Crio’s Question: What brainstorms have been short-lived?

Crio notes that last week the AFL gave a quiet burial to the ‘numbers on jumpers’ idea. What other brainwaves have been quietly shelved by sporting administrators?

Crio’s Racing: The Winter of our Discontent

Crio laments the lack of spectators, punters and atmosphere on racetracks today. Still there are winners on Sky for the multitude in pubs, clubs, TABs and in their lounge rooms with the on-line corporate bookies.

Crio’s Question: Unheralded sports?

At a time when we are lost for choice with top line sport around the globe, Crio asks about the low profile participation sports that are flowering unheralded. Bicycle polo? Ultimate Frisbee? What are you seeing or playing?

Crio’s Racing: Mid Winter opportunities for winners

Crio hopes for a fair track at HQ on Saturday with the big Winter Series finals providing an attractive card. Sunday its the big jumps racing at Sandown.

Crio’s Question: Incongruous endorsements?

Crio has heard the ad for the Diamond Guys, and their endorsement from the AFLPA, and it has reminded him of some unlikely associations including Popes, politicians and sports stars.

Crio’s Racing- Monash Stakes

Crio previews Saturday’s Monash Stakes at Caulfield.

Crio’s Question: Who else gets both barrels?

Which players do you notice always being referred to by both their given name and surname? Crio offers a couple. What about you?

Crio’s Racing

Things are far from rosy at the grass-roots level. Crio is concerned about various aspects of racing…but still the band plays on…..

Crio’s Question: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em?

Cricket Australia, Murali, spin-coach, laws of cricket…? Your thoughts…?

Crio’s Racing: Under the pump and looking for some mail

Crio is as busy as a one-legged man in an arse-kicking competition at the moment, so is looking for a a push.

Crio’s Question: Has life gotten in the way of a big sporting event?

The magnificent World Cup is clashing with magnificent Year 12 obligations in the Crio household. Timing; the importance of timing. How do you prioritise in these situations? Are you successful? Or are you not?

Crio’s Racing

It’s the racing season’s nadir, but the eternally hopeful Crio is still open to winning suggestions.

Crio’s Question: “What windsock?”

Air-conditioning? Windsocks? Watering/drying the pitch? Crio asks: what scams have been used to gain an edge?

Crio’s Question: Can a flutter become a disease?

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week challenged us to check ourselves and our mates for any signs of danger – Crio’s timely reminder

Crio’s Racing: A Time-Honoured Weekend

Crio previews a truly time-honoured big weekend of racing locally – from the Swan Hill Golden Topaz and the G1′s to end the Brisbane winter carnival. Internationally, the English Derby from Epsom and the last leg of the 3yo Triple Crown in New York, as the everyman champ California Chrome strives to end a 36 year drought.

Crio’s Racing

Some tips from Crio for the last Saturday in Autumn at the Sandown and Eagle Farm meetings.

Crio’s Question: “Protected species”

An open-ended poser from Crio.

Crio’s Racing: Ten Thousand Time

The big races are all up in Queensland for the next few months, with the (time honoured) Doomben 10,000 on Saturday. Crio dips his lid at the sudden passing of top gent and trainer Guy Walter.

Crio’s Question: Unique actions – who did you mimic?

Ripper question from Crio this week. Who had a unique action that you couldn’t help mimicking in the backyard? The Kennedy stutter; McEnroe’s service action; Tangles chest on bowling action………

Crio’s Racing

Crio, being a true racing man, and a bloke who can find his inner Croweater from time to time, comments on the time-honoured Mt Gambier carnival, Scone and the big races in Brisbane. Good punting! [Love the dog-leg - Ed]