Re-imagining Heartbreak High in 2014

Re-imagining Heartbreak High in 2014

It’s been an emotionally tough week for sports fans. Like the rest of Australia, we at The Public Apology are still reeling from the tragic incident which left the young talented cricketer, Phil Hughes, hospitalised and in a critical condition. We are saddened and genuinely quite shell-shocked. While we wait for an update on his condition, we have(…)

Opening Batsmen are the Bravest of all Cricketers

Opening Batsmen are the Bravest of all Cricketers

Yesterday, we were given a stark reminder that cricket is a dangerous game – and that opening batsmen are indeed the bravest of all cricketers. During an innocuous Shield game on Tuesday, Phil Hughes was struck on the head by a bouncer that was described as ‘routine’. Today, he remains in a critical condition at St(…)

Should George Bailey Be The Next Australian Captain? TPA Decides

Should George Bailey Be The Next Australian Captain? TPA Decides

As previously flagged, The Public Apology is running a 4-part series to determine who should succeed Michael Clarke as Australia’s next test captain. In this second instalment, Dave Edwards considers whether Australia’s nicest cricketer ever, George Bailey, is the answer. *  *  *  *  *  * A vote for George Bailey is a vote for the nice(…)

Man Finally Questions Lifelong Decision To Waste Weekends Playing Amateur Cricket

Man Finally Questions Lifelong Decision To Waste Weekends Playing Amateur Cricket

A 29-year-old man who was involved in a controversial grade cricket fixture last weekend has finally realised that, yes, he is wasting his life. The epiphany came as his Western Suburbs captain chose to declare the innings at 0/17 – allegedly under pressure from Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia – to ensure his teammate and(…)

Grade Cricket Deserves Better Than This

Grade Cricket Deserves Better Than This

By now, you will be aware of the happenings at Old Kings Oval on Saturday morning in the match between Western Suburbs and Parramatta. In a competition where international appearances create little more than a footnote in the back pages of sports columns, the actions of Western Suburbs Cricket Club made international headlines. For those who are(…)

Should Steve Smith Be the Next Australian Captain? TPA Decides

Should Steve Smith Be the Next Australian Captain? TPA Decides

As previously flagged, The Public Apology is running a 4-part series to determine who should succeed Michael Clarke as Australia’s next test captain. In this first instalment, Ben Shine takes a close and at-times absurd look at the short-odds favourite, Steve Smith. *  *  *  *  *  * Steve Smith has all the right attributes to captain(…)

Who Will Be the Next Captain of Australia? A TPA Series

Who Will Be the Next Captain of Australia? A TPA Series

Like a going to the doctor with a suspicious cough after your recent holiday to Sierra Leone, the make-up of the Australian Test side is enveloped by feelings of fear and uncertainty. Much of this uncertainty stems from the questions marks over the fitness of one Michael John Clarke (c). With Clarke’s place in the side, and future in(…)

Great Sporting Feats Are Too Easily Forgotten

Great Sporting Feats Are Too Easily Forgotten

I noticed a tweet this week from Indian cricket icon Sanjay Manjrekar, in which he lamented the short shelf-life of great individual sporting achievements in the modern era. His contention – and it’s a good one – is that the sheer amount of cricket, in all its forms, means we “get over performances quickly.” We(…)

I am Concerned That Chris Rogers Will Be Dropped for the India Series

I am Concerned That Chris Rogers Will Be Dropped for the India Series

There are rumours going around that Chris Rogers will be tossed from the Australian test side in favour of Phil Hughes, according to this article by The Public Apology’s chief publishing rival, The Roar. I’ve written about this before: the need for Rogers, the final vestige of yesteryear. How he represents more than just a safe pair of hands, but a link(…)

AUDIO: The Ian Higgins Show Featuring TPA’s Dave Edwards, 20/11/14

AUDIO: The Ian Higgins Show Featuring TPA’s Dave Edwards, 20/11/14

The Ian Higgins Show featuring TPA’s Dave J. Edwards is back! This week, the lads discuss: Who will captain Australia if Michael Clarke fails to pass a fitness test for the first test v India? Does Steve Smith most resemble a piglet, a lizard, or some unidentifiable amphibious creature? Mahendra Singh (M.S.) Dhoni’s elegant early-career hair, and(…)

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