Field Theory by Hadyn Green

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Field Theory: Sport and Politics

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    Helen Clark is a pretty reasonable cross-country skier.

    British Prime Minister Edward Heath captained his yacht Morning Cloud to win the Admiral's Cup in 1971. I think this might make him the only recent world leader to win a top class sporting event while in office. (The Admiral's Cup was pretty much the premier world sailing event at the time).

    A range of politicians are competent at golf, but that isn't a sport.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4421 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    I remember a veeeery long time ago a joke in Mad Magazine that went something like:

    Ronald Reagan can't have played College Basketball like he claimed because basketball wasn't invented until 1891.

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 558 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    A range of politicians are competent at golf, but that isn't a sport.

    The Guardian blog lists a number of presidents who played golf and also a few who cheat (Clinton and Nixon).

    Nixon was also a bowler.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    So you’re not counting John Morrison as a top-line politician then?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    Is fishing a sport?

    Jimmy Carter liked to combine it with rabbit hunting.

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 558 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Paul, that's hilarious! (as is the xkcd comic about it)

    And let us not forget Don Brash at the speedway (which is a hell of a thing to find a picture of!)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    Love xkcd, have wasted a lot of time there.

    What is it about Americans electing dufuses?

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 558 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Hadyn, I realise you're speaking tongue-in-cheek regarding politicians' sporting abilities, but in all seriousness if a politician can convince some people to take up sport, even to a limited extent, that's a good thing.
    Govts around the world are spending a lot of money in their health systems combatting obesity and related issues, so if it can improve someone's health, then good on them.
    Sorry for sounding so earnest...

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 582 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Patrick,

    Speaking of rugby jerseys, I think it was Racing Club de France in Paris who had the powder-blue jerseys with the fold-over collar and the little bow-tie at the throat - now they were classy with a capital C

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 236 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    Classy Boris Yeltsin started a tennis revolution in Russia - here's why.

    There was a clip of Boris playing Tennis drunk off 60 minutes or the like, couldn't find it though.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 241 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Hadyn, I realise you're speaking tongue-in-cheek regarding politicians' sporting abilities, but in all seriousness if a politician can convince some people to take up sport, even to a limited extent, that's a good thing.

    No apology necessary Grant, you're right. Politicians encouraging healthy activities is a good thing.

    I remember seeing Trevor Mallard batting about on a penny-farthing some years back for some sports thing or other. Hell of a sight as he was not entirely in control.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Speaking of rugby jerseys, I think it was Racing Club de France in Paris who had the powder-blue jerseys with the fold-over collar and the little bow-tie at the throat - now they were classy with a capital C

    It absolutely was Racing, and the bow tie is now the symbol of Eden Park Clothing (a brand that thoroughly confused me when I first visited France).

    I suppose, any post about Stade Francais needs to have a follow up on Racing Metro 92.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I was very close to writing a separate post about this (and I still might on the Dropkicks where I'm allowed more four-letter words): the South African rugby team is going to replace the Springbok logo with a Protea.

    To use the langue de l'Internet : WTF!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    the South African rugby team is going to replace the Springbok logo with a Protea.

    To use the langue de l'Internet : WTF!

    The main WTF here is that it took so long.

    The Springbok is a symbol with some pretty offensive connotations to 80% or so of the population.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    They could call their team The Lions. After all:
    1. Everyone else does.
    2. They actually have some in South Africa.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4421 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    I'm with LB, I'm amazed it's taken this long - it's been in the air for ages, and the cricketers did it years ago.

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 558 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    PR,

    Pretty sure the cricketers did it upon readmission.

    But then cricket, in South Africa as everywhere, has always been a little more enlightened.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    the South African rugby team is going to replace the Springbok logo with a Protea.

    I was totally against it, then...

    The Springbok is a symbol with some pretty offensive connotations to 80% or so of the population.

    Then I was for it, then...

    actually there was no quote

    ...I was against it again.

    They should retake the symbol and make it something different. Like the Nazis did with the swastika...but the other way around.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Trevor Mallard batting about on a penny-farthing

    Leaving aside the surrealism of that image for the moment: I've always wanted to try riding one of those. They're such an incomprehensibly Victorian mode of transport. Like, do you need a leg-up? Or is there a mounting stand for a penny-farthing? Do you have to sort of leap upon one as it's going along? Is it unicycle-esque, or does the balance thing work a lot like your ordinary two-wheeled bicycle?

    Wikipedia tells me that the big wheel actually serves a purpose - increased speed and distance. That's a complete lightbulb moment. I thought it was just wackily decorative. (I'm not very mechanically minded, obviously.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Like, do you need a leg-up? Or is there a mounting stand for a penny-farthing?

    from memory you have to get a running start. They aren't the most agile of vehicles though. Trevor looked terrified when he got near where we were sitting and had to do a u-turn. It's quite a long way to fall.

    the big wheel actually serves a purpose - increased speed and distance.

    Remember the during Olympics how the cycling commentator who would always be saying "Now he's riding a X inch wheel which means that for every turn of the pedals...blah blah blah" :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    At the fake-newspaper Framley Examiner site (http://www.framleyexaminer.com/) there's a "Girl's Mountain Penny-Farthing" for sale in the classifieds, along with a "Crack Pipe with Colourful Logo - World's Greatest Mum"'.
    If you really fancy a penny-farthing there's a guy in Chch. who'll build you one. I believe the wheel size depends on the length of your legs.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3376 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    The mighty Magpies have done the mooloos! Made hard work of it in the end, but 28-0 at half time was a happy time.

    Sorry Haydn, you'll have to remind me, am I C'mon the Bay, or Go the Bay?

    (Condolences on BoP BTW)

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 558 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Sorry Haydn, you'll have to remind me, am I C'mon the Bay, or Go the Bay?

    (Condolences on BoP BTW)

    You can be either now :)

    Southland just made "the list"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Remember the during Olympics how the cycling commentator who would always be saying "Now he's riding a X inch wheel which means that for every turn of the pedals...blah blah blah" :)

    Yeah. But now they use these new-fangled things called gears. Young folk these days.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6162 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Galvani,

    I remember seeing Trevor Mallard zooming around the Beehive on a penny farthing too. And many times since in a recurring dream...

    Wellington • Since Oct 2008 • 28 posts Report Reply

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