Before I start this blog, I just want to say I’m sorry its late, I had a very rough weekend personally, but I am back and ready to blog again. Let’s get straight into it shall we.
My first takeaway from the sports weekend has to be how well the Melbourne Demons overcame their halftime deficit to the Western Bulldogs to go on and claim a massive 74-point Grand Final win, to claim their first AFL flag in 57 years. Lead by a Norm Smith winning performance from Christian Petracca who racked up 40 disposals and a few key goals, and a 6-goal performance from Bayley Fritsch the Dees out scored the Dogs in the second half 107-7. A dominant beatdown in a Grand Final that Dee’s fans will remember for another 57 years.
My Second takeaway from the week in sports is McLaren driver Lando Norris’s heartbreak at the Russian Grand Prix this past Sunday. After qualifying on pole for the first time in his young career, he led the majority of the race ahead of Formula one’s Greatest of all time Lewis Hamilton until with on 6 laps remaining the rain arrived, throwing the race in turmoil. Norris and Hamilton managed the conditions on slick tyres incredibly well until Lewis chose to pit while Lando chose to stay out, a move that would see him run wide and hand Lewis Hamilton the Grand Prix victory and see Lando slide down to a 7th place finish.
A clearly shattered Lando post-race handled the result like an absolute legend, taking responsibility for the decision to stay out, and being one of the 1st drivers to congratulate Hamilton on his 100th Grand Prix victory. In a good result for McLaren and Daniel Riccardo fans, he managed to come in 4th for another great weekend for the Aussie. Oh, and Max Verstappen started 20th and finished 2nd, guess that’s ok I suppose.
My Third Takeaway is, Thank You to the Penrith Panthers who dominated their preliminary final against the Melbourne Storm to save us all from what appeared to be an inevitable Premiership for them. I think I speak for all NRL fans when I say Thank you Panthers, Thank You Ivan Cleary for that coaching masterclass on Craig Bellamy. While I don’t pay too much attention to the NRL these days, I Love it when my Warriors are good, and enjoy seeing the local team here in the Shire do well, I’m definitely not as passionate about it as years gone by, Thanks to the dreadful standards of officiating over the last decade. And congrats to the Rabbitohs as well, beating the crap out of Manly to make it to the Grand Final. Adam Reynolds is really something huh. Great performance with an injured groin, if he can repeat that performance, it’ll take something special for the Panther to grab the win.
The fourth thing that I took away from the sports week is that the A-League made the smart decision to delay the start of the domestic season to the 20th of November. It means that players based in Australia will now be eligible for selection in the Socceroo’s squad for the qualifiers coming up in October and November. It also means states currently under Covid restrictions and lockdowns a chance to achieve their governments vaccination rates to allow fans back into stadiums.
Unfortunately for Perth, there premier is about as sensitive as they get, and they may have to look at basing themselves in either Queensland or South Australia. Unless he decides to grow a spine and allow teams to travel into WA for games. Don’t have to allow fans but Teams should be allowed into the state so that Perth can play Infront of their home fans.
My last takeaway from the week is that the College Football Playoff picture is about as murky as it has ever been after 4 weeks of the season. Giants Clemson suffered there second loss of the season already and have almost ruled themselves out of the Playoff for this season. No team has gotten in with 2 losses. Alabama are probably the only team so far guaranteed to play in the Playoff, but that could all change with a loss before they play Georgia in the SEC championship game at the end of the season. Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa and Oklahoma have all got their names in consideration. Chaos is what I predict for the rest of the season, and Chao is what Clemson needs to have any shot of making the Playoff. All the while, my Florida Gators quietly chugging along with 1 loss in a great game against Bama, playing them close, flying under the radar and still in my biased opinion a chance of making it, if they can run the table for the rest of the season.
That’s it for my takeaways from the week in sports. Again, I’m sorry it’s a tad bit late, but its well worth the read. So, thank you for getting this far into the blog. Talk to you guys throughout the week on the Just Jamie B show, Chat from the Back and in many blogs, I have upcoming this week.