The legacy of No. 408

This piece just couldn’t be written any better.


Hughes tributeI didn’t know Phil Hughes but I reckon he’d be gobsmacked by the global outpouring following his death.

There have been condolences from the Queen, a mid-concert song dedication by Elton John, a Vatican Mass in his honour. Flags have flown at half-mast at cricket grounds from Sydney to London. Parliament was silent for one blessed minute.

The game’s greats have paid tribute. Sachin Tendulkar. Viv Richards. Ian Botham. Baggy Greens past and present. The greats of other games too. Rafael Nadal. David Beckham. Rory McIlroy. Every Australian ever associated with sport.

And there have been bats. So many bats. All over the world, bats. Sydney dad Paul Taylor’s simple gesture has been embraced by fans, households, clubs, corporations and politicians.

The Socceroos and Wallabies brought cricket bats to their recent internationals. Former world snooker champion Neil Robertson played the…

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2 thoughts on “The legacy of No. 408

  1. This is actually the best piece I have read about Phil Hughes’ passing. Summed things up perfectly.

    On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM, N O W! In Sport wrote:

    > THE HALFWAY MARK IN SPORT posted: “This piece just couldn’t be written > any better.”

  2. Joe, about 20 of my blog views today have come from your site. Thanks for reblogging and thanks to your followers for reading it. Much appreciated everyone.

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