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May 21, 2018

The 2018 NBA Finals will start on 31 May, a little over a week away. It will be a predictable end to what has been, for many, a predictable season. Watching the NBA season this year has been like watching your favourite movie for the third or fourth time: there may be some parts in the […]

May 14, 2018

The Super Rugby competition is in full swing, and with round 14 coming up this weekend, several teams are tussling for the last playoff spots. However, round 14 also reminds us that it is less than a month until the June internationals, which means Steve Hansen and his selection team are fast approaching the revealing […]

March 19, 2018

It’s been a little over a week since an unnamed French pro 14 team offered Beauden Barrett a $3.4 million a year deal, in what would be the most lucrative rugby contract in the sport’s history. So it’s been a little over a week since Barrett and new fiancée, Hannah Laity, have had the tough […]

October 16, 2017

The other week the greatest basketball player of his generation, LeBron James, called the President of the United States a “bum” on social media. Then, arguably the next greatest NBA player of his generation, Kevin Durant, accidentally exposed himself as running multiple social media accounts in which he bad mouthed his former team and defended […]

October 2, 2017

Two weeks ago, across the United States, the grand tradition of NFL Sunday Night Football took place. It was a good day for football on the field, featuring down to the wire games and upsets. But at every game around America (and even London) there was an unavoidable disruption to the traditions that fans and […]

September 18, 2017

“Faster Horses” Henry Ford is often credited as saying: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” — the idea being that radical innovation does it arise merely from incremental improvement on the norm. Maybe if performance enhancing drugs had been developed before the combustion engine we would have […]

August 21, 2017

Unlike most lucrative career paths, say, for example, lawyering, athletes are often restricted as to where and who they work for. In New Zealand, a rugby player cannot play in another country (on a contract that is likely more lucrative) and be eligible for the All Blacks. In the United States there are a number […]

August 7, 2017

On the weekend before last, UFC 214 was held in California, the highlight of which was the heavyweight rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. The fight itself ended in typically protracted fashion after Cormier took a kick to the head, which clearly did damage but failed to finish the fight. A dazed and stumbling […]

May 22, 2017

Winning does strange things to a fandom. Since their first test match in 1903 the All Blacks have maintained a winning percentage in the high 70s and have only lost to seven of the 19 test playing nations, with Ireland securing their first win over the All Blacks in 30 matches just the other year. […]