I’m Dennis Freedman and welcome to my website.
Here’s Imran Khan interviewing me about my love for James Overratedson
Within these pages, you should expect to find a mixture of articles, podcasts and random things to make cricket more fun and less stuffy.
You won’t get bored, unless you like reading long winded essays with big words no-one can really understand. We don’t have those.
Lasith Malinga says that he wanted to copy my beard, but took it a little too far.
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Virat Kohli stopped me for a selfie. I said yes, as long as I could make myself look old and startled. He agreed.
I’ve decided to collate all my cricket stuff into one easy to ridicule place. I hope you enjoy trolling through its pages.
In that Pakistani language, it says “crazy Australian found wandering through Lahore wearing a replica 1992 World Cup shirt”.
Other places that have published my stuff for some unknown reason:
- I have been quoted and linked on the world’s most viewed sporting website ESPNcricinfo;
- been published on Fox Sports;
- cricket magazine websites like All Out Cricket;
- Indian news sites like First Post and The Quint and ScoopWhoop;
- I write for Pakistan’s broadsheet Dawn
- a featured columnist at Sportskeeda;
- some leading sports sites including Sporting News and The Roar
- great blogs like The Bounce;
- I’ve been asked to write pieces promoting videos released by Lord’s; and
- once did a piece for France Cricket.
I had pieces tweeted out by Indian politicians.
Even the ABC have linked to my pieces. Their standards are slipping.
Most remarkably, I’ve also had a tweet appear in Time Magazine and it had nothing to do with cricket.
I get around more than Shane Warne on a Tinder binge.
The UK’s Sunday Telegraph are very selective with their Tweets of the Day. Quote from 23/8/15
Podcast, Radio and TV
Listen to “The Can’t Bowl Can’t Throw Cricket Show” on every podcast app known to man, including iTunes. I host it and talk crap about the game, but mainly laugh at the funnies. It is probably the most cricket podcast listened to in the world.
I snuck onto the set of “Game On Hai”. The host was unimpressed.
Sometimes I appear on TV. Once it was via Crimewatch, but usually it is via The Sledge on Channel 31 in Melbourne
I have interviewed everyone from IPL founder Lalit Modi, through to Adam Gilchrist and everyone in between. The list grows every week.
Proper cricket journalists all over the world still can’t work out how I got my own weekly radio show. They laughed when a year later, the station went broke.
I’ve created a place where I attempt to showcase and assist great young writers.
It’s called ‘Bay 13’ after the famous, and now defunct area of the MCG where real men drank full strength beer and held up “Bring Back Deano” signs.
If you want to play and be a contributor, please drop me a line.
I was in a rush, but was happy to stop for a blurry selfie for fan Shikhar Dhawan
So, if you’re a relation to Mr Packer and want some new blood on your Channel 9 Cricket coverage, drop me a line. I’m available.
I will probably also settle for the odd ABC radio gig.
If not that, perhaps Cricinfo might mistakenly publish one of my tweets?
We can only dream.
Misbah’s head is bigger than mine.
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I only started my Google + profile to help my Google search results. However the crew on there are great guys.
Here’s the #UniverseBoss taking a selfie with Chris Gayle
If I were you, I’d sign up to my newsletter, look through the archives, check out the testimonials and listen to a podcast or two. Close it all out by watching some of my videos.
Here’s where I broke the internet in Pakistan.
Dennis Does 100 Questions
(Actually, it’s only 96. Don’t tell anyone)
One of these men is the next great Australian all-rounder. The other is James Faulkner
Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
It doesn’t have a page 18.
Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
My sister. That was a little bit awkward.
Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
Looking on google for a list of 100 questions that I could steal and use on this page
What is the last thing you watched on TV?
It was a double episode pilot about what appeared to be a family that had a cross dressing dad and bi-curious daughters. I wasn’t really paying attention.
Without looking, guess what time it is
Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Kookaburra’s and Puffing Billy rumbling along the back fence
When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
This morning. I went to pick up the newspaper.
Did you dream last night?
Do you remember your dreams?
When did you last laugh?
I laugh every hour, on the hour. The world is just a funny place.
Do you remember why / at what?
Probably at something Glenn Maxwell did on the cricket field or a Dan Liebke tweet.
What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Seen anything weird lately?
You mean, apart from this picture of Harsha Bhogle? Not really.
What do you think of this quiz?
It’s just more paperwork.
What is the last film you saw?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
It’s a toss up between New York, Kangaroo Ground, Istanbul and Amsterdam. Menzies Creek, where I live now is pretty special though.
If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
A Land Rover Defender with all the offroad gear and a decent swag.
Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
I used to play acoustic guitar in a two piece band that changed names over the years from ‘Two is Enough’ to ‘Two Man Acoustical Jam’ to ‘Free Beer Tonight’. The last name was our most successful in terms of getting crowds in the door.
If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Ensure that the world looked after its kids better.
Do you like to dance?
Only when drunk or when the nutbush comes on.
Would you ever consider living abroad?
I have and loved it.
I lived in Galesburg, Illinois in 2001/02.
I lived in Mumbai and Delhi in 2005/06
Does your name make any interesting anagrams?
Neither are really interesting.
Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
Lalit Modi’s lawyer
What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
The complete Mike Masse catalogue. Remember when you first heard ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’? Mike will give you a moment like that when you hear his ‘Africa’ cover.
Last time you swam in a pool?
I swam in the Southern Ocean only 2 days ago. Does that count? In regards to a pool, it was Xmas 2014
Type of music you like most?
Depends on my mood. I love acoustic covers. I love classical. I love hip hop.
Type of music you dislike most?
Are you listening to music right now?
No. I’m typing these answers. Blokes can’t do two things at once.
What color is your bedroom carpet?
It’s a kind of green. We didn’t choose it. It came like that when we bought the house.
If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?
Bench the acreage out the back and build an outdoor cinema
What was the last thing you bought?
A Swiss ball to sit on at work
Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
Yes. I hired one in Goa to get around and explore.
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
Maybe Sky Diving. Not sure about the bungee thing.
Do you have a garden?
Not a traditional one.
I just have this:
Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
I know the first verse and the lead in to the second verse. Are they correct? I don’t know.
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
Turning off the alarm
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
Richie Benaud. I want to know if he uses swear words when off camera.
Who sent the last text message you received?
Cat Jones. We are collaborating on the running sheet for our next podcast
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
What time is bed time?
When my wife tells me
Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
That I never have is one of the world’s great mysteries.
How many tattoos do you have?
If you don’t have any, have you ever thought of getting one?
Yes. I just don’t know what to get.
What did you do for your last birthday?
I can’t remember. I probably just turned a year older.
Do you carry a donor card?
No. Now that you have prompted me, I’m going to fix that.
Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
Is the glass half empty or half full?
Always half full. I can’t stand glass half empty people. Why waste life’s opportunities worrying about stuff that might happen. Get on with it!
What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
Google tells me it’s Boston at 16,922 kms from Melbourne.
London comes a close second at 16,893 kms from Melbourne
When’s the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
Don’t know that I ever have.
Have you ever won a trophy?
Moorabbin Golf Club Junior Match Play Champion in 1992
Are you a good cook?
Compared to my wife? Yes
Compared to Heston Blumenthal? Probably not
Do you know how to pump your own petrol?
Is this a serious question?
If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
My Polish great grandfather
Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
Do you touch-type?
Two finger specialist
What’s under your bed?
Dust, an acoustic guitar and a travel bag.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I don’t remember
Think fast, what do you like right now?
The fact that you have bothered to read this far. Well done you!
Where were you on Valentine’s day?
Can’t remember. Is that bad?
What time do you get up?
6.45am on weekdays.
As late as possible on weekends.
What was the name of your first pet?
Bessie. A English sheepdog.
Also a cat named Pongo. I have no idea why?
Who is the second to last person to call you?
Our workplace lawyer
Is there anything going on this weekend?
Yes. My wife thinks she is buying a horse.
How are you feeling right now?
Glass half full
What do you think about the most?
Dennis Does Cricket content. Is that bad?
If you had a Big Win in the Lottery, how long would you wait to tell people?
I wouldn’t tell anyone.
Who would you tell first?
Well maybe my wife
Do you sing in the shower?
What do you do most when you are bored?
Go for a walk
What do you do for a living?
I can’t tell you that
Do you love your job?
Love is such a strong term.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Ruck rover for the mighty Carlton Football Club
If you could have any job, what would you want to do/be?
Cricket writer, commentator and broadcaster
Which came first the chicken or the egg?
The chicken and egg breakfast muffin from Oporto.
How many keys on your key ring?
Just two. one for the house and one for my car
Where would you retire to?
Somewhere in Gippsland along the Bass Coast.
What kind of car do you drive?
I have a 2006 Hyundai Sante Fe. My wife has a 2011 Kia Sorento.
The Santa fe is soon to be either a Defender or a ute.
What are your best physical features?
Depends who you ask.
What are your best characteristics?
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
Pebbly Beach on the NSW South Coast
What kind of books do you like to read?
What is your favorite time of the day?
Lunch time. I’m either socialising or at the gym.
Where did you grow up?
How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
About 35 kms
What are you reading now?
Fast Food Nation
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
No. what do you think I am. Some kind of freak?
Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
Do you have pets?
Depends if my wife buys that horse this weekend or not.
How many rings before you answer the phone?
As soon as I can work out who is calling me
What is your best childhood memory?
Too many to detail here. Also, I don’t want to incriminate myself.
Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?
I turn 40 this year 
My youngest daughter starts school next week.
This website is now open to up and coming writing stars. I’m really excited about giving them a platform.
What is most important in life?
Happy wife, happy life
What Inspires You?
Anyone who has a crack.