The Fitz Files

Here's to more sporting fairytales in 2017

Not a good look: Nick Kyrgios agreed to a "plan of care" after his bizarre performance in Shanghai.

This was the year of thunder and wonder, the year of the fairytale for all those teams more associated with chunder and blunder. Which leaves us hoping for what in 2017?

Rah rah! Union has league on the run

Israel Folau and his Australia teammates will be seeking revenge against England on Sunday morning.

Told yers! I refer to the comments by the famous rugby league coach Chris Anderson this week: "Our biggest danger is rugby union ... It's a big world sport. It's taken over Europe. Rugby league has died in Europe. All good players now go to union; in England, in France. So it's a big game. It's growing in America. That's our danger. If we don't get our house in order, our danger is we'll be playing rugby union in 10 years."

Could the Poo be the answer for Kyrgios?

Mark Philippoussis did not squander his ability but nor did he maximise what he had.

TFF has long maintained that in terms of wasted tennis talent, the only one who approaches Kyrgios was Mark Philippoussis who had the complete game, but, after bursting onto the tour in the mid-1990s, never quite got there, because his work ethic never matched his colossal talent.

What are the world's leader thinking? Just ask Sharkie

Pretty pleased with himself: Greg Norman has been having regular chats with President-elect Donald Trump.

No. And again I say NO. Wild tickles couldn't make Greg Norman tell of just how instrumental he was in putting Malcolm Turnbull in touch with Donald Trump after the latter's election victory – and it is not even fair to ask my client that question.

Why the Wallabies aren't on TV

Retiring: Ken Sutcliffe, here with Graham Kennedy in 1988, is ready to start playing a bit of sport rather than watching it.

"The TV business," Hunter S Thompson once famously wrote, "is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs ..."

The real decision facing Nick Kyrgios

Lighter ban: Nick Kyrgios.

The Nick Kyrgios thing? The outrageous tanking at the Shanghai Open? It was good, at least, that the Sportsbet mob - did I mention that everyone loses sooner or later, so don't waste your readies? - refunded everyone's money on the match in question, and the quote from them was amusing.  

Why the parkrun concept is taking Australia by storm

Community sport: The parkrun is growing in popularity.

You will recall TFF's rant of 10 days ago that what Australia needed more of was less corporate slug-fests, awash in match-fixing, dodgy deals, bodgy people, bikies and furious factional fighting and more community sport, a la the newly formed Lane Cove Fun Run.