Caps to sell out The Palace?

johnboy 11 March 2009 35

According to a Canberra radio station the Canberra Capitals have just a few hundred tickets left for their Grand Final clash with the Bulleen Boomers at the AIS Arena on Friday night (just before the rugby).

When those tickets go their will be a limited release of standing room tickets.

First home grand final since 2003 and potentially a very boozy double-header at Bruce.

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Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:52 am 14 Mar 09

Excellent match, and the best team won by a narrow mar=gin. The place was packed to the rafters and much good entertainment was had both on and off the pitch.

The Caps were not as dominant as I would have expected, and the Booomers played their hearts out. One Boomers player (No.4 ) a small dark skinned lass, was on the pitch for the whole of the match.

The usual suspects lifted the Caps game, my daughters fave player Nat Hurst was deservedly player of the match.

A fine nights sporting entertainment, and, funnily enough, not as anti-intellectual as you may heave been lead to believe.

jakez jakez 10:46 am 12 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

Pommy Bastard, your assertions on sport are simply that: assertions. Part of growing-up means finding more important ways to develop as a person than playing silly games.

Most sport is a profoundly anti-intellectual and an intrinsically worthless enterprise.
This country is obsessed with sport, and as a result all we do here in Australia is dig-up our outback to ship minerals to China where real people with real skills turn it into real things with real value.

Intellectual elitism, anti sport, anti Australian, and anti economics, all in one post.

You are my new god!

johnboy johnboy 9:59 am 12 Mar 09

OK, the merits of sport are not the topic here, let’s move on.

peterh peterh 9:55 am 12 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

Jim Jones said :

As for the ‘intrinsic worthlessness’ of sport: regular exercise is essential for the proper functioning of the brain;

Hah ahhahah…crack me up. Sport has done Anthony Mundine’s brain so much good he can barely even speak anymore.

team sport is a valuable way for people to learn and hone social skills, …

Yep. It’s done wonders for Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Todd Carney, and the rest of the boof-heads’ “social skills”.

Anthony Watmough deserves a special mention for his social skills – at an important pre-season social function, he gets tanked then tries to crack on to a very young girl before punching her father. Nul points!

so… you have mentioned rugby league, boxing, etc, but nothing about Golf, Hockey, Cricket, Soccer, badminton, orienteering, cross country, marathons, swimming, Judo, etc, etc.

I am certain that the numbers of intellectuals that i know who engage in sporting pursuits would greatly outweigh the number of boofheads. There are a few, but not as many as there are in your world.

Consider that I rockclimb, play in seniors hockey (bit embarrased by that)play soccer with mates, do trivia, write poetry, etc, and didn’t finish year 12. my knowledge is from several different life choices, but maybe you thought I was a uni graduate, or not. Doesn’t matter.

I enjoy seeing the caps succeed, it makes my daughter very happy as well, she will be a tall girl, and she might play basketball, or not. It is her choice. When the caps win, we will be cheering. bit like the pride I had for the cannons. we don’t have a men’s basketball team, but the caps have well and truly kept our focus on basketball… regardless of where it comes from, it is a great game.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:23 am 12 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

Jim Jones said :

As for the ‘intrinsic worthlessness’ of sport: regular exercise is essential for the proper functioning of the brain;

Hah ahhahah…crack me up. Sport has done Anthony Mundine’s brain so much good he can barely even speak anymore.

team sport is a valuable way for people to learn and hone social skills, …

Yep. It’s done wonders for Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Todd Carney, and the rest of the boof-heads’ “social skills”.

Anthony Watmough deserves a special mention for his social skills – at an important pre-season social function, he gets tanked then tries to crack on to a very young girl before punching her father. Nul points!

Ah, cherry picking retarded sportsmen in a lame attempt to bolster an intrinsically flawed argument. You’re doing wonders for your ‘intellectual’ argument.

Perhaps I could pick out some morally bereft intellectuals (Heidegger’s flirtation with fascism, for example) and then use this to argue that all intellectuals are immoral.

Nambucco Deliria Nambucco Deliria 9:23 am 12 Mar 09

It’s not quite the cross-sport blockbuster people are trying to make this out to be, is it? The Capitals say they’re going to sell out (5,000), the Brumbies are expecting 20,000 as long as everyone can get the afternoon off and be at the ground by 3.00PM, but according to the Canberra Times only 300 people have bought tickets for both events. Still, good luck to the Capitals against the might of Bulleen.

Gobbo Gobbo 8:51 am 12 Mar 09

The old adage of “use it or lose it” I think it quite applicable here for mental and physical excercises.

My role model is my Mum. She is 75 years old and an active Veteran Athlete. Her speciality is throwing her weight around. She also attends U3A courses and is considering attempting a degree next year.

Without her exercise, competition and the mental stimulation she might just have ended up to be a sad, lonely, bitter old biddy. But she hasn’t. She can pass as an elderly person younger than her age. She is chuffed she actually has to produce her Seniors Card to get a discount as people don’t believe she is as old as she is.

She strives for physical fitness and mental acumen. If she ignored either side of the equation it would be like trying to run upstairs with only one leg.

realityskin realityskin 12:09 am 12 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

he gets tanked then tries to crack on to a very young girl before punching her father. Nul points!

wronggggggggggg

Emlyn Ward Emlyn Ward 11:49 pm 11 Mar 09

Jim Jones said :

As for the ‘intrinsic worthlessness’ of sport: regular exercise is essential for the proper functioning of the brain;

Hah ahhahah…crack me up. Sport has done Anthony Mundine’s brain so much good he can barely even speak anymore.

team sport is a valuable way for people to learn and hone social skills, …

Yep. It’s done wonders for Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Todd Carney, and the rest of the boof-heads’ “social skills”.

Anthony Watmough deserves a special mention for his social skills – at an important pre-season social function, he gets tanked then tries to crack on to a very young girl before punching her father. Nul points!

Deckard Deckard 7:31 pm 11 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

I find it very difficult to understand how Canberrans could stoop to following such a bland bit of Americana as Basketball. It’s less interesting than watching Golf, even. I guess that’s the power of advertising – people are suckers for it.

I find it difficult to understand how a Canberran could not like sport.

Also, I think you’ll find that basketball is the 2nd most popular team sport in the world. It may have been invented in the US but it’s massive in Europe, China and South America.

That’s an awful lot of suckers.

toriness toriness 5:28 pm 11 Mar 09

Gobbo @ #24 +1

Gobbo Gobbo 5:01 pm 11 Mar 09

Were you always picked last Emlyn? I’m sorry.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 5:00 pm 11 Mar 09

“Most sport is a profoundly anti-intellectual and an intrinsically worthless enterprise.”

You’ve obviously never hung around the ANU much. More than half the place plays football (soccer) on a regular basis.

I’m astounded that anyone would assert that sport is ‘anti-intellectual’. Some people who like sport might be anti-intellectual, but that’s got nothing with sport being anti-intellectual.

Camus (amongst many other public intellectuals) has written at length on the benefits and joys of sport.

I don’t wanna be rude, but your argument sounds driven by prejudice (and not a small bit of snobbery) rather than an intellectual argument.

As for the ‘intrinsic worthlessness’ of sport: regular exercise is essential for the proper functioning of the brain; team sport is a valuable way for people to learn and hone social skills, negotiation techniques and leadership abilities; it’s great for hand-eye coordination; etc. etc.

tra tra 5:00 pm 11 Mar 09

yes, a little bit of perspective lost here. couple of points a) the capitals are hardly overpaid sportstars. only a couple of them don’t have to work full time as well as play. which i guess was my point about them being an inspiration – they aren’t incorrectly focusing all their efforts on sport b)china is also sports/physical activity mad

all things in morderation indeed – physical inactivity costs taxpayers millions. and things like games and sport help to in fact build intellect – look up all the countless studies on it emlyn…. and i know heaps of nerdy smart over achieving friends who play/interested in sport

peterh peterh 4:56 pm 11 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

Pommy Bastard, your assertions on sport are simply that: assertions. Part of growing-up means finding more important ways to develop as a person than playing silly games.

Most sport is a profoundly anti-intellectual and an intrinsically worthless enterprise.
This country is obsessed with sport, and as a result all we do here in Australia is dig-up our outback to ship minerals to China where real people with real skills turn it into real things with real value.

right. go to the gym, do you?
walk on a track to exercise?

I am not obsessed with sport, but i love kicking the old football (read soccer)with my kids. I have to exercise to keep up with the buggers. if my kids want to play sport into their adult years, good on them. at least they won’t be filling up the lounge and waddling to the fridge…

and we ship minerals everywhere. the fact that one place is china, where they are also into sport, is just good luck for us.

chewy14 chewy14 4:55 pm 11 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

Pommy Bastard, your assertions on sport are simply that: assertions. Part of growing-up means finding more important ways to develop as a person than playing silly games.

Most sport is a profoundly anti-intellectual and an intrinsically worthless enterprise.
This country is obsessed with sport, and as a result all we do here in Australia is dig-up our outback to ship minerals to China where real people with real skills turn it into real things with real value.

The Mining Boom.
Brought to you by the Australian Sport’s Commision.

Gobbo Gobbo 4:53 pm 11 Mar 09

I’m sorry I won’t be seeing you at the Palace on Friday night Emlyn. If you end up seeing it on telly, I will be the one that is cheering madly for the Caps to win.

🙂

Now, wasn’t this topic about a sell-out grand final rather than why Emlyn can’t stand sport?

johnboy johnboy 4:50 pm 11 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

Pommy Bastard, your assertions on sport are simply that: assertions. Part of growing-up means finding more important ways to develop as a person than playing silly games.

Most sport is a profoundly anti-intellectual and an intrinsically worthless enterprise.
This country is obsessed with sport, and as a result all we do here in Australia is dig-up our outback to ship minerals to China where real people with real skills turn it into real things with real value.

I think you’ve lost perspective here. Australia is no more sports interested than most other countries.

All things in moderation…

Emlyn Ward Emlyn Ward 4:47 pm 11 Mar 09

Pommy Bastard, your assertions on sport are simply that: assertions. Part of growing-up means finding more important ways to develop as a person than playing silly games.

Most sport is a profoundly anti-intellectual and an intrinsically worthless enterprise.
This country is obsessed with sport, and as a result all we do here in Australia is dig-up our outback to ship minerals to China where real people with real skills turn it into real things with real value.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:44 pm 11 Mar 09

Emlyn Ward said :

John-boy – Yes! Sport is great for children, but is a vastly over-emphasised adult activity in our media.
And the constant litany of overpaid footballers getting caught up in alcohol/drugs and sexual assault stories (and their supporters in brawls) doesn’t do much to convince me I might be wrong.

Just because the importance of sport is overemphasized in Australian society doesn’t mean that the correct response is to underemphasize it’s benefits (for adult and child alike).

I think that engaging in sport is highly beneficial for adults. Watching it all the time less so.

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