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Episode 13 · 2 years ago

Painful Sporting Moments - Episode 12

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Christian joins Hamish to discuss and unfortunately relive the most painful sporting moments of their lives as sport fans.

Cheese settle. Welcome back to episode twelve the on the ball podcast. Today I am joined by show regular Christian pilcher. Welcome back, mate, thanks right, glad to me back. How are you? Yeah, I'm well. Thank you. How's it feel to be twenty years old? Are you twenty? Yeah, twenty. Yeah, it feels disgraceful, to be honest. Quarter of the way to eighty. So if you look at that, it's probably the most negative approach I've ever seen to anyone having a birthday. So bit context, Pilch, Pilch, turn twenty yesterday. So happy birthday, may I hope it was an enjoyable day, despite the like unusual circumstances. But you're with your family, so it's that's all right, I guess. Yep, happy birthday to myself. Yeah, yeah, I like I have to cop donner. Yeah, so fair plate. So first time you on the podcast at age twenty. So congratulations again, Matte. Have you been watching? There's been a few sporting events occur in the last couple days. Have you watched any of it or not? Really, I've watched absolutely none of it. I looked at the scores. I looked at the scores of the Bundessiga this morning. If it's about it, you watch it, needing you. Yeah, watched the first sixty minutes of dormant shower CERN in the last thirty of Leipzig Fryburg. So that was very enjoyable. Great to have it back. Will some kind of life sport. And then I watch the USC this morning. So getting right into the very limited amount of life sport we have in our hands really, but I'll copy it and looking forward to the next few weeks as small leagues and stuff start to come back. So, yeah, when, what's the next soccer league? It's jude to come back. I'll be honest, I couldn't tell you, I don't think. If you're talking top five leagues only, though, I don't think the other three confirmed. So for friends you can't really. Well, yeah, but that's pretty loose, like it's in a month's time. Yeah, so that's pretty flexible. And then Spain and Italy on ninety nine cent. Sure they haven't announced a date. And then the France, French and Netherlands have canceled their leagues. So flexible, say, we like it anyway. Yeah, we like them. So how I like them, but anyway, anyway. All right, so today's podcast topic is it's a little well, it's not a it's not the same as the first episode we did, but it's a bit similar. So it's it's our most painful sporting moments. So this is a personal thing for me. What the way I did this. I just look, like really just look back and thought about sporting moments that have caused me the most pain in my life. To be honest, I think I don't know if you found this. I found it a lot harder to think of than favorite sporting moments, which is probably a good thing, as did I, as did I because off yeah, maybe it's because the painful ones don't stick in the memory. Yeah, I go for the West Tigers in the New South Wales Blues, who have had more downs than ups in my life, and I'll say into lock and my family that it's kind of hard to pinpoint a single match for those two teams because it's kind of just been nineteen years of Shit. So yeah, so that I found that tough, but I have managed to dig out a few that have stuck in my mind. Is there any honorable mentions? Any honorable mentions that just missed out?...

We're just doing a top three today, not a top five, by the way. So yeah, well, close to third. I'm a pretty pretty diehard port laid fan, so a few. They've had a few tough losses, so I had to I'll give a shout out to port. But other than that, did none make your list? Or One day? Is that one one? Okay, yeah, but like, as as you know, Djokovic is probably my main or my most dominant fandom in sport. Yeah, Dannon and doesn't lose. So it was pretty couldn't couldn't even think of a painful loss on his end. So, yeah, my honorable mentions. This was pretty big. I had. These were all kind of yeah, they were like sad moments a few of them. There's just reasons why they're not it. So Lewis Wires Hamble against Ghana, twenty ten World Cup the screen. He will. He was standing in the tunnel when Asamosia and Mr Penalty and he's celebrated. So that probably the worst bloke full time. I right, you're most hated footballer. Well, no, not really, considering he was like beast full of pool and I actually don't think I think he's turned a corner in the last like to six years, like Sads, some cans of it obviously pretty weird, you know. Yeah, and then I and robin dived against Mexico. That's pretty mythical one, but I remember it clearly. He dived over half the Marquez is leg and it was a late winner for the Netherlands, which puts them through against Mexico. So too, kind of similar ones there. We're just a famous players dogged a smaller nation. Steven Gerrard slip, it's well, yeah, what if they any high? I'm for you. Yeah, I don't know. Not sure why I just didn't. Just looking back, it didn't bring me as much. Maybe because of the fool's better like in a tighter winning position at the moment, but I sure it's just won't bring me much pains these other moment I think it was like two thousand and thirteen or fourteen. Okay, yeah, well, yeah, it was when we were like pretty good with Suarez storage and stuff. And then about front three, there's just a few like, as I was saying, there's a lot of tigers matches, a lot of New South Wales matches that I couldn't pin point a specific one and then, this is random, but I love cycling, so there's quite a few cycling crashes that have been pretty sad, like costing someone the chance to win a twitter France or something. And then, on a different note, the film hues insidant, obviously, but I didn't really feel comfortable putting that in because can't really compare a loss of life, a loss of life, to like a West Tigers loss. So that certainly different category or in that one. Yeah, definitely so. And also I didn't really want to talk about it because it's pretty pretty scary stuff. All these in our hearts. The great man. Who's your number three? I'll get what is your number three? Yeah, number three. It's a bit of a weird one, but it happened around thirteen years ago, two thousand and seven, two thousand and Twenty International World Cup final, India v Pakistan. Don't support either of these two teams, but I was this is bloody row. I was just starting to really get into create, like I'd watch it whenever I could on the TV, and it was it was a school morning again. I was getting ready to think I was in year one, something like that, and I missed so India, but at first made like one hundred and sixty miss there, and he's started watching about halfway through Pakistan's innings and miss by I'll Huk the great man. It was leading a fight back. Pakistan or in trouble. He came in, he started leading a fightback, come back, and he about five overs, four or five overs left. You just started smacking, smacking...

...sixers, and so I just I thought, well, this man's a beast. So I just hopped on, hopped on the Pakistan Bandwagon. But then unfortunately he got out with one or two overs to spare and they didn't even need that many more runs, but the tail just absolutely capitulated. That indie just rolled the tail and they ended up Pakistan lost by five runs. And the reason I've chucked it in his because I just remember crying all morning on the way to school. Pretty sure I was still crying at school in the morning. So that's why I've chucked it in, because I'm not sure if I've cried for any other sporting moment in my life. Really, I've got more than ten times. This is it's it sounds weird like surely I have, but I can't think of any others. So yeah, I thought I had to make the cup based on that. Well, I don't know really what else would have made you cry, because, like your port fanship kind of happened when you're a bit older, so you're less. Yeah, I got to cry. And then no vac more similar thing, but also no vac how definitely has a lot more positive moments the negative moments. Yeah, and in the in the young crying age as a man United Fan, that's when we were still good. So, yeah, not really many painful memories. They're either. Yeah, and with tennis, I feel like it might be hard to have a painful moment because you can kind of see. It's not like it can be a split second and then you've lost the match. Really like you have to get to the end of the set. So like you probably have like yeah, you might be shattered and pressed or you might like shed a tear in the ceremony, but it's kind of like, I feel like crying at the last point because your players lost a bit a bit weird, because you probably mentally prepared for it. Yeah, but yeah, yeah, because in this case Pakistan like on their way to winning. But then, yeah, doon as he got out, it was like two tail enders at the crease, also the side. That's the most you story mate, like I've never met anyone else who can grow such an affinity for a team in such a short time. There's look very real. Weird, Dar can't even believe it. Yeah, like you can go as a hash of the six year old or six or seven year old. Yeah, that makes sense. Yeah, that's fair enough. Well, who was taking the wickets? Findia that time would have been like see here, calm and stuff. Actually it was. I'll get I'll get the school card up. I'm pretty sure it was one of the things whatever of piecing. I remember that guy. Yeah, it was our piecing. Our Pie Sing took three fountred and twenty and then if one Pattan as well. Really, it's so the same as did bits there did it was an Okombo playing complay was not playing. Harbijan played, but he got whacked. I think I reckon Miss Bar was whacking harbish arm. It's all there isn't surprise me. May All I think of when I think of was Miss Bar was Jimember. He's like sixty bull ton against Australian test career. But yeah, there's only was like forty. It was in like two thousand and fifteen I think, and Australian went to the UAE and it happened overnight and I remember waking out for in the morning and I was like what the Hell? I believe that his bar at that point Pakistan hadn't been to Australia too often, so I didn't really know much about him. It was pretty confused, but you enough, fair enough. It's a right one and fair to say, I didn't support Pakistan in a single match after that, so I've no idea why I was. It's a very niche one. It is that I actually rate that. My number three is a personal one. This is a hundred percent recency bias, but I...

...thought the amount of pain that West Tigers and New South Wales Blues have caused me over the of my life, I thought I had to have a road rugby league one in there. Yeah, so I've gone with one. Last year round ten storm, we're coming. It was Melbourne storm against West Tigers at in Melbourne. We were sitting in the tiger section. My whole family was there, all five of us, and Lochlin brought two of his mates with us, so we were holding down the fort in the Tigers fans section. Weird we were coming fifth, which is unheard of territory for the Tigers in the last ten years, and the storm we're coming in second, which is nothing but unheard. Like. That's absolutely it's all. That's a staplewise unreal. Yeah, that's a staple of the N R l. We were putting in an absolute shift. We were just fighting really hard. It was twenty two to fourteen with ten minutes left. You thought we'd got the win ties. We were up twenty two four, up by eight, up by eight, we ten to go. Looking good and then we can see to try in the seventy this minute. It's then it's twenty two to twenty to us. So you still you're still back in a sin. And then it's come down three minutes left. It was a nothing play. Someone had the ball and like the thirty meter line, four tackle. Then one of our big polynesian centers with a filthy mullet, he just comes flying out of the line try and make a big hit, just gets brushed off and then all of a sudden there's like a fifteen meter gap in the line and storm just do the storm thing. And just make most of that stupid mistake from that bloke and they just turned a nothing situation into a try scoring opportunity. And the try scorer was will chambers, who is probably the least he would be in the top three least favorite players in the NRL in my family. So that I really hurt. Just wellknown? Shit. I don't know. I don't think he is. I think it's a bit of an odd one for us, but I don't know, we just think he's a bit of selfish prick. Really, that's fair enough. And he scored in the corner in front of the Tigers fans section. So it's a rod all I remain with the tires fans. Yeah, and it's what? Yeah, well, I remember was just head and hands for about five minutes. Didn't watch the last two minutes of the game. Yeah, it was pretty shattering and to this day he no longer plays with us, but to this day my dad and brother I absolutely hate the Tigers defender who, like came steaming out of the line. They just think he's The shittest playoff. You can't actually bring up his name without this moment being mentioned. So as he just's not a very was he delisted? Yeah, he was sent send packing to England, which is the equivalent of being delisted in that are. So yeah, that's a personal one. I just thought I had to have a rugby league representative in there and that was one that stuck out to me. So, yeah, I remember you going of that match or Dre we surely you're all dressed up in your yeah, a little bit ready's Taigswansi Tigers One's. Yeah, yeah, definitely. Yeah, and I do remember you saying that, despite it being real painful, you were still had a sense of proudness. Yeah, because under Melbourne. Right, yeah, I'm used to like a two point lost to the storm. I'm usually taking but it was just the fashion that it was in. That's pretty shattering, heartbreaking. And like, if we won that, we would have probably moved into like third or something, which would have been pretty just pretty pretty crazy for the time, given our last bloody fifteen years. So that, yeah, was there some serious rage out of you, Cork and You dad? No, not so much rage.

For me, I'm not really the biggest rage. I'm more a more an emotional type, more to just cry. But I didn't cry this time because, as you said. Part of me, maybe ten percent of me, was thinking it's an arer effort for the boys. But yeah, so if I really thought about it for like a year wrote down every tigers match, is probably isn't the worst tigers moment, but I just feel like I had to have a representative in here. So yeah, that's pretty much it and it is now closest to your heart. Yeah, and, as you were saying, you've only cried once. I think rugby league single handedly is caused me to cry maybe fifteen times. So I just have like distinct memories in Queensland when New South Wales would lose another origin series, I'd have I'd be head down on in my pillow sobbing and dad would be like sitting by my bed trying to like tell me it's all right. But so the the origin was the main source of your tears, as opposed to the like. Yeah, that was like you had to go to school and face up to all the queenslands where tigers everyone was like yeah, this shit with it doesn't really matter. What I mean. Absolutely should ours if you feel bad for you. Thanks. What's your number two? One number two is a recent one as well. The twenty eight in World Cup. Soccer, soccer, World Cup. Yeah, I, along with along with the whole of the English nation, thought that football was coming home. Thought we were going to do it, and the semi final against Croatian Ah, was just absolutely disgraceful. We I was watching it in a pub in America. Thankfully most of the public England fans, but I just remember we started off so well, like playing off our heads. TRIPP scored that worldy of a free kick. We had so many chances and then after halftime we just played like absolute horse shit and then Croatia just put two past us, one in extra time, Manzoo kitch, when Menzoo kids put it in, I was just like fuck. So similar sit not rage. are similar to you with the Tigers be storm, just head in hand. Yeah, it's like you've got to be kidding, like how can we also alasia? Yeah, that's that's I was going to say. Like, I think if you lost to the eventual winners, France, who had a star started lineup, I feel like you could probably be much easier to take. Yeah, yeah, and you know, like Croatia, who, all be had a great team. They did a good team and they all have a house like England. Yeah, who did? Do you remember who they beat to get there? I feel like they didn't have the hardest run, which kind of let let a lot of people into some false hope. I think England. Yeah, yeah, we beat Columbia on penalties and then we beat Sweden, so quite an easier run. But so see, all the fans, all the fans, were completely thought we're going to win the well, look up. Yes, she and harded ones. But yeah, to be honest, it probably was a weakish year. Like Italy, Spain, they were weren't as strong as they normally are. Brazil, Argentina, Jeremany as well, jet to generally even get out of the I don't even know they did any got to have any groups now they didn't be yea, France were head and shoulders above the rest. So yeah, and France feet. Croatia. I want to stay for two for t yeah, yeah, they were always going to win. I think one of gracious goals might have been a consolation so yeah, if you look at it, for one, that's a flogging really yeah, but I don't know, like in a moment it yet in the moment it felt like England genuinely could win. But now, looking at it with hindsight, it's probably clear to see that, even if they got to the final, I don't think there...

...was much hope against France. But then again, it's one game of yeah, exactly. So I think could happen if we did get to the final. Yeah, very true. And like when you got players like sterling and Kane who can, yeah, exactly, flashes of brilliant Su can easily scored two or three. It's game over and everyone was on. Everyone was all over Kaine, like frothing him. But if you look at if you look back we're talking, he scored five penalties and he's won the Golden Boot and apart from that he's done absolutely nothing. Yeah, and it well, like I remember one of his goals was like a back post header and it was like half a meter our. It was the first match. I don't know who was against it might have been like too easy or something. Someone think it was. It was someone who should have been a lot easier to beat. And Yeah, he scored ahead of from about thirty centimeters out at the backstick and everyone was like, oh, Captain Craigs, best striker in the world. I thought he was. Yeah, darker in the World Jacking be striker that the euros next year if he's fit. If he's fit arc and he will just because it is yeah, because of his status. That's true. I can't see them picking Rashford over him. Yeah, but it's probably a question about another question, whether if they should. But yeah, well, we'll see. Think I'm a big rush for a fan boy, but I can't see them benching kine. Yeah. So my number two, it's a it's a match that actually popped up in my favorite sporting moments. So you could say it was a roller coaster of them emotions. For me it is Brendan mccullum being clean bold by Mitchell stark. So I'll give a bit of context, as this would normally be in people's favorite sporting moments. But I hate the Australian cricket team, strong hatred. I've held this hatred since about two thousand and ten, since catech retired it maybe, I feel, like twenty ten s a bit earlier, maybe since like twenty thirteen. But yeah, I just think they're an arrogant bunch of pricks really. Maybe the last year or two I've noticed a change and I feel like this slowly becoming decent blokes again, and they do have some likable players now, but at the time of two thousand and fifteen couldn't stand the side. They were just dickheads. Great, yeah, New Zealand probably the nicest guys and world cricket, as they're known, they just had such likable players, Ross Taylor, Cane Williams and brand mccullum. Like I'd it'd be tough to find anyone on the planet who hates those blokes. So I was definitely going for New Zealand and this it was at the MCG. I was lucky enough to be there in attendance. N K were were there, so ridiculous that. Yeah, yeah, New Zealand elected to bat first and New Zealand were famous for their quick starts with Martin Gup tool and Brandon mccullum. Australia had previously lost New Zealand in the group stage. Over in New Zealand it was kind of like a famous match where New Zealand Bolt Out Australia for a hundred and fifty and they actually only chase it down nine down. So I was glad there's Simpson wasn't it last ball? You? Yeah, I think so. Yeah, and coming start took like six for or something and almost yeah, saved, saved it. But there's actually been some thrillers between these two teams. Because another one is remember the stoyness one. The stoyiness had at Eden Park and stoyness was just lace in them and Josh Hayes Wood was like at the other end, not in the World Cup or in a World Cup. Now that it was after the World Cup. Twenty teen would have been in like two...

...thousand and seventeen. I think it might have been stoying. This is Odio debut and Sam has it was playing. I remember because I know Sam Haslet. So I was like pretty, pretty proud of watching that. But yeah, that was a crate. Another crazy match anyway. So Brenda mccullum, he was such a key wicket even though Martin Gupt and came wombs and we're probably better batsman, the explosiveness he possessed. Like he had scored for s in the tournament and three of those F S had come and over a two hundred strike rate. So if he scores a fifty off like twenty balls, good luck, like slowing down up to booms and off the back of that, even if the column is dismissed, after that he'd also scored s against England, Australia and South Africa in the semi final. So he wasn't scoring them against like Afghanistan Scotland. So in the key matches he was the big wicket that you wanted to get out the column. Think gupt will faith the two first two balls and then mclumn got rock for the third one and you kind of it was against me to stark, who was the top we could taker in the tournament, and you're kind of just like I know you're explosive brother, but surely just relax a little bit. Here you're facing the world's Best Bowler with a new rock. I think. First and out against him he's just he's just charged halfway down the wicket. Try to send him over his head and like that's that's got laughter from me. I won't lie. I was laughing. Second One, pretty sure he just played and missed outside off stump. And then the third one, I have to tell my heart at it's a body good nut, but start produces a one hundred and fifty click in Swinging Yorker and brand mccullum is clean, bold and pretty much it was only the first over at the World Cup final, but from that point on, like I just had no faith. I was like this is just not meant to be. New Zealand absolutely no hope and I was absolutely shattered because, a I wanted New Zealand to win, but I also wanted to watch a close game. So I knew as soon as New Zealand couldn't get off to a kick start with the column that it was pretty much over. They were going to just grind to like to fifty or whatever and then Australia would chase it down easy. So, yeah, I was absolutely shattered at that point and I remember just once again, head and hands, like just I was absolutely triggered. I remember watching that first over and McCallum got out and then I just didn't watch the rest of the Mat just turn the team off when it did. It genuinely felt like that mate, like I need it had a chance. I lost interest like that whole grant Elliott innings couldn't give less a fuck, like I actually had no interest in the rest of the match. Thinking about my covid during grant Elliott tenny's. Yeah, like, obviously as Clark, he was in my favorite sporting moments. I'd gotten over it a little bit. Seven hours later as fuck. nody eyes are so bloody long. But yeah, I was just absolutely shattered and yeah, you just like on the sense of the match was over. One over in yeah, it was the worst part. Yeah, it's like it's just so frustrain and you couldn't be mad at mccollum because that's just the way he goes about it, but it was just like, yeah, that's such a trust that Australia, the lucky pricks. Oh, Piss me off to this day. Apparently, like that's such a trust that Australia lose in the group stage and then all of a sudden the final they just clutch up. Yeah, and thankfully it was the opposite in two thousand and nineteen. But apparently the column true. When he got back into the pavilion he just sat down and laughed. Apparently that's what he said. But the thing is on that Yor car he was still trying to smash him before. Yeah, I know it's like surely you how do you smash a Yorker Brother? Surely? Yeah, lucky had to follow through up to like his head. Yeah, it's like, why are you singing that hard at a one pick your car? Wasn't absolutely premeditation? Yeah, it's hard to it's hard to fault mcclumn given that's...

...just the way it goes about it and that's why it was such a great button. But yeah, that was so shattering, even though you still had gups on woombs and it just felt like it was over. Australia had all the momentum. Yeah, yeah, I know, Elliott, the realist history. No, he felt short S or n S. it's something. Yeah, did gut feel and Williamson even do anything? Now they met. They made like scratchy fifteen s orth dirty. Yeah, I should say. Yeah, I think grant Elliott kind of saved it a little bit, but still so. Yeah, and the rest of history. Australia one and yeah, yet another way, had them watch it. Shill number one, mate, number shit episode. Like it's just shattering to think about all these lows. It's negative, negative energy. Yeah, yeah, my number one most painful moment was the port Adelaidev West Coast elimination final in two thousand and seventeen the one, the the one that went to extra time. As a big port fan, I was just absolutely shattered. This time. It was a bit of rage, to be honest. I was at a mate's house, launched my phone into the wall and completely shattered the screen. But yeah, it was just shocking because we especially because we they dominated us in the first half of the match, but then we absolutely thrusted them in the second half and for seventy five percent of the extra time period, and they just got three lucky goals at the end. And then Luke Shuli, who, like your man from storm, I absolutely hate him, probably solid you hate. You hate west coast in general, to be honest. Ye, solely because there this moment, but caused you a lot of pain it. Shuli, like Joel so wood, is known for milking a high tackle drop, raising the shoulders to duck down make sure the tackle it gets him around the neck, and that's exactly what he did here. Who Was it? polly barely poly drive pollock. Yeah, he raised the shoulders on you as soon as you did. It was a free kick. Twenty seconds to go on you. He'd scored it as well, and it was just absolute shocker. Yeah, I remember the debate following, like the week following, about whether it was a free kick. And Yeah, I remember the stories because I wasn't there with you, but I do remember, like all the stories if being told. But the other people there, they launching your phone and stuff. Yeah, it was just absolutely shattering. And another this is probably in your honorable mentions in the port category that you mentioned, but by another west another west coast game. YEA, at my house, but will be watching it following. There is someone else here. Brownie, you had a few of your mates, I think, Rowy biny Oh, yeah, Coolie, having preised for something. You guys were smashing cruisers and yeah, I remember and I'll yeah, yea. And that that game. We were up that McGovern, MC govern, we were up by thirty five, at three quarter time. Yeah, and you just walked out. Yeah, soon as MENA anything to anyone. I didn't even this. stood up, walked out. Pretty sure. I'm just left my front door open. I don't know. You left it open, act or maybe you slammed it hard enough that it bounced back open. Not Going to lie. That's probably it. But yeah, I remember, like thirty minutes later, standing up and I was like, Oh, the front doors open. So West Coast, of course you're a lot of thing. That there your least favorite side. Well, it's there, or Adelaide. I've lad of arch enemies in the showdown, but I do not like a west coast. Yeah, actually looks of those two matches. I like some of the other laid players. I just don't like exactly then...

...as a team. But Yeah, West Code there, but don't come much worse than West Coast. Yeah, I think a lot of people hate them, and so does the AFL, given the recent hub hub rules. But absolute scum of the Earth to be honest. So just savage. All right, we'll move on to my number one. This is an absolute dark day in my life. Now I think about it, probably one of my earliest memories in life, which is not great. The one of the earliest is one of the darkest. It's in the two thousand and six World Cup. Oh, Australia versus Italy in the round of sixteen. We're in the peak of the Golden Generation, as they called, of Australian soccer. Almost the whole side either played in the Premier League or, like the Syria, which were the two biggest leagues. At the time it was the first time Australia had been out of the round of sixteen. They'd been in Japan and drew with Croatia to get there, so it's pretty great, pretty yeah, very good stuff from Australia. They had the famous qualification with John Luis scoring the penalty against Uruguai and the whole like top over his head flinging thing. So the whole country was behind them, given that this was a rare feat for Australia and soccer. I think this was only their second world couple time or something. They'd made a random one and like the S, but that was about it. Yeah, and then, because what happened? They used to be in the Oceania football thing, so that Hap to play it, they'd have to play a South American team in the playoff and they would like always lose to Uruguay or like Paraguay or Chili or what whoever it was, because of viously they're a lot better at football than us. So yeah, Fabio Grosso, I didn't even have to do research for this. That Little Prix name is still my head. He entered the box and this was kind of before diving had become a common thing in soccer. I'd say it was like even in England it was still like a hard nuts game where just diving wasn't really commonplace. And then, slowly, like South American players and Europeans. I don't know why I don't see English as Europeans like I see Europeans. Is like Italian little fucking dogs. They just started flopping all over the joint. So Fabrio Grosso enters the box on the left side of the field. Picture it so well in my head right now. Lucas Neil comes over from center back. Try to cover him, stop him from making a cross or taking a shot. He kind of lunges at the ball, kind of recklessly, to be fair looking back, but definitely not enough contact for a penalty. Grosso goes over. Yeah, so if you just flop like a genuine salmon, I've got written here. He flopped like a big cock out of a man's truck track. He's which I dispute that thought process for myself, but I was in dark space writing notes for this one, and then roam a legend French CHESSCO toddy put away the penalty, and this was in the ninety five minute of the game. So fine, a minute and it was it was a score one all or nil, nil all. So and, as we all know, Italy went on to win the World Cup. So that is true. That shows how good this Australian team was that they didn't even deserve to lose to the World Cup champions in the World Cup that they wanted in. So it's just I can't really describe it that well from honest but it's just Australian stid must have had a great defense, great back forth. YEA, that they had a really good defense, because they had Lucas Neil, who is the player who can be at the foul he at the...

...time was playing for Blackburn, I think, and he went on to play for like West Ham Everton, and then, yeah, Tony Popovich, who played for Crystal Palace and yeah, like pretty much the whole team, because you had like Harry q Tim Ka, who, mark the Duka Yah, is one of the Premier League' best strikers time East. Yeah, Mark Schwartzer played for full I think at the time. So yeah, they had such a good team. Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano played for Palmer, who were, like Syria, contenders each year. So it was a freakish team. And compare that to the current the current side. Yeah, it's the best players to playing in like Korea. Yeah, so that's just such a time. So that, but I would have impacted the whole of Australia. And is it fair to say you not a fan of the Italian the Italian national team since that moment? Yeah, I don't know, I'm not really one too. Well, I say, I say I'm the one told a grudge. PRI still hate the Australian cricket team. Yeah, I just not not a big fan. I was. The current group of players are or up blokes, but yeah, just not not a especially the time the way they used to carry on. Can't stand it. But yeah, pretty shattering stuff and I just think, looking back, I think that would have had a huge impact in soccer and Australia. Like if Australia went on a quarter final run or better in the World Cup, who knows how big as soccer could be in Australia right now. But yeah, pretty shattering stuff. Yeah, I've just never felt such injustice in my life ever. To be honest. Like I genuinely felt like this was absolute robbery from from the Australian soccer team. And Yeah, like right, I'm sitting here right now, I'm getting hot thinking about it, like I just want to throw I want to throw hands. Yeah, so that's that's my three. As I just mentioned before, pretty arm pretty negative thoughts running through the head right now. Yeah, genuine he bit of it, but huge change from the most positive sporting moments. Yeah, it's still interesting to see, like what moments in history have pissed you off there, and good to get a bit of hatred out as well. Always good to get a bit of hat show. I've got a stress ball right now that I've just been absolutely working on. Fabriary Grosso. The Guy who dived, he in a someone interviewed him from Australia. I don't know what media outlet it was in like two thousand and ten, and he basically just admitted he dived. He's like he felt a tiny bit of contact and he knew he's touched. was too big and he couldn't get to the ball. So to sort of just fall over and I'm diving is disgraceful. And also the way western Europeans like crowd the reath absolutely kisses me off, like Barcelona. I like the team, but fuck me, when they can see the foul, you don't need eight people running at the refloods. That is intimidation at its fineness. Like that's not very stract. Yeah, and Italy used to do it all the time. And Yeah, probably should have employed out of the rays or the bruises. I don't think people would copy here in Australia. I think the REF for just get the cards out. In the Redford for some reason we get his fist out, stuff roll throwing a few punches. For some reason they just copy it in soccer. But thankful the Premier League's a bit better. But yeah, so anyway, just but despite the shit mood I'm now in, have you been mate? Yeah, I've been. I've been pretty good, mate. I've been going through a bit of a cricket phase at the moment. Absolutely obsessed with my cricket as you as you're a while claiming that. I'm claiming I got done...

...to give you. I will give you credit for that, because I went through that period in February where I like started following the PSL and I was like looking at random international matches between like Shrilanka, West indies every night past that we started doing it no live and then we started doing a like team of the decades. And Yeah, true, yeah, yeah, who. How did you pretty pumped about that. Had you enjoy our little hit a tennis the other day? Yeah, it's good. Not For context. Me and pilch played tennis, because I feel like that made no sense to anyone who wasn't me. Wasn't happy with my first set performance. Second set I'd say equivalent of a rank twenty player on the tour. Rising level in the second set was unreal from both some of the points we were producing I would happily would have babe, maybe kine shakorree levels. I don't think I'm wrong in saying that. If I'm honest, I think all I need to do is getting a little bit of a serving boot camp and if I can consistently land my kick serve, I think I can become the next Sam Stars of Australian tennis. Is The reason they call you James Duckworth. Mate, you've got one of the you go one of the hardest work ethics in on the tie. Yeah, and the tour. I'll get to any ball on the core always then through, even if it's bound street times. I'll get there. So yeah, that's another thing. So on the ball podcast. If there's ever a period where there's a few episodes that don't go up, it's probably because pilching cork of hit the hit the tour. So as we filed a few buyers, we should actually do that would be a pizza. I'll be there's some genuine jobs in sport that I reckon. If you tried hard, you could get like light line judge in Australian Open Yeah, like, tell me, heaps of people are going for that. Like no one wants that shit job, even like refereeing and shit like. I feel like not many people actually want that job. Can Stare in the early you cop death threat. Yeah, exactly, but like that's as close to being a sportsman as you can be really. Yeah, and you get the best seat in the house as well. Yeah, and you can just glue tap people. You can tell the touch on the ASS. All right, it's that do nothing better than a little field the cheek. So that's about it. Really Fair episode twelve of its Dumable podcast. I think over the next few days I'm going to have a bit of a business meeting with myself. I'll look to my closersociates, because my issue. We'll just talk about this on air, because no one's listening, so it doesn't matter. Absolutely know why? Yeah, so neked. My issue is, if I want to ingrow the podcast in terms of listeners, I need a target, a few target markets. So limit myself to a few sports at a time, because the problem is right now I'm just doing everything I like, which, unfortunately, is every single sport on the planet Earth, plus more so, like imagine, and that's not normal. Like, well, I guess, say you, for example. Say You, for example, if you didn't know me, you like tennis, cricket, AFL, NFL. Is that that's about it, really, isn't? Yeah, son of yeah, so the soccer. Yeah, so that means you probably can only listen to about four of the twelve episodes, whereas you you for off about fourteen. Honestly, fourteen different sports. Yeah. So that's my issue because by doing a bit of every...

...sport, I'm like catering to everyone, but it's not going to get lots of views where not that it's going to get a lot of listeners anyway. But if I did like, for example, stuck to tennis and soccer. Yeah, I would be to get a more active fan base of tennis fans and soccer fans who know each or every second episode is going to be relevant to them. We're at the moment. If you only like two or three sports, well, you're going to be lucky to get one once a month. So I really need to have a bit of a brainstorm about that. That is true. Bit of a dilemma there, but from my point, from my view, I just say do what. Do what you enjoy, do whatever you like. You hear all the youtubers talk about it but, like they always say, their best, best success has come when they just have been doing stuff that they want to do. Yeah, so so there you go, mate. Well, though, all there, although there's ways I could probably get more views, like, for example, get AFL players on to interview and stuff like that, I'm not really interested doing stuff like that. I'd rather do stuff that I want to do and just enjoy because, after all, there is a hobbyist not realistically going to be a slot business turning nature filion are overnight. Yeah, exactly. Might take a few months for that for that to occur. Yeah, that's hold type it. Yeah, well, like, I'm not doubting. Like the PODCAST. I'm absolutely loving. I'm just unsure of what direction to take it in, because I can imagine from a listeners point of view it's a bit baked when you only give a shit about one every ten episodes. But up, yeah, I'll just continue what I'm doing. And I can't help that I froth every sport on earth. It's unreal. Well, I'm all I'm doing the podcast is for is to become the ultimate sports trivia champion. You love the Sports Trivia. My goals to and I'm in podcast about every single sport, Carolyn say, I've held a conversation in every sport. Carolyn, get a, get a caroling Maestro, twy to two thousand and twenty one Olympics. We should just take every piece to do one it, one each day. Do you like a table tennis? Every of the view Javelin Review? Yeah, anyway, doesn't really matter when I pressed up recording because no one's listening anyway. If there is, for some reason, so one listening. Thank you and have a great enjoyed episode twelve the on the ball podcast. Hope these negative thoughts haven't ruined your weekend too much. Actually, they're not listening to it on a Sunday, they're listening to this on a Tuesday. So I hope you just truck on through the rest of your week and get through to the weekend. Sports coming very soon, so all the sports not say out there. Just hang on. It'll be back soon. Enjoy the BUDDES league. Onto knotsacks. hold onto those balls tightly. Thanks for joining me, because I let him go being a pleasure. May look forward to having you back on soon. Thanks for listening. Say Out.

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