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Summer of Sport – Things We Learned

Well, it’s been a crazy Summer of sport these past few months. Breaking news and big stories seemed to dominate Facebook feeds, evening news bulletins and newspaper stands everywhere (you kids still read those things, right?).

Now, put any sport in front of me and I’ll be drawn to it like first-years to a free sausage sizzle.

But having gone on holiday for most of this summer (which ALL you first-years need to do while you’re at uni), I’ve missed the intensive coverage of sport in Australia, with nothing but occasional fan talk and clickbait on my Facebook to keep me updated.

When I got back, I couldn’t help but realise a lot of the stories weren’t what they seemed on social media. A lot of “BIG STORIES” were nothing but hearsay, media speculation and overreaction from fans.

So below, I’ve listed some of the main things that happened in world sport while I was overseas and matched them with the impression I developed on limited social media in a country that only seems to want to watch the NBA.

Real Life 
Limited Impression
Parramatta’s high-priced recruitment drive showed promising signs in the Auckland Nines
The Eels are definitely premiers this season. Book GF tix now.

Jarryd Hayne finished the NFL season with a number of strong carries and notable improvement
 Jarryd Hayne is undoubtedly and incontrovertibly the greatest athlete of all time

jarryd-haynePicture: Jarryd Hayne at 49ers training.
Photograph from Sportsnaut.com

Nick Kyrgios is acting up again
Nick Kyrgios is acting up again

The player cleanout at the Western Sydney Wanderers has paid dividends with Popovic’s new combinations gelling well
The refs have stopped being paid by other teams

Chelsea has saved itself from relegation in their second post-Mourinho era
They’ll finish above United, surely. Right?

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho.
Photograph from teamtalk.com

Big Bash is breaking records and is here to stay
(I think that’s the general consensus on this one)

The Aussie cricket team is the best in the world
The West Indies cricket team is the worst in the world

But where were you 2 years ago ??

Picture: BBL champions, Sydney Thunder
Photograph from theguardian.com

Yes, it truly has been a memorable Summer. However, the fun doesn’t end here. Sports and sports coverage will continue to press on, and luckily for you, so will we!

So whether you’re in a lecture, stuck in traffic on the 891 or indulging in a few bevvies at the Roundhouse make sure to check out Blitz/Blitz Radio for all the latest in sport at uni and around the world.

It’s sure to be a great year, New South.

(P.S.: we do get a lot more serious. It’s Week 1, give me a break – I just got back from holiday, as I mentioned).





About Niko Pajarillo

Niko Pajarillo

I like sports and I don’t care who knows. Football, Tennis, Hockey, Golf.
…and Rugby, Cricket, AFL, League, NFL, Basketball and basically anything you put in front of me.

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