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    His death was quite a surprise...he did cricket...

    His death was quite a surprise...he did cricket analysis on Sky Sports this summer. He looked and sounded fine. I liked his straightforward commentary.
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    Right.... Certain days in the long and...

    Right....

    Certain days in the long and sometimes glorious history of English cricket are so brightly coloured they can never fade. Two such are the 20th and 21st of July, 1981.

    That was...
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    It's hard to describe how dire the England...

    It's hard to describe how dire the England position was in that match....it makes the Patriots comeback against the Falcons in the Super Bowl look easy...
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    It was a joke...you couldn't pay the Aussies any...

    It was a joke...you couldn't pay the Aussies any amount to intentionally lose to the Pommies....
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    Footballers didn't make much then either ..

    Footballers didn't make much then either ..
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    Mind you ....there have been cricket scandals on...

    Mind you ....there have been cricket scandals on match fixing....the most infamous Hansie Cronje, a marvelous player I once saw play in Nottingham.... a South African international cricketer and...
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    Nope.... Both are still highly rated as cricket...

    Nope.... Both are still highly rated as cricket greats....especially Lillee...

    At Headingley on the 1981 tour of England, Australia was in such a strong position at one stage of the third Test...
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    I feel until we get an answer that trivia...

    I feel until we get an answer that trivia question is going to keep following me around...
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    Two Australians actually bet on England... The...

    Two Australians actually bet on England...

    The Test has gone down in history as "Botham's match" but one other incident has lingered long in the memory. Lillee and wicketkeeper Rod Marsh during...
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    Indeed... ...

    Indeed...

    https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/jul-1981-the-scoreboard-reveals-the-odds-as-england-are-priced-at-to-picture-id966545?s=2048x2048
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    Bob Willis....RIP

    A name few here will recognize but one of England's great sporting legends....one of the heroes of the famous 1981 Headingley Test..
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    Meanwhile... Smack the Pony-English as a...

    Meanwhile...

    Smack the Pony-English as a Foreign Langauge ....

    From 1999 until 2003, the UK’s Channel 4 screened an Emmy award-winning female-led comedy series called Smack the Pony. In one...
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    Another round of Trials tickets go on sale.... ...

    Another round of Trials tickets go on sale....

    Stadium construction has progressed steadily, so new inventory will be released as part of this wave, including more tickets on the final two days of...
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    The worse thing about college football...the...

    The worse thing about college football...the cluelessness of the coaches...
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    More of time constraint than anything else why...

    More of time constraint than anything else why more don't do it...I can think of a couple on the Oregon women's basketball team that could it ...
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    I think it is more of a legal thing....Bury FC...

    I think it is more of a legal thing....Bury FC was a company that became insolvent with lots of debt... there are legal rights to the name...also sort of a punishment....declare bankruptcy....and...
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    Death of a Soccer Club...

    Their Soccer Club Vanished. They Kept Coming.

    After Bury Football Club was shuttered on the eve of this season, five employees chose to persevere without pay. Theirs is a story of loyalty, duty...
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    That is what I remembered about the guy....I...

    That is what I remembered about the guy....I immediately thought of Graham...I have no idea now...
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    I'd go with that...

    I'd go with that...
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    I suppose..... I've been in the rural southwest a...

    I suppose..... I've been in the rural southwest a lot and nothing there reminded me of a southern accent...
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    Was the player David Graham?

    Was the player David Graham?
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    The one with the retort sounds like Gary Player...

    The one with the retort sounds like Gary Player...
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    I think it is more of an exaggerated caricature...

    I think it is more of an exaggerated caricature of a South accent than an attempt at a real one...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-jA-vXNX-M&app=desktop
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    That's great....now I have to guess who that...

    That's great....now I have to guess who that might be... there weren't that many foreigners then....
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    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EKztD9bXkAEY1Zj?format...

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EKztD9bXkAEY1Zj?format=jpg&name=medium


    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/apostrophe-protection-society-s-campaign-ends-in-a-full-stop-r563hcckm
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