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Soup of This Day #27: Da Da Doomp Doomp Doomp Dada Dooda Dooda Doomp

July 3, 2011

HMS Endeavour off the coast of New Holland, by Samuel Atkins c.1794
Samuel Atkins 1794 HMS Endeavour off the coast of New HollandImage: National Library of Australia, 1794. The National Library of Australia has no affiliation to Longworth72. Image cropped by Longworth72.

When I write these posts I usually have a soundtrack in mind. True, it’s most times just the single piece of music but it plays in my brain over and over as I type. Often it’s reflective of the theme of the post. For example yesterday’s post, Soup #26, was a less common multi-track outing – The standard ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ and the Kinky Friedman composition ‘Before All Hell Breaks Loose’ being the background. Since the post was around Texas and the Kinkster those tunes just fit. Often too I’ll reflect the soundtrack in the title of the post. Again, as an example, Soup #26 had a line from ‘Before All Hell Breaks Loose’. Occasionally lines from the soundtrack will also make it into the post, sometimes consciously and sometimes subconsciously as a kind of written humming.

Today’s post is a little different. Mark Soup #27 down as a post with a soundtrack that is primarily instrumental. This makes it a little hard to figure it into the title and string it out through the post so I’m going to come clean from the kick-off. Today’s soundtrack is… ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe’.

Some nice work there from Bill Pullman on the ukelele.

Ok, I have no way to substantiate that that is Bill Pullman in the video. It just feels like it should be Bill Pullman. ‘We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Tomorrow we celebrate our Independence Day! Today we play the ukelele!’

Sorry.

Yes, you’ll occasionally see ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe’ with lyrics but these seem to have been made up long after the tune and are much varied. The tune was thought to have been used as part of the exercise routine of British sailors and in some versions it gets faster with each iteration. It is traditionally used to reflect nautical themes and/or madcap antics.

Sadly, today I have no nautical sport to offer you however I do have a whirlwind dash through a host of sports and events so I would suggest playing the tune along with Split Enz’ brilliant, brilliant, Six Months in a Leaky Boat. Anchors away…

The afternoon watch goes to the Dockers, largely because their club song includes the line, ‘Freo heave ho’ and they have an anchor in their emblem. They hosted the Gold Coast Suns at Subi yesterday and as previously posted it was a must win game. The Suns have been cannon fodder at times this season but are improving rapidly. As such they are a lose-lose banana skin. You are expected to beat them. What you also have to do is to beat them well. And this is where it gets worrying for the Docker faithful because Freo did beat the Suns by 50 points but they didn’t beat them in a manner which is going to cause anyone to strike their colours in fear.

The game was an error-riddled scrap from the first bounce with cold, blustery and wet conditions not helping. Gold Coast started well and led 4.1 (25) to 3.2 (20) at the first break. The Dockers looked nervous and in the 2nd failed to make too many inroads against the Suns, ending the half trailing 7.5 (47) to 7.2 (44). On the plus side Pav had 3 goals to continue his good form and keep Freo in touch in his milestone 250th game for the Dockers.

The 2nd half could only get better and it did for Freo as they were out-done in the error count by the inexperienced Suns. This allowed the Dockers to grab some momentum, 6 goals of it, and they went in to the last change with a lead, 13.5 (83) to 8.8 (56). The Suns had come back from 44 down at 3 quarter time to record their first win against Port Adelaide earlier this season but Freo was 1 harbourside outfit that wasn’t succumbing to a Coast rally. They added 4 goals to 1 in the last and in the end cruised to a 17.10 (112) to 9.8 (62) win. Hard to get a sense of where the Dockers are going from this but on the evidence on show it might be a struggle to make the finals this year. The Pav stood tall again and Silvagni was good in defence, with Ballantyne and Mzungu were productive up front but the side noticeably felt the long list of absentees. Chief amongst them is Biggest Aaron Sandilands and it’s hard to see them moving up if he’s gone for the season. For now, let’s just congratulate Matty Pavlich on reaching the 250. He’s the 1st Docker to the mark and may he go on to give us at least 50 more. A 21 gun salute for the Captain if you please.

And now across the seven seas to the Women’s Football World Cup currently on in Germany. It’s the group stages, always the best part of any cup, and there has been some enthralling football. You really should watch it, it’s by-and-large good football.

By the way, you’ll notice I’ve referred to the Cup without the honorific ‘FIFA’ out front. It’s deliberate. If you’re reading this FIFA you know why. Longworth72 don’t do corruption in sport.

In Group A Germany and France have sealed berths in the quarters, eliminating Canada and Nigeria. Germany are arguably the favourites for this tournament held in their backyard but Canada missing out is somewhat of an upset.

As well as Australia, the antipodes also has New Zealand in the cup and they are in Group B. New Zealand is close enough to Australia to be a 7th State and were given the opportunity at Australia’s Federation in 1901. Fortunately they declined and today it is a wonderful country with an identity all of it’s own and which on the sporting field gets to terrorise nations much larger than it (Around 4 million Kiwis inhabitat the land of the long white cloud), including Australia. Aotearoa, rugged individuals, glisten like pearls at the bottom of the world. Sadly in this instance they haven’t quite managed to shock too many, going down in 2 hard fought encounters, 2-1 to both Japan and England. They cannot qualify for the knock-out stages regardless of what happens in their final match against Mexico but the Football Ferns have been no disgrace. Japan are guaranteed to be through whilst England needs a just a draw to progress.

Group C has seen the US and Sweden through, Columbia and the North Koreans missing out. The US looks ominously good, as they often do thanks to a fantastic college system. They are yet to concede a goal and their final group hit-out should be a cracker against the Swedes.

Last, Group D and this features the Matildas. They lost their first match to Brazil, going down by a solitary goal and they need to rally quickly with a win over Equatorial Guinea tonight. Brazil meets the other unbeaten side, Norway, also tonight, in a very tough group. I’m backing the Matildas to fire home a broadside which will sink Equatorial Guinea before sailing through to the quarters against the Vikings of Norway. Partly because the metaphors fit this post’s nautical bent but mostly because the Matildas are really quite good.

From Germany to France and the Tour left port last night with the 191km 1st stage from Passage du Gois on the Atlantic Coast to Mont des Alouettes. Mont des Alouttes is roughly translated as The Skylark Hill in English and is so named because a Roman Legion, known as the Skylark Legion, was based there in occupation. This relatvely open stage replaced the traditional short time trial prologue as the organisers felt it would be more exciting for spectators.

They were right.

There was little skylarking going on as riders set themselves for a relatively tough run up the 232m summit of the hill. Around 8km out a rider clipped a spectator before crashing across the field, causing a substantial hold up for the larger part of the peloton. Almost all of the big guns were safe in the lead pack of 40 or so riders but Alberto Contador, the defending champion and pre-race favourite was caught out, losing around 30 seconds getting going again. A further crash occurred with around 2km to go and this time a large number of big names were caught, including Contador’s main rival, Luxembourger Andy Schleck. At the front Aussie contender Cadel Evans kept out of trouble though and finished 2nd to the winner and now maillot jaune Phillipe Gibert. Contador, Schleck, et al. trailed in 80s down however there was a sting in the tail for the Spainish hope in particular. Because the 2nd crash happened within the last 3km officials gave Schleck and co. the same time as the group they had belonged to prior to that stack. Contador had been adrift at that point so was not afforded that luxury and instead lost time.

After the race, Johan Bruyneel, the race director for Armstrong’s RadioShack outfit and the race director for Contador in the Astana team when Contador won in 2009, commented that:

‘Obviously, it’s pure bad luck for Alberto. Who would have expected him to lose so much time on such a stage? It proves that on the Tour de France, danger is everywhere.’

This is interesting as a similar incident happened in 2009. That Tour was Lance Armstrong’s comeback to the great race and he did it as Contador’s teammate. After the incident, on stage 3, where Contador lost time after being caught out when the front of the peloton accelerated in strong winds, Armstrong reportedly fell out with the younger rider after he openly criticised him for failing to ride at the front of the peleton. Armstrong had not been caught out and gained 40s. As a supposed supporting rider of nominal leader Contador he was clearly annoyed at what he saw was a lack of professionalism. The reasoning goes that if you consistently ride at the front you avoid the majority of the pile-ups further down the field and you can ensure that you will not be caught out by sudden accelerations. It is considered mandatory for the big-guns to use this tactic to avoid losses in flat stages. Evans followed this mantra to good effect yesterday, as did Shleck, who lost last year’s race by 39s, less than half the deficit that Contador now faces. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice and you’re left wondering if Conatador has learned the lesson.

Stage 2 is a 23km team time trial loop from Les Essarts. This will be interesting.

At the same time, down the road and across the Alps, Casey Stoner will be bidding for his 5th win of the MotoGP season. He has a 28 point lead in the standings after 7 rounds and starts from pole at the Mugello track in the Italian leg of the championship. Give ’em hell Casey.

If you’re not too tired from crewing the good ship Longworth72 I’d like you to take passage for one final leg, through the Med, across the Atlantic and down to the place astronauts call when they’re having problems with their ships. The Red Sox took on the Astros in Game 2 of their interleague series in Houston this morning. The Sox were bidding for 3 in a row while the Astros were bidding to look slightly less crap than they have all season.

Yeah, the Sox won that battle. Houston has a problem.

Again, I’m sorry.

Andrew Miller with a good 6 inning effort helped keep the Texans to just 5 hits and 4 runs. On offence the Sox bats knocked in 10 runs off of 13 hits and maybe their ship is back on an even keel. RBI singles to Gonzalez (again) and Youk, along with an RBI double to Salty gave the Bostonians a 3-1 1st and they rolled from there.

Pedroia added an RBI double in the 5th, whilst the Astros pulled 1 back in the 6th to be down by only 2. Yamaico Navarro was recalled from Pawtucket (I think in place of Mike Cameron) and pinch hitting for Miller bagged a solo long shot in the 7th. This was cancelled out by an Astros reply in the same innings and it was 5-3 heading in to the 8th. A sac fly from Salty made it 6-3 before McDonald knocked 3 runs over the fence. It was useful to the Red Sox on the night and probably a lot more useful to McDonald over the stretch as he tries to justify his position in the roster. The Astros couldn’t counter punch and it was over by the time Youk singled in a run in the 9th. A consolation run in the last for Houston ended the game at 10-4 to the Red Sox. Miller got his 2nd win and the Red Sox their 3rd on the trot. It’s not necessarily pretty but maybe, just maybe Boston is getting back into the habit of winning.

I’ll leave you with a good reason to watch women’s football that has been identified by a study in Munich. It seems that women spend an average of 30s less time lying around after a foul than men do and therefore seem to be less the drama queens than the men. There is speculation that this is in proportion to the amount of exposure (particularly on tv) each gender is afforded. In which case I rescind my exhortation for more of you to watch the women play.

We’ve just gone 7 bells of the 1st watch on a Sunday. Sod off then and leave me with a bottle of rum to watch the good football before 8 bells comes around.

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