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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Is this really necessary?

Subject: the Australian Cricket team caught cheating.

 Bad boys eh? 

The incident was covered fairly well by media on the day it happened. 
Somebody did something to the ball, (naughty, naughty), and was caught on camera. 

Here's what is annoying the heck out of me:

Every time the incident is mentioned, EVERY SINGLE TIME, we get to see the caught-on-camera footage of someone stuffing something into the front of his pants. 

Enough already. 

Other teams have done similar ball-tampering things in the past and probably will continue to do so, all in the name of winning at any cost, and we don't see them ad nauseum on the TV news.

24 comments:

  1. While our teams behaviour was bad, I am pretty certain that more important things have been happening in the world. Much more important things.

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  2. Yep! This mob were just so dumb they got caught!! If they're going to cheat at least get it right! Not a lot of thought gone into it....amateurs at play! :)

    I'm not condoning what they did, but others have done similar and worse...all participating countries in the game of cricket. None are guiltless.

    But they have brought shame on themselves and the game...and worse still, on this country. Idiots. Not good role models for kids who we try to guide along the right path in life.

    But, as EC says...there are far worse things going on in the world.

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  3. EC and Lee; it's not the cheating I'm focusing on here. It's the constant replay of someone stuffing the front of his pants.

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  4. I saw much reenactment of the same at work, that is Indian guys stuffing something down their trousers as an Aussie guy approached them. It was a great laugh, but yes, I agree, we have seen it too many times on tv.

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    1. Andrew; once or twice would have been enough.

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  5. Stupid thing for them to do.
    I’m over it!

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; cricket teams world-wide do stuff like this, it's one of the main reasons I hate sports, all the cheating.

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  6. "Doctoring" the baseball is fairly common in our game. The umps constantly check and throw out balls that are scuffed or worse (allows pitchers to make the pitch move) occasionally pitchers get caught resulting in fines and suspension, but it is kina of considered "Part of the game."

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    1. joeh; considering it "part of the game" kind of leaves things open for all other cheating methods. To me that is very wrong. The games should be played without cheating and let the best team win. That way we would REALLY know for sure who the best teams are.

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  7. Thank you lucky stars it's a slow news day and this is all they have to talk about...it could be way worse lol.

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    1. only slightly confused; there are worse things in the main news segment, this was in the sports segment which I have to sit through to get the weather forecast.

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  8. There's lots of things they show on the news that i really do not need to see, thus my love for the newspaper where i can just read about it.

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    1. messymimi; most of the time I am watching dvds and miss the news altogether, which is fine with me.

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  9. OK I had to look that up to see what was in his pants. I guess a tape with dirt on it to scuff up the ball was inside his pants. Goodness, Not too sneaky and a bit obvious. I can see where the constant reruns would be annoying.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; as Lee says below, a piece of sandpaper to scruff up the ball which causes it to fly in a different manner, more spin perhaps, or less spin, I really don't know or care.

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  10. He used a piece of sandpaper to scruff up one side of the ball.

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    1. Lee; I've never seen neon yellow sandpaper, perhaps he should have chosen a neutral colour and not got caught? although stuffing your hand in your pants is fairly obvious.
      I'm wondering now if this wasn't done on purpose, to et caught and bring to light the whole cheating thing that's going on world-wide.

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  11. I saw the headline yesterday, and now I've had to click on it to see the video. There was definite ball-tampering (heh, heh), going on in that video!

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    1. Val; it's on youtube? Yikes. I've heard stories of how in the past the bowlers would pick at the stitching on the ball, causing it to unravel a bit and makes the ball spin differently.

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  12. Must have been a slow news day in sports. I find that drives a lot of the repetition of new segments, including video clips. As soon as something else comes along to usurp it, it'll be history.

    I can't stand the cheating in sports, either. In fact, I don't even like the competition in sports! I don't think it's healthy. But then, I'm a really non-competitive kind of person, maybe I'd feel differently if my personality was different.

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  13. jenny_o; they showed it for three days running. I don't know about today, I didn't watch the news. I think a little competition is healthy, but not the cheating and drug taking involved when people feel they must win at all costs.

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  14. THOU SHALT NOT GET CAUGHT. Stupid little grown up boys.One rarely is caught out the first occasion it happens. It is when one becomes careless. anyhow it is traditional for true blue Aussies with a long roots, Their forebears were thieves whores and Varlots to say the least, so history will inform us.
    ... Vest English Gentleman.

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  15. Re your last paragraph,.... There is always a first time

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  16. In the wash up it can be said. Good behaviour pays Millions of Bucks. and it costs millions of bucks if you decide not to behave.
    How mighty are the fallen?

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