Monthly Archive:: June 2012

Baseball is to cricket what a cigarette lighter is to the Large Hadron Collider. So for your average American fan the intricacies of the sport are as comprehensible as South African politics. Let’s take a closer look at how the game of cricket translates across the Atlantic Ocean. [Thank you Knocker, this is amazing

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I hadn’t given the 2012 Rocking the Daisies festival much thought, until I read this mornings rumblings that Bloc Party would strut the musical magic as festival headliners. Bloc Party has been a constant on my play lists, they’re serious musicians, devoid of the smarmy pop crap that pickles so many bands these days.   Exactly, ticket is booked! Bloc Party release their new album, Four on August 20

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Part deux of this round of Super Rugby adventures and the last tree outcomes are vital to pretty much all of the teams involved. Except perhaps the Force, shame. It is derby madness out there with an Aussie derby to start us off followed by two SA derbies and then later maybe if the mood is right, roller derbies! Whip it , whip it good! Back to me now as we venture forward with a closer look at the Saturday shenanigans. Super Rugby round 16, Sat 30 June 2012 Force vs Brumbies The Force have once again had a fairly dreadful season and are currently the last placed Aussie side, even lower than the Rebels, embarrassing!!! They do however have one of the best open side flanks in the world at the moment, current Wallaby captain, David PoCOCK. The Zimbabwean born muscle factory has had a fine season and was one of the main reasons the Wallabies were able to beat Wales recently. Other than him the Force don’t have much else to speak of

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Ahh Super Rugby, you are back! It has been nearly four weeks since the last game and I for one, am itching to see what will happen in these last three rounds. It is like watching a TV series that ends on a cliff hanger and now we will finally get to see what happens to our favourite characters, unless that TV series is ‘Lost’ in which case things will just get more confusing and they never will properly explain the strange mist on the island. Was it me or did they just introduce more random things to distract people from the other random things that made no sense in the first place? Either way we did get to watch Evangeline Lill every week, so all is forgiven, but I digress… We have just three more weeks of action to go and some critical games coming up. A few teams are having a bye this week, which is a strange one, seeing as they have just come off nearly a month’s break but I do not pretend to understand anything SANZAR does so let’s instead move swiftly along to the first three games this weekend. Super Rugby Round 16, Friday [&hellip

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Last night England were knocked out of the Euro 2012 by Italy, losing the penalty shootout after playing out to a 0-0 draw after extra time. England’s Ashley Young hit the cross bar and and Ashley Cole’s lame attempt was saved by Gianluigi Buffon but Italy’s Andrea Pirlo showed the way forward with the most casual of chip kicks straight in as keeper Joe Hart dived to the right. Penalty shootouts are full of mind games and keepers will often try to distract the kickers by making strange faces and jumping up and down and spreading their arms. Unluckily for Hart, this did nothing to distract the Italian players, not even the fans could put them off. Nice try by the 2 guys in green though, +1 for effort. [Thanks Janitor

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Last week I managed to do a bit of damage to my knee attempting a Messi ésque through the legs of the opponent, backwards flick situation on the action soccer pitch. I have been playing for a few seasons now and used to be pretty SHITake at soccer, I still am. Anyhoo, I had knee surgery yesterday and am currently sitting on the couch with my leg up, drugged up on pain pills as I type this, which although mostly enjoyable means my attention span has been dramatically redu… ooooh Reno 911, I love this show! Yesss. Back to the incoming winter tours and two incredibly toit games for both the All Blacks and Australia last week. In fact, the NH sides will feel they could easily have racked up famous victories and be sitting at 1-1 with it all to play for in their respective series. Have their best chances passed them by or do they have the resolve for one more push at a consolation win? Tricky questions both, let’s wade in, balls deep. Australia vs Wales The Aussies will count themselves lucky to have won last week and had to rely on a post hooter penalty kick [&hellip

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First up, massive congrats to the Baby Boks for making the final of the IRB Junior World Championships. Sheer quality boys. Maverick thumbs up. The Baby Boks dominated their semi-final against the Pumitas (Argentina U20 side) scoring five tries to nil in a fairly well supported Newlands on Sunday night. The Baby Boks now face the Baby Blacks in the final on Friday night at Newlands, so if you are in the neighbourhood, swing on down. The Baby Boks are looking very good  and regardless of the result of the final, the future of Springbok rugby looks to be in safe hands, especially if these guys can kick on to senior level rugga. Speaking of senior level rugga (smooth paragraph transition… check), well done to the Springboks for winning the series against England. They will of course be looking for a clean sweep and Heyneke Meyer has said he wants the Springboks to be near impossible to beat at home and rightly so. Injuries and a wedding have forced his hand as far as team selection goes and Stormers fans will be jizzing in their pants with news that Joe Pietersen and Gio Aplon have been called in to the [&hellip

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Last week, I wrote about how this could well be the year that the Northern Hemisphere sides manage to actually win a Test on the incoming winter tours but to be honest only Wales will still feel they are in with a shot of an upset The All Blacks were the most impressive side last week with newbies Julian Savea and Aaron Smith having absolute blinders on debut. Savea score a hat trick of tries and was near impossible to stop with ball in hand. How can New Zealand continually produce such huge, super fast, skillful, try scoring wings? I hear you ask. Two words… Cyborgs. You heard it here first. So, can Wales and Ireland claw their respective ways back into their tours? I doubt it but let’s preview the SHITake out of it anyway. New Zealand vs Ireland Ireland did not exactly play terrible rugga last week but had no answer for the fast paced, ball in hand game of the All Blacks. They have hopefully learnt that you have to make first time one on one tackles against these players if you are to have any chance. Can they do that this week? They have brought back [&hellip

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