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All The Cricket Action Is Now On ‘ESPN+’, NOT ‘Willow TV’; ‘Willow’ TV Is Sucking Wind.

by Anura Guruge



There is plenty of LIVE cricket again
BUT NOT on Willow TV.


It would appear that Willow TV screwed up BIG TIME when it came to getting 2021 cricket series coverage licenses.

They have NO REAL, i.e., MEN’s International, cricket for the next 3.5-months. But, in the meantime some hard to ignore series are taking place: West Indies vs Sri Lanka T20 & Australia vs New Zealand. In past years these would have been on Willow TV. They had the ‘franchise’ for all those countries. But, not right now.

So, a BIG Heads Up. Don’t sign-up (or RENEW) Willow TV before checking what is coming up.

I was FORCED to check ESPN+. 12-, 13-years ago ESPN+ carried a lot of cricket. Then the likes of Willow stepped in. The tide seems to be turning again.

So, as I said, a Heads Up.


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What IF Garmin Supposed Ransomware Attack Is A DISGUISED Hack From China (Or Google)?

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Click to ENLARGE & skim. From ‘Google News’.


Click image to access my post from 4-days ago.


I was at least 4-hours AHEAD of the pack. As soon as I heard that Garmin had been down for a ‘few’ hours I suspected a HACK. It was much, much later that others cottoned onto this & the rumors of the ransomware surfaced.

I am, however, still NOT convinced.

Being the professional cynic that I am (& a pioneering hacker from the early the 1970s) I have doubts.

What if the supposed ransomware is BUT a ruse to cover up a MASSIVE hack. Yes, the files & data has been encrypted per ransomware, BUT what if they sucked up all the data beforehand.

I am convinced, rightly or wrongly, that we are headed for a major cyber war with China. I think China is trying out their technology & tactics all over the place, Australia in particular. I have a theory that this could be China trying it out on a medium size US company — though I think many of the Garmin servers are in Europe.

Then again, it might be Google! Remember they are in the process of buying up FitBit. Plus, they are HUNGRY for fitness/health data. By hacking Garmin they get access to millions of active users!

Think about it.

P.S., I am a Garmin shareholder, & yes, I sold some of my GRMN shares today, on the news. SMILE.


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What Am I Thinking: Are The Cyber Attacks In Australia, A Dress Rehearsal By China, For The U.S. Pre-Election?

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Click to ENLARGE & study. From ‘Google News’. Google as I have shown …


Not sure how many of you have been following this, i.e., MASSIVE cyber attacks in Australia that the Australian GOVERNMENT believes is from China, STATE-SPONSORED at that.

OK?

Scary?

I thought last week’s Twitter hack was related. It still could prove to be so. They are clever enough to provide some convenient red herrings to throw us off course.

So, what I am THINKING.

Is this just a DRESS REHEARSAL?

Real target is the U.S., pre-election.

Biden, just yesterday, said that he has had security briefings that intimate that China & Russia plan to interfere with the election. See below.

This worries I.

I think the Chinese have had it up to their eye-teeth with the US.

They have the resources. This could get UGLY with all of us as helpless pawns.

Have YOU thought about this?

Should you?


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‘Cardinal George Pell’ Acquitted, On Appeal, Of His Sex Abuse Charges — He Is FREED!

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This from ‘Bloomberg’ via AP. Click to access original story. Google for more.


George Pell (b. 1941, 78-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.

He was given a 6-year prison sentence
with 3 years 8 months compulsory (i.e., no-parole).

He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).


This was the outcome was what was his 2nd appeal.


This is HUGE — for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis & Pell.

The Francis always insisted that he was innocent and did not strip him of his title.

Huge black eye for Australia.

There will be ramifications & recriminations.

Is he AGAIN papabile? I don’t think so. But, I could be wrong.


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Seems Incongruous That TWO Touring Test Cricket Teams, One In Australia The Other In South Africa, Come Down With The Flu.

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From Google News.

Google for more.

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Very well could be a total coincidence.

But, it struck me as curious and strange. Two touring teams, thousands of miles apart, getting hit with similar symptoms — affecting MULTIPLE KEY players.

Yes, of course, I am a confessed, professional cynic.

In both instances only the touring team affected — and multiple, key players at that. Home team untouched.

Yes, it could just be a fluke. Let’s hope so.

In cricket we have had match-fixing and at least one act of terrorism. We really don’t want germ warfare getting thrown into the equation!

Well, I am going keep an eye on this. So, watch this space. SMILE.


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Why BOTH The Australian & New Zealand Cricket Teams Are Wearing Black Armbands At The Sydney Test — The Bushfires.

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Click to access the Australian “Sporting News” original.


It was hard to miss with both sides wearing the black armbands.

Usually it is to mourn/mark the death of a famous national player or a family member of one of the players, e.g., to honor the death of 22-year old West Indian, Alzarri Joseph’s Mother in February 2019.

Well in this case it is different and I am NOT sure whether black is the right color.

Both teams, RIGHTLY, are honoring the fire and emergency crews that are fighting the horrendous bushfires burning all over Australia.

I am glad (and humbled) that the players are making this gesture. Bravo. Well done.

Just not sure that black is the right color.

Yes, there have been deaths and there will be more due these fires.

But, right now they are honoring those fighting the fires.

I would have preferred to see them wear another color, say red or orange.


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Australia v New Zealand Boxing Day Test Match Will Be On Christmas Day In The U.S.

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This has to do with the 16 hour time difference between Melbourne, Australia and U.S. East Coast. That is a BIG time difference. But, it is still going to be incongruous having a Test match being played on Christmas day — even if it is at 7pm at night. That said, I will probably watch it.

As has been the case in recent years we will have two parallel Tests — the other the South Africa v England Test from South Africa. That will air on Boxing Day.


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A 16-Year Old Playing Test Cricket For Pakistan v. Australia, Naseem Shah, Is Pretty Astounding.

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘cricinfo.com’ (of course).



Click to ENLARGE. From ‘cricinfo.com’ (of course).


Yes, of course, as the top image attests, there have been younger cricketers — some of them that went onto become rather famous, and Mushtaq Mohammed was the granddaddy of them all. I had forgotten that Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut as a 16-year old. Wow.

16!

I can kind of recall what I was like at 16.

Of course, all these folks are exceptional, prodigies with prodigious talent. But, learning that he was 16 when he came out to bat, and was facing Mitchell Starc (29), in all of fury and glory, was quite mind-blowing and humbling. Cricket is NOT what it used to be — even a decade ago, let alone 1959 when Mushtaq Mohammed came on the scene. It is much, much, much more cut-throat, competitive and, yes, even vicious — though, alas (as far as I am concerned), everyone hides and cowers under helmets.

He is a big kid and is speedy. Not sure how good he is and whether he truly deserved the call-up.

That he ‘got’ — or more to the point, thought he got — his first wicket with a NO BALL was the supreme irony. Then he had a horrendous misfield on the boundary.

Well, all eyes will be on him. I wish him well. He deserves that. But, not sure whether Pakistan has done the right thing or done him a favor.


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Good News For BUSY Rugby Fans, 17-Minute Highlights Of 2019 World Cup Matches, In HD, Available On YouTube (FREE).

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Just a very partial listing from YouTube.com.



Given that NBC holds the U.S. broadcast right for the 2019 World Cup I did not expect to see much on YouTube.

I was pleasantly surprised. NBC, for a change, is being NICE. Yes, they are but 17-minute HIGHLIGHTs but it is in HD and appears to capture what is needed. Yes, it does leave you feeling a bit lost and empty at times, but it is better than nothing.

To be honest, I am quite cool with this. I do NOT have time to watch a full 90-100 minute game — not with my writing and also watching cricket! So, this suits I.

Yesterday, I watched two matches, back-to-back: New Zealand v South Africa & Fiji v Australia. They were both beyond excellent. Must watch. Honest. Some of the running. Will leave you breathless.


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‘Cardinal George Pell’, Convicted Child Abuser, Still In Prison, In Australia, LOSES His Appeal.

by Anura Guruge




George Pell (b. 1941, 78-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.

He was given a 6-year prison sentence
with 3 years 8 months compulsory (i.e., no-parole).

He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).


So, by a 2-1 decision (by a panel of three-judges) his current conviction was UPHELD, but he was given the option of filing an appeal with the ‘High Court’ — the final court of appeal in Australia.

Earlier in the year Pell had claimed that he WOULD NOT APPEAL if he lost the June 2019 appeal. He has LOST, but, he, of course, can’t be trusted. I am sure there will be another appeal.

But, he REMAINS in prison BUT, the good thing for him, is that the clock is inexorably ticking away. He has now served 6-months of his mandatory sentence. He could seek parole in 3 years and 2 months.

The Vatican and the pope are standing behind him — of, bloody, course.

Stay tuned.


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