The Olympic Games are over. Now let's take some deep breaths, and take some time to get the euphoria out of our systems before reflecting on what it all means.
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August 27, 2008 - a day of celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Donald George Bradman. And they celebrated at his birthplace, Cootamundra, the hometown of his youth, Bowral, and in a black tie dinner at the business end of Sydney. Has any other sportsperson, in any sport, anywhere in the world, been celebrated quite so much as The Don?
Legends kickstart Bradman Foundation
(Times of India, 21.4.05)
More on the Bradman Foundation's expansion into Indian terrain. A "Legends" ODI triseries involving India, Australia and a third team. In August. While the Ashes are on.
To quote from the TOI item:
"The tournament will give Indians an opportunity to see players like Greg Chappell, Richie Benaud, Merv Hughes and Dean Jones take on Indian greats," [Bradman Foundation director Richard] Mulvaney said.
The Bradman name is brutally protected from commercial exploitation in Australia. So how is it that the Bradman estate's exclusive agent - the Bradman Foundation - is flogging biscuits invoking The Don's name as its brand?
The streak is over. Australia's run of twenty-one successive one-day wins has been cut down by the West Indies in Trinidad this morning. Which is a good moment to spare a thought for the New Zealand cricket team.
The Kiwis defeated Pakistan in the Sri Lankan town of Dambulla on Friday to win the Bank Alfalah Cup. This would be a totally forgettable event if it were not for the fact that this was the second time New Zealand had won a one-day cricket tournament. That's the second time ever. In three decades of trying. Onya Kiwis.
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