The kids should see this

Sport Review #116

Understanding why some New Zealanders have irrational reactions to seemingly innocuous words like ‘Steve Waugh’, ‘Matthew Ridge’ and ‘France’ is crucial.

Our great land has a long and exciting history of being unlucky, hard done by, and triumph. In the first of an occasional series, here’s some of the most ignominious moments in New Zealand sport - you should show the children.

Let me know what I’ve missed - email me or get at me on the Twitter.

The underarm. Yes, we should be over it by now, but if you want to know why daddy has that ‘I support the All Blacks and anyone playing Australia’ t-shirt for painting in, this is probably why:

The America’s Cup gets the blood boiling for some, and makes others want to sail a boat into the ocean and sink it. Here’s why, and also what a proper press conference should look like:

Dean Lonergan knocking himself out in the first 30 seconds of a Test match, then coming back to play the match of his life is an inspiration / warning to us all.

If, like many, you question why ex-cricketer Mark Richardson is on your television so often, here’s why:

Getting Saatchi and Saatchi guy Kevin Roberts involved with the All Blacks did no-one any credit.

Children - never do this.

Thanks for reading - Richard

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