A Matthew Hayden quote shorn of context to make it sound weird

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This picture again? Doing an image search for 'Matthew Hayden' is too much to bearWe’re not in the habit of being even-handed when it comes to Hayden. Why should we extend the courtesy of context to him when he never once apologises for being Matthew Hayden.

“At the end of the day, two alpha dogs are never going to sit in a cage and not look at each other. It is what it is. The way I see my cricket, if you’re the other alpha dog, you better not blink. I feel I’d be letting down my country if I was to blink.”

Bet you’ve blinked at some point, Matthew. You know what that makes you? It makes you a traitor.


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  1. I would hate to be a dog in his house… god knows what all kinky things he will be putting the dog through… two alpha males it seems… what the?

  2. Surely it’s just a case of terminology to get around it… Sure have an Alpha dog, but what about also having a Primary dog? a Master dog, and a Lead dog too. everyones happy and everyone’s the boss!

  3. The quote reads a lot better if you replace “dog” with “cow”. Or “sow”. Alternatively, modify “look at each other” to “look at each other’s behinds” as dogs really do. Also, replace “blink” with “think” and it sounds more and more like the real Matthew Hayden, whom I know and dislike.

  4. Thought it was cats that outstared each other – somehow Hayden claiming to be an alpha pussy wouldn’t have the same ring.

    Don’t dogs just yelp hysterically at each other – human equivalent of childish name-calling…… oh…

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