I don’t really watch the NRL (Australian rugby league football) but am in a tipping comp at work – for the fun of it – so I though I’d better get my head in the game.
Woot woot – regular season starts on Friday morning (Aussie time) and I’m actually prepared ahead of time for following my Red Sox.
Last year’s tracker was a bit of a mishmash of game results, some notes on how the team was going and any injuries, and replicating the win/loss against the other four teams in the American League east division. I felt like I was flicking across three different types of graphs and doing everything three times.
This year I reckon it’ll be easier to see how the BoSox are going if I have the divisional team win/loss in sight the whole time, so I’ve used up a few more pages to have the game notes across only the top of the page with the division across the bottom of the first and fifth pages.
I don’t know how other fans of Major League Baseball keep a track of how their team is going, so I’m making up my own notes as I go along. The handful of diehard fans I know in Australia keep across their team’s performance by visiting the MLB or various other sports news websites, but I haven’t seen anyone else’s notes/teambook at all. I can’t be the only one putting pen to paper, surely!
Here’s my first few pages for the Red Sox season this year. I do the box score for each game and have a little room to write the most important take-away from the game – like a one line summary. I want to get more of a handle on how my team is doing in both home and away series against each team they play, so I started to colour code them – but I think it’s a bit busy. I’ll go back over these pages and draw a box around each series which might show them better.
The bit I am struggling with most is keeping track of where the Red Sox are placed in the American League East division. I drew up a kind of AL East summary page to try to see how they are sitting within the group, but I feel like it’s still too busy as a visual snapshot… I might have to tweak it and see if I can simplify it some more. Originally I thought of the five teams going vertical, but it got a little Tetris-y.
Any ideas for improving my notes would be appreciated and I would love to see your team notes if you keep them!:)
Take eleventy billion zucchini and grate them. Sweat down a humungous bunch of spinach in a saucepan with a little butter and soy sauce. Add in some mushies and soften these too. Slice up as much ham as you like and add it to a large pie dish with the zucchini, spinach and mushrooms all mixed up. Whisk up some eggs with a good dose of pepper (I used 8 – this is a HUGE quiche). Pour the eggs over the dish and flatten it out. Then add some grated cheese over the top. The dish goes into the oven (sans lid) at 160 degrees until the eggs are cooked and the top is golden brown. Allow to cool, then slice and freeze for “tired night” dinners with some salad or wrap up for picnic lunches at the cricket 🙂
The Ashes at the Gabba is a HUGE deal and the preparation for the “catering” our group organises for each day is taken extremely seriously. Limes cut for the drinks. Nibblies for elevenses and threesies. Salads and/or rolls for lunch. It’s serious Masterchef picnicking stuff.
Tonight’s effort (guinea pigging work mates tomorrow) is a roasted pumpkin and feta pastry.
How it goes:
Thaw 2-3 pieces of puff pastry.
Oven to 180-200 Celsius.
Slice and dice the pumpkin (I used a half of one) and spread it on an oiled (or baking paper lined) tray. Season it with the herbs and spices of your choice. I love harissa flavourings – but turmeric and garlic go well also. Whatever you like really. Roast for 20 minutes and then get it out to cool a bit.
Whisk up three eggs and 100mls each of light sour cream and milk (you could also use cream if you’re feeling decadent).
Oil two muffin trays. Slice each pastry sheet into 9 squares (for a big muffin tray) or 16 squares (for a small muffin tray) and line each with a square of pastry. (I got 12 large and 24 small out of this recipe). ** Don’t forget to oil the tray!! These suckers are difficult to get back out.
Fill each pastry with some spiced pumpkin. Spoon the egg mix over each. Don’t overfill. Crumble some feta over the top. I used a whole packet (250g).
These go into the oven for another 20 minutes or until golden. Let them cool in the tray before getting out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Because the egg mixture ran over a bit, I ended up using a cake tester to loosen the edges of each to get them out of the pan.
Tonight the Queensland Reds hosted the British and Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium. The Lions are put together from the best of the 5 nations and they haven’t toured here for 12 years. It’s a special occasion that tens of thousands make an effort to come watch. Tonight the stadium was a sell out.
There was also a lot to prove for the Reds players with a great chance to impress for Wallabies selection – assuming the kiwi coach of the Wallabies likes you of course.
Unfortunately, the weather closed down the opportunity for consistent running rugby – with constant drizzle, the tactics sent the ball up and under more often than not and the handling mistakes increased from both sides.
Although the Reds scored 2 tries to one, we lost 22-12 with missed kicks and penalties. The atmosphere was fabulous though. The Lions fans are here to party and my God can they drink! 🙂
Well well well. A draw – which is just like kissing your brother a la Angelina Jolie. Can’t believe the Wallabies got out of that one without a loss…or a win…or something. Well done!
But what a torrid and horrible affair. It was stinking hot and humid. DUMB time of year to play a game in the subtropics. Stupid ARU – but that’s hopefully the last half-arsed decision John O’Neill gets to make. An 8pm kickoff, which means it was 9pm for the Mexicans on daylight savings and 3 hours later (instead of 2) for our friends across the ditch.
I wrote yesterday that you have to go far to find a Kiwi supporter that sticks the boot in for no reason. Not that far, as it turns out, section 730 is the distance. There was a whole row of them, in fact. I don’t mind excitable commentary, the history lessons, the constant attempts to troll back inside their minds for a name that alludes them entirely (for the record, it was Frank Bunce you were trying to remember, you dipsticks), but I do mind being covered in your stinking beer before the anthems are sung and the affected accents that seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. Oh, and if you could mind your effing language when you’re in a section with kids, that’d also be awesome!
As for the game – I have NEVER seen the All Blacks show their frustration like that before. They were seriously pissed off. The Wallabies were up in their faces (with knees, foreheads and hands a-groping) and the Ref took care of the rest. The number of errors and subsequent penalties took your attention away from the defence! defence! approach of the Aussies. Solid effort in scrambling tackles and the numbers at the ruck was the best in ages. But the stop/start of it all was farcical. I hope the Aussies take some heart from the effort, but for mine, I’d have loved an attacking game of running rugby – even if we lost it.
We had the chance to race out of the office to catch the All Blacks signing session in the Queen St mall this morning. Tomorrow night is the third Bledisloe Cup match (Australia vs New Zealand in rugby union) – a tournament within a tournament (the Four Nations ‘Rugby Championship’) and it’s meant to be the best of its kind.
Bledisloe games should be the best running rugby around but I’m sad to say that I don’t reckon the Aussies are up to the contest. The forwards don’t get going forward, the backs can’t cover, the play makers are swamped and the number of players out with injury is ridiculous. And don’t get me started on the coach! The All Blacks are gonna steamroll us and then some.
I’ll always hope Australia wins (or at least plays good rugby), but there’s something impressive about the way the NZ team go about their sport. Even the fans are experts on the game – no really – you have to go a fair way to find a deadset arsehole who rips into Australian fans for no reason.
It was nice to finally make it to a game! I missed the first two, being out of town. My boys have done it bought on the road, losing by huge margins, so with still more injuries to carry, the coach is calling on the depth in the pack to beat the Brumbies from the ACT. If there’s one thing I can say to compliment this night – the stadium felt like Ballymore. Awesome.
I am devastated that we are seeing the end of an era in Indian cricket. So many world class players seem to have lost their edge on this summer tour. They were beaten badly in England and today they lost the series 3-0 against Australia at the WACA.
But my heart goes out for Tendulkar. Such a lot has been made of his “destiny” to score his 100th century and he hasn’t come close. I hope he gets it in Adelaide – the last test match here. He’s such a glorious batsman to watch when he plays and we haven’t seen him for any length of time, except in the slips. And that is a crying shame.
Senna was an awesome driver – particularly in wet conditions. Watch the first lap of Donington 1993 and youll see why. His stats are incredible – some still stand. Easily the best of the best. In the interviews I remember seeing while he was alive, he always answered honestly. Although I dont recall seeing so many where he mentioned his faith as was shown in the doco, it was still there in the little I remember from the early 90s.
His arch-rival – and doesnt there always need to be one? – was Alain Prost. Like Jensen Button and Lewis Hamilton, Schumacher and everyone, Ayrton the Upstart pushed the Professors buttons. It was through their competitiveness that I began to see the politics behind the sport. Considering their animosity at times, Alain Prost was a pallbearer at Sennas funeral and is still a trustee of the foundation set up in Sennas name. That fact surprised me. Gentlemen at the end who realized they brought the best, and perhaps the worst, out of each other in the fight to win.
Awesome DVD. I highly recommend it.