The Fitz Files

Pocock did the right thing, and that's that

Peter FitzSimons   There has been some extraordinary criticism this week, including from those who should know better, of David Pocock's action in calling out Jacques Potgieter's homophobic slurs against the Brumbies last Sunday afternoon.

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Vale Malcolm Fraser: despite the abuse he did a lot for Australian sport

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Peter FitzSimons   Vale, Malcolm Fraser. True, when they do the definitive history book on our erstwhile Prime Minister, his impact on sport won't get much of a look-in.

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Reynolds was dazed and confused ... and concussed

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Peter FitzSimons   How can South Sydney possibly argue that Adam Reynolds wasn't concussed last weekend?

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Three cheers for Desiree ... and Yon Yonson

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Peter FitzSimons   As a southern outpost of the Wisconsin Sporting News, step into the next segment for our lead story from our favourite town in Wisconsin.

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Vale Ross Turnbull - a life less ordinary

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Peter FitzSimons   With the death of Ross Turnbull Australian rugby lost its most colourful, if oft controversial, characters.

Hayne, you've got a way to go to make it

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Peter FitzSimons   Never, EVER, underestimate my powers as Kiss of Death and Kiss of Life.

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Quick and the dead: sports for the masses

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Peter FitzSimons   A yarn in The New York Times this week detailed an interestingly innovative match played a few weeks ago in Sydney between John McEnroe and Patrick Rafter.

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Is that a scandal I hear brewing?

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Peter FitzSimons   Is that the smell of scandal? NRL kick-off must just be around the corner.

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Killing defenceless animals - just tell me how that can be sport?

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Peter FitzSimons   So let's talk about hunters, and let's talk about miserable bastards who get their jollies by stalking and killing defenceless animals. But I repeat myself . .  .

League superstars happily joining powerhouse

Next target: Will Greg Inglis be the next league player to call rugby home?

Peter FitzSimons   In the battle between league and union, the fact that rugby is booming globally delivers an economic base that the NRL will never get close to and it means that their best players will nearly all end up playing rugby union.

I know nothing about rugby tactics, but maybe more than the Waratahs

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Peter FitzSimons   Back in the day, when your humble correspondent was writing the biography of Kick Too Farr-Jones, we were talking about the Welsh Test of the 1984 Grand Slam tour.

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Tiger Woods needs to get back to doing what he does best

 Happy?: Tigers Woods and his partner Lindsay Vonn  at a skiing competition in Colorado.

Peter FitzSimons   Tiger, listen hear - I can solve your on-course problems.

Anzac Day surfboat celebration beached by red tape

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Peter FitzSimons   A plan for surf life savers to contribute to the Anzac Day centenary has been scuttled.

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How on-fire Thommo topped the score

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Peter FitzSimons   99 not out, a bushfire on the way and you're needed for the local brigade? What's a bloke to do?

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Rugby back line moves could light up the NFL

Peter FitzSimons   It's been a long, hot summer, but I'm baaaaack!

How dare you question Robert Allenby?

Peter FitzSimons   Don't you know who Robert Allenby is? He is a famous golfer! And famous people don't tell porky pies

Carney's got a wee problem ... but it's none of our business

Peter FitzSimons   That pissing in his mouth thing? I wish he wouldn't do that. You wish he wouldn't do that. But ultimately it really is none of our damn business.

Time lags were given a second chance

Peter FitzSimons   This week’s question is whether the likes of Russell Packer and Danny Wicks should be allowed back into the NRL after serving time in prison for, respectively, stomping on a man’s head in Martin Place, and trafficking ecstasy and methylamphetamine.

Bad heir day: Skipper’s calls left me baffled

Peter FitzSimons   Steve Smith? Seems like a good bloke but, for the life of me, I couldn't follow two of his decisions this week, on the final day of the third Test.