Oh it's a Monday and I'm feeling kinda crumbly so here's 10 Things I Think I think to keep your sports coverage kinda funky...
1) I think that every time Lydia Ko wins something or does well at a tournament we will hear about how much money she has won. Silly kiwi media folk seem solely focused on how much money Ko has won and will continue to win and it gets a bit tiresome, especially when you consider how many tournaments Ko will go on to win.
Ko didn't win the CME Group Tour Championship event in Florida, but her seventh-placed finish did ensure that the humble Ko will go down in history, if she wasn't already. Ko won the Rolex Player Of The Year award after she finished this event two points ahead of Inbee Park in the final standings as well as holding the number one ranking over the off-season which, according to the LPGA makes her the youngest MVP/Player Of The Year in the USA's four major sports, PGA and LPGA. Next on the list is Derrick Rose, so good on ya Lydia.
2) I think we need to appreciate Sky Sports. A lot of time in the Niche Cache offices is spent bagging Sky Sport and it would be rude not to give props when they are due. Yesterday (Sunday) I planted my backside on the couch keen to watch some sporting action and boy was I treated with a buffet, oh how I like a good buffet. Across Sky Sport's various sports channels at one time there was Super Smash T20 cricket, UFC, English sports news, golf, V8s, surfing, Canelo vs Cotto boxing, Auckland vs Natal Sharks from 1996 on the Jonah channel, NBA and NCAA Football.
That might not sound overly appealing to you, but the variety and quality on offer from Sky Sports yesterday gets a tick from me. Especially the Canelo vs Cotto fight which we would usually miss unless we wanted to fork out some pay-per-view dosh (which I never do) and to have that being beamed into our lounges was awesome. Canelo Alvarez won the fight and with all the boxing talk usually zoned in on Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, the prospect of Alvarez taking on Gennady Golovkin has me rather excited.
3) I think we need to do away with the big stadiums for ASB Premiership football. Yesterday after the T20 cricket, Canterbury United took on Team Wellington in Christchurch and after watching a few games involving Auckland City FC and Waitakere United at North Harbour Stadium, it was refreshing to see footy played at a local park. There will never be a huge crowd at these games and watching games in an empty stadium just looks a bit daft, especially when you can get a sick little atmosphere going at smaller grounds which suits this competition far better.
Hey, at least it's on the telly right?
4) I think Corey Webster is the man. After returning from the NBA, Webster has done exactly what I hoped he would by stacking the numbers up and showcasing his borderline-NBA talent in the ANBL for the Breakers. 39 points last night in the win over Melbourne United and you can read all about Webster's exploits from the Wildcard.
5) I think we should all just chill out and keep ourselves busy leading up to the third cricket Test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide. Even throughout the first two Tests we have heard about low crowd numbers, bat dominating ball, tame pitches, shitty cricket balls and everything that needs to change in Test cricket which makes me shudder at the thought of a week of bullshit ahead of the pink ball experiment. Just go read a book or something and don't contemplate anything about day/night Test cricket until we at least get a taste of it on Friday.
6) I think Peta Hiku might leave the Manly Sea Eagles which makes me sad. After I wrote how the impending arrival of Dylan Walker could impact Hiku and his Manly team mates, news broke of Hiku being shopped around to other NRL clubs. If I was Trent Barrett I would be keen to keep Hiku but there might not be much salary cap space left, which I will explore in more depth in tomorrow's Offseason Octopus.
7) I think this is already the best Premier League season in recent memory with Liverpool's 4-1 demolition of Manchester United headlining another week of exciting action. We'll talk some shit about the Premier League in our Footy Rhubarb videos so stay tuned for them while the Wildcard is all over it like a rash so peep his Pass And Move column.
8) I think Eddie Jones is a great man to coach England ... I also think that England Rugby has far more to sort out than getting a good coach. Changes must be made at every level of English rugby if they want to be a similar realm to the All Blacks, but the appointment of Jones is a good start. I'm going to be interested to see how Jones goes about switching things up, especially as he's got a pretty handy track record following the improvement of Japan under his guidance.
9) I think I love the Barbarian FC. They got touched up by Argentina over the weekend which is understandable although having such a collection of rugby talent can only bring a smile to your face, as it brought many smiles to the various players' faces...
10) I think my love for Steven Adams will never end...