The 2012 Brady Foray Sporting Awards

By Jack Brady

As we say goodbye to 2012, the Brady Foray though it would deliver some awards to those deserving in the realm of sport. To say adieu to 2012, please be enlightened and enjoy the inaugural Brady Foray Sporting Awards for 2012. Have a happy new year.

Messi celebrating his Brady Foray win

Best Sportsman of 2012

Lionel Messi. The FC Barcelona footballer, and arguably the greatest player in the world game at this point in time went further and beyond any footballer this year. Messi, having broken a forty-year old record of most goals scored in a calendar year, scoring 91 for his club and country along with the ridiculous albeit amazing skills that the man possesses deservingly wins best sportsman of 2012.

Runner Up: Usain Bolt

Notable Mentions: Michael Clarke, Cameron Smith, Novak Djokovic, Ryan Lochte

Best Sportswoman of 2012

Two women in two completely different sports, both of whom achieved amazing achievements in 2012. This award could not be split between Serena Williams and Missy Franklin. Serena Williams, after being dismantled in the first round of the French Open came back in true Serena style by winning Wimbledon, the US Open, Olympic Gold and Tennis’s player of the year. Not to be outdone, Missy Franklin became the second most successful Olympian of all-time after winning four gold and one bronze medal at the London Olympics before winning a further three gold medals at the World Championships. Congratulations ladies.

Notable Mentions: Sally Pearson, Anna Meares, Ellyse Perry

Best Female Newcomer

We may be bias when it comes to this award but we couldn’t deny Jessica Fox the “Brady Foray! Best Female Newcomer Award” for 2012.  Fox, in her debut Olympics, won Silver in the Canoe Slalom. The eighteen year old has plenty of Olympics up her sleeves and the illustrious Gold Medal could be very well achieved in future years. Go Jess, Go!

Runner Up: Katie Ledecky, Gabrielle Douglas

Best Male Newcomer

Best Male Newcomer: Adam Reynolds

Glory Glory to Adam Reynolds, the rookie halfback, whose presence in a usual struggling team, saw thousands of Rabbitohs fans screaming from the hilltops of Redfern with joy. In his debut season, Reynolds led South Sydney to their first finals appearance since 2007 and only their second finals appearance since 1989.  Reynolds, in the end, was the NRL’s leading point-scorer this season, the Dally M and RLPA Rookie of the Year medallist, if it wasn’t for a torn hamstring in the preliminary final that derailed his team’s chances against the Bulldogs, Reynolds could just as well have been an NRL premiership winner in 2012.

Runner Up: Roger Griffin III

The James Blunt “Goodbye My Lover” Award

Although wanting to play in the Ashes next year, Ricky Ponting knew his time was up, his last test scores signalling an end to an illustrious career. Ponting ends his career as second only to Sir Donald Bradman as Australia’s greatest cricket player.

Runner Up: Nathan Hindmarsh, Petero Civoniceva

Tell Me I Didn’t Just See That Award

Here I was, sitting on my couch gearing up for the final day of play of the English Premier League for another season. It was simple. If (and too many suggestions) when, Manchester City won against QPR, they would be crowned champions of the 2011-2012 season. But not all went to plan. By the time injury time came around, City were down 2-1. I quickly turn the channel to see that Manchester United had finished their season with a win, and for the time being were perched on top of the table. The stakes were higher than ever. Then, as if the gods had turned all their attention to Manchester, Edin Dzeko equals the scores in the 92nd minute. I sit on the edge of my lounge, nervous for the City boys. (Please note that I’m not even a City fan, I just hate Manchester United). Two minutes later I manage to wake up my entire household with my wild celebrations as I claimed witness to Sergio Aguerro snatching the victory and the glory of a title win from the hands of United with his goal in the 94th minute. I have never seen anything quite like it and probably will never again.

Runner Up: Triple H vs. Undertaker ‘End of an Era’ match at Wrestlemania 28

Notable Mentions: Joey Barton’s rampage, Greg Inglis’s ‘knock-on’ try, Ben Barba’s escapades, James Graham biting ears

Dud of the Year

The Brady Foray cannot go past Olympic swimmer, James Magnusson for the Dud of the Year. Hyped as a genuine Gold Medal contender at the London Games, Magnusson duded out with a single Silver and Bronze. While this anything to throw away, the way Magnusson carried himself on the post-swim interviews was atrocious. This contributed to his award of not living up to his potential in 2012.  Congratulations and see you in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Jimmy (when swimming becomes relevant once again).

Notable Mentions: New Zealand Warriors, Liverpool F.C., Australian Olympic Swimming Team, England’s Euro2012 Campaign, Ricky Hatton

Bernard Tomic. Wanker of the Year…and probably many years to come

Wanker of the Year

If you follow this blog you’ll know how we at the Brady Foray feel about Bernard Tomic. His well documented ‘wankerisms’ proves that this spoilt brat is nothing to aspire towards but low and behold once the Australian Open comes back around he’ll be the talk of the country, unfortunately. Congratulations Bernard, you well and truly deserve this award.

Notable Mentions: Israel Folau, Anthony Mundine, Quade Cooper, Joey Barton, James Magnusson

The John Sattler Inspirational Award

This award is inspired by South Sydney Rabbitohs legend John Sattler’s inspirational effort in the 1970 Grand Final in which he played most of the game, in leading the Bunnies to victory over Manly, with a broken jaw. The Brady Foray cannot help but hand this award to Paul Woods. Never heard of him? Woods is a front-rower for the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League. In this season’s grand final Woods managed to play on for the final twenty minutes, conduct interviews, and applaud the victorious Leeds players with a wait for it…..ruptured testicle. I guarantee every male reader just cringed. He now only has one testicle. You deserve this award Paul, said every man ever.

Runner Up: New Zealand Warriors hooker Nathan Friend playing 75 minutes with a broken jaw.

“Welcome to the big time, son” Award

Tim Grant wins this award for his rampaging first charge into the State of Origin cauldron by smashing attempting tackler Petero Civoniceva during the second origin in 2012. Ironically, it was Civoniceva who helped develop Grant to the monster he is today during his time at the Penrith Panthers.

Runner Up: Brad Maddox

Biggest Snub of the Year

The Parramatta Eels went to hell and back with the NRL and the AFL’s GWS Giants to help secure the release and then signing of Israel Folau back home to the NRL. Parramatta went to such extents to using their salary cap from 2014 and counting it as a loss when season 2014 comes around but albeit it never came to fruition as Israel Folau decided he wasn’t ready to return home to the code that made him. Instead Folau signed with the NSW Waratahs. This is beyond a snub, Folau betrayed Parramatta, their fans and the code itself.

Runner Up: Olympic promoter, David Beckham, snubbed by Team GB.

Notable Mentions: James Tamou snubs New Zealand, Wayne Bennett snubs Newcastle Knights veterans

The Michael Jordan Award

$onny Bill William$’s 2012 is defined by his Super Rugby Championship success for the Chiefs, Bledisloe Cup winner for the All Blacks, World Heavyweight Champion of New Zealand Boxing while playing for the Panasonic Wild Cats in Japan and moreover soon to be a pivotal part of the Sydney Roosters in the NRL next season, ultimately he could not be denied the ‘Ranging Out’ award for 2012.  While he would be a terrible, unreliable teammate, there is no denying that he is an outstanding athlete regardless if he is yet to fight a legitimate threat of a boxer.

Runner Up: Ellyse Perry

Notable Mentions: Israel Folau, Brock Lesnar

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Monk and D’arcy are guilty of what exactly?

By Jack Brady

With the Australian Olympic Swimming team leaving for the London Olympics yesterday, many are still confused with the ‘controversy’ that the team has been embroiled in with after the supposed haphazard actions of Nick D’arcy and Kenrick Monk.

Monk and D’arcy were reprimanded after Monk uploaded a picture on Facebook of himself and D’arcy posing with firearms three weeks ago. After practically being forced into a ‘self-imposed’ social media ban, Monk and D’arcy will now be sent home immediately after their events are finished at the Olympics, but why?

They posed with guns, in a gun store, in a country where one has the legal right to bear a firearm: how is that punishable?

Eamon Sullivan, a fellow Australian Olympic swimmer came out a few days after the photo was published on Facebook and scrutinized by multiple media outlets around Australia and said simply, “They haven’t done anything wrong.”

Many agree wholeheartedly with Sullivan, I myself tend to agree. I think Swimming Australia are using this situation as a square up for the grief both men have caused the organisation in the past.

Sullivan also established the hypocrisy of Swimming Australia’s punishment as he noted how the organisation took the team to a shooting range in Canberra for a bonding session in lead up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

In all honesty, while this situation is stupid and should not have garnered the coverage it received, Monk and D’arcy are both dickheads, I’m not a fan of either of them.

D’arcy of course is the man who was convicted of bashing fellow swimmer Simon Cowley before declaring himself bankrupt to avoid paying Cowley damages whilst Monk made a statement to police accusing an imagery driver of an elbow injury after he was supposedly a victim of a hit and run, when instead it was just him falling off his skateboard.

Regardless of their past indiscretions, the punishment of not being able to experience London or in that Europe after the Olympics is harsh, particularly for something that shouldn’t have been punished to begin with.

I mean in the end, they’re just holding legal guns and shooting is an Olympic sport. Shooters don’t get punished for swimming, should it not work both ways?

Troubled Tomic shows true colours

By Jack Brady

Australian tennis pin-up boy one week, typical spoilt brat the next.

It seems that every January when the Australian Open is played Bernard Tomic is simply praised by countless media outlets for, well, playing tennis.

But as the tournament dwindles down to nothingness for another year and a winner is crowned, Bernard Tomic becomes just another tennis player.

Tomic, the 19 year old ‘whiz-kid’, has had his fair share of controversies over his career on and off the court.

However, on Australia Day, Tomic went too far.

Being the obnoxious brat he is, Tomic was not once but twice booked within two hours for driving his $150,000 car. One not to be driven under the restrictions of his P-plated license.

Although he has special permission to drive the car to and from training, Tomic refused to pull over after the second ticket, ignoring the blazing police sirens before locking himself in his house.

Tomic isn’t a smart boy.

“I was on a visit doing my stuff and enjoying my day and I had my things all planned and someone doesn’t like that and wants to stop that,” he said.

Officers claim Tomic was instead hooning around the restaurant precinct of the Gold Coast.

Tomic’s father John, who had an angry confrontation with officers in his driveway, even accused the police of acting in an “unAustralian” manner.

Happy Australia Day Bernard, have fun in the courtroom you brat.

What’s so terrific about Tomic?

By Jack Brady

Is anyone as sick of hearing about Bernard Tomic as much as I am?

On Sunday night I watched an interview from four years ago of Tomic before his fourth-round match at the Australian Open against Roger Federer.

Young Tomic spoke out about his dreams of becoming the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world and beating his idol and hero Federer in a grand slam match.

Four years later, Federer gave Tomic a master class beating the rookie 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 44 minutes.

There’s no doubting Tomic is talented having won the junior Australian and US Opens but this does not make up for his past controversies that has continually shrouded his professional tennis career.

Something the media has failed to make light of throughout their continuous coverage of his winning run at the Australian Open.

In December 2008, Tomic was fined $1350 for walking off the court during an ITF pro circuit tournament second-round match against Marinko Matosevic.

Tomic walked off court after being ordered to do so by his father, after repeatedly accusing officials of not taking action against Matosevic’s alleged foot faults and that officials were “fixing draws”.

This lead to a month’s ban for Tomic from all ITF Pro Circuit tournaments.

In September 2009, Tomic was once again showing his true colours by blatantly refusing to train with compatriot Lleyton Hewitt claiming that “(Lleyton) isn’t good enough”.

Funnily enough, Hewitt, who is a two-time grand slam winner made it just as far as Tomic in this year’s open, going down bravely to current world number one Novak Djokovic in four sets.

Tomic is the same kid, who in 2010, threatened to walk out on Australia and play under the Croatian flag because of the night time scheduling and subsequent loss to Marin Cilic in his second-round match at the Australian Open.

Basically, Tomic is a spoilt brat.

On Sunday whilst discussing Tomic vs. Federer, commentators Joanna Griggs and Jim Courier noted Tomic is the “sensation” of this year’s Australian Open.

 

Where is Rafael Nadal’s “sensation” tag? Before tonight’s game he hadn’t lost a single set throughout the tournament.

You could even suggest 24th seed Kei Nishikori, the first Japanese player in 80 years to make a quarter final of a grand slam, deserves the tag before Tomic.

At the end of the day, the Australian media and public are sporting conformists who link themselves to any successful Australian sporting hero.

Unfortunately this week’s flavour of the week is Bernard Tomic and what a truly unenjoyable week it has been.