Summer Scoop

This week – A new sports show to launch, a Super Bowl for the ages and scheduling clashes for AFLW and Suncorp Super Netball.

Quote of the week –

 “If I yell at you, it’s nothing personal”

New England Patriots star Tom Brady says to the refs during Super Bowl 51. When you add a fifth Super Bowl title to your name, you can get away with that.

Tweet of the week –

A game for the ages and a comeback that will be talked about for years. A long game though as Robbie McEwen clearly found out!

The hero
Heading into the final round of the NBL regular season, the Cairns Taipans pretty much needed two wins to seal up a finals spot. As it turns out results went their way anyway, but they managed to win both their two final games against Adelaide to sew up second spot and home court advantage for the semi finals. Nate Jawai was fouled out early in the second quarter against the Sixers in Adelaide, but the Taipans just found a way. Cairns looked down and out a couple of weeks ago and over the weekend while under immense pressure to win to ensure more action for season 2016/17, you could not fault them. They will be no easy beats come finals.

Adelaide meanwhile are in a bit of trouble. A four game losing streak which equals the longest losing streak of any team all year. They have mixed and matched their squad over the last couple of weeks and rested key personnel. Flirting with form is always a worry though and almost nothing good ever comes from it. Melbourne United of 2015/16 anyone? Time will tell how badly the last few weeks hurts Adelaide’s championship chances.

The Villain
Pakistan have worked hard to get where they are now in world cricket, but another corruption scandal threatens to undo all that good work. Mohammad Irfan is under investigation while Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have already been suspended from the Pakistan Super League. There is also word of more players to be investigated to come.

It is so sad for the cricket loving nation of Pakistan and their supporters. It is obviously a in depth issue, but perhaps more life bans for anyone found to be bringing the game into disrepute has to be installed.

The prediction
The AFL trialling sixteen-a-side games is the first steps in introducing the concept to the pre-season competition over the next few years. The shorter format has worked well for the NRL pre season competition with the Auckland Nines program and could well be trialled by the AFL. The JLT Community Series is on the nose and is really not an exciting concept. Expect change in the next few seasons.

Speaking of which, the 2017 edition of the JLT Community Series kicks off Thursday night when Collingwood take on Essendon.

The Scoop
Cricket Australia’s selection policy has been hard to follow and at times damn right ridiculous over the Australian summer. It is no surprise, albeit it particularly sad that Nic Maddinson has taken time out of the game with personal issues. Maddinson was thrust into the Test arena during the summer despite not being in super form and without any justification as to why he was there. As such, he struggled to impact the scoreboard and was subsequently dropped and not picked for the tour of India.

This is hopefully the wake up call Cricket Australia selectors need to revamp the way they do things and sort out their priorities and communication.

Crow Call Summer
Brad Crouch has been ruled out of the JLT Community Series and all but round one. If this is a sign of things to come, this is seriously bad news for Adelaide and the young man himself. He deserves some clear air to show what he can do.

Adelaide’s AFLW team had a strong win over premiership favourites the Western Bulldogs. It sets up a nice battle between Carlton on Sunday who are also unbeaten after two rounds. Ebony Marinoff and Erin Phillips again the stand outs.

Turn It Up
When you release as schedule for a new competition that is going head to head with another new competition, it may be a good idea to check the opposing schedules. Next Sunday sees a farcical situation where Adelaide take on Carlton at Thebarton Oval in NAB AFLW at 11.35am. Over at Priceline Stadium the Adelaide Thunderbirds open their Suncorp Super Netball venture with a clash against the West Coast Fever starting at 12.30pm. Given footy and netball crowds are a similar market, this was hideous scheduling. We will review the crowd numbers next week.

Extra scoop 
InDaily are reporting that Radio Adelaide have enlisted Phil Smyth and Ken Cunningham to host a daily sports show between Midday and 1pm. It is a clear sign that the community station is feeling the pinch to become a bit more mainstream to justify its existence. The station will now also broadcast Friday Night Football each week as well, in an attempt to eat into the market.

It does mean now though that Adelaide has plenty of sporting choice and voices to tune into Monday to Friday –

12-1pm – Midday Sport – KG and Phil Smyth – Radio Adelaide

3-6pm – Rowey and Bicks – FiveAA

4-6pm – The Rush Hour with Jars and Louie – Triple M

6-7pm Sportsday with Kane Cornes and Ben Hart – FiveAA

And by popular demand…
I have always been against the introduction of extra time in AFL Grand Finals, preferring to stick with the traditional Grand Final replay. However after seeing what a spectacle the Super Bowl produced between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, my mind has officially been changed. A fan of the NFL or not, you have to admit the Patriots’ comeback win in overtime will go down as one of world sport’s most memorable moments.

Picture – The Age

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