Jerry Collins, you'll be missed mate. Here's a great yarn about how Collins turned out for a club rugby side in England and it puts into some perspective the type of dude that Collins was. I won't act like I know Collins, but as a youngin' it was always great to watch Collins rip in, there wasn't really anyone in world rugby who could do what Collins did. There's been a silent march in the south of France in his honour which is quite staggering and gets you a bit teary eyed, and then there's this from a few months ago...
Take a moment folks, pour some out/light on up for Jerry and his wife, remember that life is short.
Busy times in the world of sport, very busy times. The NBA Finals are back in action this afternoon so we'll steer clear of that but it'll be interesting to see how the Cleveland Cavaliers respond after going down 1-0 after the first game.
The French Open came to a climax over the weekend in rather shocking fashion with Stan Wawrinka upsetting Novak Djokovic in the final, an upset of all upsets. Stan is now the fifth man, behind Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to win multiple grand slams in the past decade and this is Stan's second slam in 18 months.
It's nice to see someone else spend some time on the podium as men's tennis has been ruled by the tennis mafia of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray for the past wee while. I'm not sure if this is going to spark a new era in tennis as Djokovic still looks to be a beast and Murray is starting to feel comfortable hanging with the best, but it's lovely nonetheless
My main man Roger wasn't good enough to be in the final, but he was taking some notes because he'll be back.
We also had that cheeky UEFA Champions League Final, where Barcelona FC took care of their business against Juventus. That completes the treble for Barca, but it also signals a bit of an end of an era with midfielder Xavi retiring. It's now interesting times in Barcelona as their core group start to get on in the years and right-back Dani Alves looks destined for the door, so they'll probably have to juggle a few things over at least the off-season, and over the next few years.
Besides a period where Juve scored, Barcelona were too slick in all aspects and while they may have to farewell a few lads, they've got this freakish striking line of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. They, well they aren't going anywhere and that's the scariest part of all of this for the footballing world as they continue to look more and more capable of all playing alongside each other. It's probably because this piece of conikidink...
Don't sleep on the NHL Finals if you're loving some American sport as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Chicago Blackhawks. The series is currently tied at 1-1 after Tampa Bay grabbed a 4-3 win on Saturday and game three is tomorrow. Peep a few of the highlights from game two...
The ANZ Championship is also nearing its climax with finals for the Australian and New Zealand conferences going down over the weekend. The New Zealand conference final will be played tonight with the Northern Mystics taking on the Waikato BOP Magic after the Magic defeated the Southern Steel 71-69 on Saturday. I'm a jaffa so I'm rolling with the Mystics.
In the Australian conference, the NSW Swifts fought their way through to the final after beating the West Coast Fever on Friday night but couldn't get past the Queensland Firebirds yesterday. The Firebirds wrapped up the Australian conference with a 55-44 win which was deserved after they finished four points clear of the Swifts in the regular season.
We're waiting for action in the men's WSL Fiji Pro which was due to get underway today but the swell is a bit small, patience is a virtue after all. We did however have Paige Hareb and Ella Williams surfing in Nicaragua, lucky souls, with Williams taking a bronze medal #boom.