As the BLACKCAPS try their darnest to make kiwis proud and the All Blacks reflect on a perfect display in making kiwis proud, someone who used to capture the hearts and imaginations of kiwis is now appearing to do the complete opposite.
The trial of Chris Cairns continues in London, where he's being grilled about his alleged match-fixing shenanigans. If found guilty, then he'd be the great kiwi all-rounder who lied in court.
Both the Wildcard and I have expressed our thoughts on Cairns, which to sum up basically went like this: you were the man, now you're a bit weird. Those thoughts however came about a year ago, when Lou Vincent was in the spotlight as someone who confessed his sins and copped it on the chin - an act that fills me with more pride than Cairns ever can.
What has struck me about Cairns' most recent trial, is the denial. Ronnie from Jersey Shore had this 'deny, deny, deny' mantra, which is fine when it's something more trivial and not a criminal act. To compound matters further, the evidence presented in court over the past few weeks paints a fairly grim picture for Cairns, yet he continues to deny his involvement and tries to discredit witnesses like Brendon McCullum.
Hmm... denials, plenty of evidence and a blatant bullying. This sounds like that Lance Armstrong fella.
I mean, c'mon Cairnsy, via ESPNCricinfo...
"Cairns argued that his involvement in the diamond trade was a legitimate step into life after cricket and pointed out that he had obtained a diploma from the Gemology Institute of America after undergoing a three-month course in polished stones in Bangkok."
Yup, Cairns is now an expert in polished stones so if you need that bling, hit him up.
Cairns could genuinely be interested in this career path, which means he had no part to play in match-fixing. But the courts have been told that Cairns ventured to Dubai with none other than Lou Vincent and Darryl Tuffey, who were both names dropped when this match-fixing drama kicked off. We don't need to dig too deep to start to see the evidence mounting up against Cairns, whether it be his funky love for polished stones, Vincent and McCullum's (among others) evidence against him or the reason we're here in the first place, thanks to cricketing underworld/legit boss guy Lalit Modi who has done many funky/shady things, so he'd probably know better than you or I about who is involved in match-fixing and who isn't.
This isn't evidence, but the way that kiwi cricketers - many of whom exist on the same cricketing level, or above, as Cairns - have willingly stepped up to answer questions about Cairns should be a worry for Cairns. If Cairns had nothing to do with this, then you'd expect these former and current BLACKCAPS (and cricketers from other countries) to support him.
You can't really support someone though when what you have experienced with that person is the opposite.
If you connect the dots and have the power of gauging vibes that people give off, you can see that this won't end well for Cairns. There might be some loophole that he can exploit but I'm leaning towards Cairns being found guilty. I have got to the point where, while I don't wish negativity on Cairns, I do hope that he is found guilty. The way that Cairns has denied, bullied and looked incredibly smug/arrogant throughout this process is so far removed from what we want from our kiwi athletes/sporting legends.
In a way we are lucky to be given two examples of how we do and don't want Aotearoa to be represented on the world stage. Note to self - don't match-fix or study polished gems.
vs Toronto Raptors: 27 mins, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 blocks.
Oh look at you! You've made it all the way to the bottom so you get to read me whinging about the Super Smash T20 whack whack domestic cricket competition. Jokes, I won't whinge too much but I just wanted to point out how shitty it is that we have been lured into domestic cricket with a few Plunket Shield rounds only for the T20 stuff to put its two cents in the mix.
I know this because I wrote two Plunket Shield diaries and thoroughly enjoyed them; it's safe to say I won't be doing the same for the T20 whack whack. I will catch the odd game on telly however to see how it's going, mainly keeping an eye on the crowds and hype surrounding the competition. The Super Smash (and to a lesser extent the Ford Trophy) have been put in the spotlight by NZ Cricket, as the Super Smash earns more dosh that the Plunket Shield does, so it will be interesting to see if fans get out and enjoy the festivities.
Plunket Shield for life.