Saturday, September 25, 2004

Go The Pies

MelbournePhilosopher

Well, it's grand final weekend in Melbourne. Aussie Rules football that is. Where I come from, that's probably more important than Christmas. So, as a nod towards the contributions of sportsmen to our collective pride, I dedicate this blog entry to my football team. Go The Pies. Even if you didn't make it to the Grand Final, you still deserve to win!

Sporting Moments in Australia



This weekend, the Brisbane Lions have the opportunity to with their fourth consecutive grand final - a feat not achieved for seventy years in the AFL - Australian Football League . Despite the enormous challenge posted by this feat, controversy reigns. Brisbane is permitted to pay their players more than any other team.

Last week, the Australian one-day international cricket team lost their first match against England in five years to be knocked out of the champions trophy, and event that the Australian team still have never won. Both the one-day and test playing nations have dominated international cricket for many years, and set new benchmarks for the standard of play.

In the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Steven Bradbury was the last man standing in an almost farcicle 1000m ice speed skating event, where his leading competitors fell in a heap. This goes to show that sometimes winning is about being in the right place at the right time.

In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Eric the Eel captured the hearts of thousands as he competed to the best of his abilities, despite the fact he had never swum a race so long as the 100m. He represented Equatorial Guinea.

Cheers,
-MP

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