Cricket is the sport of the talented broadcaster, the forensic examiner who doesn't merely dissect a game as it takes place, but ponders its evolution.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the late Australian cricket champion and commentator Richie Benaud must have been one of the most flattered men in the sporting world.
Just as Marx thought, with some justification, that religion kept people in their place, sport has the same narcotic influence on populations. It promotes a shallow tribalism and distracts us from the real concerns of life.
During 2012, the International Powerlifting Federation had a positive test result of 4.6 per cent for the total 2218 tests it conducted.
What he should not have done is to use the tragic death of Phil Hughes to mount a personal attack on the entire Australian cricket team.
Only a miniscule minority who are currently grieving ever met the man, let alone knew him well.
Even the Google landing page, the online world's most militantly uncluttered site, displayed his commemorative image of a bat leaning against a wall, casting its melancholy shadow.
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) is urging the public to ask whether the glamour of horseracing is worth the cruel deaths of horses every year.
Australia's decline as an athletic nation has continued at the Edinburgh games.
What we have here is clever, tricky and cynical. It isn't a great big tax it is a tiny one – barely noticeable. After all if 175,000 of us pledge just $1, the Pararoos are saved!
More importantly, in terms of top 50 and 100 world performers since 2000, the decline in walking and field events appears less dramatic than evident by running.
Whereas 31 Australians made the top 50 lists in 2000, the figure had declined to 11 by 2013.