Here we are again. We’re staying home and saving lives - but with sport on hold, how can we enjoy the highs and lows we live for? Never fear, here’s a list of ways you can experience the full gamut of emotions while remaining lockdown compliant.
Recreate watching a live match on TV by doing pretty much anything but mainly looking at your phone
Re-live watching sport in European time zones by getting out of bed at 3am, lying on the couch and immediately going back to sleep
Enjoy stadium food by peeling sausage rolls, placing them on bread directly from the freezer and setting light to a $20 note
Experience life as the Highlanders coach by trying to get your children to do schoolwork
Recreate a day at the Test cricket by getting very very drunk, lying down outside and going to sleep
Remember great Crusaders v Hurricanes finals by starting a hot shower and closing all bathroom doors and windows
Re-live the 2019 Cricket World Cup final by punching yourself in the face
Recreate a last minute defeat by poaching eggs perfectly until they burst mid-transfer from water to toast
Enjoy completely-insane-and-detached-from-reality post-match Facebook comment sections by visiting your local community Facebook group
Thanks for reading - Richard
This week's best NZ sport content
Sport Psychologist Gary Hermansson on the myriad of pressures athletes come under from the programmes designed to look after them, Leah Lassche on what falling short of medals has meant for her and her family and Jane Copland on her experience as a high performance swimmer [Stuff, Locker Room]
“She puts a new perspective on everything, that’s for sure,” she says. “Anytime someone throws the word ‘melanoma’ at you it gets pretty scary, pretty real, very fast. I’m very lucky that’s not what it ended up being, but there were a scary few days there. It was tough.”
Lea Tahuhu on her cancer scare and recovery [LockerRoom]
And go and watch Sean Lock, who we lost this week:
Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams was amazing. I’d say we should do it here but a lot of our cricket grounds are kind of like this already.
The Tallest Man in Ramallah - essay on life on the West Bank by ace novelist Michael Chabon [LitHub]
Yes, you should watch The White Lotus.
Bring back the gif
When you’ve showered for the Zoom.
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