Three weeks into 2012 and a few good men (and bad) have already started making waves. We take a look at the week that was – the chaps that made the headlines and the ones that wish they didn’t.
Bruno Senna: The 28-year-old Brazilian and nephew of Formula 1 legend Ayrton has finally managed to nab a seat in F1 for a full year. He will race for the Williams-Renault team, sadly the same team which his uncle lost his life racing for. But it was still all smiles at the Senna household, with the news making headlines worldwide and even his grandparents giving the deal their blessing. Since Ayrton’s death the Williams cars have run with the Senna logo.
Bernard Tomic: Not even 20, the plucky Aussie tennis star continues his roll in the Australian Open. A win at the AAMI Classic, a first round comeback against seeded star Fernando Verdasco and a girlfriend that looks like this. It’s not bad to be Tomic. If he loses in tonight’s match against Dolgopolov, he will still walk away with just under $60,000 in prize money for his Open campaign. Sweet.
Lleyton Hewitt: It’s all about tennis this week, and the last Aussie man to win a Grand Slam has made it into the third round. The first time he has done this since 2010. OK, so it was largely due to his opponent, outspoken Andy Roddick, retiring injured, but a win is a win.
Surfer dudes: Two shark attacks this week, one in Newcastle and one in Coral Bay, WA. Both men came away with their lives, if not 100 per cent of their flesh. A pretty good result if you ask us. Here’s to no more this summer.
Shane Warne: Had a spray at a cyclist for hurling abuse at him and hitching a ride on his mega Merc. Bet he didn’t think that cyclist would come forward and have a spray back, producing pictures of a damaged bicycle that was allegedly hit by Warne. Admittedly though, he does have a lot of supporters in the ‘bikes should be registered’ argument.
Marcos Baghdatis: We’ll let the video do the talking.
Tony Abbott: If nothing else, we love him because he keeps saying great stuff. On the Costa Concordia, “Well, that’s one boat that did get stopped…”
Kyle Sandilands: Only the self proclaimed King Kyle could have a bunch of women that have never met him or each other start a campaign to get him off the airwaves. And it looks like it’s working. Might want to think up plan B now, mate.
The summer school student: Yep, that Wikipedia blackout would have really thrown your essays into disarray. Remember the days when lecturers used to mark you down for using Wikipedia? Good times.
Oh, and finally, Marky Mark Wahlberg who could have stopped 9/11. Good one!
Damian Francis has previously edited Australian T3 and F1 Racing magazine and wrote for GQ Australia and Men’s Health. Unlike Nick and Trev, he has no kids, no mortgage and no wife, but lives happily on Sydney’s North Shore with his girlfriend.