TV money and 'flipping burgers'

There is the other matter that the slightly obscene amount of money spent for the privilege of telecasting a cricket match is not always an entirely good thing. A week ago, a report in Cricinfo stated that Channel 9 had been 'briefed' on Australia's squad selection for the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka - the very same matches that caused the McNamara-Bailey kerfuffle.

updated: February 10, 2013 19:04 IST
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Bangalore: When Steve Waugh was getting married in 1991, his best man, Brad McNamara, aided by groomsmen Mark Taylor and Tony Fort, lent what Waugh humorously called "a caring touch" to the proceedings, painting a large 'HE' on Waugh's left shoe and 'LP' on the right one, which made for a pretty picture when Waugh knelt down as part of the ceremony with the assembled guests getting a front-seat view of both shoes together.

It was a funny prank, and Waugh himself seems to have thought so, from his description of the event in his autobiography.

Somewhere between 1991 and now though, McNamara, now a producer with Channel 9, seems to have lost the art of inoffensive wit in a public setting. That was evident when he said that George Bailey could have been "working in a coalmine or flipping burgers at McDonald's" if it wasn't for the money television pumped into cricket.

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