SKY Sport – The Magazine: The long kiss goodbye

Click to expand my final column for The Magazine, in this month's final issue

Click to expand my final column for The Magazine, in this month’s final issue

Sky Sport – The Magazine (New Zealand): It’s with great sadness that I bring you my last Australian column for the magazine, after Sky Sport in New Zealand decided to pull the pin back in June. I’ve had an absolute ball with the column for almost two years exactly, and I will miss receiving my copy over the ditch every month. It really was a quality read, and I am very proud to have been associated with it.

Editor Scotty Stevenson had some really nice words in his July column:

Great sports columnists are treasures. The best of them know the secret: it may be a serious business, but it’s only a game. Our three regular columnists, Andrew Voss, Tony Johnson, and Brett McKay, do such a great job in keeping that in mind. They are at times hilarious, brutal, and thoughtful, and they show a true passion, which is the whole damn idea.

It truly is the end of an era, with New Zealand’s biggest – and still profitable – general sports magazine ceasing to be. I hope my Kiwi friends can find the same some of quality writing, photography, and layout somewhere soon…

New Zealand’s Ashes win

Yes, you read the headline right - click to read my NZ column in full..

Yes, you read the headline right – click to read my NZ column in full..

Sky Sport – The Magazine: I’ve mentioned before how I love getting my monthly mail package from New Zealand, just to see what manner of special mention – or outright cheap shot – my fair editor, and Sky Sport rugby commentator, Scotty Stevenson, has left for me. And he hasn’t let me down in the February issue.

As he was hurriedly preparing to head to Russia to head Sky’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, ‘Sumo’ was clearly troubled by his decision to employ me:

Australia … was ranked 13th at the Vancouver Olympics – quite an achievement for a nation that is pretty much parched and by and large snowless, but don’t get me started on Australians. Ever since that Brett McKay joined The Magazine they’ve started to win everything again. I don’t know whether to take credit, or aspirin.

Ah….. love it. Anyway, in the column for my friends over the ditch, I explained how Australian couldn’t have won The Ashes without their Black Caps. And I thanked them profusely, of course…

We’re back!

My column in the January issue of Sky Sport - The Magazine. Click to read the full article..

My column in the January issue of Sky Sport – The Magazine. Click to read the full article..

Sky Sport – The Magazine: I love getting my monthly mail parcel from New Zealand. The Magazine is a cracking read even without my input, but each month I thoroughly enjoy opening it up to see the catchy intro added to my piece, or what cheap shot awaits me in the Editorial column of Scotty Stevenson.

This month, I couldn’t help but proclaim the greatness of Australian sport again, and ‘Sumo’ might just be starting to regret his decision to bring me on back in October, judging by his current editorial assement…

“It happens too quickly. Wasn’t it just the other day when we were all crowing about the poor wee Australians and their supposed lack of sporting success. Oh, how we laughed at them and their wayward cricketers, staggering about England trying to remember what game they were playing. How we rubbed it into their rugby team and that Quade Cooper chap! How we laughed at James Spithill and his dog of a cat! Oh, how we looked forward to beating them in the netball and the rugby league.

Oh, how I thought the timing couldn’t be better to employ an Australian columnist.

Bloody Australians.

And there you go, just like – just when you thought you had plenty of time to enjoy the moment – the moment is gone, and they remember how to play cricket, and netball, and rugby, and rugby league and, for goodness sake, they remember how to sail.”