It seems as though someone with half a brain made a good decision in making a bunch of tickets available for fans to buy for the Super Rugby final, buy in person that is.
I almost lost the plot after seeing so many headlines and complaints about 'scalpers' and their terrible existence. Some, including myself would argue that the concept of buying something and selling it for more money than what you bought it is fundamental in business, it's that thing called a profit. Sure, buying some Super Rugby tickets and whacking them up online to sell to the highest bidder is a slightly douchie move, but they're no more douchie than those who make some sort of profit in whatever business they are in.
The fine print might say it's illegal, but we're all criminals in some way, shape or form so whatever.
Scalpers exists in various forms around the world so I won't rip into Aotearoa here, but maybe it's time we start exploring the vast opportunities of that interwebs thing? Ya know, maybe if there was some sort of equivalent to StubHub in Aotearoa and the general buying and selling of tickets wasn't looked upon as the devil's act then we might see greater normality to this process. Instead of tickets being sold at some crazy price.
However, in the world of professional sport, a player is only worth what someone - a team or owner, is willing to pay for that player. Many of these tickets are placed on a $1 reserve, so if you're the silly bugger who is willing to pay a couple hundy for these tickets instead of waiting until later in the week when the seller will be keen to get rid of them, then you're a silly bugger and no sympathy is shown for silly buggers.
I like what's happened though and it in a way, goes against everything I've just said - getting old school and lining up to get a ticket in the flesh. Sitting there at your computer screen hitting refresh shouldn't be rewarded with a Super Rugby final ticket, unless you're unable to be physically present. Lining up in the freezing cold, resembling a heart sports fan which happens all to rarely in Aotearoa, should definitely be rewarded with a ticket.
The solution for me is rather easy; sell tangible tickets first. In this case Wellington is the number one spot but there's no reason why you can't sell a couple thousand to those in Dunedin. Then, mid-week chuck the rest online and let the scramble begin.
Just because it's 2015, doesn't mean that we need to rid ourselves of common sense for the sake of using technology.
The Black Sticks ladies have weathered a fast start from Japan to work their way into the semi finals of their World Hockey League Semi Finals in Antwerp, winning 5-1 overnight. They went down 1-0 very early on but fought back with a strong performance in the second half and proved to be far too clinical for Japan.
Anita Punt continues to go from strength to strength and while her goal scoring ability, especially on penalty corners with her drag flicks will get plenty of praise it's her playmaking ability that catches the eye. With her pace going through the midfield, she's able to pounce on any opportunity and throw a nice pass to someone in a better position. We're also seeing the emergence of a bunch of young strikers with Sophie Cocks and Kirsten Pearce combining nicely with the more experience Gemma Flynn. Shout out to their defence as well which is also pretty young but has only allowed one goal so far this tournament.
They will now face Korea in the semi's, with Korea beating Belgium in a shootout which in sporting mathematics should mean that the kiwi ladies will get the the win here.
Karmichael Hunt is very lucky that he doesn't reside in a ruthless collection of streets after he turned snitchy el snitcharoo in the CoCo saga. Hunt has basically done the classic save yourself and tell all, which to be fair is hard to get mad at because none of us have really been in that position.
The swiftness and ease that Hunt has flipped on everyone is a bit weird and seeing as we never really liked Hunt in Aotearoa, it's all pretty funny.
Ah, the pink ball. This day/night Test concept is slightly revolutionary but it's all pretty confusing just how far we went to announce or kind of justify it with a borderline ceremony to kick it off. Australia have liked this idea for a while and the concept sounds nice and beneficial for Test cricket but I do smell the smell of New Zealand Cricket being the bunnies here.
What do we want the most in cricket? More cricket against Australia and it feels like Cricket Australia have taken that and run with it - "you'll only play us if you wanna go all in on day/night Test's, deal?'
I think there are a few more players who agree with Mitchell Starc as well...
The oldest trick ine book aye, lure them in and then make them wait ... Steven Adams folks .... And Queen Val ...