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Mike Atherton’s Ashes webchat – Highlights

These webchat things seem to be pretty cool at the moment.  The Leading Edge never really bothers though (too busy watching rained off Pro40 games etc).  However, Michael Atherton’s latest offering caught our eye, and it’s fascinating, and pretty funny.

The first thing to say is his typing is appalling.  “that’s it, bye!! thanks for all ure questions…..” was the last sentence.  What the fuck?  Michael Atherton typing like that, all text-talk, about shatters every middle class dream and fantasy I’ve ever had.

Other than that horror, there are a number of fascinating insights…

i reckon rashid might go to south africa in place of panesar

Ignoring the appalling lack of capitalisation, this clearly shows that Rashid is sneaking ahead in the pecking order.  Seems obvious to us, and probably everybody else, but it’s always different when its confirmed like that.

Mike, Do you still play cricket? I have often wondered if retired professionals still get in a game every now and again.
Mike Atherton:  luke- off charity game, nothing more!

I always liked the idea of ex-International players going in and dominating club games.  Unsurprisingly, Pietersen  actually did do this. Another myth shattering comment from Athers.

england xi of the last 20 years: trescothick, vaughan, smith,pietersen, thorpe,stewart, flintoff, gough, Harmison, swann, anderson/caddick

This blog would go for something similar: Trescothick, Atherton, Vaughan (captain), Pietersen, Thorpe, Stewart, Flintoff, Gough, Hoggard, Fraser (so underrated!), Panesar.

athers can you talk us through how you got wasim out? from what i remember it was a bit of a contentious decision. but i prsume there was some sort of plan you were using at the time in order to get him out

Mike Atherton: he was smashing me around and i was only bowling because of our appalling over rate. i told him unless he stopped smashing me i’d bring on goughy to rough him up. he blocked the next one and was out lb

Sledging.  Athers can do it.

Is it true that Nasser Hussein is a closet Yorkshireman ?

Mike Atherton: tight as…..

“Lol”.

I am a new, novice batsman, trying to learn the ways of batting – I find it really difficult to see the quick ball – any tips?
Mike Atherton: get some glasses

I’m glad Atherton is not a coach.

I’m glad Atherton is a journalist though: he clearly is one of the best (along with…Simon Hughes, Gideon Haigh, Tim De Lisle etc.), demonstrated by his latest article.  Good times.

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‘Shermanator’, the jokes on them

It is impossible to not think of Ian Bell now without remembering the nickname that Shane Warne gave him in 2005, “The Shermanator”. This obscure reference to the American Pie movie had the likes of Brearly, Selvey and Atherton baffled. So they went away and promptly did their research and before we knew it Atherton was telling us that,

“Although ‘the Shermanator’ is seen as something of a loser, the Aussies should remember that, eventually, he gets the girl.”

The Leading Edge could not help but be upset by the fact that Athers had been reduced to such degrading references. The worst thing to happen to the ginger lancastrian since Sky asked him to introduce ‘Willow and Stumpy’. Maybe we are stereoptyping, but we always thought Athers was more of a Telegraph and Radio 4 man.

Surely more comical is the fact that the entire Australian team, most of them over 30 in 2005, all got together to watch a film aimed at teenagers then continued to teeter about its various quips the next day like schoolboys in the playground.

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