with injury.  But he seems pretty positive about a comeback, and I just hope he can do it all again.  I'm also a Mitchell Starc fan, and it must have been pretty devastating for him to come down with a stress fracture in his foot at this time of year. Just when he'd become our #1 spearhead bowler with the retirement of Johnson last year.  So he is being missed in all forms of the game.

    Okay, I must go and check on the cricket again.....    Good to have a chat about all the stuff I love.

    Sherie xx

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    20 January 2016 in reply to Missing user

    Neil! Did I read that right? You're a Canberran! I knew I liked you, now I like you even more😃

    How very cool! Oh Lordy! Maybe we've met and don't know it. LOL! You'd remember me I'm sure - I'm the one in the grey cardigan with a pass on a lanyard around my neck. (Sorry everyone else, lame little Canberra joke).

    I don't know why, but this has made me ridiculously happy!

    OK, back to the cricket.

     

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    20 January 2016 in reply to Kazzl

    Ha ha, isnt that funny?  I'm so glad you two have 'found' each other!

    Can I be part of the fun too,  by saying that I used to be a Canberran?  

    I lived there for 13 years before leaving in the year 2000.  

    I try to avoid it these days (nothing against the ACT, its a trigger thing), and I still have a sister living there.

    Oops, get back on topic Sherie, you dont want another rap over the nuckles!

    Sport in Canberra was always good.  I used to attend the NRL at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan before they moved, and used to regularly go to the Canberra Cannons basketball matches and the athletics when it comes to Bruce Stadium.  I've even competed there in athletics myself!  But that was a while ago.  I also used to go to watch the ACT Brumbies. And as I said in an earlier post, I used to go to cricket and AFL matches at Manuka. And go to the races at Queanbeyan and Canberra.  Great place for sport!   I miss that side of it............

    Sherie xx

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