Sports puzzlers to pon­der


Some ques­tions to pon­der: Brazil lost 7-1 to Ger­many at home in a Foot­ball World Cup semi­fi­nal. If Pak­istan had suf­fered a sim­i­larly mon­u­men­tal de­feat in a ma­jor cricket match, wouldn’t ev­ery cricket fol­lower have thought the match was fixed?

On a re­lated sub­ject, why is Lou Vin­cent treated by some as a sort of cricket hero? He match-fixed for years all over the world and ‘‘ owned up’’ only when those in­ves­ti­gat­ing match- fix­ing had him in their sights. Has any New Zealan­der done more to blacken our sport­ing name?

What’s with all this talk about Com­mon­wealth Games gold medals be­ing soft? Tell that to our net­ballers and sev­ens rugby play­ers, cy­clists and swim­mers, lawn bowlers and hockey play­ers.

Why do people keep say­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games are not the Olympics? Who ever claimed they were?

De­spite the prophets of doom, Brazil hosted a mem­o­rable Foot­ball World Cup. What’s the bet the naysay­ers will still be out in force in two years, say­ing Brazil isn’t ready to host the 2016 Olympics?

Ad­mit it – though Tiger Woods may no longer be your favourite golfer, won’t the Bri­tish Open this week be much more in­ter­est­ing with him in the field?

Why was it deemed a news story that Ly­dia Ko might re­tire when she is 35? She’s 17, so that’s more than her cur­rent life­time away.

Is it re­ally fair for the me­dia to re­fer to Ko as ‘‘con­tin­u­ing to have prob­lems in Ma­jors’’? Be­fore last weekend’s Bri­tish Open, she’d played in nine and fin­ished 39th, 17th, 25th, 36th, 42nd, 17th, 2nd, 29th and 15th, and never missed a cut.

We wouldn’t mind one of our male golfers fail­ing like that.

Has Roger Fed­erer ever been greater than in his de­feat by Novak Djokovic in the Wim­ble­don sin­gles fi­nal? The Fed, al­most 33, showed he can scrap and fight with the best of them.

In­ci­den­tally, what per­spi­rant does he use?

What is it with the women’s ten­nis rank­ings? Ser­ena Wil­liams has lost in the fourth, sec­ond and third round of the three Grand Slam events this year, yet re­mains the world No 1 by a colos­sal mar­gin.

Swim cham­pion Ian Thorpe’s an­nounce­ment that he is gay made head­line news. Does that mean as a so­ci­ety we are in­her­ently sex­ist? Af­ter all, we don’t give a toss about all the gay fe­male golfers, ten­nis play­ers, ath­letes etc.

If Su­per Rugby prizes were

anti- handed out for the flash­est losers and the ugli­est win­ners, Hur­ri­canes and the Cru­saders would claim them. Which team re­wards its sup­port­ers bet­ter?

Be­sides me, who else will now ad­mit they were wrong to crit­i­cise the re­place­ment of War­riors coach Matt El­liott McFad­den?

Joseph Parker is about to be ranked in­side the world’s top 20 by some box­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions. How can this be when he has merely fought a se­ries of aged has­beens and never-weres? Does that


Andrew say more about Parker or box­ing?

In the past two years, Tino Best (West Indies) has scored 95, Ashton Agar (Aus­tralia) 98 and James An­der­son (Eng­land) 81, all batting at No 11 in tests. Are No 11s get­ting bet­ter, or are bowlers get­ting worse?

Photo: GETTY

Great­ness in de­feat: Novak Djokovic, left, com­mis­er­ates with Roger Fed­erer af­ter their epic Wim­ble­don fi­nal.

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