<q>but there’s a lot of character being built and knowledge being imparted just by virtue of having it here.
Sadly, none of that has manifested in my whanau (quite large = +120 immediate members) - but then again, we aint sports people.
But it is good to hear that it is working for others.
Because we're all going to be hit with a helluva debt when the thing is over.
There have been some great stories here, with Argentinians hocking their gear in the era before pro rugby and the All Black curing a sick little girl may go down in legend. But I had to pick two winners and they are...
Drum Roll Please
The winner of the Argentinian jersey is... Jack Elder for his fantastic kids and their passion for supporting our guests during the cup.
The winner of the All Black jersey is... Chris Bowden if only for the line
"by the time I caught up with her she had made quite a start on drowning her sorrows. Things progressed from there
which made me laugh.
Gentlemen please click the email link and get in contact with me with sizes and addresses for me to send the jerseys.
Ha ha ha! Victory!
It was a great story and clearly a wise judge.
Some wonderful stories here. I've enjoyed it.
Woo hoo - thanks Hayden. Email to follow. The only problem is I will have to tell my wife where I secured the jersey. I suspect she will then log on and give her side of the story. Great for you guys, possibly not great for me.
If you could flick me that email soon that'd be awesome. Cheers.
I really want to throw something at both Tew and the media for this stupid All Blacks will boycott the world cup story.
Apart from the fact that clearly they won't...
If the All Blacks were to boycott the world cup to try and get back their 13 million - all the other teams that they could play will be at the event. The Tri-nations won't be longer just because the All Blacks are available. No inbound tour. Sponsors are going to reduce their contracts with the All Blacks, not increase them if the All Blacks aren't going to the biggest rugby event in the world.
Stupid story that needs a reporter to tell Tew he's an idiot.
isn't it just a negiotiating position to get revenue-sharing arrangements tilted in favour of teams' individual sponsorship arrangements over tournament-wide ones?
But for a threat to have any effect as a negotiating position, it needs to have a possibility of being carried out.
There's no possibility of them carrying it out, so the possibly reasonable thing that they're saying ("this costs us money") is lost behind the incredibly stupid statement ("we're not coming").
They'll get more money going to the world cup, because the returns will be more than the costs of going.
En route to visiting me in small town USA, my mother emails to say that she will be sorry to miss the rugby and is there any way I can help with that.
Not off the top of my head, as it happens. I do, however, start to imagine packing her off to a sports bar filled with antipodean graduate students. The thought of her eating buffalo wings and drinking Rolling Rock from the bottle is worth a bit of effort, so I start to make inquiries.
For yes. I have fortuitously just met a local young NZer, a rugby player even. Picked him out of the crowd at Beer Fest by his pounamu, to the astonishment of his friends and mine. Furthermore, despite our both having festivated extensively, had the presence of mind to extract contact details.
How does one watch the rugby world cup, I ask him. Like this, this, or this, he replies. I check out the options and figure out what will work, and emerge triumphant. Best daughter ever. King of the lab.
Except it turns out that what she reeeeally wants to see is Warriors v. Sea Eagles.
Yeah!! Tonga V France tickets in hot hand today. Could be a wet night though....
isn’t it just a negiotiating position to get revenue-sharing arrangements
Well, I believe something has to be done and not just for the lost revenue of the All Blacks (am I allowed to use that term, All Blacks, or will I find myself in court?)
Here's a little story. I was in the Grey Lynn RSA a few weeks back and an old Samoan lady walked in and shuffled up to the bar, sha asked "Who do I give tis money to for Manu Samoa?"
she handed the barman a $50 note.
Others in the bar knew a bit more of the story.
She wasn't wealthy, she had a large family and she wanted to help her Nations team in the Word Cup and the RSA was collecting donations, they raised several thousand I think, maybe less.
Anyway, the point is that all the money, and more, that was raised for the team has now been snatched by the IRB as a fine for a player wearing a mouthguard with some unauthorised words on it.
Can't we just dump the greedy imbeciles and form a new international association?.
Am I right in thinking that if we let Canada win by 50+ points today , they will go through instead of France? This would be a nice way to avenge Cardiff 2007.
the Lager League of Extraordinary mistakes...
Love this story - Heineken Rugby ad uses old League footage!
Get (The Unordinary) Carter...
Shock! Horror! Dan Carter doubled up in agony on the practice field...
A nation goes into cardiac arrest...
Is it too early to blame those tight lunch-wrap underwear he is probably contractually obliged to wear?
Le Coq-up Sportif...
...if we let Canada win by 50+ points today,
they will go through instead of France?
I love this idea, it embraces the sporting ideals (gamesmanship?) the RWC embodies - like fining the Samoans for someone wearing the wrong mouthguard, and don't start me on some of the reffing decisions I did see in that SA/Samoa game...
Wow! Through the generosity of friends we have tickets to the Wales vs Fiji game today.
Hah! That's never going to happen. The All Blacks have vowed to win every game. It's the righteous way to win, being the only team that never got beat.
I know it will never happen. But I would still find it sweet if it were to happen:) Still I don't see anyone saying that Spain didn't deserve to win the Football World Cup because they lost to Switzerland (iirc).
Dan Carter out of World Cup!
What a kicker...
How does it feel? (Colin) Slade...
My facebook status from 22 July: "My world cup picks: Ben Smith to play in the final on the wing, Dan Carter to be injured well before the final and hardly play in the tournament at all."
One out of two isn't bad :(
Sports Fans alike will recall my crowing (see above) that I had tickets to the game and they will share in my appreciation of the game between Tonga and The Rainbow Warrior Bombers. No grudges. The crowd was wild. Tit for tat tackle yellow cards and I DID get the impression that Stevey wanted to Tongans to remain on the field. The atmospehere was electric. Wonderful game.
The view was really good. The picnic tea we acquired was great. Even managed to slurp a Corona as well!!
Once we got the sofa closer to the big screen it did really feel like we were there......
.......Yes...we didn't go. Yes....I had the tickets at 4-45pm Friday. Yes I put them in my pocket. Yes we were packed and ready to go at 4-25pm Sat to catch the 4-39 train from Silverstream so that we had time to meander to our seats. Aisle 30. Row KK Seats 79 & 80.
Now.......where are the tickets.....
I was surprised to not find them in my pocket.....or beside the phone....or....The place was ripped apart until it was decided they were at work. Plenty of time. Drove down and checked all those places I ventured after 4-45pm Friday. Must be at home. We still had time. Ripped the place apart again. Remembered one place at work I failed to check. Wouldn't sleep unless I checked it....Getting a wee bit close to kickoff now......Arrived at work and no, they were not there either. "F*&k. Why why why did you not leave them in the car you silly prick!"
Journeyed with much sulleness on face, questioning getting old and failure of short to medium memory.... to Lower Hutt Pak & Save and got picnic tea.
Moved sofa closer to screen............the rest is history.......And we missed it.
WTF.....it was only $250 and the game of the WC....so far......
Is there a wooden spoon award, Hadyn?
That sucks, Ross. Where were they in the end?
Bummer dude. Are they with your passport? That's where I always find the plane tickets I loose every time I travel.
It's that effing half a brain is the problem.
Nah. Gorn. Vanished.....Poof......vamoosed.....
Underpants gnomes! They've just changed tactics-