Friday, September 11, 2015
No, A Rugby Player didnt steal my Girlfriend
(This Blog post was inspired by a piece that Simon Sweetman
did over at Stuff's webpage.)
I dont follow field Hockey, but I dont dislike the sport and its fans
I dont follow Netball but I dont dislike the sport and the fans.
I dont follow Tennis, golf, and motor sport but I dont dislike the sport and the fans.
Same cant be said for rugby. In my 40 odd years on earth, I have never meet a bunch of sports fans that are so so so precious about other sports, that have such a chip on their shoulder, when it comes to people who choose to follow another sport. If I hear "Whats the matter, did a rugby player steal your girlfriend", I will scream.
I Have never had a League fan question me, why I love Basketball. I have never had a soccer fan question me, why I love basketball I have never had a cricket fan question me, why I love Basketball. Etc Etc Etc. But Rugby fans seem to think there must be a reason or an incident for why someone doesnt think their Rugby is the greatest sport on earth. I follow Basketball, because I was taken to a game at the age of 12, and loved it more than any other sport. It wasnt because I was brainwashed by America, as I have been told by rugby fans. It wasnt because Im not smart enough to love Rugby, as I have been told by Rugby fans. It wasnt because Im not big or strong or fast enough, to play or even like Rugby, as I have been told by Rugby fans. Its simply because I perfer the sport of Basketball.
Then you not only have that, you have the BS by our media, 24/7 telling kiwis how the world worships our All Blacks, the BS that the RWC is the third biggest sporting event on Earth (Its not even the third biggest sporting event this year) hell the 2011 handball final had bigger global tv ratings than the 2011 RWC final. I could kinda take that lie, but with it our media, and rugby fans have to knock other sports, that somehow all these countries that choose to play other sports, only do so, because their sports stars arent good enough to make it on the rugby field.
In the past few years a trend with the TVNZ is to turn any non rugby sports story and give it a Rugby reference and its not just sports stories they do this with. And now theres the PR overkill , there are songs, there are ads for every product available we are constantly having it rammed down our throats what Great guys the AB's are and that real kiwis love rugby. No other countries media feels the need to do this with their national sport, does the rugby media think we will forget its our national sport?
So follow the world cup if you must, but if you work with or have friends, or overhear a conversation about League, Cricket, Soccer, Basketball, American Football, Tennis etc etc, maybe those people love their sport just as much, and maybe a rugby player actually didn't steal their girlfriend.