Sport

Jun 07

Ali

Posted by: George Grundy

At the South-West corner of Parliament Square in London is a statue of Nelson Mandela, smiling broadly with his arms outstretched, as if ready to embrace anybody who walks by. The incongruous sight of the great South-African being celebrated in bronze on one of England’s most important political sites is made all the moreso by the collective amnesia that is sometimes applied to great men who grow old. As head of the ANC, an organisation many British Conservatives described as…

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Dec 07

Tiger’s Time

Posted by: George Grundy

I just took time out to watch a few highlights from Tiger Woods performance at the 2000 US Open. It’s widely and rightly regarded as the pinnacle of Tiger’s incredible career, and the greatest performance in the history of golf. Playing at Pebble Beach, that most fabulous of golf courses, in the 100th playing of the Open, Tiger was in a different world. He won by fifteen shots, at twelve under par. No-one else in the field even broke par….

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Jun 26

Ashes

Posted by: George Grundy

Late March 2013. Australia has just been resoundingly beaten four-nil by the weakest test side fielded by India in twenty years. Shane Watson has flown home because he hasn’t done his homework. His test career appears over. Michael Clarke strongly defends the decision to drop him and others, despite the minor infractions they are guilty of. The national team is in disarray. We know how this story ends. Within months, Mickey Arthur was sacked, and Australia turned a corner so…

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