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506. Corruption Kills

The release of the WADA report into allegations of widespread drugs cheating by Russian athletes is a reminder to all sports and all countries that corruption is a killer. It kills the raison d’être of competition: joy at the possibilities … Continue reading

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038. The Yankee Clipper

Most New Zealanders probably only know Joe di Maggio as a couple of lines in the Simon & Garfunkle song Mrs Robinson: Where have you gone Joe di Maggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes turn to you Maybe some … Continue reading

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032. The Rort: Home Advantage In The Playoffs

I think I’ve made myself clear: I reckon the SuperXV conference system gives an unfair advantage to good teams in weak conferences. Here’s how it plays out in practice when we get to the sharp end of the season.  This weekend … Continue reading

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031. The SuperXV Conference System Is A Rort

I’m going to spend some time this week explaining something that is bleedingly obvious: The SuperXV system of three ‘conferences’ (five teams each from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa) is not ‘fair’. It assists teams from weak conferences and … Continue reading

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015. The Greatest Drama

Costa Rica 1-1 Greece Costa Rica advanced to the quarter-finals of Futbol Mundial 2014 by winning the penalty shootout 5-3 after 90 minutes of extra time. This game was a study in why we love, and love to hate, sport. … Continue reading

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