WHO’S A HUSSEY?

The Hussey brothers are up against each other today in the final of the most successful season of the Big Bash League, yet. 

The MCG attracted 80, 000 people a few weeks back and who’s to say this won’t happen again. 

David Hussey leads the Melbourne Stars while his brother Mike will line up for the Sydney Thunder. 

The Stars might be aligning for the Hussy family, but where there’s lightning, there’s thunder! 

This 5th season of BBL has been like no other. A few performances have caused people to blush, new talent has been harnessed, Channel 10 have been rewarded for their faith with amazing viewer numbers and most importantly, people are loving the product and crowds are enormous. 

Kids are watching cricket again; an expression I thought I wouldn’t say again. The atmosphere of T20 is made by the children dancing and singing. The bar lines are empty and the ice cream lines are long and cricket is working again. 

Take a bow Cricket Australia. This format is the most successful sport in the country. 

Good luck to both teams today in the final! It will be a cracker! 

I predict a Thunder win- rain, hail or shine. 

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LARA’S MISTAKEN IDENTITY

Mistaken identities can be very funny. I constantly get stopped and asked “are you Wesley Snipes?”.

I actually have a friend who often gets Matt Damon and to be fair, it’s not too bad a doppelgänger.

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A woman from the US became famous on social media with a mistaken identity.

Recently the St Louis Rams, NFL team, announced they would be relocating to Los Angeles and would be called the LA Rams.

Lara’s name on twitter was LaraMS; which is obviously LA Rams!

She became quite a sensation and was quite shocked when she was inundated with messages! If you didn’t’ know her before, you definitely know LaraMS now.

I guess she really has no choice but to become a LA Rams fan now…and I’m sure the LA Rams will want to buy her handle for a pretty penny!

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NO DUCKWORTH LEWIS NEEDED TO KNOW LLEYTON WON

The Duckworth Lewis rule is the crazy system which works out how many runs a cricket team needs for victory after a rain delay. Basically you divide the opening batsmen’s average score on Angry Birds, add this to the sum of all their kids birthdays and finally subtract the numbers on the back of the jersey of the not out batters and you have the total.

Thankfully there was no Duckworth Lewis method needed last night to know that Lleyton Hewitt had beaten fellow countryman, James Duckworth, to begin his 20th and final Australian Open campaign.

Poor James Duckworth was the first Aussie to ever play on centre court and have no-one going for him. If he’d won he would have been the most hated person in the country! He would have felt like Eric Hollies, the leggie who bowled Don Bradman for a duck in his last game.

I’ve never said this before about an Australian… But thankfully Duckworth lost. He will remember this game for the rest of his life though. Playing against his idol, on opening night, on centre court at the Australian Open. He knew he just wasn’t allowed to win. Duckworth lost, but I’m sure it was one of the highlights of his life and the only loss he’ll ever remember.

For the rest of us, we can enjoy watching the little champion that is Lleyton Hewitt, one more time.

DON’T FOLLOW MY WEEK 2 TIPS

I wonder what predictions I can get wrong this week! 

My Bengals Super Bowl tip went well, but by now people know to bet against whatever I say! 

The favourites should all win this week. 

The Steelers will prove that they are malleable and not made of steel and if you are going to have a bet this weekend look at Denver 13+. Specials! Put your superannuation on it or at least one year of your child’s school fees on it – about the same anyway! 

Patriots V Chiefs will be closer than people think. Kansas City can’t win (Kingston Town can’t win), so expect the Chiefs to produce their best game of the year and come away with the points! New England should be too powerful and with all their players coming back expect the Pats of 6 weeks ago! 

The NFC is a little harder. The Arizona Cardinals are a complete team. They have been building for this and I’m really on this team! Unfortunately they have one man in their way. Aaron Rodgers. He’s finding form again and if he runs hot the Packers are in for a real show. 

The final game will be a belter! This will be better than the Super Bowl. Whoever wins this game wins the one in Feb too. The Panthers are the best team in the competition. All the churches out there will be ringing their bells and everyone living in their exotic smallville homes will be celebrating if they get up. But… The Seahawks just know how to win. They play ugly and then get a lucky bounce of the ball or the quarterback misses a snap and it becomes their best play of a game. This game will come down to Cam Newton. If he doesn’t get overawed they will win. I hope he doesn’t but I have a horrible feeling he will. 

Out of respect for my friend who is a Panthers fan, I’m going for Seattle, which should ensure a Carolina win. 

Enjoy week two of the playoffs! 

HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND?

And then there were 8 teams left!

It was one of the most dramatic wildcard weekends in quite some time. A few coaches will be struggling to understand how their teams lost still. A few players will be baffled how their hands became so slippery at such ill-opportune times and one kicker will be working on his resume for the Canadian Football League.

Kansas City were definitely the top Chief in their massacre. Ah Houston, we have a problem. Houston, we have a massive problem. The problem is Houston were in the playoffs and had no right to be. They were simply disgraceful. Brian Hoyer is one of the best quarterbacks in the world. In fact, he’s ranked in the top 32 in the world. He has a job at one of the biggest franchises in not just North America, but the world. I think that says more about the lack of quarterbacks on this planet. Any kids reading this, put down your cricket bat and bench your Steeden for a pig skin. There’s a lot of money to be made from mediocre quarterbacks.

I hate seeing people fail in life and when they are sportspeople completely in the spotlight, it’s even worse. Brian Hoyer will be ridiculed for a long time for one of the worst performances ever seen in Playoff Football.

The Chiefs are on a double digit winning streak. They came and went in Houston. Their Jewell of the Nile, Knile Davis returned the kick off for a touchdown and this set the tone of the game.

The Packers came to life and learnt to run, throw and catch again. Three elements which are important in the NFL. The Redskins on the other hand forgot how to do this. Washington weren’t a good team and in a division which noone wanted to win, they got a home playoff. They had their chances and will feel disappointed they let an opportunity slip by.

And now onto two of the strangest games of football I’ve seen!

Let’s start with the Bengals, who were chasing their first play off win in 26 years V the Steelers. Pittsburgh were up when their quart back got injured. Enter Landry Jones ; the backup. The Steelers were held scoreless allowing Cincinnati to hit the lead with very little time on the clock. As I had the Bengals in a multi I was riding them! They hit the lead with under 2 min to go! I was counting my pennies. When the Steelers back up QB was intercepted, I started spending my earnings. Enter Jeremy Hill from the Bengals. He fumbled the ball, somehow, giving Pittsburgh one last chance. Big Ben came back on and battled through his injury. And then the most I’ll discipline I’ve ever seen on a sporting field occurred. Firstly a Steelers coach pulled the hair of a Bengals player! Yes, you read that correctly. And then a Bengals player tried to take off the head of star Steelers player, Antonio Brown. This coupled with a complete tantrum from another Bengals player gave the Steelers a 30 yard penalty and then kicked an easy  field goal to adadvance.

But field goal are never easy. Poor Blair Walsh from the Vikings will agree with this. With 26 secs to go he had the chance to kick Minnesota into the next round and send the Seahawks back to Seattle. He’d been clutch all game as exhibited by the below tweet from this twit!

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He’d been one of the best kickers all year and in – 25 degree temperatures had been nailing them from all parts of the field.

But, with the game on his boot and simple chip kick coming up,  he drilled his field goal kick so far left it ended up in a new post code.

I’m not going to show the missed kick or the Bengals disaster, as I don’t want to get in the habit of showing sports peoples mistakes.

It was a truly wild weekend of Wildcard football!

Who knows what will happen this weekend…

GET SET FOR A WILD WEEKEND

Finally it’s here. Playoff time for the NFL. It’s the greatest time of the calendar year.

32 teams have been whittled down to 12. My Chargers are not one of these 12 teams and they are still celebrating Mad Monday (possibly in LA).
Teams have been divided into conferences now- the AFC and the NFC. The winner of each of these conferences will ultimately play in the Super Bowl.
The AFC teams are the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots (current champions), Cincinnati Bengals, JJ Watt Texans (otherwise known as the Houston Texans), Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The NFC is made up of the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
The two top seeds have the weekend off, but for everyone else this is the Wildcard Weekend!
The Carolina Panthers have barely put a foot wrong this year and have been Super. Cam Newton has certainly solved gravity and worked out that balls he throws up, come down- in the end zone with his wide receivers. The Panthers have only lost one game throughout the regular season and deserve their favouritism tag.
The Cardinals have been steadily building for two years and enter this years playoffs with a complete roster and no injuries. Don’t be surprised to see these birds fly during January.
The Patriots have limped into January losing 4 of their last 6 games. The week off is so needed and they’ll be back with a healthy roster shortly to cause damage. The Broncos are welcoming back Peyton Manning. Remember him? He’ll start for them in two weeks and this will be his swan song. I hope he goes out like the champion he is. The Broncos will definitely be in the hunt, but I’m not sure Manning will get his fairy tale.
The poor old Vikings. They finally win their division, wrestling the honours off the Packers and they now face the red hot Seattle Seahawks who demolished them recently. The conditions are likely to be arctic but if Adrian Peterson runs hot they may have a chance. If he doesn’t they and Teddy Bridgewater might have to build a bridge and get set for next season. My prediction is the Seahawks who have finally hit their straps in the last four weeks. 24-17.
This might be the last year the Washington Redskins are called that, as many of their brothers, sisters and cousins have asked for a name change. Kirk Cousins has steered this team into the finals- basically they were the only NFC East team who kind of wanted to actually be in the playoffs. They aren’t here to make up the numbers and won’t want to look like a Griffin, but I don’t think they’ll have the firepower to beat the Green Bay Packers. The Packers haven’t set the world on fire, but when you have Aaron Rodgers, you have enough. Packers to win 19-17.
The first game of the playoffs sees a match up no-one expected at the start of the year, when the Chiefs were 1-5 and Andrew Luck was playing. The Chiefs recovered and their defense has been the backbone of this team. The Houston Texans have started four quarterbacks this year and surprisingly they’ve each won a game. The Texans have the best defensive player in the comp, JJ Watt and if is in playing they are always a chance. I think the Chiefs will get the job done here. It won’t be pretty, but they’ll advance. 16-15.
The Bengals v Steelers game is the pick of the games. The Bengals are regulars in the playoffs, but haven’t won a game with Andy Dalton at the helm. He’s injured though. The Steelers have lost their two running back stars which evens things out. I believe the Bengals will advance here and do it in style. 28-14.
My guess for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, is the Bengals v Seahawks.
Enjoy the games!

THE YEAR IN REVIEW OF AUSTRALIAN SPORT

What a cracking year for Australian Sport! In team sports it was the Aussies V NZ in three codes and we took home the bickies twice!
Australia rode the Hayne plane as he soared into San Francisco and then we were all aboard the Payne plane as Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to ever win the Melbourne Cup.
The Aussie cricketers stormed to victory in the One Day version and the Netballers were dominant to secure our second victory over the Kiwis in a World Championship for 2015.
The Wallabies surprised us all and possibly themselves by getting into the World Cup final and as we sipped our hot chocolate in the wee hours of the morning they came within 20 mins of a stunning victory.
Hawthorn are just a freak football team. Four grand finals in a row and this year they made the three peat in commanding fashion. They are already being called Fourthawn for next year! And then there was the NRL grand final. I loved Michael Jackson’s ‘thriller’ but I loved one of the greatest thrillers in Rugby League history even more. After the Broncos couldn’t lose… they somehow lost by a wobbly field goal by the great Jonathan Thurston in Golden Point, to hand the Cowboys their maiden title. They are now one clear of the Sharks in overall Premierships.
It certainly was Jason’s Day at the PGA Championship as he finally triumphed and got his paws on a Major title. He blubbered on national TV and a tear certainly slid down my face as he drained his last putt.
We all fell in love with Mick Fanning after his horrifying shark attack and he came within 90 seconds of making the final at Pipeline, just after his brother passed away. Finishing second is absolutely no disgrace, following on from a horrible year.
Australia all cheered as Nick Kyrgios… Actually that’s a phrase which was never used this year.
My top 5 Australian highlights for the year are:
1. Michelle Payne winning the Melbourne Cup
2. Haynemania
3. North Queensland Cowboys victory
4. Jason Day winning his first major
5. Australian Netball World Cup Champions
I can’t wait for 2016 already and farewelling Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open will be a great way to start the year.
Remember, whatever I predict, bet the opposite way and your wallet will become so fat it will have to go on the Biggest Loser.
Merry Christmas sports fans!