Monday, June 23, 2008

The weekend that was

In reflective mood, what we learned from the weekend that just passed in the world of sports

  • 1. Jason Varitek is tougher than you and me.
  • 2. The Italian soccer team can go home and eat some pasta for the rest of it's life
  • 3. The weather in Ireland is not conducive to outdoor sporting activities
  • 4. England are really, really bad at Rugby, plus they are about as disciplined as the Cincinnati Bengals

1. Jason Varitek is tougher than you and me.

Chris Duncan tests Jason Varitek's nerves and strength. Red Sox win.

Great description of Red Sox Captain Jason Varitek's crucial, gutsy play to keep the Sox in the game in extra innings against the Cardinals. Description from 'Surviving Grady'.
But everything changed in the top of the thirteenth. When it looked for sure that the Cards would plate the go-ahead run, Drew unleashed a majestic hurl to the plate, where Tek snuffed out Chris Duncan with a defensive block that would've made Bear Bryant proud. At that point, the Sox had to win the game.

2. The Italian soccer team can go home and eat some pasta for the rest of it's life

Italy attempted to bore the soccer world to death Sunday night, with their grim, Greek like defensive tactics and never ending diving, flopping or simulating. Until FIFA come down hard on simulating, soccer is going to have a big fat ugly question mark against it. It needs to stop, now. One particularly galling development is where a striker feigns injury, falls down, and stays down while the opposition break. For some reason, this season in particular, the referee is stopping play so the 'injured' player can get 'treatment'. This absolutely destroys the flow of the game. FIFA need to nip this one in the bud now, before it becomes an accepted part of the game. Thank God Italy are out. Horrible, horrible team.

3. The weather in Ireland is not conducive to outdoor sporting activities

The crunch Irish baseball league game between the Dublin Hurricanes and the Blacksox was postponed due to the gale force winds and intermittent heavy rain that swept across Dublin Sunday morning. June? More like October. Ridiculous.

4. England are really, really bad at Rugby, plus they are about as disciplined as the Cincinnati Bengals

England's 2008/2009 campaign Rugby jersey

England got whipped (again) by the All Blacks on Saturday morning. This after many of their players have been implicated in seedy situations all tour long. Situations involving the words stripper and rape are not something you want your team getting attached to. The British rugby team has reached a new low.

The reports coming in are particularly sordid;
''Unconfirmed reports say the players had been part of a drinking session at the Pony club bar in Auckland on Sunday night where they were were accompanied by several women. The players returned to their hotel where one 18-year-old is said to have had sex with two players, witnessed in part by two other players. After the woman returned home a subsequent allegation of a sexual nature was made.''
It doesn't end there though;
There were further lurid claims in The Sun today, which said that a group of players took six women back to the Hilton Hotel in Auckland after the team's defeat by the All Blacks.
At least one player can be proud of his sexual prowess, if not his rugby playing ability;
A model named as Sophie Lewis said she had sex with one of the players being investigated on the night of the alleged assault. The 22-year-old said: "I think it was my Alice in Wonderland costume that caught his eye. He even called me Alice when we first met. He wasn't flash or arrogant. He's very handsome and was a smoothie, a real charmer.

The funniest part comes last, as always, bear in mind this happened AFTER a bad loss to the All Blacks where several England players were openly accused of not giving their all for King and Country.
''He was fantastic in bed - awesome and he had amazing staying power. He kept going like the Duracell bunny in the TV ads."

That's because he had plenty of energy to spare!!

Why is this all so funny? Entirely down to the arrogance that spews out of English rugby. It is massively hilarious watching them self destruct. Hopefully the next time they come to Dublin to play someone remembers this and dresses up as the energizer bunny.


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