Confession. I don’t watch or read much about sport. Even when it comes to the Olympics,
I’m inclined to watch the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and very little in between.
Even worse, my favourite sport probably isn’t one: WWE Wrestling. Lest I be accused
of un-Australianness, let me admit that when Cadel Evans won the Tour de France, I
stopped watching the scenery and started watching the cycling. However, as Lawrie Zion
and Matthew Nicholson make clear in their introduction to the themed section of this
issue, I am clearly completely out of step with the majority of Australians, for whom
sport and its reporting are a major preoccupation. Indeed, an interest in sport clearly
outweighs any interest in politics if we are to gauge this by the number of reporters
assigned to each in Australia.