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<strong></strong>Crowning Tom Brady as the greatest athlete is American exceptionalism, but there is truth to the hyperbole
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Crowning Tom Brady as the greatest athlete is American exceptionalism, but there is truth to the hyperbole

    The most skin-crawling moment of every NFL season is, without fail, as the winners of the Super Bowl are announced unironically as “world champions”. American sports repeatedly make it their prerogative to universalise their champions for us, and for that – of course – we are eternally ungrateful. Why bother with the formalities of actual global competition when it can be kindly circumvented by the red, white and blue, a national anthem, a fly over and an overzealous commentator? Now, this isn’t to say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t the best American football team in the world, they would clearly beat any other team from any other country. It’s just to suggest that crowning a world champion without a world championships is a painful and self-congratulatory charade. It is Ameri...
<strong></strong>The impossible inevitability of Super Bowl 55
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The impossible inevitability of Super Bowl 55

  I’m taking revisionist liberties, I admit, but the road to Super Bowl 55 was an impossible inevitability; a perfect truth inaccessible all season-long, but which now feels so painfully and eternally obvious. That we were tempted to believe, even for a second, despite all that’s happened, in a reality in which the Kansas City Chiefs do not arrive in Tampa Bay on Sunday, feels almost blasphemous. It is easy to paint Patrick Mahomes as the miraculous and Tom Brady as the meticulous. The former with his ecstatic explosions of arm-strength, and the latter with his relentlessly methodical drives. But, what ultimately makes this match-up so intriguing is that Brady, thinking of championships rather than cliff-edges, remains entirely capable of the miraculous, shown by his long touchdown to Sc...
Build your own match report for Australia’s Ashes retaining win over England at Old Trafford
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Build your own match report for Australia’s Ashes retaining win over England at Old Trafford

Choose one of A, B or C to finish each sentence to create your own match report of Australia’s Ashes retaining win over England at Old Trafford, as well as further comments on the series in general. Australia retained the Ashes at Old Trafford after A) England batted with grit and determination to come within 13 overs of keeping the series alive. B) England were once again the inferior side losing by 185 runs. C) Manchester provided spectators with its only cloudless day of the summer, selfishly meaning the game wasn’t suspended early for bad light. The hosts, who are now 2–1 down in the series, A) will no doubt have a deep inquest into where it all went wrong, with some needing to take a long hard look at themselves. B) looked beaten from day one against an Australia...