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(Costumed) Kangaroo Stars In The “Worst Sports Movie Ever Made”

Matilda has been described online as “the worst sports movie ever made.” Kindly, as it turns out.
Matilda was a dreadful, alleged comedy about a boxing kangaroo that challenges for the world heavyweight champion title.
The movie was made in 1978, when Muhammad Ali was probably at his most widely popular (and the reigning world champion), and starred Elliot Gould, who was then still not too far off the peak of a career that continues going strong today.

Co-starring was another A-lister, Robert Mitchum, so it’s hard to argue that the cast and circumstances surrounding the movie didn’t pack a punch.

Unfortunately, the kangaroo featured in the film was clearly a bloke in a costume. With demonic eyes.
On top of that, the Australian involvement in the movie was non-existent outside of the kangaroo’s origins. And, as anybody who’s ever heard an American attempt an Australian accent or been to an Outback Steakhouse can attest, Americans don’t really put a lot of weight into authenticity when it comes to Down Under.
Matilda was based on a novel by Paul Gallico, whose research into Australia and kangaroos was so extensive he gave the male marsupial protagonist of his work a female name.
Perhaps Gallico had a portend of the movie’s fate, though, as he was most famous for The Poseidon Adventure, which would be adapted by Hollywood for another disaster movie of a different kind.

Directing Matilda was Daniel Mann, who made some impressive movies over his career.
For 考えRoom.com, though, with its interest in Australia and Japan, perhaps his most interesting movie was The Teahouse of the August Moon, which starred Marlon Brando in yellowface.
All in all, Matilda was a critical and commercial disaster. On the upside, though, it did get some decent movie posters from all over the world, as well as some other decent images, many of which can be viewed in the gallery.

Socceroos to Sing The Blues to Les Bleus WARNING! Awful Song Alert!

Australia kicks off its 2018 World Cup campaign with a Group C match against France, the 1998 World Cup winner and a favorite for this tournament.
The Socceroos don’t have much of a chance on the pitch, if we’re being realistic. Australia may have one borderline world class player, but Tim Cahill is now 38 years old and may not even get on the pitch.
Considering Australia’s past in the World Cup, the Aussies may want to consider using the shock weapon of singing the blues to Les Bleus, with some of the appalling songs to have accompanied past campaigns a good chance of scaring the opposition off the pitch with Peru and Denmark the other teams being faced.
2018 World Cup song….(this one isn’t official, but it is bloody awful, which makes it perfect for the shock approach).

At least this year’s song is deliberately bad. The official send-off for the doomed 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil was abysmal, doubly so because it was performed by one of Australia’s most successful music groups in history, The Wiggles, who are unfortunately best known for corny kids’ songs.

In spite of the terrible song, the Soccerooos were knocked out in the group stage. It was a similar story in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where the team literally played with heart, but that didn’t work, anyhow. This time, the culprit was theRogue Traders, whose song used heartbeats recorded from Australians around the country, but didn’t help the team get anywhere in the end and it fell out in the group stage.

Giving hope to this theory is the team from the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Australia progressed into the knockout round for the first time ever following a 32-year absence from the World Cup finals. The 2006 song, Green and Gold was decent, sounded Australian and was related to soccer. It came from a band called Freedom of Thought. The catchy tune was a healthy portend of powerful play.

Of course, the awful Socceroos song that started them all off was for the tournament that started them all off for the Aussies, the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. The theme song, Song It To ‘Em Socceroos,” was sung by the players, semi-professionals who played beyond themselves, and definitely made better footballers than singers.

Mind you, they didn’t scare off the favorites in that tournament, either, so the theory about awful songs may not have much credence to it.

Tour of Japan’s Taste of Oz

Bennelong-Swisswellness riders in the peloton at the 2018 Tour of Japan

The Tour of Japan 2018 ended Sunday in Tokyo with Spaniard Marcos Garcia of the Kinan Racing Team claiming the general classification title.
Slovenian Grega Bole of Bahrain-Meridatook the Blue Jersey for the points classification.
Local hero Yuzuru Suzuki took the King of the Mountain crown riding for Utsunomiya Blitzen.
Australia’s own Chris Harper won the White Jersey for the tour’s best young rider while competing for Bennelong Swisswellness. Harper also finished 4th in the GC.
Martin Laas of Team Illuminate took the final stage in Tokyo.
Kinan Racing Team won the team classification, but it’s Bennelong Swisswellness that we’re interested in here.
Bennelong Swisswellness, in its various incantations, has taken part in the Tour of Japan annually since 2012 and have a strong record in the prestigious tour sanctioned by the UCI, with 5 stage wins.
Bennelong-Swisswellness has been Australia’s strongest continental team for the past 8 years.
The team boasts some fabulous riders, many of them young, but also a veteran here and there who have achieved considerable success on the professional cycling circuit.
Australia has a long and proud record of cycling, punching well above its weight on the track and the road.
Check out the gallery below to see some of the action from the eighth and final stage of the 2018 Tour of Japan in Tokyo on May 27, 2018.

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Japan-Australia Night at the Soccer

A-League football team Melbourne Victory luckily kept alive its slim hopes of progressing through to the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League with a 93rd minute equalizer against reigning J.League champion Kawasaki Frontale in their match at Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium.
The day was something of a soccer landmark for Japan and Australia with Sydney FC hosting Kashima Antlers at Sydney Football Stadium, with the current Australian champion losing 2-0 at home.
All four teams will play return legs next week, with Kashima hosting Sydney and Melbourne at home to Kawasaki.
At Todoroki, Frontale looked to have the game in hand at full-time after having been the better team for the match, but unable to exert dominance over their plucky Aussie rival.
The crowd of 11,196 cheered endlessly for the Japanese champion, which had yet to open its account in this year’s AFC Champions League. Player of the Match Elsinho opened the scoring in 28th minute after the Aussies appeared likely to break at any time due to Kawasaki’s relentless pressure.
The lead didn’t last long, though, after Besart Berisha slotted in a Leroy George corner and sent the teams into half-time at 1-1.
The home team continued to control the game throughout a second half spent largely protecting a lead given by a Kyohei Noborizato goal at the 55th minute.
Surprisingly, just as the 3-minute extra time period was about to elapse, substitute Christian Theoharous was fouled in the box. George made no mistake from the spot, and Victory, which has not won in its last 18 ACL games away from home, headed back Down Under with a share of the points.
After three games, Group F standings are led by Shanghai SIPG and Ulsan Hyundai, followed by Melbourne and Kawasaki.

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MAMILシーズンがやってくる!

自然環境にいるMAMIL

 約7年目の2011年に、カデル・エヴァンス氏が世界で最も有名な自転車レースであるツール・ド・フランスで初めてオーストラリア人として総合優勝者となったことを機にオーストラリアでMAMIL族が大幅に増えた。
 MAMILはMiddle Aged Men in Lycraの頭字語であり、全身にスパンデックスを着る中年おっさんという意味だ。
 今、オーストラリアをはじめ世界中に慢性している。
 エヴァンス氏が優勝した時は34歳で、第二次世界大戦後の最長年齢優勝者であり、準おっさんとも言えるかもしれないので、多くのオーストラリア人おっさんも自分が自転車なら行けるんじゃないかと思ってMAMILブーム現象の一助となったじゃないかな?
 MAMILの特徴がメタボ体系でむちむちに高級レースチームのユニフォームを着て、超高い自転車を持つがゆっくりと走る。

オーストラリアのMAMIL群れ

 中年の危機の一種の現れなどで小ばかにされることが多いが、心理学者などが多くの中年男性がMAMILになったことによって運動ができ、他人と社会的に接するので極めて肯定的な現象として見ている。
 そこで、オーストラリア人の映画監督が世界中のMAMILについてドキュメンタリ映画を製作し、今米国で絶賛上映中。その中に登場するMAMIL一人がうつ病の真っ暗中でのサイクリングが人とつながせて、運動でエンドルフィンを分泌したので間違いなく自分の命を救ったという。
 MAMILの他、英語圏のサイクリング・スラングや専門用語が豊富であり、面白いかもしれない。奥が深い世界。言われてみれば、日本語のサイクリング・スラングもたくさんあり、日本の自転車関連世界も興味深いと言える。それがまた今度にしよう。
 とりあえず、冬の終わりが見え始まって、春が来るとMAMILが続々と近所に表れてくるだろう。見苦しいところではあるが、肉体的にも精神的にも健康的であることを考えて寛容的に見てみよう。

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Classy Crows Dispel Myth of Adelaide Arrogance

Adelaide Crows fans, thank you for your sheer, utter class.
Adelaide hasn’t really been a favorite for a Tigers fan since the South Australian team begrudgingly entered the Australian Football League in 1991.
The Crows had resiliently fought off the Victoria-dominated league until perennial South Australian powerhouse Port Adelaide made an attempt to enter the national league on its own. The rest of the state banded together and cobbled up the Crows, almost in spite.
South Australia thus fielded a virtual state team for several years, collecting a couple of premierships once they had settled in to the faster, more physically demanding style of play than the skill-centered game common in Adelaide.
What’s more, the South Australians resented the more powerful Victorians who dominated Australian football. It was common for the Croweaters to conduct campaigns to “Kick a Vic” back in the day.
Those days have long gone, but Adelaide remains a near-impenetrable fortress for the Crows, who invariably play every home match before a sellout crowd and remain a powerhouse. Crows fans were famous for the delightful practice of greeting opposition goals with absolute silence.
They entered the 2017 Grand Final as justifiable favorites, having been yards ahead of any other team throughout the season, and having finished as minor premiers.
What’s more, the Crows had overcome enormous adversity in recent years, including several tragic and untimely deaths, and problems of its own by being ineligible for the draft for having tried to cheat it, as well as several players leaving for better deals offered by other teams. But they had overcome all this, to be the favorites going into the game against the Tigers.
As a Tigers fan there was a lot to dislike Adelaide for. Adelaide’s greatest-ever winning margin was 139 points, which came in Round 16 of the 1993 season, against Richmond. The greatest number of goals a Crows player has kicked in a single game is 13, which Tony Modra achieved playing against the Tigers in the same game. Adelaide has flogged the Tiges plenty of times in its time in the league.
Yet, in spite of walking away defeated, Crows fans have showed Kangaeroo nothing but class.
Not a single Crows fan aware of Kangaeroo’s support for Richmond has reacted in anything other than a congratulatory manner. Many have made a point of coming over to congratulate. It was kind, moving and generous. It also changed my mind about the Crows.
Adelaide’s day will come again for sure. It’s an awesome club. I just hope that it’s next flag comes following Richmond’s establishment of a premiership dynasty. Or, even better, during a rebuilding year between dynasties! Carn the Crows!

Indescribable Ecstasy of a Tiger Triumph


Richmond are Australian Rules football champions of the world!
After 37 years!
The feeling of joy is indescribable.
Sheer, utter, unadulterated bliss does not do the feeling justice. Ecstasy doesn’t come close.
Decades of disappointment, anger, despair, longing, envy, mistakes, yearning, praying, desperation were all lifted in a handful of minutes and shared with hundreds of thousands.
Commiserations to the Adelaide Crows. What a fabulous team the Crows are. Like the Tigers, their time will come. Hopefully after the Tigers have established a couple of dynasties and become the team most hated by other teams again.