Monthly Archive:: March 2011

Another week, another glorious opportunity to not move off the couch. If you are from the sub-continent then enjoy the CWC finals. If you are South African, you probably don’t want to talk about the cricket and quite frankly can’t wait for the World Cup to be over. I am with you. Epic Fail guys. So let’s not, let’s talk rugby. Supe Rugby. Highlanders vs Brumbies The Highlanders had a bye last week but have looked a much improved side this year. They will be glad the team they face is struggling with form as games after byes can be tricky affairs but expect home ground advantage to see them through. The Brumbies will feel aggrieved at losing to the Tahs at the death last week and will be desperate to get a win under the belt. They have never properly recovered from losing to the Rebels and perhaps in hindsight, firing the coach was a douche move after all. Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin Kick-Off: Friday, 8:35am Prediction: Landers by 7-

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So much sport… I.. I love it! Well done India on making the semi finals of the CWC and ending Australia’s amazing run. Special mention must go to Ricky Ponting for an inspiring century and for Brett Lee for using his face to try to stop a boundary. Classic scenes. Interesting side note: Brett Lee is in a band and is hugely popular in India. On to the rugga though and some hard games to predict this Saturday and Sunday. As my proctologist once said, ‘Let’s dive right in’. True Story. Brumbies vs Waratahs Both these teams are coming off losses and have recently displayed questionable form. The Brumbies have looked mostly clueless since firing their coach (no surprises there) and seem to have no real leadership in the team, despite having many experienced players. They need a new coach and pronto. Jake White has been linked to the job, could be a good move if they go with him. The Tahs were embarrassed by the Cheetahs last week. They looked shell-shocked after the loss and were booed by their fans, which frankly was glorious to see. They are playing away this Sat and should be in with a chance [&hellip

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Last week’s predictions = FAIL. Once again I was reminded that given the right attitude and belief, any team can beat any other team in this glorious competition. Yes, my Superbru success rate is abysmal and yes, thinking back maybe I should not have placed such a high bet on the Lions to win but that’s what makes rugby so enjoyable to watch, the unpredictability of it all. Also, you really should not be allowed to max-out credit cards at betting sites, just saying. Let’s see if I can get more than half of the predictions correct this week. Rebels vs Hurricanes The Rebels were poor to the max last week and looked disinterested and intimidated by a far better Reds side. They lacked commitment and execution and will need to lunge up this week in a massive way to avoid another thumping. The Hurricanes were better than the scoreline suggested last week against the Blues and with so many stars in their team must be wondering when they are going to click and fulfill their potential. The one positive from last week is that Nonu wasn’t cited for dangerous play. Slow clap, dreadlocks, well done. Venue: AAMI Stadium, Melbourne [&hellip

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Too much Guinness… you know it! Great times last night, happy happy St Patrick. Slow clap to England for scraping through to the next round of the Cricket World Cup. Looks like the top 8 sides in the world will all make the quarter-finals with the Proteas topping their group, cyber 5, team. Maverick thumbs up. On to the rugby and 3 faaantastic Supe games coming your way, let’s get involved. Waratahs vs Cheetahs The Cheetahs are without Juan Smith and mostly struggle without him. They do however have Heinrich Brussouw back. Given a couple of games, he should be back to his ball stealing, smash you in the tackle pick you up and throw you away best. The Cheetahs unfortunately do not travel well and even though they have looked better this year have not improved enough to upset the Tahs at home. The Waratahs are coming off a bye and will have had plenty of time to hit the drawing board after being schooled by the Saders two weeks ago. They have one of the best defensive records in Super Rugby and will fancy their chances against the low on ability skills confidence Cheetahs. Venue: Sydney Football Stadium, [&hellip

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I went on a ‘business’ trip to Vegas last week and spent many hours drinking and gambling, it was glorious! I stayed at Planet Hollywood and saw Holly Madison. Here she is texting me to remind me to keep to the stipulated 200 yards or else face being arrested. She is so thoughtful. I did try to find any Cricket World Cup matches or Super Rugby games and/or score updates on TV. There were none. There were 9 sports channels in total. 7 of these only showed basketball (mostly college basketball), 1 channel showed some random Spanish soccer program in Spanish and the other showed the hilariously over sponsored, left-hand turn only, bore-a-thon called Nascar… and that my friends is why I could never live in USA . I was alas too busy to do any predictions and for that I am sorry. What else should I say? All Apologies. What else could I say? Everyone is gay. That sums it up pretty well, thank you Mr Cobain. Back to this week though and let’s check out this week’s rugby action adventures. Chiefs vs Sharks The Sharks won a tense come from behind game against the Rebels and fell into [&hellip

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Saturday brings us no less than five Super Rugby games. 400 minutes of pure joy and excitement. Whether relationships will last this season is really only a passing thought as we knuckle down for some serious rugby viewing. Chiefs vs Rebels No one except maybe Danny Cipriani’s mum, predicted the Rebels to beat the Brumbies last week and the Brumbies will still be wondering how they managed to lose a game after having all the possession and territory. Danny boy was the man of the moment with a last-minute penalty kick. He has since been fined for stealing a bottle of Vodka from a night club 2 weeks ago. You stay classy, Cipriani. The Chiefs were once again woeful last week and will see this as a must win to get their campaign going. Umaga, Leonard and Donald are all back in the starting line up and looking at their backline, it is surprising they have not scored more tries. Expect some. This Saturday. Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton Kick-Off: 08:35 Prediction: Chiefs by 15-20 Brumbies vs Reds

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Before we plunge balls deep into the previews for this Friday’s games, let’s take a moment to reflect on something which has nothing to do with rugby but is FiretrUCKING awesome… Ireland beating England in the Cricket World Cup. Maverick thumbs up, specifically to Kevin O’ Brien, who smashed the fastest World Cup century off just 50 balls. Quality boys, sheer quality. Back to the rugga and specifically this week’s Supe Rugby. The Crusaders play only their second game of the season on Friday in what promises to be an emotional affair against the impressive Waratahs in Nelson. The other game on Friday is the ever-improving Lions against the mostly unpredictable Blues at Coca-Cola Park. Crusaders vs Waratahs The Waratahs are currently at the top of their conference and indeed the overall log having massively dominated their opponents in the last 2 weeks. This week however, they play the Crusaders and are without Berrick Barnes dude to injury. The big question is how will replacement Daniel Halangahu fare against the king of flyhalves Daniel Carter. The Crusaders were beaten in the first week by a determined Blues team and will be itching to get their season back on track after [&hellip

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I went to watch the newest offering from the Coen Brothers, “True Grit,” besides being whisked on a rip-roaring journey dripping with lyrical wit, we were gifted this single-shot 6 minute advert entitled “The Man Who Walked Around the World.” Written by Justin Moore and directed by Jamie Rafn. Love this advert, particularly the first piece of monologue, “Hey piper, shut it.” Go see True Grit, it’s an excellent interpretation of Charles Portis’s novel and a rather different remake of the film that brought John Wayne an Oscar. The acting from Jeff Bridges as the one-eyed bounty hunter, Rooster Cogburn, Matt Damon as LaBoeuf and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross is phenomenal. The narrative is a dextrous composition of vernacular dialogue and bald humour, and the direction typically idiosyncratic. This is old-school, classic entertainment. Arnie

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