The longer I’m away from Australia the more obsessed I become with sport. I guess it’s a sad little way to feel closer to home.
Top Three Sporting Spectacles of 2006
3. Commonwealth Games, March
For that one glorious day when Scotland topped the medal tally, for the hilarious lawn bowls commentary, and just for two wistful weeks watching beautiful Melbourne on the telly.
2. World Cup, June/July
The highs! The lows! The weeks on the couch with barely a pause to bathe! I’ll never forget the joy of Australia v Croatia or the devastating kick in the guts that was Australia v Italy. And I will just gloss over that whole headbutting palaver and remember the most important lesson to be learned from the World Cup – that Zinedine Zidane looks much better without hair.
1. MotoGP, The Entire 2006 Season
The day before the first race of the year started I almost wrote an entry BEGGING somebody, anybody; to tune in and give this sport a go in 2006. Share my joy, you bastards. But I didn’t, and World Champ Valentino Rossi crashed out on the first turn, kicking off the most spectacular, unpredictable, tense, action-packed season in history.
From the nailbiting finish at Mugello to Dani Pedrosa “taking out” his own teammate at the penultimate race, to Rossi’s devastating crash right in front of our stand at Valencia, there were many moments when I almost wept at being so bloody fortunate to witness the sheer brilliance of it all! Luckily Gareth bought me the Season Highlights DVD so I can relive it over and over like a sad git.
And Mothership, I apologise for being a little distant when you first arrived on my doorstep back in July; but it was right in the middle of a very exciting British GP.
Most Unspectacular Sporting Spectacle of 2006(07)
As I write this, I’m watching the English tail being killed off in the final test match. Or to be more accurate, I’m watching the radio coverage on the digital telly, which means just voices and a scoreboard. If you want moving pictures with your cricket over here you have to pay for Sky cable. Damn you, Rupert Murdoch! But the BBC’s radio commentary and nightly TV highlights were great, and their ball-by-ball live blogging action is always hilarious.
79 sleeps until the 2007 MotoGP season starts.