Friday Frills - This Isn't About Fred, He Just Looks Funny

Poppin'

Danny Lee is BeardGang poppin'

Danny's preparing for the Sony Open in Hawaii, lucky for some huh?

Steven Adams is certainly poppin'....

Wellington Phoenix A-League licence extension? Yeah I'll some of that and a side of fries thanks, hold the sauce though, I'm shredding bruh.

News that the Welly Nix are nearing a compromise with Football Federation Australia obviously goes down well, even if it's all yet to be confirmed. From all accounts a deal is close to being done in which the Nix will have to meet certain requirements at various 'checkpoints' in the deal, which is where the metrics and what not come into the equation.

You never know until everything is signed, sealed and delivered so we'll wait for some good news and in the meantime hope that the Nix can sort their shit out on the field/get healthy. We're not at the must-win stage just yet however the Nix need to start buidling towards a finals push, this week they are away to Newcastle, who sit 3 points below them in 8th.

Roly's (Bonevacia) and A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) are back from suspension, so hopefully we're gifted a nice little win. 

Also poppin' is the Sydney Derby, Saturday night, get some.

Dick Tonks is still going to coach Mahe Drysdale for the Olympics as well as the women's double scullerz (no typo, yolo). NZ Rowing and Tonks ... and Drysdale came to compromise on Tonks' future and that's poppin' as it means that Drysdale especially will keep his favourite coach in his corner and we know Drysdale's chasing gold.

Kirk Penny once again dropped bombs on the NZ Breakers last night, but he's a kiwi so that's poppin'. 28 points, shooting 5/10 form the 3-point line and the Wildcard will tell you all about it today from a Breakers' perspective.

Test cricket is poppin'!!!!! This Test series between South Africa and England is offering a dose of my favourite format while limited overs cricket fills our boots over here and with South Africa bouncing back from a first up loss to earn a draw in the second Test things are brewing nicely. 

After the first day South Africa are 267/7 and there was some funk before play started as Quinton de Kock - who was called up to keep wicket - injured himself the night before meaning Dane Vilas was sent the signal by carrier-pigeon. Vilas boosted it to the game, arriving moments before the start of play.

This is also AB de Villiers' first Test as skipper and with Dale Steyn ruled out once again, Hardus Viljoen gets his debut Test.

Henry Nicholls has got the Big Bash call up, replacing Jacques Kallis for the Sydney Thunder's Saturday night game against *have a looksie*. This reinforces the connection between the Thunder and Canterbury cricket as the Thunder brought their squad to Canterbury to play a pre-Big Bash game. Maybe this is the best way to integrate kiwi cricket into the Big Bash? Align the teams with a Big Bash team and build them relationships? Shoutout to Canterbury cricket for getting that relationship poppin'.

Sloppy

Shoutouts to NZ Rowing for poppin' and being sloppy. While the compromise is a smart move, it's all a bit sloppy and this could have been avoided if there was some communication between Tonks and NZ Rowing. All it would have taken from Tonks was to say that he's coaching some Chinese rowers, is that all good?

Yeah sure Dick, go ahead.

Done, easy and less sloppy.

Look, I'm Sonny Bill Williams' biggest fan, seeing SBW in the headlines every day though is sloppy. We already know SBW is the man, we already know that Rugby Sevens is really, really tough and we already know how much Gordon Tietjens loves to destroy the souls of his players. None of this is new, nor is it news.

The people who decide that it's news though, also think Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn's wedding/engagement/love is news. Sloooooooooooopppy.

Hmm, match-fixing in South Africa huh? Sloppy! Don't get your knickers in a twist, match-fixing sucks and all, would you rather it be found out in domestic cricket or international cricket? I'm taking the domestic cricket route, so in that sense I guess it's cool?

It's kinda like the IAAF and their anti-doping situation (Sloppy). At this point I care a lot and I don't care at all. Nothing with regards to doping and match-fixing shocks me anymore which is sad, I'm still here though, writing about these sports, showing my love for these sports #Conflicted.

Sloppy from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid who have been handed a ban from FIFA for sloppy antics with regards to contracts/recruitment of those under 18 years old. FIFA's statement read...

The two clubs were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions

Both Madrid teams will have to sit tight through the next two transfer windows as punishment, I think they've got the depth to handle that.

Funk

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