keywords: Michael Visontay

  • AUSTRALIA

    The bankable brats and buffoons of Australian sport

    • Michael Visontay
    • 15 January 2013
    10 Comments

    Professional sport is driven by two competing forces: the pursuit of unrealistic achievement and the need to be entertaining. Shane Warne has spent his career playing buffoon-genius, and cricket now celebrates the buffoon over the genius. It remains to be seen if tennis' Bernard Tomic can escape the pressure of his own ego. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Reinventing the Aboriginal sports icon

    • Michael Visontay
    • 06 December 2011
    6 Comments

    By showing the wider community that an Aboriginal footballer could be smart as well as strong, Artie Beetson set an enduring example to all Indigenous people about what they could aspire to, on and off the sporting field.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Planet Football's alternative world order

    • Michael Visontay
    • 11 June 2010
    3 Comments

    In the Olympics, the countries with the biggest populations win the most medals. Not in the World Cup. The United States' underdog status is one of the unifying pleasures of football fans around the world.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Storm blows Anzac values

    • Michael Visontay
    • 23 April 2010
    9 Comments

    The salary cap in sport is one of the last remnants of Australian egalitarianism. This is one of the reasons why the Melbourne Storm's behaviour is so offensive. It is an offence against one of the values Australians hold so dear, especially at Anzac Day — a fair go.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Winter Games cool Aussies' long hot summer

    • Michael Visontay
    • 15 February 2010
    1 Comment

    The Winter Olympics make for beautiful television — skiers hurtling down the slopes, snowboarders doing somersaults in the air, skaters dancing on the ice. Yet they occupy an unusual place in our imagination. They feel more like recreation than competitive sport.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australian Open's soul is in its tail

    • Michael Visontay
    • 19 January 2010
    6 Comments

    Everyone from Roger Federer to Kim Clijsters would know that when you're in the top 100, tennis is a mental contest. It's when you walk around the outside courts at the Australian Open that you discover the players who really set tennis apart from other sports.

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