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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: January is heating up

15 Jan 2024
Ryan Tucker 15 Jan 2024
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  • Adelaide Strikers make a surprising comeback into the playoffs
  • Aaron Finch ends cricket career with a sad exit
  • Dak Prescott and the Cowboys choke in the playoffs (again)
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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14: Matthew Short and Jake Weatherald celebrate victory. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: January is heating up

Time flies when you are having fun. We are already in the middle of January and the Christmas and New Years hangovers are a distant memory. Here are some highlights and some lowlights from the last week in sport.

The Good

The Adelaide Strikers are on their way to one of the biggest turnarounds in Big Bash history. After starting 1-4 they were given next to no chance to make finals. A win over the weekend against the Thunder puts the Strikers at 5-5 sending them into the playoffs.

  • Socceroos kick off Asian Cup campaign with 2-0 win against India.
  • Cooper John’s NRL farewell message on Instagram. 
  • The Detroit Lions getting their first playoffs win in 32 years.

The Bad

Aaron Finch closed out his professional cricket career on Saturday with a win against the Struggling Stars. Finch unfortunately departed for a duck off his third ball trying to hit it out of the stadium. A sad finish for a foundation player and former captain who deserved to go out with a bang.

  • Two key recruits for St George Illawarra Dragons ruled out before season even starts. 
  • Miami Dolphins once again not being able to compete on the big stage losing their Wild Card game against the Chiefs while only scoring 7 points.
  • Former number 2 pick Marvin Bagley III gets traded (again) from worst team in NBA Detroit Pistons to second worst Washington Wizards.

The Ugly

South East Melbourne Phoenix continue to be dominated in the NBL. Another 20+ point loss over the weekend has them at 8th on the ladder with a points differential of -106

  • Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys once again choking in the NFL playoffs.
  • Melbourne Stars lose final two games of Big Bash to miss finals by 3 points.


January continues to deliver and now we head into playoffs for NFL and Big Bash. The Aussie Cricketers are living it up and tearing it down and we are here for it! Our experts will have their ear to the ground and their eyes fixed to their screens to bring you the Good, the Bad and the Ugly across all sports every week.


The Good:

  • Adelaide Strikers and Turning it around
  • Socceroos and Cups
  • Cooper Johns and Banter
  • Detroit Lions and Playoff Wins

The Bad:

  • Aaron Finch and a Duck
  • St George Illawarra Dragons and Injury
  • Miami Dolphins and Stagefright
  • Marvin Bagley III and Trades

The Ugly:

  • SEM Phoenix and Points Diff
  • Dak Prescott and the Cowboys Choking
  • Melbourne Stars and Missing Finals

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