It's been a big two weeks in the wonderful world of sport, with many successes and many failures… Let's see who made this week's list!
Michael Carberry – In October 2010, English batsman Michael Carberry had all but booked his place on the Ashes Tour down under after numerous successful County Cricket seasons. However, a freak injury (a blood clot in his lung) struck and Carberry was forced to spend 9 months on the sidelines. Returning to competitive cricket just last month, he made up for lost time this week whilst smashing 300 not out against Yorkshire, during which he shared a 523-run partnership with Hampshire teammate and ex-South African, Neil McKenzie. Not a bad return by anyone's standards.
Josh Spence – The 23-year-old pitcher, born and raised in Geelong, has continued his amazing, record-breaking start in the Major Leagues over the last two weeks and now, after appearing in 22 games, has the incredible ERA of just 0.47. In total, Spence has pitched 19 innings, giving up just 7 hits and 6 walks, whilst striking out 25 batters. A truly fantastic start to one of the brightest young Australian baseball talents.
Tilakaratne Dilshan – Whilst smashing the Australian attack around on Saturday night, Dilshan's 104 not out off just 57 deliveries was the third highest T20I score in history… What a star!!
Zimbabwe Cricket – Back playing Test Matches after a self-imposed ban which lasted almost 6 years… And back playing well! At Lunch on Day 4, the Zimbabweans held a 271 run lead with 6 wickets in hand and all things are pointing to a victory against Bangladesh. Well done to the Zimbo's, now finish the job!
Sally Pearson – The young Aussie hurdling champion has rounded off a dream run into this month's World Athletics Championships in Daegu, by winning her fourth straight Diamond League win in the South of London overnight. With London 2012 not that far away, we could well see another athletics Gold Medal!
Geelong Football Club – Wow, what a great team! At the start of the season, many thought their reign had ended, however 20 weeks later and they seem the most likely to challenge Collingwood. Having kicked 66 goals in two weeks, regardless of their opponents, one can't help but wonder if they could pinch it off the Pies… And wouldn't that be great!
Melbourne Storm – Another win and the minor premiership is looking all but secured… Stick it up those flogs from the NRL who simply can not stand seeing 'their' game being dominated by 'our' state. GO STORM!
Philadelphia Phillies – 9 wins on the trot and they now have, easily, the best record in all of baseball [74 & 39]. Look out Yankees, I have a feeling that the Phillies are going to go all the way this year!
Melbourne Football Club – Two massive losses in two weeks, a new coach, rumors about their best player leaving and dramas involving Cam Schwab… However, let's put things into perspective. Despite two bad weeks, the Dee's have a kind run home and will likely finish in 9th or 10th position. Let's save the negative press for a really bad club… Aka Richmond or Port Adelaide.
Port Adelaide Football Club – 2004 seems like a long, long time ago now doesn't it. What a debacle!!
The Wallabies – Didn't even look close to challenging the Kiwis… I hate to say it, but they're unlikely to get close come the World Cup as well.
Pittsburgh Pirates – It's hard to imagine that this team, only a week or so ago, was 54 & 49 and an outside chance at winning the National League Central title. Sadly, 9 straight losses and they now find themselves 9 games behind Milwaukee. In a 162 game season, you simply can't afford to ease up like they have.
Richmond Football Club – When did this team last win a game of football?
Australia's T20 side – Attention Australian selectors: Steven O'Keefe and Steven Smith ARE NOT the answers to the problems currently facing our national side.