Friday, February 9, 2007

Bad banners at the cricket - a case for Waugh crimes

I'm all for witticisms and otherwise clever banter at sporting contests, but I've yet to see a name-pun banner that has instantly got me thinking – "Now why didn’t I think of that?" Yes, we know that Steve and Mark Waugh, Shane Warne, and if you continue the war theme, Paul Reiffel’s names (even Allan Border at a stretch) lend themselves neatly to a themed banner but it's already been done chaps. Yes, Australia has a "Taylor" made formula for victory (well they did in the 90's, New Zealand must have stolen their plans for they seem to have one now too) - I don't think many "punters" will be disagreeing with that, but seriously, the whole thing is getting a bit "Gilly" for mine. Okay, that one was stretching it. I mean, it doesn't take a level 9 word-smith with an advanced diploma is word-smithery from the "Exclusive Cambridge School of Words and phrases and other things good English" to realise that England "Giving them the full monty..." is hardly stuff of genius. Nor is referring to how much New Zealand has "Bond-ed" on this tour down under. The only saving grace is that nothing rhymes with Hilfenhaus, Dalrymple, Styris or Mahmood. Maybe it's time to raise the White flag. Selectors should be looking for players like them in the future, if only for the sake of our kids to get more creative when coming to the cricket.

That's how I'm seeing it...


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