I think I was about 13 at the time, my cousin Adrian had a motorbike, which I thought was cool. He was a big Manly fan. One day after I’d finished running Track and Field at Narrabeen he said, “Do you want to go to Brookvale to watch Manly play?” My eyes lit up. “I can take you on the back of my bike”. My eyes really lit up, I looked at Mum and she nodded with cautious approval. At this stage I didn’t really follow any team, Mum wanted me to barrack for Souths, ‘The Mighty Rabbits’ she’d say. Continue reading Go Manly
My buddy Swami told me about this show that he watches called ‘Game of Thrones’. I’d never heard about it. This conversation happened about 4 years ago. ‘You have to watch this show’ he said excitedly. ‘Its about these different kingdoms that are all battling to get on the iron throne’. I was intrigued but in no hurry to break out the popcorn. Finally one night I relented and parked myself in front of the TV and pressed play. All it took was one scene to get me hooked. Continue reading Game of Thrones
Eight years ago Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open as a 20 year old; he had arrived to the big show. The question was could he build on it and continually challenge the Grand Slam monopoly that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had created? The answer was no. In the following 3 years he made only one more Grand Slam final, at the 2010 US Open, losing in 4 sets to Rafael Nadal. Continue reading Novak Djokovic is Dominating
In the 90’s Marilyn Manson was the bogeyman and public enemy number one. He had the Christian right after him, the PMRC after him and politicians after him. Manson set the rock world on fire and was reveling in the wreckage. The teenage element saw him as their evil outlet, thrilled that their parents didn’t approve whom I’m sure would have preferred posters on their kids walls of Hootie and the Blowfish. Continue reading Marilyn Manson ‘Antichrist Superstar’
I think the 80’s are back; in fact I’m not sure they ever went away. Who doesn’t remember Gordon Gecko using that brick sized mobile phone in ‘Wall Street’ or how about the ‘new romantic’ phenomenon that was Duran Duran and the hysteria they created before some guy named Bieber was even born.
This week Peyton Manning retired at the Denver Broncos Headquarters at Dove Valley. Number 18 saying goodbye to the game that he transformed for 18 seasons. I may have been a fan of the NFL since the mid 90’s, following the Broncos before the back-to-back Elway Super Bowls, but it’s only been the last few years I’ve fallen into the super fan category, largely because of Peyton. Continue reading Peyton Manning Retires
With the lasting memory of perhaps the best Grand Final in NRL history last season when the North Queensland Cowboys defeated the Brisbane Broncos 17-16 in overtime on a Johnathan Thurston field goal, the 2016 season kicks off tonight when the Parramatta Eels play at home against last seasons’ Grand Finalists, the Brisbane Broncos.
I was really excited when I brought this tape. I remember having it at my grandmother’s house, where I would go to after school. I was in the kitchen staring at the front cover, mesmerized by the winged cupid smoking a cigarette, thinking how cool and naughty he was. I was an innocent 14 year old obsessed with sport so smoking, beer or anything ‘out of bounds’ had yet to descend on me. Continue reading Van Halen ‘1984’
Who says getting old can be a drag. Yes, there are the aches and pains. Getting around is harder and walkers, scooters and canes are ready to go on any outdoor adventure. A ride in an ambulance is just a slip away and occasionally there will be the inevitable funeral to get dressed up for plus more visits to the doctor. Continue reading Partying on in God’s Waiting Room
Peyton Manning could do it. Pete Sampras did it after winning the 2002 US Open; Rocky Marciano did it after defending his Boxing Heavyweight Championship in 1955 and John Elway did it after winning Super Bowl 33. They are all athletes who won the biggest event in their respective sports and promptly rode off into the sunset, cementing their status as legends by going out in the best way possible. Continue reading Riding off into the Sunset