“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing )” Winning at all Costs, costs!

Whether or not Duke Ellington was a cricket fan, I don’t imagine that when he composed this famous song in 1932, that he’d expect that the 2018 Australian cricket team would take his words so literally.  For any of you that have been on a day trip to Mars, or for whom the Final Four in Houston is monopolizing your personal sports page, this latest sporting scandal involved something called a Kookabara ball meeting some sandpaper in a dark place (the fielder’s pocket) and players looking for more swing and deviation. There’s got to be a movie title in their somewhere! Terry O’Brien, the chairman of AG Thompson, the Melbourne company that manufactures the cricket ball, added to the potential for more satirical excess when he said, “It doesn’t look good on the surface of it and, you know, obviously we wish our ball wasn’t involved.”  He continued the Ellington theme when he said “we wish it was a Duke [their main competitor] and then we could point at them.” When is Enough, Enough? The resulting furore and the huge outpouring of scorn from the talking heads doesn’t look like relenting anytime soon. When the players, now banned from the game for varying time periods, returned to Australia, they were verbally roughed up, perhaps less painfully than with sandpaper, but ultimately more reputationally and financially damaging. Their critics, led by the media, included most of South Africa, Cricket Australia, former players and ironically the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who doesn’t appear to have acquainted himself recently with the Gospel according to John, chapter 8, verses 3–7, regarding the...