GREATEST CRICKET SLEDGES OF ALL TIME

Is Jimmy Anderson for real? He wants an Ashes series with no sledging. That’s like saying I want an Origin series with no biff…ok, that happens now.

Anderson has made the biggest mistake of his life. He is in for a barrage of abuse when he heads out next Wednesday.

Here are some of the best sledges of all time:

Rod Marsh (Aus) and Ian Botham(Eng)

Rod Marsh : “So how’s your wife & my kids?”
Ian Botham : “The wife is fine but the kids are retarded”

Viv Richards (West Indies) and Merv Hughes (Australia)

Viv Richards hit Merv Hughes for four consecutive boundaries in one single over.
Merv’s response was to stop halfway down the pitch, fart loudly, and say to Viv: “let’s see you hit that to the boundary!”

Mark Waugh (Australia) and James Ormond (England)

Upon Ormond’s arrival at the crease Mark Waugh said . “fuck me, look who it is. Mate, what are you doing out here?There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.”
Ormond replied: “Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my family.”

Daryll Cullinan (South Africa) and Shane Warne(Australia) 

As Cullinan was heading out to the wicket, Warne told him he had been waiting 2 years for another chance to humiliate him.
Cullinan replied.”Looks like you spent it eating,”

Ravi Shastri (India) and Mike Whitney (Australia)

Ravi Shastri was batting when the 12th man for Australia Mike Whitney was called on as a substitute fielder. Shastri attempted to pinch a quick single to Whitney at mid-off who yelled out at the 80-Test veteran, “If you leave your crease I will break your f—ing head.”

Without flinching, Shastri replied angrily, “Hey! If you could bat or bowl as well as you could talk, you wouldn’t be f*cking twelfth man!”

Merv Hughes (Australia) and Javed Miandad (Pakistan)

During a test between Pakistan and Australia in 1991 Miandad tried to sledge Merv: “Merv you are a big, fat bus conductor”. Only a few balls later Merv dismissed Miandad, ran past him and shouted: “Tickets please!”.

Ian Healy (Australia) and Arjuna Ranatunga (Sri Lanka)

The Australians were getting frustrated while trying to get the wicket of the portly Arjuna Ranatunga. Healy came up with a winner: “Put a Mars Bar on a good length and that should do it!”.

Jamie Siddons and Steve Waugh

In a Sheffield Shield match Steve Waugh was taking his time getting ready to face his first ball. Taking guard, scratching out his mark, looking at the field settings. Jamie Siddons decided enough was enough and remarked: “For fuck’s sake, mate, it’s not a fucken test match!”. To which Waugh replied: “Of course it’s not… You’re here”.

Viv Richards (West Indies) and Greg Thomas

In a county match in England, Thomas was bowling to Richards and getting a few to whizz past the bat. After Richards played and missed another one, Thomas said: “It’s red, it’s round. Now fucken hit it!”. This obviously angered Richards who proceeded to hit the next ball out of the ground. Richards: “You know what it looks like now go and get it.”

Now bring on The Ashes!

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WAS BIG BROTHER WATCHING THE 1984 NBA DRAFT?

The NBA draft is today. Careers will begin and for old players it can be the end to their career and more family time.

The draft of 1984 is regarded as the best of all time and it’s pretty easy to see why.

The number 1 pick was- Hakeem Abdul Olajawon. How can you lose when you have ‘won’ in your surname.

The third pick was a player who went on to achieve a few things in his career; Michael Jordan.

Number 4 was Charles Barkley.

John Stockton went at 16 and then Oscar Schmidt was the 131st pick.

All five players are Hall of Famers and in 1996 were named in the top 50 Greatest Players in NBL History!

I don’t think Big Brother was really around then, but he’ll definitely be watching the draft this year.

THIS IS UBER COOL

I’ve heard of moonlighting before on the job, but Miami Dolphins player AJ Francis has taken it to a whole new level.

Francis is a third year player for the Fins and earns around $662k per year. Not Tom Brady figures, but not the worst salary in the world…yet he is a registered Uber driver in the off season!
He won’t start getting paid until July, so figures he needs some cash to tie him over.

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Apparently people just think he’s a big guy with a cool car.

I’m sure he gets a five star rating along with his 5XL shirt size.

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The killing fields of the Qatar World Cup

This is sad, horrible and unacceptable. Wonderful piece by @kazblah

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in a graveyard.

Already an estimated 1,200 workers have died building Qatar’s World Cup stadiums and associated infrastructure. This number is expected to rise to 4,000 over the next seven years. Basically a worker a day.

The International Trade Union Confederation compiled these numbers based on statistics from just two countries — Nepal and India — which account for around 50 per cent of Qatar’s migrant workforce.

In other words, the death toll could be much, much higher. But currently it looks like this.

Qatar deaths Graphic by The Washington Post

How are people dying in such numbers? Workplace accidents, falls from unsafe scaffolding, disease and suicide account for many. But the biggest cause of death is cardiac arrest.

You know how FIFA decided to hold the 2022 World Cup in the Qatari winter because of justifiable concerns about the effect of 50-degree heat…

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