Friday Frills - Let's Stop

Let's stop talking about the America's Cup yeah? It's pretty obvious it's a shambles and if the last one was anything to go by, we should all understand that there isn't much competition involved besides 'ha ha my wallet's bigger than yours'. We celebrated that we were the underdog, that our pockets weren't as fat as the other guy's and we voiced our disgust that this was the case. Here we are about to go through it all again. 

Take a minute, think to yourself, imagine all the other ways boat racing could go down. This isn't an uneducated boat racing hater saying that the America's Cup sucks, but everything about it just stinks. There's no real need for an Australian to get involved because they have their own boat race than is celebrated, it's an event, people line up every year to watch boats go from point A to point B, simple. 

Unless you're coming up with an alternative to all this sillyness, let's just stop. There's too many sports that have a human touch, a touch of reality, that deserve whatever words you're speaking/writing about that thing.

Let's also stop caring so much about Australian cricketers. It seems we spend half our days discussing them, while they're celebrating. We look like babies.

Let's also stop worrying about Jesse Ryder. This has got past the point where he's a squandered talent and I don't even know what chapter we are up to, just let the dude get on with his business. It's clear that he won't return to international cricket, it's unclear whether he's keen to battle on the domestic scene so hopefully he finds a place where he can dominate and be happy.

Let's stop listing all the great achievements that Charles Piutau will miss. The dude will be getting paid what he deserves, which is probably more beneficial to he and his family than a Lions tour or even a World Cup appearance. One thing I've learned about sport is that you've got to cash in when you can, which I struggled with when I bemoaned players for accepting the cash over keeping a team together, especially in salary capped competitions. Whether it be injury or a loss of form, one bad night on the town or even a simply lack of desire, nothing about your career is promised and you can't say that someone shouldn't accept such an offer because he could do this or do that. 

Once again, we salute you Mr Piutau. Do your thing and represent Aotearoa rugby to the fullest.

One lad who took such an opportunity, albeit with slightly less cash on the table was Sam Lousi. Unfortunately for Sam, the former Warriors stud, he 'cracked' his shoulder blade playing for the Waratahs against the Auckland Blues and will be out of the season. Hopefully he'll be back next year and can kick on, fingers crossed.

Across the ditch, the UFC and MMA in general is starting to make moves which is awesome. There's whispers floating around that Fox Sports will carry an MMA dedicated program which will back up Fox's large UFC coverage. The UFC has a deal with Fox Sports in the United States, which could obviously flow down under but that will be a slow process. 

Once again, note down May 11 in your diary as Adelaide will host Mark Hunt vs Stipe Miocic. Huge fight for hunt but the card also features Dylan Andrews and Dan Hooker who will Hatsu Hioki, a fighter with much more experience.

The NBL tipped off on Wednesday night with the Southland Sharks defeating the Manawatu Jets 100-74. With 28 points Todd Blanchfield was the top scorer for the game,  but the Sharks also had Duane Bailey and Tai Wesley chip in with 25 and 20 points respectively. The Jets only had Nick Horvath put any nice numbers on the board with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Last night saw a much closer contest, with the Wellington Saints doing enough to beat the Mountain Airs 102-93. Lindsay Tait showed his veteran class with 22 points and 10 assists to help the Saints get the W while Aaron Fuller kept the Airs in the contest with 22 points. The Saints had far better production off the bench which helped them end on top, Izayah Mauriohoohoo-Le'afa was especially impressive with 18 points off the bench.

The Parramatta Eels will be happy to have Richie Fa'aoso back in action after the NRL agreed to register his contract. Fa'aoso had retired after suffering a neck injury with Manly, but specialists had come to the conclusion that he could still play footy. The issue that held up the registering of his contract revolved around insurance which is understandable, with Fa'aoso already having suffered a pretty hefty injury. It's all good baby baby now and Fa'aoso will start in the NSW Cup before adding some serious starch to the Parramatta pack.

Big up big up to Daniel Vettori, as we stated a few weeks back he's now the coach of the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. 

Steven Adams, Upto Bro?

vs Dallas Mavericks - 24 minutes, 7 points, 2 steals, 2 assists, 2 rebounds and an injury :(

This Weekend

NBL 

Friday

  • Waitakere vs Nelson (Auck)
  • Canterbury vs Manawatu (Chch)

Saturday

  • Hawkes Bay vs Nelson (Nap)

Monday

  • Wellington vs Canterbury

Super Rugby

Friday

  • Hurricanes vs Stormers
  • Rebels vs Reds

Saturday

  • Chiefs vs Blues
  • Brumbies vs Cheetahs
  • Sharks vs Crusaders
  • Lions vs Bulls

ANZ Championship

Sunday

  • Magic vs Mystics

Monday

  • Fever vs Vixens
  • Tactix vs Steel

A-League

Thursday 

  • Brisbane Roar 6 - 1 Central Coast Mariners

Friday

  • Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne City

Saturday

  • Sydney FC vs Adelaide United

Sunday 

  • Wellington Phoenix vs Melbourne Victory

Monday

  • Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory

ASB Premiership - Grand Final

Sunday

  • Auckland City FC vs Hawkes Bay United. 2pm, Kiwitea Street, be there.