Boxing (Or I Understand The Hype Principle But Why This Version?)

I don’t think I’ve ever hidden that I am not a fan of David Haye.  And it’s mostly his trash-talking that I don’t like.  I hear and understand the counter-argument, that he does most of it in order to whip up interest for his fights, in what is a somewhat moribund heavyweight division that no-one cares about (although, I swear that if the Klitschkos where American, the US boxing press would be all over them), but I just find it odd that he chooses to play the role of the fighter the audience want to see knocked out when he’s the (much) smaller man in his heavyweight fights.Like Haye vs Valuev, Haye was 6 ft 3, weighed in at 15 st 8 lbs (190.5 cm and 98.9 kg) while Valuev was 7 ft 2 and 22 st 8lbs (218.4 cm and 143.3 kg)*, and against Wladimir Klitschko, Haye came in at 6 ft 3 and 15 st 3 lbs (190.5 cm and 96 kg) versus Klitschko’s 6 ft 6 and 17 st 5 lb (198 cm and 110 kg)**.  You could have sold the heck out of those as tiny British David versus hulking Soviet*** Goliaths.

Against Tyson Fury (height 6 ft 9, weight at last fight 18 st 2 lb / 216 cm, 115.2 kg), Haye would be giving up ~ 6 inches in height, about 2 stone in weight and 7 inches in reach.  And it’s not like Fury is Prince Charming****, so again why it Haye playing the antagonist?

Haye is not Money Mayweather.  The reason that Mayweather has to be the bad guy is because he is that much better than everyone else in the division.  Mayweather being the bad guy gives people a reason to watch his next match, because while, logically, we know that the next schmuck stands the same tiny chance of victory as the last schmuck, maybe, just maybe this will be the guy that shuts Mayweather up.  That’s how Mayweather makes his money.

Haye isn’t the best guy in the division, he isn’t unstoppable, so I don’t see why he’s going down that route, unless it’s that he’s incapable of being polite for 10 minutes in front of camera.

All that being said, if Haye can get to the end of the twelfth, I suspect he’ll win the fight just because he is a better boxer, technically, than Fury.

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*** yes, I know.

**** Fury does have the advantage of occasionally being on free tv being the lovely, supportive older cousin to Hughie Fury.

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Singapore Grand Prix

As I described in this post, I was going to put imaginary money on the fastest drivers after the Friday free practises, Saturday practise and qualifying to see which betting strategy would gain me the most money over the season.

Fastest Friday Practice Price Fastest Saturday Practice Price Fastest Qualifying Price
Vettel 4/11 Vettel 4/11 Vettel 4/11
Amount won/lost on a £1 bet £1.36 Amount won/lost on a £1 bet £1.36 Amount won/lost on a £1 bet £1.36
Amount won/lost on a £10 bet £13.63 Amount won/lost on a £10 bet £13.63 Amount won/lost on a £10 bet £13.63
Season Total £1 bets £5.88 Season Total £1 bets £14.59 Season Total £1 bets £15.57
Season Total £10 bets £58.96 Season Total £10 bets £145.96 Season Total £10 bets £155.79

More Complaining About Rush

I’ve just seen the second trailer.

I am now torn even more because, seriously, they couldn’t find a British actor for James Hunt? I mean, I love you Chris Hemsworth and I admire your attempt at James Hunt, but it really doesn’t work.

They do at least seem to be giving Niki a fair shake, he’s just a bit harder to get across to begin with. This month’s Lufthansa in-flight magazine has an interview with him and he is still very much himself. A sort of mixture of “does not suffer fools gladly” and “my way or the highway” mixed with an acceptance of his (many) faults and the fact that he can be out-stubborned (mostly by his wife).

I hope the film gets across his sense of humour, which is particularly dry. (This is the guy who makes jokes about his own fiery near death experience) And he enjoys mocking everything.

Brühl does his best, but the voice isn’t right, and never will be right (like by about half a pint of gravel and about an octave) and … I still don’t see why they’re making this film. The dude that made the Senna documentary, if he chose to make a documentary about this, that’s something I’d choose to watch.

Italian Grand Prix

I have to admit that Monza holds a special place in my heart, because I am a Ferrari fan.  I am also a Gerhard Berger fan so I would like to thank whoever in the Monza camera crew keeps showing me glimpses of him.

The betting figures will be a little off because I was coming back from France on Friday and was only able to catch the odds after qualifying.

As I described in this post, I was going to put imaginary money on the fastest drivers after the Friday free practises, Saturday practise and qualifying to see which betting strategy would gain me the most money over the season.

Fastest Friday Practice Price Fastest Saturday Practice Price Fastest Qualifying Price
Vettel 8/15 Vettel 8/15 Vettel 8/15
Amount won/lost on a £1 bet £1.53 Amount won/lost on a £1 bet £1.53 Amount won/lost on a £1 bet £1.53
Amount won/lost on a £10 bet £15.33 Amount won/lost on a £10 bet £15.33 Amount won/lost on a £10 bet £15.33
Season Total £1 bets £4.52 Season Total £1 bets £13.23 Season Total £1 bets £14.21
Season Total £10 bets £45.33 Season Total £10 bets £132.33 Season Total £10 bets £142.16

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the 2011 film version

For @Tiberius_Jolly.

Huge spoilers throughout.

The short, twitter-version of the review went –

TinkerTailorSoldierSpy – Oldman exceptional, everything else (with a couple of honourable exceptions) a bit meh.

And I still stick by that.  Gary Oldman is exceptional in this, really, I mean, even by his high standards.  Especially the scene where he’s reliving his interrogation of Karla is the dictionary definition of OMGoshWow!

and I would have been cool with him getting the Oscar.

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