Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Things we say to make us feel better...

For women:
It's good luck if it rains on your wedding day.
You've got to take something positive out of your 'special day' if you have no sunny photos, a wet dress and damp guests.

For men:
Girl sperm is stronger than boy sperm.
Don't feel bad that your family surname may not make it through the next generation, at least your taddies are strong swimmers.

The fact that my second child is a girl in no way enters into this. You never know, she might become a Thoroughly Modern Woman and keep her own surname.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

But haven't they seen ice hockey?

From Ruck and Maul on smh.com.au:

From Russia with shove

We run this cable story without comment: Russians playing a game of amateur rugby have been arrested by police who mistook the match for a mass brawl. "We got a call to our control room saying there was a fight involving a lot of people on some waste ground just outside town," RIA news agency quoted a police official in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don as saying. The players and supporters, nearly 100 people in total, were taken to the local police station. They were released without charge when officers realised they had been playing rugby, the news agency reported.

The Russians are used to ice hockey, aren't they?

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Why does rugby league bother with scrums any more?

The following is an email I recently sent to the Footy Show and Sunday Footy Show on channel 9. I tried locating a feedback or question page on the www.nrl.com website, to no avail, so these were the only other options of any expertise.

Hello panel

I have a question regarding the modern scrum feed.

In years past, the scrum feed went up the centre, with the hooking role called into play to contest the ball in the centre of the scrum. The feed was to go down the centre of the two packs once down. It was a genuine contest of strength and hooking skill.

Now, we see feeds travelling into the scrum between the legs of the prop closest to the halfback. This gives any opposing hooker no chance to contest any ball. Often we see the far side prop or even hooker with his head out of the scrum if it packs too quickly, without penalty or recall by the referee to repack the scrum. The ball path is very predictable, which enables the halfback to quickly step to the second row and retrieve the ball from under the lock/second row line.

Even from the shape of the scrums it is easy to tell that the packs are applying little force to try to push the other pack off the mark. This can be seen as compared to rugby union scrums that are generally very low and horizontal in their shape, indicating the force of the packs opposing. Rugby league scrums are now very upright and often degenerate into a loose group of people instead of a pack. Although many rugby union scrums appear to be fed in much the same manner these days, losing the element of a contest.

Is there any movement back to a genuine contest at the scrum? Forward sizes are sufficient to maintain a scrum push, and many of them are much more mobile than their predecessors. A hooker would therefore return to his originally named role, and the idea of an each-way bet on a scrum win bought back into play.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.


(the Great White Hype)

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Thoroughly modern parenting

Some people shouldn't be allowed to have children.


Not when there's people in the world who can't. Perhaps a simpler adoption process and a 'one-strike' drugs policy might clear up some of society's problems.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Dive! Dive! Dive!

Ah, football...nothing like a slow-motion replay to show what some of these players can really do with a ball.

However, a tip for all players on a world stage such as the World Cup, with its constant replays:
Dont hold your face if you get an elbow in the ear. Even a three year old kid can tell you where it hurts if you ask them.
Dont hold your knee if you get kicked in the foot. Sure its all connected, but they're not that close together.
Dont hold your knee if you trip over the ball while someone challenges you. You lost it, you deal with it.
Dont flop like a fish if you feel a hand on your shoulder near the box. Chances are they're waiting for you to fall over to make their job easier.
Dont get up and act hard done by if you lose your balance in a tackle. A bad tradesman blames his tools, even if it is his own body.

Oh, and the classic from Brazilian actor/player Rivaldo from the last World Cup...dont go down holding your face and writhing about if a ball hits you in the shin. It makes you look like a bad loser. Or worse, a bad winner.

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The World Cup begins for Australia

After only staying up to watch the first half of a dismally-policed football World Cup opener for Australia, I awoke this morning to the news that Tim Cahill had stamped his authority on the match and scored two goals in the dying minutes, before John Aloisi slotted a third to give Australia its first ever World Cup goals. And our first win!

Triple J called for a new public holiday, to be named Tim Cahill Day. It would fall on 12 June every year. Thats sure to be right around Queen's Birthday, hopefully giving people the opportunity for a 7 day weekend if they play their sickies right.

I think Kaiserslautern can drown in green and gold for a few days yet. Next, it will be Munich on 18th June against Brazil, then Stuttgart for Croatia on 22nd June.

Bandwagon riding by me? Sure, why not.

But I'd bet Johnny Warren is happy wherever he is.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Some people are just too thick for words

Like this guy.

A 19-year old fan approaches and AFL footballer in an airport and taunts him, calling him (allegedly) a "d*ckhead". He then proceeds to be questioned as to what he had said, repeats the word, then has his nose punched by said footballer.

And now he considers legal action against the footballer? Me, I'd be sitting back thinking I was lucky that he didnt tear me limb from limb and ignoring the whole issue.

Just because this footballer is in the public eye doesnt mean you can berate him as you wish. If I walked up to a stranger and called him a d*ckhead, I'd probably expect a punch in the eye.

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