Friday Frills - Jah Bless The Motherland

Before we get into some of our newsy news stories I'd like us all to take a moment, poor some of your Double Brown out, spark that J, because English sport appears to be dead.

Why does that matter? Well, they are the Motherland. They've gifted a fair amount of stuff, most notably the majority of the sports we love, hence why I have mixed emotions. On the one hand I'm a bit sad, like they deserve better ... no they don't, they've made this bed with stupidity.

We'll start with the UEFA Champions League, which has no teams from the EPL in its quarter finals. Heck, there were only three teams in the round of 16 and they all got touched up, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all suffered defeat over the two legs and now the EPL is not represented in the quarter final. This is the second time in three seasons that such madness has taken place.

Myself and the Wildcard discussed the EPL a bit in our Niche Cast this week and to go along with the struggles of English (is it really English, because there's not many English players and most of the teams are under foreign ownership) football, they live in 2001. They're lagging behind in the technology stakes, depriving fans of funky highlights footage on the interwebs and generally hindering the expansion of their brand.

Pour some out for English football, or roll one up.

The other LOL worthy aspect of English sport is their cricket side. Now let's look past their World Cup performance, which is hilarious because shit is still rising up to the proverbial fan without their miserable World Cup performance. Well this if kind of related, Test skipper Alistair Cook has come out and said that he shouldn't have been sacked so close to the World Cup, yes folks at least someone in that joint has some common sense.

While Cook's applying some common sense, it's pretty odd for him to come out and say so, kicking everyone in the guts while they're doing a floor suck of the Double Brown that we just poured out.

Then there's the Kevin Pietersen saga, which is definitely an all round giggle. KP has stated that he wants to return to County Cricket, score a truck-load of runs and get back in the England team. The Chairman of the English and Wales Cricket Board thingy, Colin Graves has said that he'd welcome Pietersen back into the team, even saying that he'd talked to the great KP about a return.

That seems to differ to the view of selector James Whitaker who said that the great KP was not part of England's plans going forward. Someone get all these lads in the same room.

Michael Vaughan, appears to have the most common sense. He, rightfully reckons that the best thing the England cricket side can do is go to the West Indies (they tour there after the Cup) and win, then the great KP will no longer be an issue, or a distraction, or an elephant in the room.

Right-o, Konrad Hurrell has re-signed with the Warriors which is nice and all, but I'm not sure how sought after Hurrell was. In fact, it sounds as thought Hurrell hadn't even really thought about leaving the Warriors, so this news is a bit meh. You would have thought by the kerfuffle from local media that Hurrell's signature was as sought after as Daly Cherry-Evans or Kieran Foran's, but I don't think Hurrell would fit in any other NRL side, let's be honest.

You've got to tip your hat to Jim Doyle who is running the joint now as he's re-signed Ben Matulino and Hurrell so far which is two ticks.

Unfortunately we have no idea how much dosh Hurrell's contract is worth, which is pretty important because you're paying for someone who enjoys an injury. Hurrell's three seasons in the NRL have seen him play 17, 20 and 19 games. Then you look at the now and Hurrell's got an ongoing niggler of a knee injury, so it's hard to see him playing more than 20 games this season.

Essentially the Warriors are banking on Hurrell's impact, rather than consistency. But we don't know how much they are banking on that impact.

Steven Adams, Upto Bro?

Boston - 38 minutes, 14 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist. OKC won, yey.

This Weekend...

Super Rugby

Friday

  • Highlanders vs Hurricanes    
  • Rebels vs Lions    

Saturday

  • Crusaders vs Cheetahs    
  • Bulls vs Force    
  • Sharks vs Chiefs    

Sunday

  • Waratahs vs Brumbies

ANZ Championship

Sunday

  • Thunderbirds vs Vixens
  • Magic vs Tactix

Monday

  • Swifts vs Fever
  • Mystic vs Pulse

A-League

Friday

  • Sydney FC vs Melbourne City

Saturday

  • Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets
  • Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory

Sunday

  • Central Coast Mariners vs Perth Glory
  • Brisbane Roar vs Wellington Phoenix

ASB Premiership

Semi Finals yo, get out and support!

  • Waitakere United vs Auckland City FC. Fred Taylor Park @ 2pm
  • Hawkes Bay United vs Team Wellington. Park Island Napier @ 2pm.