Just because one is in New Zealand doesn’t mean he can’t follow his beloved sports as closely as possible! Though I haven’t gotten to watch a single U.S sports game in the last month and a half (a fact that breaks my heart), I have been able to follow the Rockies, Avs and Nuggs from a distance while I try to pick up the more international sports of Rugby, Soccer and…..Cricket…Okay scratch that, Cricket is impossible, stupid and boring!
Rubgy, on the other hands is awesome! I used to think that the NFL was a real MAN’S sport and in many regards it is. At least that’s what I thought until I sat down and watched a few Rugby games.
These guys hit each other with the same ferocity as an NFL linebacker but without the helmet or half the pads. They do tend to TRY and avoid hitting above the neck but when you see the faces (and most especially the ears) of these brutes….youch….the head isn’t left out of the fun! These guys hit each other like they want to just squish and mesh together like playdough. Watch a game and you will understand…
Then there’s the “scrum”…if there’s stoppage in play (in some instances) a group of the players (I think ten of them) group together in this huge mass of arms legs and sweaty manliness…they link together and face off against the other team who has linked together in the same way with the biggest monsters up front. They then proceed to crack together (heads, necks, shoulders etc,..) with a sound that makes even the toughest dude flinch. How these guys still can even put together one thought after another or even stay on their feet after these games is beyond me!
Anyway, I would highly recommend watching a Rugby game and I’m sure they are very easily found on youtube or Google or wherever your keyboard may first take you. It’s HUGE down here (not as big as the NFL though) and I already went to one game (the Ackland Blues at Eden Park) and hopefully I will make it to at least one more before I leave the country.
My neck hurts just thinking about it.
In other news, the Rockies (my primary focus in sports at the moment and one of my actual true loves) are 5-5 and have been hitting the bloody craziness out of the baseball! The lineup is proving to be as deep as I had hoped before the year and if they can stay healthy they will be a force to recon with in the National League for the whole year. Pitching is another issue but if they get Chacin and Chatwood back and healthy….this team could be…decent! I’m not saying great or even good but they could make it a slightly better than miserable year for watching my boys in purple!
I imagine most of you have more insight and knowledge about the Rockies and the MLB right now so I will leave it at that and just re-assure everyone that though I am across an ocean, I am still as die hard a fan as was ever born!
For anyone interested, follow my travel blog and my adventures in New Zealand (Middle Earth) at ExploringMiddleEarth.com!
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