The ‘what if’ moments of 2013

Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale slips while taking what could've been the match-winning penalty goal attempt on Saturday night. The Lions prevailed 23-21 in front of 52,499 at Suncorp Stadium. Image: ABC Grandstand

Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale slips while taking what could’ve been the match-winning penalty in the first Test of the Lions Series. How different might the Wallabies year have been if he didn’t slip? Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: The odd hypothetical rugby question has been put to me in the last few months, and it’s always an interesting exercise to go through because it almost certainly changes your thinking of some fairly crucial events.

Another curly one was posed of me a fortnight ago, and it’s had me thinking about similar moments ever since.  So ponder these, if you will…

  • What if the Australian Crime Commission found no links to athletes?
  • What if Kurtley Beale’s foot didn’t slip in Brisbane? And..
  • What if everyone handed their homework in on time in India?

Check it all out, and the resulting discussion today, over on The Roar

Cheap Seats Ep.8: Blood on his hands

Blood on Clarke’s hands? Folau stars, and Gallen the target all feature in Episode 8..

After an hour of technical difficulties that had me swearing like a sailor and Ryan giggling like a schoolgirl, we finally got our act together for The Cheap Seats Episode 8.

In this super-sized episode, I had to come clean on why the podcast had a week off, we digest “the biggest freakin’ weekend of sport ever”, and Ryan embarrasses himself when it comes to the Captain of an Australian team.

Episode 8 talking points: The sacking of Mickey Arthur as Australian cricket team Head Coach, and the appointment of Darren Lehmann; the First Test of the Wallabies-British & Irish Lions series; the build-up to State of Origin 2, and all the shenanigans that come with it; the NBA finals, a discussion in which I excelled; and the Splash & Dash, featuring the World Cups of Football and Rugby League.