Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Zealand Herald: 'Shes Got Game' Series



















The New Zealand Herald, New Zealand's leading
newspaper is doing a series of reports on Women's
sport.

This blogger thinks its about time too.

Women's sport doesn't get a  fair deal in this country,
unless you play Netball or Rugby Sevens or your name
is Lydia Ko.

There is one sport that is the second most competitive
team sport on earth, and we have our National Team
in that sport about to try and qualify for the Olympics,
they've never gotten any amount of significant coverage
from the  media, they're the Tall Ferns and they play, Basketball.

I find it quite ironic, that the New Zealand Herald's piece
is called 'shegotgame' a saying taken from Basketball, yet
that is a sport that our Women's team has had such an
obscene lack of coverage.

There is hope, a  tweet sent out from a  NewZealand
Jounro on Twitter said the Tall Ferns will be part of the
agenda, and I should hope so.

It's hard to explain to non Basketball people, how huge
the sport of Women's Basketball is globally, it's just not
a Commenwealth sport or played seriously just  by a few
countries. To be successful at Women's basketball
internationally,  is just so so difficult because of the
amount of countries that play it, and  the near Billions
that are poured into the game, The Tall Ferns get no
funding from HPSNZ and that is a outrage.

Then wealth of opportunities that playing
Basketball can give young women is
amazing, from College Scholarships,
to the WNBA, to the proffesional leagues
in Europe, Asia, South America, the
MiddeEast.

Our young Kiwi women should be told of
the superstars that play the game, like
Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart,
they should also be made aware of our
own Kiwi Stars like Kalani Purcell and
Erin Rooney.

It's only then, that our young players will
have someone to look up too and inspire
to be.

I'm hoping this article by the New Zealand
Herald, when it comes time for the Herald
to do their piece, will mention these things,
 because we have a great great for Women in this
 country and it's called Basketball.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Beyonce & Garth Brooks: Two Different Approaches from the Album Artists















Let me make one thing clear.

In music the Album is king. Nothing
comes close to the Album.

No matter what Technology there is out
there, nothing is better than holding a
physical copy of a album.

Justin Bieber may have the most followers
on youtube. One Direction may have the
most followers on Instagram. Taylor Swift
may have the most followers on Twitter.

But it's the Album that Matters.

Two artist's have always respected the Album, those
artists are Beyonce and Garth Brooks.

One is taking the Right approach in terms of an
Album, one is making many mistakes and seems
to be stuck in a time wrap.

What Beyonce has done is nothing short of Brilliant,
it's on a level with Bowie or Prince. It's not just the whole
concept of the album, it's her teaming with the right
Partners, it's having the foresight to know that you
don't do  a cheap public buildup, you can just drop an
Album on the public, without them knowing one was
coming.

You have a TV special that isn't run of the Mill, you
create a piece of work that will memorize people,
that will get them to think, that will truly open your
soul up to the public and have a message.

You then take the top companies on the Planet,
and make it available that people can stream the
album.

Then and more importantly a week or two later you
make the  Album available to download from the world's
biggest site and then most importantly you make a physical
copy available.

The music will take care of itself, if it's genuis, it will
sell.

This is what Beyonce has done and hats off her for it.

Then we have Garth Brooks.

An artist who's world tour is selling more tickets than
any other artist on the Planet, an Artist who dominated
the 90's on Radio and at retail, and a artist who's comeback
has been filled with so many unforced errors, if he was a
Basketball coach, he would be coaching a division 3 side.

First there is the delay because  of a fried Phone. Garth lost his  music
 on a phone that he fried.

Then there is the announcements of announcing other announcements
coming up.

Then the biggest Gaff of all, Ghost Tunes, the biggest disaster  since
New Coke, Garth had actually thought this company was going
to rival ITunes, not even close, there are download sites from
Albania that are doing better.

Then he decided that youtube was the devil, and he has taken
down scores and scores of videos from fans, filming him in
concert.

When he released the brilliant album Man against Machine,
(the anti Bro Country) as I called it, he pulled all marketing
because of the protests happening around the country at
the time.

He also made the mistake of releasing the two weakest
singles, and then nothing else.  People had expected a double
album for his comeback, the Album itself only had 14 songs.

Now we have another delay for the new album, (it was due for
release in mid 2015) This album may not be released this year.

He's made another annoucement, saying he's going bring
in the fans on the construction of the album from song
writing sessions and recording on Facebook.

This should have the music world excited, but it also
should have his fans worried, because it might end being
cheesy.

Garth Brooks has such a huge and important body of
work, but he's lacking that one Career album that will
earn him universal respect.  I wish the Album that
he is working on will be a concept album, something
like Beyonce's that open's him up to what he is feeling,
he's already got a handful of brilliant albums with
amazing country music, but it's the Country Concept
Album that could take him to a whole different level.

Garth has to release though, to do this, you need the
right partners in Music, and Ghost Tunes, Facebook videos,
delays after delays, no streaming isn't going to cut it in 2016.

The music will always take care of itself, if he has the
courage to do a concept album, he also needs to have
enough commonsense to do it the RIGHT way.

In terms of his comeback so far, he hasn't come close.

Here's hoping he will.

Time will tell.














Monday, April 25, 2016

'Nelson Giants' Lose to 'Canterbury Rams'



















The Nelson Giants have lost to the Canterbury Rams
by 96-85 after one of the worst coached Third Quarters
in NBL history.

The Nelson Giants are now 6-6 and struggling to be
in playoff contention, while the Canterbury Rams
move to 7-4 and are looking good.

Make no mistake, the game was lost for four  reasons.

1: Coach Tim 'Ten Hands'  Fanning who decided the
best option in the third quarter would be to make sure
all five players touch the ball, and no one would shoot
until there was four seconds left on the shot clock. Well
a shot clock anit compulsory Tim. You dont have to
use all 24 seconds before you shoot.

2: Transition Defense. Ya Gotta get back, so many
layups for the rams was because no one got back on
D.

3: Raymond Cowels 111  was amazing, 34 points,
he was all heart, but with around 2.30 on the clock
when Nelson had cut it to six, he hesistated and didn't
shoot for three. That moment ended Nelson's comeback.

4: Nelson played with heart for the first half, but what
summed up their second half performance was a cheap
foul by the Rams near the end of the game and none
of the Nelson team reacted, they should've been all
over the Refs and the Rams players on that one.

So it's do or die time this Saturday, if the Giants don't
win, their playoffs chances might as well be over, a win
and it's back on!!

My fingers are crossed, Time will tell.

Footnote: It was Phil Jones's 400th game. The
most by any NBL Player.

Well done!!




Sunday, April 24, 2016

'Line of Duty' Season 3: 'Episode 5' Review












No need to lose your head over things, Lindsay Denton.

The most hated woman on TV has been killed off.

Denton is one of those characters that you don't love
to hate, you just hate.

Sure the money was going to be used to catch the
bad guys, but she still is a cold calculating witch. 

Thanks to the  Caddy, 'Dot Cotton' who decided
for once and for all he better stop Denton before she
can hit send on her cell phone and send the list to
'AC-12'

Just a split  second too late, Dot, just a split second to late.

Now we have young 'Steve Arnott' being fitted up as the
Caddy, we have 'Ted Hastings' who seems to be in trouble
thanks to a couple of handshakes and the only person who
can piece this all together is the ever composed 'Kate Fleming'

It also appears fans of the first two seasons will get the wrap up
they want from season three.

Not sure what Dot Cotton's best course of action will be now?

First he has bits and pieces from the ruthless, Lindsay Denton to
scrap off his car, (false plates or not) but what next?

One Episode to go!

I can't wait.

 








New Zealand: How we do 'The Big OE' Wrong












Kiwis are often told, that we are the World's best
travelers, mainly by our own media, report after
report in the print media, in  the online media and
on Television and Radio all say the same thing,
New Zealander's are the world's best travelers,
and no one does 'The Big OE' like Kiwis.

Well I tend to to disagree, I think Kiwis are the
world's worst travelers, not all Kiwis of course,
but the ones who tend to mouth off the most
about how they are so well traveled, but when
you hear their stories, it doesn't seem like they traveled
at all.

I'm not of course talking about Kiwis who may spend
a year or two traveling thru Africa thru various organizations,
or going to college in the USA, or tramping thru South America,
or getting cultured in Asia or the Middle East.

I'm not talking about the Kiwis who may spend thier time
working their butt's off in Europe somewhere and on their
days off, going where the Euro rail will take them, having
experiences that will last them for the rest of their life's

The people who do it wrong, are the Kiwis who are most
likely to tell you, they're the ones that are doing it right.

They're the people who as soon as they arrive in
London, will head straight to the New Zealand/Australian
district, will put on their 'NZ Rugby' shirt, order a
steinlager and spend the majority of their two years
in England hanging out with other Kiwis, watching
Rugby, drinking NZ Beer, eating "Weetbix"

What a horrible 'OE' that must be, how it can be
called an Overseas Experience is beyond me, travelling
to the other end of the world, to do exacetly what you
do in New Zealand is not an Overseas Experience.

What memories do you create for yourself??

That you drank beer in a bar with other kiwis?

You watched a Rugby game?

The thing that gets me, these are the type of people
who would ripped into a person who actually got
to see Europe, the Real Europe.

The media can't wash their hands of this, whenever
their is footage and talk of how Kiwi's travel, these
are the guys they show.

My advice to any Kiwi doing 'The Big OE' and
being based in London is, "Your doing this for
a experience you cant get in New Zealand, stay away
from Kiwi centered places and Kiwi's, get to know the
local's, buy yourself a Euro Rail pass, and just go out
and explore.

Here's hoping more and more young Kiwis will do this.

Time will tell.

Friday, April 22, 2016

RIP: Gazza












RIP Gazza.

The New Zealand police dog who was shot by the Fugitive
Peter Rangi Keri, has now died.


Gazza hasd spent three years with the NZ police, and
last year caught a burglar who tried to strangle him.

Thoughts are with Gazza's handler, and the NZ police force.

Dogs are truly man's best friend, extremely loyal and will
protect those who need to be protected.

A sad day for the NZ police, and a sad day for animal
lovers everywhere.

:-(


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Southland Sharks: Do the walk of life












Make that the Travel of life.

Worst performance by any NBL ref in History.

How the Southland Sharks were allowed to travel
for the whole game is beyond me.

In future hope the refs know you cant dribble the ball on the
ground and then pass it, I hope the Refs know you cant
pass the ball in the air and catch it yourself and you
certainly arent allowed to run with the ball to the bucket.

How did they miss this? What were they thinking??
The Nelson Giants season is now on the line,
thanks to the pathetic display by the refs.

Sure Nelson turned the ball over a few times, and sure
they tried to shoot over Seven Foot Pledger, but any
team in any league in the world, will have there heads
drop if a team is allowed to travel the way the Southland
Sharks did.

The Giants now have to regroup, for the Canterbury
Rams, a team that dominated the mid 80's to early
90's.

Heres hoping  They can bounce back because what
happened to them tonight was criminal.




Steven Adams Will Bounce Back












0.1 of a second. That is what stopped Kiwi Basketball player
Steven Adams from getting the game winning shot against,
the Dallas Mavericks.

How heart breaking is that, it would've been his first
buzzer beater of his NBA career, the ref's counted
at first, then after checking the video reply he was
denied in the most cruelest  of fashion.

Steven Adams will bounce back though, he is one
hell of a player, there is a reason he was drafted in the
number ten spot after playing a season for Pitt.

All kiwis should get behind him, he is playing the second
most competitive team sport on the planet, all other
sports are light years behind, despite what the New Zealand
media may think.

So what does the Thunder have to do to win game three on the
road. Well Durant has to shoot well, he wont repeat the horrible
performance of game two.

Adams himself will be so fired up, I'm expecting a lot of boards
from  him in game three, I think it's a safe bet to say a double
double may be on the cards, of course Dirk has other ideas.

Now is the time for Steven to shine, this is the NBA,
the greatest sports league in the world bar none, and there
is a kiwi who may get to dictate what will happen.

This is something that all NewZealanders can get behind.

Can he do it?

Time will tell.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Better Call Saul: Season 2 Finale













There is a reason why Slate Magazine called
Better Call Saul a better show than Breaking
Bad and that is because it's a better show.

The Finale lived up to what I expected, no one
glued to their tv sets would've been disappointed
where to begin?

Well let me just say.

Fuck Chuck.

You egomaniac, it's always been about you, and you
proving that your superior than your little brother, you
acted nuts and fooled Jimmy, not because of what's right,
but so you could justify how brilliant you are, you conned
the con man huh, and not only are you going bring Jimmy down,
but your going to destroy Kim also.

I don't think there has ever been a better TV villain than
Chuck McGill, you don't have to be over the top to
be a villain, you don't need a great catchphrase, you don't
have to be ultra violence to destroy someone's inner soul,
and this is the type of person, Michael McKean has played
so perfectly.

Moving on to Mike Ehrmantraut, so cool so collective, but
when  dare I say  GUS FRING  (unseen) leaves a note saying,
DON'T, then I guess it's better to step back. 

Surly season three's story lines about Mike will be his interactions
with Nacho and Tuco and the cousins of course, but it's a big bet
that Gus will be back in the picture.

Season two was perfect, season one was great, but it was season
two that took it to a new level.  Howard being a good guy was
an eye opener, but for me what made the season so perfect was
Kim Wexler.

Rhea Seehorn deserves an Emmy for her role of Kim. Arguably one
of the strongest most real female character in television history, she
is not there just to be the loyal girlfriend of Jimmy, she has emotions
and real feelings about her career and life,something we rarely see
from females on television.

So now we wait till February, what will Gillian and Gould bring
for season three, hopefully the same insightful thoughtful Drama
television has ever seen.

Time will tell.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Laureus Sport Award: A Disaster for New Zealand Sport












The New Zealand rugby team. A.K.A  the All Blacks
for the color of their uniform, won team of the year at the
Laureus World Sport Awards.

This is the worst possible thing that could happen to
New Zealand sport.

What this is done, has given false credence to the myth
that Rugby and the All Blacks are this global sporting
Giant that the world loves, admires and has even heard
of.

What the New Zealand sporting media hasn't told the
public, is that a good majority of the Judges are Ex
Rugby Union players based in Europe.

They also haven't told the public that, previous winners
have included  The South African Rugby Team and The
English Rugby Team, and previous nominees have included
The Australian Netball Team, The Australian Cricket Team
and The Australian Rugby Team.

So why is bad?? It's bad because the media in New Zealand
will now absolutely rammed down the public's throat that the
All Blacks are known as the greatest sporting team on the planet,
that supersedes any other team from any other code.

They will continue to promote the lie that Rugby Union and
the All Blacks are GLOBAL.

It use to be just the public that would say this, but ever since
professionalism came in, the media have been using keywords
such as GLOBAL and DOMINATE when it comes to the
All Blacks.

Now it's gone one step further with the players themselves
spouting this lie. Richie McCaw is now  saying this proves the
All Blacks and Rugby are a Global sport.

Why is this lie bad?, well it's because other sports suffer,
we do have players, men and woman playing truly Global
sports such as Football and Basketball, we have other kiwis
trying to make it in another Global sports such as Baseball
and Track and field.

But because of the lack of media attention, means these
players wont get the sponsorship to fulfill their dreams and
their dreams will vanish, because every dollar will go to Rugby,
every line written in the papers and online, every word spoken
on TV will be about Rugby Union.

And that is Rugby's shame on New Zealand, from the public to
the media and now the players such as Richie McCaw.

Enjoy the award NZRFU, continue to make 89% (according to
a poll) of Kiwis think that the All Blacks are not only the most
dominate sports team of any code, but the most famous sports
team on the planet, it's a lie and you guys know it, but I hope
you know you are shattering kiwi sport's people dreams.

If Rugby had any integrity in New Zealand, they would've reported it,
that New Zealand became the third rugby team to win a Laureus, thanks
to the Rugby heavy judging panel, and that the sport continues to
be a minnow sport worldwide, despite making some strides
during the professional era.

But that would be the truth, but the truth is a step too far for
the Rugby Media, Rugby Public and Rugby Players of New Zealand.

Line of Duty: Prediction















Two episodes of the BBC drama, Line of Duty to go.

I have a major prediction.

Everybody's  favorite little man child will team up
with everybody's favorite psychopath, Lindsay Denton.

It will be like some bizarre version of The Odd Couple.

Dot Cotton is going down, I don't think he is a pervo,
but he has certainly covered up the crimes of officers
and councilmen that are.

As for Ted Hastings and his cheeky handshake, well that
my friends, is one big red herring.

It means nothing, he is just an old friend.

Line of Duty has been by far the best police show on at
the moment, its like the Anti Blue Bloods.

Not many shows have you counting down the days till the
next episode, apart from Better Call Saul.

Just hoping that Denton somehow becomes good, and we
get to find out what the heck is on her cellphone.

Time will tell.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Jeff Green and the New Zealand NBL


















Jeff Green is the Rangers coach and he hasn't changed one
bit since he was the Hutt Valley Lakers Coach in the mid
90's.

He loves banter with the crowd, he also loves to take the
p*ss out of the refs, like he did last night at the Nelson
Giants versus Super City Rangers game.

You see Jeff loves to walk on the court, and not  just one
step over the yellow line, he really loves to walk on the court,
I mean walking towards half court, now normally you would
think a Ref with half a brain would call a tech, but it doesn't
seem to be the case when it's Jeff Green.

Towards the end it got to the satirical stage, the crowd was
screaming at the Refs to get him off the court, he turned around and
mocked the crowd copying them  chanting "Get off the court Jeff".

He then did a little dance, all in front of the Refs. The Ref decided
his best course of action would be to wet himself  laughing.

There's been talk about the standard of the Refs in the NBL,
and this proves all the negative press has been right.

Sure we do want colorful coaches like Green, but there
has to be a standard where the coaches aren't allow to break
such a simple rule.

Here's hoping Basketball New Zealand will look into it.

Time will tell.