by Andrew Gigacz

NEWS OF THE WORLD (no one else uses that title, do they?)

Bankrupt nations, stock-markets in freefall, riots across London. You see, this is what happens when we let Collingwood win a premiership. I tried to warn them, but would they listen…

ONE vs 100

And let’s not forget that the footy world is also in crisis (although Dave Nadel refutes this in his article elsewhere on this site). Nine 100+ point results already in 2011, just one shy of the 1991 all-time high of 10. And despite the brave efforts of Sydney and Essendon on Saturday night, 1 remains a long way adrift. The Swans-Bombers game was the fourth 1-pointer of the year, leaving it along way behind 100+.

It’s been three years since 100+ has held the “1 v 100” trophy aloft. In 2009 we had three one-point ball games against just one margin over the ton. And last year 1 held the title after a tense 4-all year with 100+.

Unless 1 gets a wriggle-on, 100+ will win this year’s title in a canter.


But it’s not all doom and gloom, GigStuffers, despite what the footy commentators all say. Like last week when they said the Bulldogs’ heart-breaking loss to Razor Ray Chamberlain and the Eagles put paid to Rodney Eade’s boys’ finals hopes. Rubbish! Not only can Footscray make the eight, they can finish as high as sixth.

And by extension, Fremantle, North Melbourne and Melbourne are all still a chance of slugging it out in September, given that they are currently above the Dogs on the ladder. Todd Viney could still be a premiership coach in his ninth week at the helm.

But that’s still not all folks. A sneaky win here and an upset there and even the Adelaide Crows could grab eighth spot. Mark Bickley could almost do what Todd Viney could do, except one week later.

And that’s STILL not the end of it. Laugh if you will (and you surely will) but there is at least one combination of results that will allow Richmond to sneak into the eight.

So Mr Hardwick, don’t even think about tanking…



What a turn-around by the Eagles this season. After a wooden spoon last year, a top four spot beckons in 2011. West Coast fans are almost drunk with excitement, especially after another big win against Richmond on Sunday. You could almost call them a “heady crowd”. Which is ironic because the Eagles’ quarter-by-quarter behind tallies against the Tigers were 2, 4, 2 and 7. And 2427 is the postcode of CROWDY HEAD.



Happy birthday to arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, Rod Laver, who turns 73 today (Tuesday 9th August). To the best of my knowledge Rod’s in pretty good shape but, let’s face it, at his age and beyond, it’s really only a matter of time before one loses one’s mind. Which fits in nicely with the fact that ROD LAVER is an anagram of OLD RAVER.


And remember, if too much GigStuff is never enough for you, grab Saturday’s Age and check out Giga Bites in the Sport liftout.


About Andrew Gigacz

Well, here we are. The Bulldogs have won a flag. What do I do now?


  1. Gigs – I think I deserve an Order of Australia. Yesterday, amongst the horrible doom and gloom on the stock markets, I took a long term view and purchased some shares for my very humble Super Fund. I took the approach that they probably represented bloody good value. Not long after the purchase the share market made its incredible recovery – and the American stock exchange has also risen on the back of Australia’s optimism. I am taking all the credit for saving the economies of the world. It just shows you we CAN make a difference.

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