Monthly Archive:: May 2011

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.   The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.   The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.   Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels [&hellip

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So much sport on this weekend! I.. I love it. First up we have Super Rugby at its tension filled best. The Sharks, Bulls and Waratahs all are playing must win games. Even Cheetahs fans are secretly hoping their team can magically sneak into the play offs with a run of improbable victories. After the rugga change the channel and soak up the awesomeness that is the Champions League Final 2011. Can Man United make up for 2009? Will Barcelona show the world they are the dominant club side playing at the moment? It is going to be epic and no mistake. On to a real man’s game though… Sharks vs Waratahs The Sharks were physically dominated last week against the resurgent Bulls and have struggled against the top sides this year. They have a very good side on paper though and need to get the mental game right and fast. Their midfield is vulnerable with Meyer Bosman and Stefan old man river Terblanche not gelling on attack or defense but they have an immense forward pack that should edge the Tahs at the set pieces. The Tahs have looked mostly average this season and will know that a loss [&hellip

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The Springboks have a new sponsor and it is surely one that will be able to drive their ambitions forward. The new sponsor is BMW. See what I did there. I thank you. The current form of the majority of the Springboks is encouraging and PdV will be more positive lately than he has been for most of the Super Rugby season. What is it about South African derby games that make sides want to beat the living SHITake out of each other with such gusto? It’s glorious but worrying, although dare I say that it may actually benefit the Bokke for them to pick up smaller injuries now so that they get a few weeks rest before the Tri-Nation and RWC2011. A few more crrritical weeks of Supe Rugby to go, let’s peek into my hazy, seldom accurate predictions for this week. Hurricanes vs Force The Hurricanes and Force have no chance of making the play-offs with only 3 wins each so far this year. Possibly expected of the Force but surely frustrating for the Canes fans. Neither of these teams have scored many tries but have shown glimpses of what they are capable of, albeit rare and ‘blink [&hellip

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Not too much in the way of quality match ups Saturday morning but a beeeg one primed, seasoned and marinated ready at 7:10pm on Saturday night. Sharks vs Bulls. Taste it, put it in your mouth… Delicious. I went searching for an image that would sum up the intense physical, psychological and emotional battle that will ensue on Saturday and then I found this picture and forgot what I was… Are these actual Sharks supporters? Was the ‘Sharks’ logo photo shopped in? 2 Words… Boobies! You’re welcome. Western Force vs Brumbies Is anyone actually interested in this game? The Brumbies were woeful to the max last week. The Force have just come off a bye. The Giteau vs O’Connor battle could be interesting  and I am sure Matt’s mum will be watching but will anyone else? It’s Aussie rugby with no bearing on the tables, so my advice, sleep in, go get the braai meat for later and do that thing your lady has been asking you to do for while. Venue: nib Stadium, Perth Kick-Off: Sat, 2:05pm Prediction: Force by 5-

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Last week was a relatively good week for the South African teams with 3 out of a possible 4 victories. The Cheetahs surprised everyone, including themselves by beating the Crusaders in one of their best games for years. Years!!! I say. They defended like men possessed and perhaps gave an insight into how to deal with SBW. I predicted the Lions would get smashed against a poor Brumbies side and have since eaten humble pie. Hmmm… delicious. Elton Carlos Spencer Jr Jantjies thrived on the front foot ball provided by the impressive forwards and played a blinder with 2 quality off loads to set up 2 quality tries. Onto this week’s games though and excitement all over the  place. Blues vs Stormers The one big disappointment of last week was the 2nd half meltdown by the Stormers. They really struggle when they are trailing in a match and bar one or 2 games against the lower table sides, are still clueless on how to score tries. They will need to rectify this and fast, which will not be easy with injuries to JdV, Peter Grant and Jaque Fourie. The Blues lost to the Reds last week by 6 points but [&hellip

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Sometimes its easy to get stressed about the small things in life. Like losing at Action Cricket, getting cut off in traffic or facing a SHITake storm at work because of a missed deadline. This morning, however I read some news that has put things in perspective. Joost Van der Westhuizen has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease. It seems Joost went to his doctor complaining about losing strength in his arm and has been diagnosed with a muscle-related neural disease. The disease slowly degenerates the muscles in the body and is life threatening. Joost has had his scandals and personal issues (not to mention atrocious taste in underwear) but was a fantastic servant to SA rugby, playing in 89 Test matches for the Bokke. He was captain of the 1999 World Cup team and still holds the record for the most tries by a Springbok, 38. We at the bowl wish you all the best and good luck, good Sir. Onto Saturday’s games, though and mismatches aplenty. Brumbies vs Lions Neither of these teams have looked good this season. The Lions have become very good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Although last week they were [&hellip

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A thousand apologies for failing to post last week’s Supe Rugby preview. I was out of the country on an action adventure drinking mission in Mozambique. So so many quality 2M beers, so little time. Thank you SAB Miller, we salute you. Onto this week’s action adventures and all to play for, especially for the teams in the top half of the tables. Large and in charge games kick off the viewing on Friday, so read on, let’s take a gander into the nitty-gritty of it all. Highlanders vs Hurricanes The Highlanders started the season very well, possibly better than ever before. They have, however been less impressive recently and have been hit by injuries losing two wingers and their talisman, Adam smash it up and score Thompson. He has been in sublime form and with him out the Landers look less intimidating. The Hurricanes are on an upward curve and have Piri Weepu back in the squad for the first time this season, after recovering from his horrific ankle injury and Ma’a Nonu is back and dreadlocked ready. The Canes will know that they have the slimmest of supermodel slim chances of making the play-offs but will need to [&hellip

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In January Tahoe had a similar amount of snowfall as Doha, and instead of lapsing into a haze of bong-smoke, Corey Smith did what all great men do in troubled times, he started building sh!t. Following in the footsteps of great carpenters like Jesus Christ and Harrison Ford, Smith decided to shape some long boards for snow. These are wicked! Ok, so on reflection, it does look like he was bonged during the design stage. Good Times, Arnie

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