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Sport: Where reality and make-believe cross paths

The public have a fascination with what goes on behind the scenes in sport. Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

One of the best sports movies ever made is Bull Durham, a riff on the machinations of a minor league baseball club, starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. One poignant motif is the moment the manager, Jo Riggins (Trey Wilson) calls a declining player into his office and says with a stagy sigh: "This is the hardest thing a manager has to do." You know what comes next. Eventually, it comes even for the Costner character, Crash Davis.

Eddie and the cruising: a sure fire hit

Eddie Betts

Being a fan of the modern game, I find myself pushing back against a constant desire to let Football represent more to me than just a sport. Are the players heroes? Are they inspirational?

Goalkicking not straightforward for Betts

Goal of the year? Crows forward Eddie Betts.

A set shot at goal from 40 metres or more out directly in front. The best place to take as shot at goal … unless you are the best small forward in the game. It is the last place Eddie Betts wants to take a kick.