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Name: ossian shine
Member since: September 11, 2003
Last visit: April 12, 2005

ossian72 has posted 1 link and 4 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 2 comments to the Locker Room.

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Burning roosters and buried cats... lucky for who?:

posted by ossian72 to football at 08:30 AM on April 12, 2005 - 4 comments

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Talk about incentive

Staropramen usually does the trick...

posted by ossian72 at 03:19 AM on June 28, 2004

John McEnroe really is being serious

Guys, whatever his motives for once again bleating about this, McEnroe would beat either Willams sister, or both... i saw him hitting with one of America's top juniors on the outside courts at Flushing Meadows last year and he was giving this kid the complete runaround. Whatever else you think about him, he competes regularly on the senior's circuit and this ain't against walking stick-toting has-beens, this is against Thomas Muster, Petr Korda, guys who have been out of top flight tennis for only a year or two. Back in the 80s, then-world number one Chris Evert used to say she was regularly beaten by her brother John, a former college player. Not much has changed. The women have got stronger and fitter, but so have the men. The new technology in rackets allows McEnroe, Becker, Leconte et al to hit as well as ever. If he is fit, and Mac is, then he's the winner hands down against any woman. Similarly, former British number one Andrew Castle said last week that, given three month's practice, he would be very disappointed if he was not able to beat every woman in the top 100. I'm not so sure about that, but McEnroe is still a class act on a tennis court.

posted by ossian72 at 03:01 AM on June 27, 2004

Well folks, as much fun as this has undoubtedly been, all good things must come to an end... it's been a laugh but I'm afraid that my God-given light-heartedness and talent for discourse has been eroded by increasing boredom and a new assignment so I'll have to draw a line under this one now... I'll be escaping the European winter for Australian sun in a couple of months to entertain you all with tales from Perth, Kooyong and Melbourne Park. Hope you can wait. xxx

posted by ossian72 at 08:09 AM on September 19, 2003

heh heh heh... infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me... hugs and kisses to you all... heh heh heh

posted by ossian72 at 11:24 AM on September 18, 2003

Brave Henin-Hardenne Lifts U.S. Open Title

Big, bad Billy-boy, of course you are at liberty to criticise the choice of language in my reports -- I am indeed flattered that you were moved to do so. There is nothing worse for a writer than being ignored or invisible... you of all people must be keenly aware of this. Constructive criticism is extremely important to a journalist. However, I'm not sure silly postings centred on "poking fun at" writers fall under this category and, for this reason, I feel little urge to justify my writing style to you. However, in the interests of educating you a little, I would point out there are a number of essential differences between my "simple piece of reportage" and the apercus incomparables with which you at one time enlightened the world. The most obvious one is that I write about people and you used to write about software. When dealing with people, the use of emotional language is often appropriate. Incidentally, I am very proud of a number of international journalism awards I have collected for my writing -- both sports and news reporting in Australiasia, Europe and the U.S. -- and assure you they are testament to the fact a good deal of people enjoy reading copy which contains insight into character and goes a touch beyond the straightforward stats-based style prevalent in U.S. publications. I suspect you have been weaned on and prefer the former. This is not your fault so, for your own good, I hereby BAN you from reading any more of my reports. I almost forgot, thank you so much for linking my name in your initial post to my author's page on my publisher's website. If you would like to critique my new book please feel free to buy a copy from there. It is also available on www.amazon.co.uk. The Language of Tennis (how can you resist) is a somewhat academic work devoid of comment or colour. You may well find it enjoyable. Good luck with your writing, big bad Bill

posted by ossian72 at 09:36 AM on September 12, 2003

Brave Henin-Hardenne Lifts U.S. Open Title

Sorry you don't like my style of writing, billsaysthis... good luck on your nascent writing career, anyway... i hope you one day reach a wide enough audience that other literary luminaries may be able to "pile on and poke fun" at 'writer' Bill Lazar...

posted by ossian72 at 07:40 AM on September 11, 2003