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Hot & Not – 11th September 2011

Plenty of footy finals, plenty of cricket and the American sports are in full swing… Let's see who's been hot and not this week;

Who's Hot?

Wayne Rooney – 8 goals in 4 games to start the 2011/12 EPL season, including hattricks in his last two… WOW! Sadly, Dixie Dean's 1927-28 record of 60 goals in a season will never be broken, however at this rate Rooney could still put up some impressive numbers by seasons-end.

Stoke City – After finishing 13th in the 2010-11 EPL season, two wins and two draws to start the 2011/12 season has been unexpected, yet very impressive. Sunday morning's (AEST) 1-0 win over Liverpool was the second time in two years they've beaten 'The Reds'.

Sam Stosur – The gutsy champ has once again left all other Aussies behind in a tennis major, this time as she progresses through to a US Open Final against either Serena Williams or Caroline Wozniacki. Hopefully she can win her first Major after being close a number of times.

Michael Hussey – It's hard to think that less than 12 months ago, everyone was calling for the 36-year-old's head. All along, the Huss claimed he was hitting the ball well and wasn't far away… How right he has been! Since November 2010, Hussey has hit 822 runs at an average of 68.50, as well as taking just his third Test wicket… Pretty impressive stuff from Mr Cricket!

Shaun Marsh – After waiting for a number of years to get his chance, Marsh cracked 141 on Test Debut after coming in to replace Ricky Ponting for the 2nd Test. His temperament was impressive and his shots were sublime… The only question which remains is has he done enough to overtake Khawaja when Ponting returns?

Detroit Tigers – 8 wins in a row for the Tigers has seen them open up a 9.5 game lead in AL Central Division and all but secure a playoff berth. The success seen in 2011 has largely been due to the batting feats of the Big 4; Cabrera (.322 & 95 RBI), Martinez (.326 & 89 RBI), Peralta (.307 & 77 RBI) and Avila (.303 & 72 RBI). If the batting stays strong during October and November, anything is possible!

Geelong FC – A very good win against Hawthorn to book a spot in the Preliminary Final… I can't see this side losing to anyone.

Melbourne Storm – A solid, hard-fought 18-8 win today over Newcastle sees the Storm sneak that little bit closer to a 4th NRL Premiership… Did you see that David Gallop? Yes, a 4th NRL Premiership. C'mon boys, bring it back to Melbourne!

Who's Not?

Essendon FC – A good year from the young Bombers however they were simply no match for a slick Carlton outfit. The Blues, who really should have finished Top-4, won the contested football all over the ground and the Bombers simply couldn't match it with them. They'll be better for the experience… 2012 awaits.

Brad Haddin – Nearing his 34th birthday, Haddin's time appears up. He has been a worthy replacement for Adam Gilchrist however just 85 runs in his last 10 international innings suggests it's time to hand over the reigns to Tim Paine. Paine, who averages 35.87 in Tests, 29.48 in ODI's is a superior batsman and his glovework is equal to that of Haddin's. With time on his side, the time for the switch has arrived.

Sri Lankan Cricket – A home series loss in the ODI's has been followed by a terrible Test series, thus far. It's almost impossible for them to win this 2nd Test however rain and bad light might help them salvage a draw. The loss of Murali and Sanath has been greater than many expected.

St Kilda FC – Although the Saints weren't expected to progress deep into September this year, they were expected to beat Sydney at Etihad Stadium. Sadly for the Saints fans, an era has ended and their premiership window has closed. A rebuilding phase will follow in the coming years and then another tilt at a flag.

Nathan Hauritz – Recently mouthed-off in a Hervey Bay nightclub and duly got belted… Requiring facial surgury. Has admitted he provoked the attacker and no charges will be laid. An interesting way to prove yourself worthy of a recall to the Australian side. Stupid.

Collingwood FC Fans – Another match, another controversy from the Collingwood faithful. This time racial abuse of West Coast's young gun, Nic Naitanui. There is simply no place in society for taunts of, "You weak black c***", and these offenders should be jailed. Dirtbags.


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