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  1. Buggeracup

    Is this true? Berlin Wall.

    The wall's total demolition was a planned process however the initial opening of the border crossing was, as stated, the result of a misinterpretation of a East German government press release. True story.
  2. Buggeracup

    Cricket

    I agree that Renshaw should never have been dropped in the first place. 10 Test matches with 6 of them in Asia, averaging 36 including 1 century and 4 fifties plus he's the perfect foil for Warner. I'm not sure what more you could ask for from a 21 year old early in his career? His only problem is that he's had no avenue to force his way back into the team. If they pick him based on no cricket, it's almost like the selectors are admitting they got it wrong, I can't see them doing that.
  3. Buggeracup

    Cricket

    Mitch Marsh certainly proved me wrong, he has batted very well. That being said he still goes hard at the ball and plants his front foot very early which has all the hallmarks of a flat track bully. Additionally, he certainly hasn't been an all-rounder, his bowling has been poor and he has looked very much like a bowler who is coming back from a shoulder reconstruction! Shaun has always had the talent and I've actually always been a fan but he's never seemed to have the mental fortitude to be honest. Hopefully this time it clicks for him because he has been a revalation in the middle order but gee, 9 chances in the Test team = blessed! The South African series should be awesome and I expect them to comfortably beat the curry munchers because they tend to travel like a bag of prawns in the sun! Steyn is injured again and Philander has a history of never making it through long test series so our strength might end up being our resilience. I don't think many changes will be made for the squad for that tour. For me, I would take the current 11 + Handscomb, Bird, Sayers, Agar/Swepson and Joe Burns. If they decide to drop Bancroft, I hope they don't move Marsh up to open, he looks settled and confident at 5, Joe Burns would be the new opening batsman.
  4. Buggeracup

    Training Location

    True. It's a shame the roads are a death-trap here, as there would be some pleasant rides along JBR and up around Business Bay etc. I also get frustrated that I've got a 40min drive just to get to the bottom of the stick before I can even start riding!
  5. Buggeracup

    Training Location

    Boring as f$@k after the first couple of times you do it though! There's only so much sand that one needs to see on their ride before it gets monotonous!
  6. Buggeracup

    Help building a 70.3 plan

    I'm certainly no expert having only raced 5 X 70.3 but I definitely agree with Zed with regard to the running training component. There's a big thread on it over on Slowtwitch regarding running a minimum of 6 times a week consisting of 3 x short runs, 2 x medium runs (roughly twice the length of your short runs) and 1 x long run (roughly three times as long as your short runs). ALL of the running is EASY (conversation pace) and the improvement comes through volume and consistency. Approaching races, the medium runs can be used to add some above race pace intensity if required. I'm still not doing the volume of Zed but I'm running more than I ever thought possible and it's surprisingly easy and repeatable with no hint of injuries yet. My 'easy' pace is improving too. At the moment my short runs are only 4-5km which can easily be knocked over in under half an hour so it's easy to fit in and these are the days when you could also schedule one of your bike sessions. But when you do 4-5km three times a week, 8-10km two times a week and a 12-15km session it's easy to see how the weekly mileage can quickly add up. Obviously, once you can handle that load, you slowly up the distances. Its taken me a long time (I'm probably not the sharpest tool in the shed) but I'm finally realising that a single session or a single big week is irelevent. It's about aerobic consistency over a long period that will get the results.
  7. Buggeracup

    The Last Jedi

    While I'm sure there will be numerous spin-offs in a similar ilk of last years, "Rogue One", there should only be one more official film in the 'series'. Of course, Disney now own all the rights so I guess they can do what they want. However, based on this movie, they are getting away from what made the originals great and they also risk diluting the brand. I assume that was part of the reason for all of the meaningless sub-plots in this movie and the introduction of new characters with no relevance to the series storyline - so that they can spawn other spin-off movies.
  8. Buggeracup

    The Last Jedi

    Saw it last night. I need to see it again (and again!) to make an informed decision but based on one viewing I think; - there seemed to be a few too many cheap, corny jokes that, while funny, weren't required and weren't a fixture of previous instalments. - there seemed to be too many sub-plots going on. Additionally, these sub-plots didn't really have any relevance to the main story line. Again, confusing and not really required. - the introduction of several new characters in this instalment seems superfluous when there is only one more movie to go.
  9. Buggeracup

    Cricket

    I was (am?) one of the biggest opponents of M. Marsh (and his brother to a lesser degree) being in the Test team. I don't think he is one of the best 6 batsmen in the country or one of the 4 (5) best bowlers in the country and that should be the only criteria to wearing the baggy green. In fact I don't think he is even the best all-rounder in the country and his selection is based purely on potential rather than performance. I also don't think Handscomb deserved to be dropped from a winning side when he averages 47 in Test cricket and when just 3 Tests ago he played a match winning innings against Bangladesh and 6 Tests ago helped saved the match against India in India. That being said, Marsh's batting stats (at the WACA at least - not so much on other grounds) this season have been excellent and there is a lot to be said to picking a guy when he is in form. One score does not make a summer though and I really need to see some consistency particularly on wickets that aren't as batting friendly as this one and when Australia are in real trouble. However, despite what I said above, I'm an Aussie cricket fanatic and as an Aussie I'll support whoever is in the team and I'm ecstatic about his performance today and the fact that it has put us in a winning position.
  10. Buggeracup

    Cricket

    I told you guys they already had plenty of runs!
  11. Buggeracup

    Cricket

    Interesting last session under the lights - the ball was zipping all over the place for the Poms and now they've got their tails up. A lot of questions will be asked as to why Smith did not enforce the follow-on. In his defence, the pink ball hadn't really swung that much in the first two night sessions so I don't think he could have predicted it would move that much. Also he was probably careful about not working his bowlers excessively with all 5 Test matches to be completed within a 6 week period. In reality, we've probably got enough runs already but another 100 runs tomorrow will ensure there can only be one winner. Although I expect Smith will bat for quite awhile tomorrow to really try and grind them into the dust before ensuring the ball is still relatively new when it's our turn to bowl at night (that's assuming our batsmen give Smith the option of when he chooses to declare).
  12. Buggeracup

    Pushing hard enough on the bike

    "Sometimes you need to meet the man with the hammer"
  13. Buggeracup

    Cricket

    Shaun Marsh gets his 8th (yes 8th!!!) recall into the Test team after averaging 36 in Test cricket and around 40 in First Class cricket. He surely has some incriminating photos of the selectors in compromising positions!!! Then we pick a keeper who has only kept wicket 3 times in the last 18 months in First Class cricket, isn't the first choice keeper for his state side (even though he probably should be) and has only scored 1 century in his First Class career.............in 2006!!! Darren Lehman, the coach, has scored a First Class century more recently than that!!! Then we drop Renshaw, who while clearly not in the best nick, has scored 4 fifties and 1 century in only 10 Test matches and hasn't let anyone down with an average of 36 (same as Marsh!) and an ability to at the very least, take the shine off the new ball. While I agree that Bancroft deserves his selection and is the only one who has been knocking the door, I personally would have had him as my keeper-batsman at 6 or 7. I then would have kept Hilton Cartwright at 6 (or 7) as he is the only one who averages over 50 in First Class cricket and that is the best indicator of success at Test level. Additionally he can bowl a few overs if required to rest the quicks. That would be a strong, and long batting line up with Starc and Cummins at 8 and 9 as well. Somehow, the selectors (and Pat Howard) have managed to astound me again. It's not really that hard is it???
  14. Buggeracup

    what the one event in the world you would like to do

    Races that are achievable and realistic for me; Challenge Roth Escape from Alcatraz
  15. Buggeracup

    Sharks vs Broncos

    I'm a bit out of loop on this but is it a done deal yet? I really can't see Gus or Griffin letting Moylan go, even less so if the club has to continue to pay a portion of his contract which is still counted on their salary cap. Also, I wouldn't call Moylan a great 'organiser', and Townsend is simply not very good, so for that switch to work out I agree with you that Cronulla need Maloney to stay as well. While Cronulla probably have room in their cap, it would only be for one year anyway as Maloney is going to want a big pay rise the following year for his next contract. However, to me, that's a lot of A-type personalities trying to squeeze into one team. Moylan, Maloney, Townsend, Holmes as well as Dugan (who's a world class player remember - just ask him! 😂) all wanting to play 'in the spine'........not sure that works without throwing off the team balance at worse or pissing off some of your playing personnel at best.
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