MJ MEMORABILIA MADNESS
The scramble for Michael Jordan memorabilia post “The Last Dance” has reached extreme levels. A ticket from Jordan’s last game (NBA Finals in Utah) went for over $6k (around R120k) at an auction on Sunday. It was just a ticket, nothing signed and nothing personalized. If you think that is a bit crazy, how about a bottle of Michael Jordan McDonald’s barbeque sauce that went for $10k in 2012 … 20 years old too!! Or how about the hardwood floor of the court that Jordan won his final championship on? That went for $1mln! His rookie player card? $100k.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Can you imagine paying approximately R200k for some 20-year-old McDonald’s barbeque sauce? It’s not like a vintage wine that will mature with age … its barbeque sauce!
JONES CALLS FOR LAW CHANGES TO SPEED RUGBY UP
England’s Rugby World Cup final LOSING coach Eddie Jones (couldn’t resist … sounds too good!) has suggested some major rule changes in order to speed the game up. Firstly, he suggests that substitutions should be reduced from the current 8 to 6 … “I’d only have six reserves. That would make a hell of a difference. Three front rowers, one back rower to cover the back-five, one half-back and one back to cover the rest. I reckon that would introduce some fatigue in the game.”
He would also like to see scrum penalties only allowed to be kicked for touch or tapped instead of for goal and would like to switch the games’ emphasis from power to speed.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: It sounds like sour grapes again as the changes he suggests would negate the strength of the Springbok’s pack and power forwards as well as their bench strategy. He does make a few valid points though – “a test match normally goes for 100 to 110 minutes. The ball is in play for 35 minutes … the ball out of play has increased to 65 minutes. Now we’ve got this great ball-out-of-play time and this small ball-in-play time.”
We agree that law changes are needed (scrums are a mess; offside line) but not necessarily the ones that Jones is looking for.
TEST CRICKET RETURNS WITH A TWIST
The England vs West Indies test series is scheduled to go ahead starting on July 8 in Southampton followed by back-to-back tests at the same Old Trafford arena in Manchester. That is unprecedented in itself, but here is the real twist … players will be required to sleep at the ground in bio-secure hotels attached to the grounds.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: Talk about eating, sleeping, living and breathing cricket! The good news for England is that at least they will be able to keep a close eye on Ben Stokes!