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Field Theory: Sing when you're winning

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  • Glenn Pearce,

    34 - 20 actually

    Great result for RL. Loved the way the poms got in behind the kiwis.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 352 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Then after all that we lost the cricket. This weekend totally sucks

    I saw the league replay in the afternoon and thought I'd visit the Sydney Morning Herald and the Melbourne Age websites for a bit of schadenfreude ("The PAS word of the month(TM)"). Both featured the Aussie cricket win very prominently, with large pictures of Mitchell Johnson and the kind of tones you'd expect from a come from behind win against a more fancied opponent. OTOH, I couldn't find an actual mention of the league final, except by clicking on the Brisbane edition at the Melbourne Age website. It was literally news from the night before - just how quickly do the Aussies move on?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7390 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    just how quickly do the Aussies move on?

    Yes, it was also completely ignored on the morning edition of the Australian ESPN Sportscentre. Bitter much?

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Meh on the cricketers it was a great weekend for sport watchers, even the weather came to the party. And it was capped off by the mighty Hammers in a stuttering win over super crappy Sunderland.

    Forget NZ sports fans singing, it's just not in the genes. One of the great things about the Hammers fans is that whenever we score it's the cue for a few rounds of singing "Let's go f**king mental!" while general pogoing and craziness abounds. You just wouldn't get that at a NZ rugby game, sadly.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 892 posts Report Reply

  • Heather W.,

    Standard reporting practise in Oz. Wins are big headlines, losses barely mentioned - it never happened and steps are taken to ensure it doesn't happen again. Though at the SMH in recent years, they have got better at actually at least mentioning the game briefly.

    What is not a good look is the Oz coach claiming a conspiracy by the organisers to arrange an Australian loss.

    North Shore • Since Nov 2008 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    "just how quickly do the Aussies move on?"

    Thought as much, but let's not dwell on rubbing it in but celebrating the historic win.

    Any League historians out there?

    Q - back in the 1920s or 1930s (I think) the Mickey-Doos all went to League. Marist-Papanui was formed in Christchurch & the West Coast never really returned to Union.

    Any linkies?

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

    just how quickly do the Aussies move on?

    The Aussies moved on as quickly as they did when they left Suncorp stadium. My neighbours were speechless yesterday, when I decided to approach them by knocking on the door; I was welcomed inside for a coffee and the last hour of the cricket.

    How did Darren Lockyer win the man of the match?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    How did Darren Lockyer win the man of the match?

    They Aussies got player of the match and player of the tournament. During the ceremony I was fully expecting them to be given a team of the tournament award in the form of a cup larger than the winner's trophy.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7390 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    My brother was on a plane back from Brisbane a few days ago, and sitting next to a women's sports team returning home. He struck up a conversation with one of them and she showed him the trophy they had won.

    It was the Women's Rugby League World Cup, which we also won by beating the Ausie's (the Jillaroos) in the final.

    So there you go.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Assuming player of the tournament went to the player who played best through to the tournament and materially contributed to the winning team's victory, the Slater's award at least makes sense.

    The Australian reaction to their loss is a reminder that their cocky sporting arrogance has a flip side of lacking any sort of grace, humility or respect in defeat.

    Anyway, ask any All Black supporter about the lottery that is knock play in tournaments...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1817 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    I don't suppose there's any way we could all learn to sing Paint It Black for sporting events...

    (it was the only one featuring 'black' I could think of that people might have heard before. I know it's not a homegrown (aka 'homegrowen') number.)

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 572 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Then we did what we always do in the second half: play well and don't give up points. That's been the game plan since the All Blacks left on this tour.

    It kinda makes you wonder why that isn't the game plan in the first half actually.

    How did Darren Lockyer win the man of the match?

    It was probably a conspiracy by tournament organisers to keep the international game alive, or a stitch up by the referee.

    The Ferns chalked up 36 points in the final and kept the devestated Jillaroos scoreless. The Ferns were flawless in both attack and defence, once again proving their World Champion status.

    36-nil! That should have been on the TV news.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6217 posts Report Reply

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    Cheers Steve, I knever heard about the Kiwi Ferns.
    So in Rugby terms we are Womens Union & League Chanmps and Mens League Champs, nice.

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I don't suppose there's any way we could all learn to sing Paint It Black for sporting events...

    Yes, let's sing a song about paranoid depression at sporting events, that ought to help our already fragile psyche :-)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7390 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    New Zealand has created hundreds of perfectly singable songs that would be perfect during sports matches

    I spent a boring afternoon at work assigning country's new national anthems rather arbitrarirly and I thought it would be f*cking awesome if we sung "Why does love do this to me" as ours.

    If only for the line where noone's quite sure what Jordan sings.




    South Africa got the Circle of Life from the Lion King.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    The Mockers' 'One Black Friday'? We could all wear throat ruffles and fingerless lace gloves.

    Alternatively, we could change our theme colour to pink and have 'Pink Frost'. Or blue and have 'Blue Beat'. I'd love to hear thousands of people singing 'a-chick-ee-chick-ee-chang-chang' in a stadium...

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3662 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    I was in the lunchroom this morning trying to say Kangaroos = All Blacks, ie thumping everyone all year then choking when it counts. Like in Saturday's final and 2005 TriNats final.

    I'd completely forgotten about them holding the trophy forever before that.

    I did laugh on Sunday afternoon in that AS SOON as the cricket ended, SKY filled the Cricket shaped hole in their programming with not the usual golfing fluff, but yet another World Cup Final replay! By my count that was the third that day.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

    Blam Blam Blam for me.

    There is no depression in New Zealand;
    there are no sheep on our farms,
    There is no depression in New Zealand;
    we can all keep perfectly calm,

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    Well, the paranoid depression part might be good for the next RWC in 2011...

    We don't really 'do' singing at sports events, do we? Bloody repressed overly-macho spectators. Quite apart from the fact that I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 572 posts Report Reply

  • mike.riversdale,

    The first half really was just awful.
    Depends upon who you were barracking for I s'pose :-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 18 posts Report Reply

  • Evan Yates,

    Quite apart from the fact that I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

    That's the great thing about sports crowd singing. You don't need to be good, just LOUD!! It's really bizarre how the dynamics of large numbers can overcome the lack of tunefullness of any individual (or sub-group).

    Statistically speaking, there are probably enough good singers in any crowd of sufficient size to make it sound ok anyway.

    What I can't stand is national anthem singers who jazz up the tune so that more pedestrian singers (like me) can't follow along. Yes, Geoff Sewell of Amici, I AM looking at you. Those syncopated phrases may be just the bizzo in a recording studio, but 90% of the fans trying to sing-along can't imitate/anticipate them. SO STOP IT!

    I would really like Slice of Heaven to be our test-match song. Imagine 50,000 voices belting out the "Dah, dah, dah.. boom boom, dah, dah, dah" bit. Even the so-called non-singers could manage that!

    Hamiltron, Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I would really like Slice of Heaven to be our test-match song. Imagine 50,000 voices belting out the "Dah, dah, dah.. boom boom, dah, dah, dah" bit.

    That's wat the Kiwi were singing on the "celebration stage" the other night, wasn't it? (I kept thinking that the celebration stage was going to be a phase in the ceremony, as opposed to an actual stage.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7390 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    We don't really 'do' singing at sports events, do we? Bloody repressed overly-macho spectators. Quite apart from the fact that I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.

    It's got be in the blood I reckon. Two of the best footie ones (although it helps if you know the players names):

    1. Liverpool (circa 2005)
    To the tune of "Blame it on the Boogie"...
    "Don't blame it on the Biscan
    Don't blame it on the Hamman
    Don't blame it on the Finnan
    Blame it on Traore…
    He just can't, he just can't, he just can't control his feet"


    And probably the best one ever.

    2. Arsenal (circa 2005)
    To the tune of Salt n Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex"...
    "Let's talk about Cesc baby,
    lets talk about Flam-in-i,
    let's talk about Theo Walcott, Freddie Ljungberg and Henry,
    let's talk about Cesc."

    Now that's classy.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 892 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    36-nil! That should have been on the TV news.

    You'd think, wouldn't you?

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Jo S,

    I'm quite glad there were about three replays of the league on over the weekend. I'd decided that the game would be too depressing to watch live. More fool me.

    I don't know what it is about the cricket. I let the smallest glimmers of good play get my hopes up for a test win and then get horribly depressed after we lose. Sigh.

    is it autumn yet? • Since May 2007 • 80 posts Report Reply

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