Gilly's our No 1 pick of top 50 in sport

OUR 50 to 1 countdown of the region's top 50 sports stars of the past 50 years has certainly been a major talking point.

Judging by the entries to the competition attached to this feature, many of you would have correctly guessed Adam Gilchrist as the number one.

There are plenty of good reasons to pick Gilly in that position. He was vice-captain of the Australian cricket team and remains the world's greatest ever wicket-keeper batsman.

But the thing that elevated Gilly above all the other worthy nominees was his sportsmanship.

This is a guy who walked when he knew he was out rather than waiting for the umpire to raise his finger.

And Gilly even did this in major matches such as the World Cup.

So not only was he an exceptional sportsperson, he exemplified sportsmanship in an age where gamesmanship became more important.

He also seems like such a likable bloke and still comes back to Lismore to support charitable efforts like the Lord Taverners.

TV to blame

I BLAME Channel Nine for James Magnussen's loss in the 100m freestyle final yesterday.

More specifically Ken Sutcliffe who kept mentioning his name so many times in front of a huge graphic of Magnussen's name.

Ken and co talked him up too much and must accept the entire blame for the nation's disappointment.

Interesting to note also the rhetoric of Magnussen "losing'' the gold medal rather than "winning silver''.



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