Author Archive: Chris Chang

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Tiger: out of the woods?

Tiger: out of the woods?

by / 11/10/10 / No Comments

When asked about his prospects of facing the embattled Tiger Woods, European Ryder Cup member Rory McIlroy quipped “I would love to face him”. Woods, struggling through his first winless season on the PGA Tour, reportedly later shot back: “Be careful what you wish for”. McIlroy and co. wished for a Ryder Cup win and [...]

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Commonwealth Games Joke No Laughing Matter

Commonwealth Games Joke No Laughing Matter

by / 27/09/10 / No Comments

If further proof was needed that the Commonwealth Games really is a farcical competition, the uproar of the last few days should provide just that. While the absence of sporting superpowers China and USA lends itself to New Zealand success, the reality is the Games are just the poor man’s version of the Olympics. The [...]

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Pakistan Bowled Over by Cricket Crisis

Pakistan Bowled Over by Cricket Crisis

by / 20/09/10 / No Comments

When News of The World blew apart the match-fixing exploits of Mazhar Majeed, another dark episode of cheating in sport was exposed. In the undercover video, middle-man Majeed ‘predicted’ to the reporters, posing as a member of a gambling cartel, that Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif would deliberately deliver three no-balls at Lord’s in Pakistan’s [...]

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Political Leaders: Fit for Office?

Political Leaders: Fit for Office?

by / 16/08/10 / No Comments

The Australian Federal Election finish line is fast approaching and opposition leader Tony Abbott will need to draw on all his superhuman strength and willpower to pull him across it. Abbott is no stranger to the strains of competitive endurance races, having earlier this year completed a gruelling Australian Iron Man challenge. This time, however, [...]

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New Balls, Please: Sporting Disasters

New Balls, Please: Sporting Disasters

by / 02/08/10 / No Comments

Littering sports reports with metaphors of war is fairly commonplace. However, there’s no disputing the fact that actual disasters have occurred on and off the field of play. Some have been outright tragic, such as the Hillsborough Disaster of 1989; the crowd crushing close to 100 people marked the end of terraces in stadiums. Motor [...]

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The 2010 World Cup: Final Preparations

The 2010 World Cup: Final Preparations

by / 19/07/10 / No Comments

Some may say that when your country’s most successful participants at the World Cup are the referee and an eight-armed mollusk, something is wrong. However, it would be foolish to undermine the achievements and entertainment value of English referee Howard Webb and Weymouth-born Paul the Octopus. On the eve of the World Cup final, Paul [...]

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Curse of the World Cup Advert

Curse of the World Cup Advert

by / 12/07/10 / No Comments

In the build up to the World Cup, Nike released an epic three minute commercial starring the most iconic wearers of the brand: Rooney, Ronaldo, Drogba, Cannavaro, Ribery and Ronaldinho. The advert was entitled ‘Write the Future’ with the central theme being that certain moments in a match can determine the destiny of oneself: the [...]

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Footy! New Zealand Story Lighting up World Cup

Footy! New Zealand Story Lighting up World Cup

by / 23/06/10 / [ 3 Comments ]

Not winning matches never felt so good. Four weeks on from my assertion that the All Whites could struggle to compete at the World Cup finals, they are defying the odds and battling it out in Group F. The opening game against Slovakia was undeniably average, but Winston Reid’s stoppage-time header gave Kiwis a chance [...]

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Fox Sports Goes 3D

Fox Sports Goes 3D

by / 31/05/10 / No Comments

As trimester one draws to a close, there is no doubt a handful of first years that have, after some hard partying at the Big Kumara and Shooters this term, little coin left in the pocket. I dearly wanted to use this column to pass on some footballing pearls of wisdom, in the hope that [...]

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Countdown to the World Cup: Focus on South Africa

Countdown to the World Cup: Focus on South Africa

by / 24/05/10 / No Comments

All eyes are soon to be on South Africa. All ears will no doubt hear the extraordinarily irritating sound of the popular vuvuzelas—those long plastic horns that the odd person will have at a Super 14 game to make some noise. They have been so embraced in South Africa that chances are, the majority of [...]

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