An Australian sporting legend calls it quits.
Lauren Jackson recently announced her retirement without much fanfare and I thought it would be remiss of me not to write something about her career. Lauren Jackson’s stats speak for themselves but her career achievements are equally impressive:
WNBL – 6 Championships, 4-time MVP, 6 time All Star and 4-time Grand Final MVP
WNBA – 2 Championships, 3-time MVP, 8-time All Star and 7-time All-WNBA First Team
Europe – 3 EuroLeague Championships, 2-time EuroLeague All-Star, 2 Russian Championships, 1 Spanish Championship and 1 EuroLeague Final Four MVP
International – 3 Olympic Silver Medals, 1 Olympic Bronze Medal, 1 World Championship Gold Medal, 2 World Championship Bronze Medals and 1 Commonwealth Gold Medal
Lauren Jackson transcended the sport of Basketball for many Australians. Much the same as Pat Rafter, Sally Pearson and Dawn Fraser, however, unfortunately for her, Women’s Basketball doesn’t have the profile that other sports have in Australia. She also suffered from the out-of-sight, out-of-mind nature of American Sports (and even more so for most European competitions) which seems to apply to most Australians excelling overseas apart from Jarryd Hayne.
Before Lauren Jackson we certainly had a great Opals side. Most of us remember Michele Timms and the tenacity the team embodied when she was on the court. Jackson had that tenacity in spades but she was also a dominant player that made everyone else better on the court. Consequently, she did something that Australians have long respected. She dominated in America. She was one of the best players in the WNBA. Goodness me! When she was at her peak I even followed box scores for the Seattle Storm to see how she was doing. She was one of the first Australians to dominate an American premier competition. She anchored a competitive Opals squad which competed against the U.S side in every competition. She was a giant of the sport.
Consequently, her name is up there with other great Australian stars of recent times. In the end only injury slowed her down.
What is sweeter than Jelly Bread?
- Villanova Wildcats. As clutch as clutch can be.
- Gold Coast Titans at the moment. Everyone tipped them to place dead last but they’ve been competitive in every game and won 3 of 5. A +/- of 8 probably tells you all you need to know.
- Semi Radradra playing for Australia. Semi is playing in a class all of his own but there is no way he should be able to play for Australia. Eligibility criteria is in a mess (we already knew this) if that can happen.
- Newcastle United. Going down. Small consolation that the Wearsiders will also be playing in the Championship.
EPL Tips Match Week 33
West Ham vs Arsenal – Arsenal 2-1
Aston Villa vs Bournemouth – Bournemouth 2-1
Crystal Palace vs Norwich – Crystal Palace 2-1
Southampton vs Newcastle – Southampton 3-1
Swansea vs Chelsea – Chelsea 2-1
Watford vs Everton – Everton 3-2
Man City vs West Brom – Man City 4-0
Sunderland vs Leicester – Leicester 1-0
Liverpool vs Stoke – Liverpool 2-0
Tottenham vs Man U – Tottenham 2-1
Crystal Palace vs Everton – Everton 2-1
BTW I’m going head to head with Lawro (Mark Lawrenson of the BBC) again this year. He has gone and changed his scoring system (a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth TEN points and picking an exact score FORTY points).
Me – 100 (7 from 10 with 1 perfect score) and Lawro – 90 (6 from 10 with 1 perfect score)
Season so far
Me – 2340 and Lawro – 2280 (I’ve said this all season. Lawro just keeps hanging around)
NRL Tips Round 6
As mentioned previously, tipping against the spread this year.
Broncos vs Dragons (+14.5) – Dragons
Rabbitohs vs Roosters (+6.0) – Rabbitohs
Eels vs Raiders (+4.5) – Eels
Warriors vs Sea Eagles (+8.0) – Warriors
Panthers (+2.5) vs Cowboys – Cowboys
Sharks vs Titans (+10.5) – Titans
Knights (+1.5) vs Tigers – Tigers
Storm vs Bulldogs (+2.5) – Storm
Season so far
Creeping towards respectability. Barely.
Stay tuned for the next exciting episode on Thursday, 14 April 2016 titled ‘David Taylor and why he should watch more Robin Williams’ movies’.