The week that was

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Quote the week: “Al­most ran back­wards up an es­ca­la­tor when I saw this lot at the air­port — our in­cred­i­ble Foot­ball Ferns Un­der-17 team . . . thanks for in­dulging me with a photo”. Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda

Ardern.

Re­ports of my death have been ex­ag­ger­ated — again: Last week is was Span­ish foot­baller Fer­nando LaFuente re­ported dead when when he was in fact alive. Now it’s for­mer Black Caps cricket Nathan McCul­lum who was sup­posed to have crossed over. McCul­lum seemed to take the whole fake death no­tice in good spir­its (boom, boom) while his brother Bren­don vowed vengeance. And, fol­low­ing up last week’s snip­pet, when Bally­brack FC re­ported LaFuente had died in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent . . . well nat­u­rally word fil­tered through to LaFuente him­self who told RTE Ra­dio: “My work started send­ing me all these news ar­ti­cles — that's how I found out I was dead.”

He said what?: There’s been a fair bit writ­ten about for­mer US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H W Bush, who died this week, in­clud­ing what an ex­cel­lent sports­man he was. What we didn’t know is the Bush claimed to have in­vented the phrase “You da man” in praise of Hous­ton Astros bat­ter Rusty Staub. True or not, it’s not quite up there with Al Gore claim­ing he in­vented the in­ter­net.

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