The Lady Knows Nuance

Alison Mitchell was the first woman to become a regular commentator on BBC’s Test Match Special, from 2007. She was the first woman to call men’s cricket ball by ball on ABC Radio in 2014. In 2018 she joined Channel Seven’s cricket commentary team.

In the early stages of her career as a commentator, she had to counter a presumption that men know about sport in a way that women don’t…

“The number of times where people said to me, ‘Oh, you report on cricket? Do you like cricket?’ — as if that was a strange thing, for a woman to like it enough to actually understand it.”

In fact, Mitchell did her university thesis on the relationship between cricket and television.

“I actually had a 12,000-word document which proved I understood the nuances of the game,” she says.

 
Speaking of cricket and diversity grifters hailed as “trailblazers,” supporters of the BLM terrorist movement are now trying to force the national team to publicly atone for being white:

Coach Justin Langer wants to seek counsel from Indigenous elders and influential Indigenous figures such as AFL great Adam Goodes and journalist Stan Grant as the side considers whether to perform the gesture that has become symbolic of the global protest against racial discrimination and injustice…

I was with an Aboriginal elder last night. One of my follow-up questions to him today, we had a long conversation about it last night, I want to understand the history of taking a knee,” Langer said.

“We talk about Barefoot Circles, we’ve talked about a number of things, different initiatives or ways of representing this. I really want to know the significance of that and if that’s the best way to represent it.”

 
Australian school children used to donate pennies for the poor souls of Africa – usually via Christian charities – and they did more good for black lives than ten thousand of these kowtowing flakes.

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47 Responses to The Lady Knows Nuance

  1. Ubique

    We look forward to seeing a bloke being allowed on the Netball Australia commentary team. My guess is AFL and cricket commentary will be bloke-free first.

  2. Roger

    Mitchell is an excellent commentator. Nothing to do with her being a woman – she knows the game and has a pleasant personality.

    Justin Langer, otoh, is a self-important wanker.

  3. Suburban Boy

    “Flakes”? A remarkably restrained, even generous description of those people.

  4. Nob

    The history of “taking the knee” will be invented on the spot after Justin asks the question.

    The inventor will be ignorant of the word “genuflection”.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genuflection

  5. LBLoveday

    Langer said ” I want to understand the history of taking a knee”

    That should not be too hard since its history is just 4 years old and it surprised me that Langer is not at least as aware of it as I. But asking an Aboriginal elder will not help him – he should try looking up Kaepernick and the NFL as that’s where it started, zero to do with Aborigines. Pity it did not finish there.

  6. Entropy

    Key criterion is that the commentator knows what they are talking about. The next would be they are entertaining.
    Langer is a boring flog.

    As for men commentating netball, why would they want to?

  7. A reader

    Channel 9 used some blokes for netball and the hysterical leftie Victorian netball supporters had hysteria on facebook

  8. Scott Osmond

    They can take a knee If they want. Any government funding should be immediately withdrawn. What is it about Australian sports and entertainment types that as soon as the US does something they need to copy it? Especially as it’s backfired badly with the fans? Football and basket ball over their are shedding atendence and viewers faster than a dog shedds hair.

  9. iamok

    If they take a knee I won’t be watching. Why the fuck does this woke bullshit have to infest every part of what is an innocent and simple pastime? That is, watching or playing sport.

    These people are losing it and me.

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve noticed that men’s sport must now include a woman commentator.
    But every time I see women’s sport all the commentators are women.

  11. iamok

    As for men commentating netball, why would they want to?

    Watch and you might notice.

  12. iamok

    AND Rachel Heyho Flint is an awesome commentator BTW.

  13. Herodotus

    Women’s Beach volleyball isn’t so much recommendaable for the skill as for the …. er, check South Pacific.

  14. nb

    In fact, Bruce Pascoe is currently researching the history of the kneel. When the Chinese circumnavigated the coastline of Australia during the 14th century they visited Aboriginal cities, where, upon meeting the joint kings and queens in the democratic constitutional republics, they were required to kneel. This is recorded not only in the annals of the voyagers, but in libraries that survived the centuries on the Australian continent, as well, of course in Tasmania and the TSI. These libraries are the main source of material for Mr Pascoe’s research. The Chinese are funding the research to help bring Australians together.

  15. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    For my sins, I used to cycle past the netball courts in Moore Park of an evening heading back from Centennial Park, around twenty years ago – never seen so many hot young wymminses concentrated in such a small area, evah.

    Felt like I’d died and gone to Heaven.

  16. Michael

    Luke Darcy is known as a Eddie McGuire’s radio sidekick and a former Western Bulldogs AFL player (famous for his “say that again” meme which originated from his interview regarding the Essendon supplements saga – I think it was an interview of Dean Robinson (Sinc would probably recall better). He was also involved in netball broadcasting, but I’m not sure if he was a play-by-play commentator at all.

  17. Tim Neilson

    Mitchell is an excellent commentator. Nothing to do with her being a woman – she knows the game and has a pleasant personality.

    You reckon? I think she’s a competent TV commentator who says the obvious stuff well and is therefore able to keep things going (which is an important skill admittedly) but I’ve never heard her say anything really insightful.

  18. Robber Baron

    I think Langer will take both knees if required.

  19. Lee

    “Taking the knee” would have to be one of the most craven acts of genuflection.
    Anyone who expects me to do it can get buggered.

  20. Hodor

    I used to enjoy watching women’s cricket. I saw them go down on one knee today for no worthwhile reason.
    I switched it off.
    If the men do it I will dump them too.

  21. Texas Jack

    New woke indigenous jersey seemed to propel the Wannabes to new depths of hopelessness versus the ABs. Might need to consult with the elders on the need for some more diversity and inclusiveness training in the back line and in the pack. Far kin hopeless is an understatement.

  22. Rabbi Putin

    Just proves the old adage that an institution is ruined the moment women want to take part. You’ll notice that in Shakespeares day they only used male actors.

  23. jupes

    Coach Justin Langer wants to seek counsel from Indigenous elders and influential Indigenous figures such as AFL great Adam Goodes and journalist Stan Grant as the side considers whether to perform the gesture that has become symbolic of the global protest against racial discrimination and injustice…

    Langer is not seeking councel from that pair of racists. He is surrendering to them.

    Of course they are going to tell him to take a knee. Let’s just hope that there is someone in the Australian team who refuses to do it. A forlorn hope, no doubt.

  24. wal1957

    “I want to understand the history of taking a knee,” Langer said.

    FFS!

    Wankers everywhere!

  25. TBH

    I used to work with JL years ago and a better bloke you’d struggle to find, but this is just odd from him.

    As far as commentators go, I don’t mind Mitchell, nor do I mind Isa Guha on the English coverage. At least one of them has played the game at the elite level and understands it. They speak well and don’t detract from my enjoyment of the game. In terms of real insight, Ricky Ponting is my go to guy — I learn from him every time he commentates. I’m also fortunate that my boy is being coached by a former test player and he’s forgotten more than I’ll ever know about the sport.

  26. jupes

    Here’s where kowtowing to BLM gets you: Pure racism.

    “No white boy could diss me in the sports and no get back diss look at this b***h still thinking about me give me 14 days with you wife turn her into Jamaican in 14 seconds mate none of yall knows me that simple means it’s my f***ing superior skin tone yall hate f*** you,” Samuels posted on Tuesday.

    That’s West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels having a crack at Ben Stokes. But hey, Justin Langer, you just tell the Australian cricket team to take a knee.

  27. Xword

    There’s a lady RL commentator on Fox who managed to insert “unbelievable” four times in the one sentence

  28. Kneel

    “What is it about Australian sports and entertainment types that as soon as the US does something they need to copy it?”

    And now they will follow – get woke, go broke.
    NBA and NFL over there are down >40% in viewers.
    What’s worse for them is inter-generational watchers – if Mum & Dad don’t watch, the kids don’t either. No kids, no future.

    Don’t get woke – instead, awaken and keep politics out of sport.

  29. Bob

    When will these subhuman narcissists stop advertising their ignorance realise the word is “genuflect”?
    You don’t “crush a mouthful” – you chew.
    You don’t “alternate leg strides” – you walk.
    “Taking a knee” is pidgin English which announces the presence of fools.

  30. Crossie

    Suburban Boy
    #3639047, posted on October 31, 2020 at 7:23 pm
    “Flakes”? A remarkably restrained, even generous description of those people.

    That would be fine if they didn’t force all of us to kneel to their gods and it’s not just to genuflect but to kneel until they say we can get up.

    I want reprisals for these cruelties when the pendulum swings back the other way.

  31. Crossie

    “We talk about Barefoot Circles, we’ve talked about a number of things, different initiatives or ways of representing this. I really want to know the significance of that and if that’s the best way to represent it.”

    Talk, talk, talk, with people who do not have a stake in the game. The players and supporters who have a lot to lose when audiences turn away from them do not factor into their considerations.

    As already pointed out by many people, this has nothing to improving aboriginal lives, this is all about virtue signalling by powerful people and about asserting power.

  32. Knuckle Dragger

    “I was with an Aboriginal elder last night.”

    From which tribe? Which clan? Which skin group? Who does he speak for, of the 300+ skin groups in Australia, each with varied practices?

    Who gave this ‘elder’ permission to provide advice to the coach of the Australian cricket team on behalf of the entire country’s indig? Because if he’s presuming to do so, this ‘elder”s cruising for a bruising from other clans.

    I will guarantee you this – the competition to be associated with national, or even State/Territory bodies like this is red hot with the indig. The reason is leverage. Not only can they claim shit tins of cash for providing dubious ‘advice’, the skin group concerned also claims additional cred for associations of this type.

    Once they’ve got a foot in the door, that’s it. Game over.

    Langer is of course left-handed, so it’s no surprise he fell for this druidic nonsense.

  33. Terry Andrews

    I know and understand politics completely because i have a PHD in politics. I understand nuance, that’s why i predicted a Hillary and Shorten victory. I now guarantee a Biden landslide. As a woman, i basically know everything.

  34. Clam Chowdah

    It’s just sport. How hard could it be?

  35. Clam Chowdah

    You can’t jump smoke until you’ve jumped smoke.

  36. Dot

    “I actually had a 12,000-word document which proved I understood the nuances of the game,” she says.

    *Actually I wrote my thesis about life experience*

  37. Clam Chowdah

    “With and aboriginal elder.”

    I’m sorry but the actual concept of an aboriginal elder is an anachronistic paternalistic joke.

    Who cares?

  38. mizaris

    than ten thousand of these kowtowing fakes.

    There … that’s better

  39. bespoke

    Only feminist’s who take there knees will be aloud to stay on the totem poll.

    😁

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Because if he’s presuming to do so, this ‘elder”s cruising for a bruising from other clans.

    Certain clans in the Kimberlys prescribe spearing in the leg as suitable punishment.

  41. Pedro the Loafer

    I have always had a lot of respect for Justin Langer, both as a gritty and courageous opening batsman and a determined and uncompromising coach.

    If Langer is stupid enough to demand this snivelling gesture be performed by the Australian cricket team, all those years of respect will go down the drain overnight.

    Kneeling is submission you stupid, stupid drongo.

  42. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘“I actually had a 12,000-word document which proved I understood the nuances of the game,” she says.’

    My netball thesis similarly demonstrates my proficiency with the nuances of netball.

    For example, the practice of waving your arms in the air when an opponent is trying to hoop the goal through the ball net is a microaggression and needs to be stamped out.

  43. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    You don’t “crush a mouthful” – you chew.

    Except when one is “craunching a marmoset“.

  44. mareeS

    We hardly pay attention to sport nowadays, it is so stripped of everything that used to define sport.

    However, the spouse still goes around to the Green Room for Merewether Carlton home games in winter. Those who follow rugby will know.

  45. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    More epic verse from that mighty phrasebook:

    “Here is a horse who have a bad looks
    Give mi another; i will not that
    He not sall know to march
    He is pursey, he is foundered
    Dont you are ashamed to give me a jade as like
    He is undshoed
    He is nails up, it want to lead to the farrier
    He go limp
    He is disable
    He is blind
    That saddle shall hurt me
    The stirrups are too long, very shorts
    Stretch out the stirrups
    Shorten the stirrups (and not in a Teats Peanuthead manner)
    The saddles girths are rooted, what bat bridle
    Give me my whip and fasten the cloak-bag and my cloak …”

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