The stunner

It's the dazzling consistency of Anthony Mundine's roadshow vaudeville act that eventually fries the brain. “The Man finally beats Somebody!” screams the headline in Mundine's mind, apparently proving that mind is a time-traveller, as, durable as Shane Mosley's career proved to be, what's left now isn't that Shane Mosley. The Mundine Spin is that he became the first fighter ever to stop Sugar Shane. It looked a lot like what stopped Sugar Shane was an accumulation of age, 16 years worth of top-flight fights (not counting the four years of warm-ups that preceded that), and a bad case of deckchair back. The reality is that at the end of their respective careers, Muhammad Ali was beaten by Trevor Berbick and Roy Jones Jr lost to Danny Green. Among those names, the ones that will be remembered in circles responsive to achievements in boxing are Ali and Jones. And Mosley. Meanwhile, The Man wants Floyd Mayweather Jr. Well, Floyd's back might well go out too, if he were assigned to carry Mundine as far as, say, four or five rounds. And young Anthony is after Miguel Cotto. Not that that's the very kind of puncher that Team Mundine has spent a career avoiding. Maybe he better start with the actor Yaphet Kotto. He's 74, so closer to the right age bracket.

The snoozer

If Rihanna had decked Campbell Brown, maybe all that wouldn't have seemed quite as predictable.

The yak attack

What we've mostly learned from the cricket is that certain things that were said on-field were sort of regretted, a bit, that things will continue to be said on-field regardless, and that this whole “role models” concept apparently remains restricted to football season.

How far the cherry?

The Pakistan Taliban spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, commented that it was time for his countrymen to pipe down with their adulation of retired Indian cricket great, Sachin Tendulkar, and instead sing the praises of someone like Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq. Shahid then led the way with the following expansive encomium: “No matter that Misbah-ul-Haq is a substandard and low-level player, Pakistani media should praise him because he is a Pakistani.” This item comes from our “With friends like that, who needs enemas?” Desk.

Bozo of the week

Maybe this should just be called Blatter of the Week to save on labour and repetition. At a gala dinner – give or take an “h” - for the Asian Football Confederation awards in Kuala Lumpur, the Seppmeister took the opportunity to explain that all the complaints regarding the choice of Qatar as World Cup 2022 venue were because Qatar was in Asia and the complaining Europeans were all European. Yes, it certainly had nothing to do with the concept of the players vapourising in the heat, or that FIFA had the rest of the world to pick from when it somehow adjudicated that a nation that doubles as a toaster-oven would host the biggest soccer tournament in the world.

Reader feedback

“According to the Hobart Mercury, 'Australia was considering a strategic power play - shielding (Ryan) Harris from Adelaide to remain fresh for Perth,' i.e., dropping a successful player in form when they could go two up. Can't imagine a boxing trainer saying to a bloke who's a few rounds in front, 'Take it easy these next two rounds mate, we'll crank it up later'. That sort of assumes he'd still be upright later.” - John Mullavey, Hobart

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