Ian who?

All  those jokes about the Thorpedo’s sexuality are just so tacky and predictable, n’est-ce pas?   For my money the best take on the Thorpie retirement soap opera was from Skeletor over at Spin Starts Here:

Apparently Kim Beazley has passed on his commiserations to the Tasmanian Government.

And while we’re on the Bomber fiasco front, does anyone have an inkling about the strategy (if any) behind Lindsay Tanner slagging Australians as anti-intellectual or Duncan Kerr threatening the business community with price control over petrol, bank fees and executive salaries?   Latham seemed almost sane by comparison.  

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Robert
Robert
15 years ago

Happy and keen always to celebrate exceptional men and women athletes from anywhere but for all his achievements Thorpey never did a thing for me. Hoping to see the end of him, actually.

Willing to change mind if he can tear it up at 5/8. ( – and if the post-swim munchy gut looming over the two year horizon settles in – prop).

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
15 years ago

Lindsay Tanner was banging on about Shane Warne getting an honorary doctorate as proof of our intellectual poverty. I thought it was more about validation of our national propensity for self-deprecating humour.

I’ve no idea about Thorpie’s sexuality, Ken, but a prominent male sports icon appearing publicly in his own brand of tighty-whities and a pearl necklace does inevitably invite speculation. If he is gay, the old adage about the proportionate ratios between excessively large feet and other bodily extremities will probably stand him in good stead.

Tony Harris
Tony Harris(@tony-harris)
15 years ago

If you are seriously concerned about intellectual standards you would have to be more worried about some of the supposedly real doctorates that are handed out and just laugh at the token ones.

Patrick
Patrick
15 years ago

If he is gay, the old adage about the proportionate ratios between excessively large feet and other bodily extremities will probably stand him in good stead.

Of course, only if he is gay – as is widely known, girls don’t care about size…

Willing to change mind if he can tear it up at 5/8. ( – and if the post-swim munchy gut looming over the two year horizon settles in – prop).

Have you ever seen him? I think second-row or flank would be his natural vocation.

Robert
Robert
15 years ago

You might be right, Patrick. He’d be devastating as a flanker: tough, fast, killer, no regard for the body. Just perfect. Simply need a sports psycho to switch his mind from following black lines to following white balls.

However, Geoff has added the real gravitas here. Indeed, those feet. One step, two, left, jink.. OVER !!! And that’s from halfway.

Imagine the field goals.. just a matter of balancing the ball on his toe.. then e a s e it over. I’m for 5/8, and he’s won me back.

Patrick
Patrick
15 years ago

The best ‘big’ five-eighth I can think of is Butch James, playing for South Africa now, and Neil Jenkins, all-time Welsh (and World?) record points-scorer with about a 1000. Carter, Larkham, Michalak, Contemponi, O’Gara, Merthens, Wilkinson, Ella, Stransky, and pretty much everyone else as small (ish).

Ron
Ron
15 years ago

Was there a problem with the comment I left here last night or is it still in moderation?

Nicholas Gruen
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Nicholas Gruen(@nicholas-gruen)
15 years ago

Nope – I don’t think a single person has been moderated on this site ever other than by the software.

I think the site automatically moderates anyone who doesn’t respond to an initial email. But unless there’s something really nasty about the comment, Ken or I or the poster will just click the relevant buttons and let it through.

Ron
Ron
15 years ago

Thanks, Ken & Nicholas.

I put it in about 2200 last night and it said awaiting moderation.

No worries, I don’t really remember what I wrote. :)

Nicholas Gruen
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Nicholas Gruen(@nicholas-gruen)
15 years ago

Crikey – sorry about that. VERY frustrating. Pls keep a copy next time. If I’m doing a bit post I’ll draft it in Word partly so I can save as I draft it.

Nabakov
Nabakov
15 years ago

– wotz ^ doctR?
– shaL I chek yr temp blondie?
– onlE f U wear dat robe & dat hat
– kewl! c U n bout an hr. n media round?
– n. jst SOME1 frm d Bursars OPIS asking bout yr bar bill