In the big scheme of things, we're not too far into this whole FIFA deeeeerama and I'm already sick of it. So this is dedicated to those who don't really care.
I feel you, not those who don't care because they're oblivious but those who educated folk who still don't care. Let's be honest, probably around 80 percent of FIFA's dealings would have been corrupt so there's no shock when evidence about bribes here and there come out with the latest revolving around Thierry Henry's handball against Ireland.
While Sepp Blatter has stepped down but remains in his throne until they find a new sucker, there are going to be more and more stories, more evidence presented and more shock. Every time a new Chuck Blazer or Trinidad Jake, Jack, Jimbo, what ever his name is, comes out to save their backside, it's going to kick up a fuss.
But it's never going to be surprising, be all the way real with yourself; nothing that is presented on FIFA or Sepp will surprise, we all know how funky they are.
Every World Cup of recent history and those coming up has a funky smell to it, every election also has a funky smell to it, FIFA has a funky smell to it #ProteinFarts.
So, I think it's best we stop caring, well at least until the new sucker is appointed. On the one hand, every FIFA-corruption headline pulls us away from the actual sport that we all love and with football constantly dishing out quality entertainment, I don't want that. On the other hand, who really cares how terribly corrupt FIFA is/has been. If you asked the average football fan a year or two or five ago about FIFA, they would have told you that they're fucked, so this isn't anything new.
There's too many great sporting things on our beautiful planet to kick FIFA while they're down.
Beautiful things like the NBA Finals which tips off today between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's a Finals series that offers plenty of talent with Steph Curry firming as one of the best 3-point shooters in history up against one of the best players in history; LeBron James.
Curry has come back from injuries earlier in his career, bringing the Warriors back up to speed in the NBA to this point while James is back home, reppin' Cleveland. There's the two Aussies in Andrew Bogut and Mathew Dellavadova going against each other on the biggest stage and you've got two coaches who are in year one with their respective teams.
While the James has been the constant of the NBA Finals in recent years, the past few Finals series had a hard slog vibe to it. We kind of knew who the best few teams were and we had seen a whole lot of them over the last thee to four years, we knew the match ups well, we knew who did what and how they did it. But this year it feels fresh, thanks largely to the Warriors who are a fun team, they drain three's while also being tough in the paint. In Cleveland, well it's James' first season back with the Cavaliers so that's fresh but with James, Kyrie Irving and JR Smith on the same team, you're always going to enjoy that view from your couch.
I don't really know who to go with, I equally like the thought of the Warriors establishing their status as the new kids on the block as much as I like the idea of James getting a ring in Cleveland, and rewarding his soldiers for their toil. It's not easy playing on the same team as James, you're suddenly chucked into a boil up of media, expectations, rumours and pressure.
I think I'll just enjoy the show, that is why I'm so excited after all.
Poor Rafa. Novak Djokovic is on a mission and Rafael Nadal was just an obstacle who got dispatched of rather quickly. It was Nadal's first French Open loss in six years and Djokovic was simply too good as he now sets his sights on Andy Murray, how about that draw? Should he win the French Open, you'd have to salute Djokovic as he would have gone through Nadal and Murray just to get to the final. I'm obviously going to go with Djokovic over Muzza, while the other semi has Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Stan Wawrinka, which will see the local, Tsonga get the win.
Shout out to Serena Williams as well, she's into the final where she'll face Lucie Safarova. Williams had to get through a semi against Timea Bacsinszky, where she struggled with illness but somehow fought her way through it. If you're not continually blown away by what Williams can do, you don't like sport.
It's pretty stink that New Zealand Cricket is keen to give a Test against Australia the flick to bring in a bunch of ODI's. They want to keep the momentum of the World Cup flowing, well how about we all stop complaining about only having two Test's against England then?
Daly Cherry-Evans has accepted a big offer from the Manly Sea Eagles, and good on him. When he was contemplating his future, Manly hadn't laid an offer down so he signed with the Gold Coast Titans and everyone involved knew that the June 13 deadline existed. Everyone knew that that gave Manly a chance to come back with an offer, which they did and what do ya know, it's a done deal. It's quite sad how DCE is now being portrayed and it leads me full circle, there's too much great NRL footy to dwell on this.
Shout out to Angus Ta'avao who has signed with the NSW Waratahs from the Auckland Blues.
Shout out to Adam Voges who has scored a century, on debut, at 35 years old.