Sunday, 19 September 2010

Paywalls are fun – you can, like, deny you ever said stuff.


Most of you will be aware that The Times and The Sunday Times has, since around June of this year, been behind what’s been delicately termed a ‘paywall’. Which means you can no longer get their version of the news for free either at the newstand or over the web.


The Times doesn’t believe it will affect readership…or at least the readers they are most interested in retaining. Others beg to differ.


Amongst other things, this means most of you will have missed out on this.






I know. I’m a BAD, BAD person.


Surprising as it may seem, this is not actually meant to be a post bashing, ridiculing, baiting or otherwise showing up Pat Cash.


As it happens, I’m completely useless at making picks (which is why I’ve mostly stopped doing it). And just so you know, Rafa wasn’t my pick for the title either, for much the same reasons as Cash mentions.


Even so, you simply have to marvel at how uncanny this ability to make the most spectacular of bloopers at the highest of levels has now become….. it’s as if God himself is out to make an example of him and his punditry. I can’t imagine why.


Wait, maybe I can.


mmm..nope…nope…pretty sure he recanted and made penance for that (good on him for taking it on the chin).


To give Cashy his dues, this is the incredible run he had at Wimby 1987:


R128: Pat Cash[11] def. Marcel Freeman (6-0, 6-3, 6-2)
R64: Pat Cash[11] def. Paul McNamee (7-5, 6-4, 6-2)
R32: Pat Cash[11] def. Michiel Schapers (7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4)
R16: Pat Cash[11] def. Guy Forget (6-2, 6-3, 6-4)
QF: Pat Cash[11] def. Mats Wilander[3] (6-3, 7-5, 6-4)
SF: Pat Cash[11] def. Jimmy Connors[7] (6-4, 6-4, 6-1)
F: Pat Cash[11] def. Ivan Lendl[2] (7-6, 6-2, 7-5)


Only Paris and Wimby now stand in the way of his “Career Blooper Slam”.

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