This weekend is the quietest one of the year as far as professional sport relevant to New Zealand viewers are concerned.
For a start there is no rugby happening. NOTHING. No Super Rugby, no All Blacks, no ITM NPC Cup, nothing.
The Tri-Nations-now-Rugby-Championship© starts next weekend, but these are a grim couple of days.
There is not even a Commonwealth Games going on, no rowing, no netball, no X-Games, darts, and this is the one week of the year where football is reduced to a situation where the Charity Community Shield is the highlight.
What do we do?
Well, for a start there is a good chance that secondary school sport are at the semi / final stage; across all winter sports. Rug up, and get along to that.
But if you are actually stuck to the couch there are some options.
The beauty of a 5 match series. Only in a series of that length do you get the ebb and flow of form, momentum, drama, lawsuits etc. Two weeks ago Cook was a fool, and England was on the ropes. Make the most of this test; it may no longer be going on Sunday night.
Last night India went from 8/0 to 8/4. A good watch.
“And in breaking news Tiger Wood may not make the cut.”
Outside the Majors golf tournaments are a little bit like cricket ODIs. Worthy in terms of working out who’s up to it, but not really that important in themselves.
The Majors are different however, and even though this one is the Tennis Australian Open when it comes to Golf Majors, it is still a major. You only get them 4 weekends out of 52. And after the first round, the best player not to win a major, who of course is British and suitably badly attired, is leading. No pressure Lee.
The Warriors will smash the Sharks and consolidate a top 8 finish this Sunday. It should be a show.
Update: Apparently there is a replay of Tommy Smith’s Ipswich playing newly relegated Fulham in the English Championship at 1pm on Saturday.
So stop your complaining; we are well spoilt these days