ACommGames bid and other curly questions
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?
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).
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.