Midweek Bulletin - I've Got A Trans-Tasman Theory...

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, folks across our great land that we call Aotearoa, I've got a theory...

There's this Rugby World Cup final right? And the BLACKCAPS are in Australia as the trans-Tasman rivalry prepares to put two new chapters in it's book - The Great Book Of Trans-Tasman Rivalry Shit. Two new chapters will be entered because we will be treated to the pinnacle of two different sports that are enhanced by the trans-Tasman rivalry. My theory is that a Test series between the BLACKCAPS and Australia is the pinnacle of cricket for kiwis, what ya reckon?

A Rugby World Cup final is rather obviously the biggest game/stage in rugby, there's no need to explain that. We live for this four year cycle, it's our drug as we itch ourselves, get twitchy and sweaty, waiting for the Rugby World Cup to come around. What is cricket's peak though?

Test cricket has to be heavily involved in a discussion about cricket's peak. A Cricket World Cup final could be seen as the top of cricket, the biggest stage and all that but as a lover of Test cricket and what it stands for, I'm ride or die with Test cricket being the biggest, baddest, sickest, most hectic level of cricket. This is what pisses me off about cricket though as Australia and England have the Ashes while the other nations don't quite get that sort of feeling from Test cricket.

Thanks to the Ashes, a Test series against the BLACKCAPS might not be the pinnacle for Australia. For the BLACKCAPS though, this Test series against Australia will be the biggest series and most important series they have encountered since that day when things started to change. Australia are still really good at cricket and the last trans-Tasman cricketing clash where Australia handed the BLACKCAPS a cheeky touch up, sets things up perfectly.

If I were a BLACKCAP, first of all I'd be fairly similar to Chris Harris or Nathan Astle and I would also see a Test series against Australia as the most exciting battle of my cricketing career. I reckon I would feel fairly similar leading into a Test series against Australia as I would leading into a Rugby World Cup, which makes this such a funky time to be a kiwi or Australian sports fan. It's not often that we get the double dose of trans-Tasman drama and shenanigans, as I said on Monday, there's nothing that compares to facing Australia on the sports field and we are going to be graced with a trans-Tasman pinnacle in two sports. That's pretty cool.

We have to tick off the Rugby World Cup final before we get to the cricket though, which means we have to sit through a few more days of bullshit from the mainstream media on both sides of the Tasman. The Aussie media are ripping into 'Richety Grub' Richie McCaw which is pretty funny as it's similar to what goes down around State Of Origin time with 'banter' going back and forth between the NSW media and Queensland's media. 

This is all good fun though, until kiwis get a little sensitive and start to take troll stories from Australia media seriously - that's what Australia does! It's the role they play in the trans-Tasman rivalry, which is why I love the trans-Tasman rivalry. 

Two things you should listen two...

John Grant, interim boss dawg of the NRL spoke with an Australian radio station in which he provided plenty of insight into the NRL's plans. One bit that caught my ear was how Grant broke down the desire to get back to the grassroots or country footy and provide them with the resources and backing they need to strengthen the game. Grant said that the NRL can only do this with the money from the new broadcasting deal (which is only half done), which sheds light on the main gripe that many fans had with the NRL as they ignored the grassroots. 

I'm happy to give the NRL the benefit of the doubt here as it does make sense, not to intentionally ignore the grassroots but to put it on the back burner for a second and ensure that the main product - the NRL earns the most money it can. Grant states that the job of the NRL is to make money that can be put back into rugby league and I don't know about ya'll, but I find that pretty slick. Now we wait to see if it happens, have a listen yourself...

Another interview that tickled my eardrums was this one from Elliot Wilson and CBS Radio (and some B-Dot guy). It's not sport related, but it's well worth the listen as the guest is Punch from Top Dawg Entertainment and if you pay attention, you'll get plenty of little gems, bits of wisdom and motivation to get you through your Wednesday. Hit the link below, the link that has the CBS in it and you'll open the player, do it...