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#3151733 Wimbledon 2015

Posted by tim2 on 03 July 2015 - 10:34 AM

The top players (anyone in the top 20 for any length of time) become very well off and the very top players can get extremely lucrative sponsorship and advertising deals.


However, if you're 150th in the world or below you are actually a very good player but will be scraping a living. 


The application and sheer will to win required in an individual sport where you are travelling all the time and paying your own way makes it a very hard life indeed. There's always someone coming up behind you wanting to beat you - younger, more determined - and you're only as good as the last few tournaments you played. No lucrative multi-million pound 5 year contracts like the 150th best footballer in the world will be on.


The top guys (Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Nadal, Warwinka etc. and Williams in the ladies) not only have supreme skill but their drive to win is phenomenal. They (and I include Murray in this) are amongst the best players who have ever played the game and yet observe their interviews. They very rarely blame the umpires, the court, the weather or any of the garbage we see from footballers (and RL players) and their managers. My son was a line judge at Wimbledon, officiating in the men's final, and he had nothing but good words to say about these guys, especially Nadal. Nadal always has time for fans and is always polite to officials, ball boys, other players. Djokovic's interviews are always articulate and thoughtful. He spent most of the interview the other day praising his opponent, who had just played his last game at Wimbledon before his retirement.


You may or may not like watching tennis, but these sportsmen work damned hard in a very, very competitive arena.

#3150046 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 30 June 2015 - 12:56 PM

Suddenly developed a turn of speed and broke my 10K PB at Owston ferry last week and then got a parkrun PB on Saturday.


That sounds interesting Jon!

#3148226 Disgraceful Sheffield

Posted by tim2 on 27 June 2015 - 12:16 PM

Perhaps it would have been a spear tackle if gareth hock had done it to one of yours


Er, no it wouldn't.

#3147822 Disgraceful Sheffield

Posted by tim2 on 26 June 2015 - 03:21 PM

Let's see what the disciplinary say about it ?


The chances of the disciplinary calling it a spear tackle are zero since they have charged him a dangerous throw (lifting and dropping player) - sanction is 2-3 games and he'll get 2 if found guilty. A spear tackle is when the players is driven into the ground by the tackler and carries a higher grade.


Smeaton's charge is a careless high tackle. This is very different from the reckless/deliberate high tackle that posters on here are charging him with.


Thorpe, Davies, Knowles and Taulapapa have not been charged. Neither has Hock.

#3146350 Disgraceful Sheffield

Posted by tim2 on 24 June 2015 - 09:21 AM

I reffed Cory Aston many times from about 8 until he moved up into the academy structure and in all that time he barely conceded a penalty and I don't remember any malicious tackles of any kind. I also watched him in the Eagles Academy and reserves and the same was true.


This tackle was dangerous and it was a red card but it was not a spear tackle. He over-rotated the player (penalty) and then failed to ensure he landed safely (red card).


The Smeaton one looks like a tired grab at a quicker player but it was high and could have been a red too - that would have been a difficult call at the speed that it happened. Intent is difficult to be sure about - often the officials on the field know the atmosphere, hear what the players are saying and make a call on that. The disciplinary will get the advanatge of slow motion and decide whether the end result of the high tackle justifies a ban.


If those two incidents alone have caused 3 pages of outrage then we are in for some long threads from now to the end of the season.

#3141452 The Queen's Birthday Honours list (merged threads)

Posted by tim2 on 16 June 2015 - 07:58 AM

Same old same old. These awards don't just happen on their own. ANYONE can submit a case: they would not have just given the gong to old biscuit bones...someone will have advanced an appication and a case. There's plenty of charity workers, lollipop ladies etc who get awards..because their communities have shown they deserved it. And it's not about Monarchy...plenty of republics have awards, too.


Yes. I went to a tennis function yesterday where the President of the LTA urged clubs to nominate people from the grass roots of the sport to nominate volunteers. You only need a handful of nomination letters. The more who apply from a sport, the more likely the committee is to pick someone.


As you say, mots countries have some kind of system but I'd like to see it revamped to get rid of the Empire aspect and I'd stop giving civil servants awards for just doing their jobs.

#3135627 mini rugby opinions and possible fixtures

Posted by tim2 on 05 June 2015 - 04:08 PM

The evidence is strong that skills based, non full contact primary league is the correct way to do it. However this doesn't sit well with people brought up in the traditional way who find it a bit "PC" and not tough enough.


Some may have a point in the fact that at some stage players have to learn to tackle, that it can hurt and best to do that younger than older - but unfortunately too many adults like to live their dreams through kids and enjoy seeing their team thrash another team 60-0 and be top of the league / winning cups etc. For me there's plenty of time for that later in life.


The reg cards issue is to some extent related - clubs and their officials have, over the years, abused the age group and player reg system to achieve the goal of winning stuff. This makes everyone paranoid. If you stop worrying about winning and focus on the kids then you simply don't put an older kid in with younger ones. You don't even consider doing it.

#3134588 The TV Thread

Posted by tim2 on 03 June 2015 - 08:09 PM

This was interesting, enlightening and thought provoking: Churchill When Britain Said No about his crashing defeat in the 1945 election.


 A horrible racist, so many mistakes and yet he's usually cited as the Greatest Briton of all time.

#3131328 Coventry this weekend

Posted by tim2 on 29 May 2015 - 12:20 PM

I've tried driving on that inner ring road. It's a bit like Silverstone at the best of times.

#3131020 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 28 May 2015 - 09:20 PM

22.15 new pb at last weeks parkrun . Feeling pleased .


Good one.


Calf still not right but I'm flying at the moment. Did my best parkrun since September and then ran my fastest 10K (start to finish) at Askern last week. Sadly it wasn't a proper PB because it was hand-timed so added a few seconds to the watch time.


Off to run the Humber Bridge 10K on Sunday. Weather looking a bit grim so might not be fun on top of the bridge!

#3128150 Power .... League .... anyone?

Posted by tim2 on 24 May 2015 - 07:46 AM

Reminds me of when Homer Simpson changed his name to "Max Power"


Homer : [Homer is buying a shirt] ... And I want the monogram to read "M-a-x P-o-w..."

Store clerk: Sir, traditionally, mongrams are just your initials.

Homer : Max Power doesn't abbrieviate! In his name, each letter is as important as the one that preceded it. Maybe even *more* important... No, *as* important.

Store clerk: Fine.

[She walks away with the shirt to apply the monogram]

Homer : And if there's any room left, add a bunch of exclamation points and a pirate flag!

#3126349 NRL expansion : Hawaii (USA) New Caledonia (France)

Posted by tim2 on 21 May 2015 - 11:22 AM

I think the number of teams can be proportionate to finances and quality of the comp, whether that be 16 or 160.


Yes. Observe the way US major sports work. they are all ultimately in the same competition and are at the same level. they just play combinations of regional and national games to qualify for the play-offs and the final. Everybody home-and-away hasn't even happened in rugby league for the majority of the 120 years.

#3125873 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by tim2 on 20 May 2015 - 03:39 PM

Indeed my point is still correct though your previous post was total nonsense. American aid program from 70 years ago is little more vaild than trying to connect the British Empire to something that is happening currently.
I'm not against the aid programs they need to be used in the correct way , not end up in dictators pockets.


If you don't learn the lessons of history you are doomed (or at least likely) to repeat them.


We all agree about the dictators, but it seems difficult to prevent this happening without forcibly removing them. And we know how well that usually turns out.

#3124718 BBC

Posted by tim2 on 18 May 2015 - 01:25 PM

The license fee is £12 per month and this covers TV output, radio, world service and website. That's about 1/4 of what you pay for Sky only, let alone the tax you pay on everything to cover adverts on ITV, C4, C5 and Sky (which is subscription AND adverts). Other than there being no right wing comedians on Mock the Week, where's the real evidence of bias? I think the BBC website is a big target for Murdoch.


Back on topic, I didn't see Saturday's game but yesterday's coverage was very good.

#3124314 BBC

Posted by tim2 on 17 May 2015 - 07:43 PM

Just when the BBC sorts itself out, the Tories will remove the need and the funding for them to have any sport at all and Rupert can control it all.