Summer Scoop – Week 4

Quote of the week 

“I have taken responsibility from the very beginning for not knowing that the over-the-counter supplement I had been taking for the last 10 years was no longer allowed”

– Maria Sharapova. A cheat, intentional, or not is a cheat and surely the tennis world cannot ever support her or celebrate her achievements in the same way again.

The weather is changing, the days are getting longer and the MCG is transformed into a cricket ground. Hashtag October.

The hero 

Mark Robinson. Gerard Whateley. Tim Hodges. Sam Daddo. A wonderful season of AFL 360 came to an end during the week. It was their best season yet. Let’s hope Whateley does not get poached by the Seven Network in 2017.

The villain

Port Adelaide. Could they have handled the Hamish Hartlett saga any worse? Hartlett was clearly annoyed and angry at the Adelaide Airport last week as he headed to Melbourne to explore his options. It appears he did not like what he saw so will now force Port Adelaide to keep him. All is not right at Port Adelaide at a list management level. This one has a lot to play out.

The prediction

Adelaide United are in for a long tough year. A team who has been stripped of all talent did not look very promising in their 1-1 draw with the Newcastle Jets on Sunday. Although we all said a similar thing mid-way through last year…

Crow Call Summer 

Scott Thompson signs on without the guarantee of being in Adelaide’s best 22 and to begin his coaching development with the Crows. This one has been handled well and ultimately best for the Football Club. It should allow Cam Ellis-Yolmen to remain at the Crows.

Bryce Gibbs has today told Adelaide he wants to return home next year. Pick 13 and a player the most likely scenario to get that one done you feel. Mitch Grigg? Jarryd Lyons? I’d offer pick 13 and David Mackay. Get it done. If Adelaide were to obtain Gibbs, he’d join Eddie Betts, Troy Menzel, Sam Jacobs, Scott Camporeale and David Teague as current big names who have been obtained from the Blues over the journey.

The Scoop 

Annoyed with Fox Sports showing advertisements yesterday during the Bathurst 1000? They are not to blame.

In a statement Fox Sports said  –

“The broadcast arrangement means Supercars qualifying and race coverage, and support categories simulcast on Network TEN (for this weekend only) will include TEN’s commercial content”

We would not expect anything less from Network Ten given they are in it for the commercials first and foremost.

The split screen was a justifiable compromise you feel and if it means we get a dedicated Bathurst Channel on Fox Sports and world class coverage all year round from them, it is a small price to pay.

Turn it up

The NBL kicked off on Thursday night with a cracking game of hoops between the returning Brisbane and reigning premiers Perth. Why though have NBL who are producing all the television content this year decided to use the world’s worst graphics for the occasion? That’s when they were actually on the screen. It appears even the technical gremlins think the graphics are terrible.

Extra scoop 

Jamie Whincup has put in an offical protest over his 15 second time penalty for taking out Scott McLaughlin and Garth Tander in a drama filled edition of the Bathurst 1000 over the weekend. As terrible a look it would be, I will not be surprised if he wins this appeal given it did seem very harsh at the time. There could be even more drama to come after a brilliant day of racing.

Got a suggestion or a scoop? Join the conversation on Twitter @liamthompson1 or hashtag #SummerScoop

Picture – Triple M

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