Friday, 25 March 2011

India & Pakistan - Cricket's Powderkeg

By Shane Thomas

Now that the farce of the group stages of the Cricket World Cup are now done, the tournament is now worth bothering with. And in Mohali next Wednesday morning, we may see the most compelling game of cricket of 2011.

The Lessons To Learn From Dublin

By Shane Thomas

Let's not mince words. England weren't beaten by Ireland at Landsdowne Road last Saturday (I'm going to try to avoid referring to it as the AVIVA Stadium), they took a beating. This is a relatively young England side who have achieved success in quite a short time. Ireland on the other hand, are a team of slightly grizzled, gnarled players, who have begun to look over the hill since winning the Grand Slam back in 2009.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Episode 25 - The Duel In The Sun & The 1956 FA Cup Final

In our latest episode I look at the epic "duel in the sun" between Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson at the 1977 Open Championship & Turnberry, while Jonathan focuses on Bert Trautmann playing in the 1956 FA Cup final for Manchester City with a broken neck, as well as looking at the backstory of how a German fighting in World War II came to be looked upon as a cult figure in the nation that he was initially fighting against.

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Richard Swarbrick & Gareth Bale - Turning Sport Into Art

By Shane Thomas

Bit of a quick one readers. As this blog's been non-stop about Arsenal for the past month, I think a quick blast of Tottenham will help redress the balance.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

The Diary Of A Pessimistic Arsenal Fan - Do Trophies Matter?

By Shane Thomas

“Wilshere is a top player. He is an excellent player, not just Arsenal, but
also for the national team. But I guess he is lucky because [Barca] have many players in the second
team like him, but he plays every game because there is no pressure at his club to win titles.
” - Pep Guardiola

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Episode 24 - Roger Bannister & The 4 Minute Mile

We look at what we've described as sports "landing on the moon moment" as Sir Roger Bannister becomes the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes.

Going through Bannister's career, and looking at what drove the man to push sporting achievement, we get to the core of what pushes a person to do what's viewed as impossible.

The obligatory tangents break off into the uneasy relationship that exists between the similar worlds of geekery and sport.

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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

The Diary Of A Pessimistic Arsenal Fan - Arsenal Freeze While Birmingham Seize

By Shane Thomas

ARSENAL 1-2 BIRMINGHAM (Birmingham win the 2011 Carling Cup)

When I graduated from university, I remember the moments leading up to the ceremony. Many sentiments were expressed, but one stood out above them all; "I hope I don't trip up the stairs." Well, at Wembley on Sunday, Arsenal were clearly petrified of tripping up as they froze against a brilliant Birmingham performance to lose in the Carling Cup final.