ACom­mGames bid and other curly ques­tions

Sunday News - - OPIN­ION -

QUES­TIONS from the world of sport. How’s that wish for free to air tele­vised sport go­ing with the Com­mon­wealth Games? En­joy­ing the ads in the mid­dle of the events?

Would it be bet­ter if it was like the BBC, which cov­ers the big events in Bri­tain com­mer­cial free? Pretty good? Then how would you feel about pay­ing the NZ$270 an­nual fee the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment charges for a broad­cast­ing li­cence to fund the BBC?

KIWI HOS­PI­TAL­ITY

If the Gold Coast Games don’t bank­rupt the place (and in­di­ca­tions are that they won’t), how keen would you be to see the Com­mon­wealth Games come back to New Zealand?

If we do de­cide to chase the Games, what would be the hard­est task, get­ting the fa­cil­i­ties ready in time, or get­ting things or­gan­ised be­fore the Com­mon­wealth it­self fades away?

Would Auck­lan­ders drive to Cam­bridge to see the cy­cling if we had the Games in Auckland? (It’s 78km from the Gold Coast to go to the cy­cling, but 146km from Queen St to Cam­bridge).

IZZY’S U-TURN

Does it seem a dra­matic change of at­ti­tude to you that in 2014 Is­rael Fo­lau posed with Adam Ash­leyCooper for the cover of the Aus­tralian LGBTI (Les­bian, Gay, Bi-Sex­ual, Trans­gen­der, In­ter­sex) magazine Star Ob­server (the head­line said, ‘‘Big Boys And Their Balls’’), to pro­mote the Bing­ham Cup, the world gay rugby tour­na­ment, but now says on so­cial me­dia that gays will go to hell un­less they re­pent?

Do Fo­lau’s Chris­tian be­liefs give him a free pass to breach his con­tract with Aus­tralian rugby which ba­si­cally for­bids ho­mo­pho­bia, on or off the field?

Is it dif­fi­cult to imag­ine how fraught a con­ver­sa­tion in the Wal­la­bies camp be­tween Fo­lau and David Po­cock (who says that as a de­vout Chris­tian he will not marry his fi­ancee un­til their gay friends can marry too) would be?

THE NEW WAR­RIORS

What’s the most star­tling as­pect of the War­riors’ sea­son so far, the bril­liant at­tack­ing against the Roost­ers, or the dis­ci­pline to set up the Shaun John­son dropped goals against the Raiders?

If you’ve suf­fered through years of watch­ing ev­ery game the War­riors have played, did you, like me, have a slightly sick­en­ing feel­ing that in Can­berra, as they me­thod­i­cally po­si­tioned them­selves for the John­son kicks, some­one would have a brain snap, try to win the game with a solo run, and screw the whole thing up? Off the field, is the vague­ness of the Amer­i­can con­sor­tium aim­ing to buy the War­riors just shrewd busi­ness prac­tice, or a sign they’re not quite as far down the track as they say?

CHAP­PELL’S GHOSTS

Has there been a sad­der story in the wake of the Aus­tralian cricket team’s ball tam­per­ing than Trevor Chap­pell, who didn’t break any laws when he bowled un­der­arm in 1981, say­ing that the in­ci­dent has haunted him all his life?

Is he right when he says, from what ap­pears to be bit­ter per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence (his mar­riage broke up, he never re­mar­ried, and never had chil­dren) that the tam­per­ing trio will strug­gle with what they did for as long as they live?

Do you think that the back­lash against David Warner, in par­tic­u­lar, will ul­ti­mately make the loathing Chap­pell felt look gen­tle?

GEN­TLE­MAN JOE

Is it a re­flec­tion of how weird the box­ing world is that Joseph Parker’s pro­mot­ers may strug­gle to get the big money events be­cause Parker isn’t a crazy per­son, for whom pre-fight GETTY IMAGES fire­works come nat­u­rally?

Does the fact Parker isn’t a king hit­ter, and that An­thony Joshua, who is a king hit­ter, couldn’t come close to putting him on the can­vas, mean the sec­tion of blood lust­ing box­ing fans who like to see some­one knocked out are un­likely to get ex­cited over a Parker fight in the fu­ture?

SILLY BLUES

If suc­cess in team sport is get­ting dozens of mi­nor de­tails right, how big a worry is it that the Blues were pe­nalised in their first home game of the sea­son against the Chiefs for the schoolboy level mis­take of not re­treat­ing when in front of the kicker? How much big­ger a worry is it that four weeks later, against the Sharks, the same thing hap­pened?

PI­O­NEER POR­TIA

How great a step for­ward for women’s rugby was the selec­tion of Por­tia Wood­man as one of the five play­ers of the year in the 2018 New Zealand Rugby Al­manack?

And could there have been a more heart warm­ing choice than So­phie Pas­coe to lead the New Zealand Games team into the Car­rara Sta­dium?

Have Is­rael Fo­lau’s com­ments about gays breached his con­tract with Aus­tralian Rugby?

It was heart-warm­ing to see NZ team flag-bearer So­phie Pas­coe.

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