Mick no slow coach
HE just can't seem to do a thing wrong, that Mick McGuane. Not only does the
former Collingwood (and very briefly, Carlton) champion and now coach of the
Devonport Dockers have his side undefeated and raging hot favorite to take out
this year's Northern Tasmanian Football League's premiership, but it seems he's
even kicking goals off the field as well. McGuane, you see, this week got off on
a speeding charge in Devonport Court despite being clocked on camera travelling
at 138kmh, 28kmh over the limit, while driving along the Bass Highway earlier
this year. Mighty Mick didn't appear in court, leaving the matter to his lawyer,
Scott Richardson, who obviously argued his case well because the magistrate,
Tim Hill, promptly dismissed the complaint while noting McGuane's ``excellent"
driving record. ``Everyone is entitled to make one mistake," Hill said.
McGuane, it turns out, was quite coy about the matter when we called him
yesterday, in fact denying any knowledge of the case being before the court even
though it was reported in the local newspaper the next day. ``Don't know what
you're talking about, mate," said McGuane. ``And I don't get the local rag,
just the Melbourne papers so I can read up on the footy." What McGuane could
confirm, though, was his appearance in a Ballarat court in 1991 when he lost his
licence for 19 months after blowing .19. By saying ``excellent driving record"
they must have meant in the past 10 years, we reckon.
Footy's big cover (up)
AS sealed magazine sections go this one is probably not as hot as some people
(us excluded, by the way) are used to, but in footy terms it doesn't get any
hotter, with this weekend's AFL Record set to unveil the league's 10 hottest
bods, including the inaugural Hot medallist. In fact, its contents are so under
wraps that the usually publicity-friendly folk at the mag's HQ wouldn't even
give us a peek preview, just this cover, a rather sexy (our female colleagues'
description, by the way) shot showing just the musclebound, hairless chest and
``six-pack" of the winner. What we can you, of course, is what readers of last
weekend's big Hot edition already know and that is that he is one of the
following - Leigh Colbert, Shane Crawford, Nick Daffy, Ben Dixon, Andrew
Leoncelli, Kris Massie, Mark Mercuri, Clem Michael, Tony Modra and Shane
Woewodin. As a way of a compromise the AFL Record finally agreed to provide us
(thanks heaps, guys) a couple of quotes from the winner in a chat he has with
mag interviewer Robert DiPierdomenico. Not that it's much help, mind you. ``It's
a big honor," says Hot medallist 2001, ``because I take pride in my body and
the way I look. In a way I'm shocked, but what can I say, it's a big honor."
When asked if he works on his body, the star confesses: ``I certainly do, like
all footballers. It is the tool of our trade. From pre-season to the end of the
year we are always working on our bodies. I work on it 24 hours a day, seven
days a week."
Our lips are sealed
OH, and there was also this from the AFL Record team (how can we ever thank
them enough), a description of the winner from one of the judges, Jane Allsop.
``He's certainly a spunk," she says. ``They've all got great bodies. Some of
them have rough heads (ouch!), but they all do it in the body department. They
need to look like they can drag a wild boar back to the cave and I think he
complies with that." Truth is, we reckon we can figure out who the winner is,
but far be it for us to blabber it all before the mag goes on sale tomorrow. As
someone at mag HQ said yesterday: ``Woe betide anyone who breaks that embargo."
King and his bike
STAND BY for a website frenzy, starting tonight when Channel Nine's The Footy
Show auctions a beaming red Monster Ducati motor bike (2000 model) valued at
$15,500, with the proceeds to go to the Canteen cancer charity organisation. As
motor bikes go, this is some beast, we're told, but we're tipping that it will
be in even bigger than normal demand, not least because its owner just happens
to be Wayne Carey. The Kangaroo champ won the machine in a media award last year
but, not being a bikie, it's been gathering dust at his home ever since so he
has decided to donate it to a good cause and will announce as much when he
appears on the show tonight.
A bit Rich
THEY'RE a cynical lot, journalists. Some can be a tad gullible, too, it
seems, with word reaching us of a rather embarrassing episode involving an
Australian-based writer for an Indian newspaper who got caught out this week
after misinterpreting a piece of satirical sports writing for the genuine
article. Seems the woman involved read Richard Hinds' column in last weekend's
Sunday Age in which he pretended to have had correspondence from Sir Donald
Bradman, and not only did she take the article seriously but even filed a story
about it for one of the bigger newspapers in Bradman-mad India. And a pretty
good column it was, too, with The Don, fresh from naming his all-time best Test
team, now supplying Hinds with various other lists, including his top 50
Hollywood blockbusters, his favorite supermodels and even his top 20 Sydney
coffee shops. After filing her copy the writer then attended the Perth launch of
Bradman's just-released biography, luckily mentioning Hinds' article to the
book's author, Roland Perry, who in turn gently pointed out to her that it was
satire. ``We don't have satire in India," said the reporter before hastily
calling her editor and finally convincing him to pull the story from
Why Lisa said no
LISA HARRISON may be the ``sexiest babe" in women's basketball, but fans
hoping to see more of her than when she's on the court will be disappointed to
learn that she has finally decided to turn down an offer to pose nude for
Playboy magazine. But it was apparently a close thing, with the Phoenix Mercury
star admitting that the magazine had agreed to the many changes to the contract
that she requested, including the amount of nudity, but just failed to reach the
payment she wanted. ``They kept upping the money (believed to be between
$150,000 and $200,000) but they didn't quite get to where I wanted," she said.
Harrison is the second basketballer to win the Playboy website competition and
then to disappoint the sponsors by turning down the prize of posing nude for it.
Who said to?
"I've only been in a charge for a week and we won." -- England's new cricket
chief, former Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, over a beer with his old mate
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