We northerners are well-balanced people: we have chips on both our shoulders. One of our long-standing gripes is that Their Rugby – union – is treated as a national sport while Our Rugby – league – is patronised as a parochial throwback to a mud-splattered, black-and-white, trouble-at-the-mill world of slag heaps, Tetley’s ale, black pudding, whippets, brass bands and bizarrely accented, trilby-hatted buffoons droning on about “up and unders” and “early baths”.
-- Why is Rugby League still patronised as a mud-splattered, parochial throwback
posted by MartinWisse
on Dec 10, 2013 -
"This is Brett Keisel, a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers who makes the usually frustrating identifying process of having to look for pictures of NFL players sans helmet an unexpected pleasure. Consider two things: i) Why in the name of all that's holy would anyone want to imprison this cascading, oddly backwoodsesque yet pleasingly groomed beauty behind visor, mask or grille? And: ii) Given that he has nonetheless to do so, how the hell does he cram it all in? I'm picturing, in a pleasing sort of reverie, some sort of monstrous snood."
presents the Greatest Beards in World Sports, parts one
posted by oneirodynia
on Oct 16, 2013 -
"I'm just looking for a second chance. Other people get second chances. Alcoholics. Drug addicts. Spousal beaters. Not gamblers, though. But, if you want to put something on my tombstone that was very important to me, it’s 1,972. That’s how many winning games I’ve played in. So that makes me the biggest winner in the history of sports. No one else can say that." Here, Now
is a short documentary that looks at baseball legend Pete Rose, as he lives his life today. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 23, 2012 -
Have you always longed for a comprehensive list of the shit Kiwis are really into? No, neither have we. Here it is anyway. Kiwianarama
posted by midnightbarber
on May 25, 2011 -
is the first Welshman to have played in 100 rugby union test matches for his country. He also played in three tests for the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 2005, captaining the side in two of those matches. The 6'3", 226 lbs. utility back now plays for the Cardiff Blues. At one point, the Welsh rugby legend held the try-scoring record for Wales. In today's Daily Mail, Thomas revealed he is gay
. [more inside]
posted by jleisek
on Dec 19, 2009 -
Broken Faces [Flash site]
During 2006, photographer Denis Rouvre travelled throughout France to cover a majority of the TOP 14 French (French national championship) rugby matches all the way to the finals. He was given locker room access to take these intimate and striking shots. via SpoFi. [more inside]
posted by psmealey
on Sep 12, 2007 -
is a type of ritual performance native to Aotearoa. Occurring before battles or peacetime ceremonies, it is less of a "war chant" than a way of fiercely asserting group solidarity while referring to a specific ancestry or significant event
. The best known haka are probably the versions practiced by the New Zealand All Blacks: Ka Mate
and, more recently, Kapa O Pango
. More than just a traditional dance, haka has been an important element of the Maori Renaissance
- the revival of language, culture and arts that has occurred since the re-affirmation of the Treaty of Waitangi (and has recently come under attack
For the All Blacks, haka now connects both Maori and Pakeha (outsider) players through a shared history
and physical discipline, although this was not always the case
. Nevertheless, the haka can make a powerful impression
, particularly when someone answers in kind
posted by TheWhiteSkull
on Feb 19, 2007 -
I love rugby
I love playing
, I love talking about it
, I love the video game
fans on the other hand....
Why is it Americans tend to be lower key about sports (as fanatic as we are) than the British or other folks who riot, blow stuff up, behead each other, etc.?
I mean, I've slid naked on tile floor through puddles of beer, but cutting off your nuts, that's crazy!
posted by Smedleyman
on Feb 12, 2005 -
30 years ago, a group of Uruguayan rugby players traveled to Chile
to play a game against a local team. Their plane crashed in the Andes Mountains. The 27 who survived the crash were forced to eat their teammates in order to survive. After 72 days in the mountains, 16
were rescued. Their story was told in the book Alive
and later a movie
by the same name. Today those survivors reunited in Chile and finally played the rugby game. The Uruguayans won
posted by einarorn
on Oct 13, 2002 -
The Australian Rugby League cancelled the Australian Kangaroos rugby league team's tour of the UK after a small number of players were concered about their security. Now there's a major outcry
from all over Australia and the UK regarding the cancellation, and they are being branded gutless, wimps, and cowards from both home and abroad. Great Britain hasn't beaten Australia in a rugby league test series in over 30 years, now there's talk it should be given to them by default
. Quite pathetic of the ARL considering that the Australian Wallabies rugby union team (note to Americans - rugby league and rugby union are two different sports) have no doubts that their tour to Europe will go on as planned.
posted by Jase_B
on Oct 11, 2001 -
Accused of one of the most bizarre charges in the history of Rugby League, or sport in general, a player has been found guilty of poking his fingers up the anuses of three North Queensland players.
posted by aki
on Mar 28, 2001 -