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I’m not into horse racing but…

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… like most Kiwis I love a story where an underdog triumphs.

So you owe yourself two minutes to watch this clip of the famous Kentucky Derby raced yesterday. Watch the horse coming out of the Number 20 gate on the far left; the worst starting position you can get.

Rich Strike! What a name for the moment as well. He’d only won about $70,000 in prize money this season, compared to others in the race that had won a million dollars or more, hence his low ranking. He only got into the race because his owner had to scratch his preferred horse.

They’ll talk about the mount more than the jockey but the truth is that horse-racing is about a partnership between rider and horse; without each other they’re nothing.

This is great example. In the next clip, from an angle above the race (yay drones), watch the way the rider of Rich Strike steadily guides his mount through the crowd to get close to the rails and cut the running distance. Watch also for two key moments: first when one horse moves away from the rail and Rich Strike’s rider pounces through; then a few moments later, spots a slight gap between two horses and moves away from the rail, pushing through them and then re-gain the rail position.

It’s another mark of racing that there are not actually huge differences in speed between these horses – aside from the occasional freak like Secretariat (I still recall as a kid watching him on the TV win one race by 30 lengths) – and that the smarts of the jockey often count for as much.

As well as luck.

Written by Tom Hunter

May 9, 2022 at 9:29 am

Posted in Sport., USA

NZ VS THE SAFFAS DAY 1

Well done team. A special well done to Matt H. Today its push on for a big lead.

Clearly the Saffas felt the loss of Quinton de Kock. But we were without Guppie, Kane W and Trent B.

Another day a couch potato.

Written by The Veteran

February 18, 2022 at 9:23 am

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Their Master’s Voice

This just out of China.

LeBron James and his fellow Black NBA players who fearlessly attack their fellow Americans as racist over the smallest things, are silent on this.

That’s expected of course since one does not speak up on the new plantation, especially when it pays. But slavery is not just about money but the soul.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 20, 2022 at 12:09 pm

Truth vs Totalitarianism

Sure, J K Rowling is as rich as Croesus thanks to her Harry Potter books and the money from the movie spinoffs of them, so she can be more resilient in the face of the relentless trans-gender attacks on her.

But damn, this is still courageous.

From the article that Rowling tweeted:

Police have been criticised for saying they will record rapes by offenders with male genitalia as being committed by a woman if the attacker “identifies as a female”.

Police Scotland said that they would log rapes as being carried out by a woman if the accused person insists, even if they have not legally changed gender.

As you can imagine, the Twitter trans-community did not respond well and as that NotTheBee article notes:

Twitter went haywire at Rowling’s words, coming out en masse to [checks notes] defend rapists.

Of course. Nothing new here actually and she addresses it while noting the other stunts they’ve been pulling:

They’re clearly hoping that one of their number will take … what’s Antifa call it… Direct Action?

“They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out. Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women, is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”

I don’t know how close Ms Rowling is to being Red-Pilled, but given how much her Harry Potter stories owe to Western cannon (Greek mythology, Latin language incantations, a lot of European heraldic, folk, and fairy tales, and even a rehash of Jesus’s self-sacrifice and resurrection), she must surely be starting to get clued into the fact that’s it her side of the ideological fence that’s dragging us into this dystopia.

Meantime over in the USA are examples of girls who don’t have the power to speak up in the face of this bullshit (BTW – Outkick is one of the new Sport media sites that’s eventually going to destroy the likes of ESPN):

The second Penn swimmer to come forward was at the University of Akron Zippy Invitational where she watched Lia Will Thomas beat fellow teammate Anna Kalandadze by 38 seconds in the 1650 freestyle. OutKick’s source described Penn swimmers on the Akron pool deck as upset and crying, knowing they were going to be demolished by Thomas.

“They feel so discouraged because no matter how much work they put in it, they’re going to lose. Usually, they can get behind the blocks and know they out-trained all their competitors and they’re going to win and give it all they’ve got,” the source said.

“Now they’re having to go behind the blocks knowing no matter what, they do not have the chance to win. I think that it’s really getting to everyone.”

After just five meets and the Akron Invitational, Thomas has not just destroyed opponents. The Penn freestyle records are being rewritten by a swimmer who was second-team All-Ivy league in 2018-19 — as a male.

Yeah, I’m not going to use his new name and I will be referring to him using his deadname. That’s just buying into this Nineteen Eighty Four-type cultural coup across ideas, of which language is a key weapon.

Akron was an absolute beatdown by Thomas, but it wasn’t without disgust from fans who were in the building watching meet, pool, and school records drop one after the other.

“Usually everyone claps, everyone is yelling and cheering when someone wins a race. Lia touched the wall and it was just silent in there,” OutKick’s source said during a phone interview.

“When [Penn swimmer] Anna [Kalandadze] finished second, the crowd erupted in applause.”

Friday, Thomas set a new 500 freestyle Ivy League record. Saturday saw Thomas touch the wall in the 200 freestyle, which is now the nation’s fastest time in the event. And then there was the 1650 that left fans in disgust.

Yeah. I think that disgust and a refusal to applaud these people is the only thing that’s going to do it. Certainly we can’t rely on the officials to be decent.

OutKick’s source said that after the 200 freestyle, Thomas could be overheard bragging.

“That was so easy, I was cruising,” Lia Thomas allegedly said.

“I’m proud of my times, my ability to keep swimming and to continue competing. And they’re suited up times. I’m happy with them and my coaches are happy with them,” 

No shame. At all. What a total fucking asshole.

I don’t think this guy has mental problems and frankly I don’t think he gives a shit about identifying as female. Like our own Mr Hubbard I think his vast ego and selfishness led him to take advantage of the “rules” and the current cultural bullshit so that he can win and get all the applause, glory and love he can scrounge from gutless officials in the NCAA (National College Athletic Association), university and the media.

The female swimmer asked to remain anonymous for fear of leftists destroying her life. Still, she told Outkick that most of the team has privately expressed reservations about allowing Thomas to be a member of the women’s swim team at the college.

“Pretty much everyone individually has spoken to our coaches about not liking this. Our coach just really likes winning. He’s like most coaches. I think secretly everyone just knows it’s the wrong thing to do”

Of course she’d be destroyed. She’s powerless. Note also that the varsity coach has not quit but is actually quite happy. Some supporter of woman he turned out to be: as long as his team wins, right?

Enjoy the medals and the trophies, pal. Those like you are destroying women’s sports.

Speaking of such assholes, here’s NoRightTurn who – when he’s not calculating how many wind farms need to be built to shut down the Huntly power station, and always referring only to “Aotearoa” – is right into the trans-gloating, in this case over the law passed the other day that allows people to change the sex of their birth certificate merely by saying so. Perhaps I’m stepping on to a slippery slope but I’m not that bothered by such crap. But this…

…which I guess showed us how much political support there is for terfs here: basicly none. No political party wanted to vote against this, because they’re just not that vile (alternatively, no-one wanted to be recorded as voting against it, because they know they’d be carrying that stain forever). Its also I think a sign of how far our society has moved since the hatefests over civil unions and marriage equality. Yes, the terfs were vocal on the interwebs. But its not like they could organise a giant hate-march up Lambton Quay over it. Mostly because most of those vocal internet voices are in fact bots amplifying a tiny clique of obsessive arseholes in the UK. Locally, there’s very little support for their hate, and only NZ First was sufficiently indecent to want to pander to it. And with them gone, we can finally have a better society.

He really has caught the spirit of the moral righteousness of the Medieval Catholic Church: “Arc of the Moral Universe” and all that. His fanatical, unbending, vicious, toxic Leftism is as all-encompassing as the practices of that church was, except that in his universe sins are never forgiven and the sinners are forced forever to carry the faggots as a warning of the fire they will encounter should they sin again.

I don’t know if he has daughters competing in swim teams or being at risk of being raped by a woman with a penis, but, like Lefty J K Rowling, sooner or later his own monsters are going to destroy him.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 14, 2021 at 3:28 pm

Can’t Bat, Can’t Bowl, Can’t ****

Allan McGillivray will be turning in his grave. This idiot should never have been appointed captain

Tim Paine resigns as Australian cricket Test captain over sexting scandal

A tearful Tim Paine announces he has stepped down as Australia’s Test cricket captain. Picture: Chris Kidd
A tearful Tim Paine announces he has stepped down as Australia’s Test cricket captain. Picture: Chris Kidd

Tim Paine has resigned as Australian Test captain as allegations of a sexting scandal while he was a Tasmanian state player emerge.

The shock development throws Australia’s Ashes preparation into chaos with the issue sure to create an enormous distraction ahead of the series.

The Australian expects Pat Cummins will be appointed to the role for the Ashes.

The bombshell revelations emerged after an investigation by the Herald Sun, who broke the story.

The Herald Sun reports that full details of the messages, which were sent by Paine on the eve and morning of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in 2017, have only recently surfaced.

Some of the messages are too explicit to publish in full, however the exchange included Paine suggesting to the woman: “Will you want to taste my *** ?? F*** me, I’m seriously hard.”

In correspondence with cricket authorities in June 2018, the woman claimed she was offended by “Mr Paine’s sexually explicit, unwelcome and unsolicited photograph of his genitals in addition to the graphic sexual comments”.

It is understood Cricket Australia became aware of the messages after Paine, 36, was given the captaincy in March 2018, which is often referred to as the second biggest job in Australia outside the Prime Minister.

The messages, sent to the woman included what was described in correspondence as a “dick pic”.

The woman was at the time a Cricket Tasmania employee, with whom Paine had interacted with while he was playing state cricket.

The woman has sent letters of complaint to Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania about the texts, which she received shortly before she resigned in 2017.

Paine and wife Bonnie at the 2020 Australian Cricket Awards at Crown in Melbourne. Picture: AAP
Paine and wife Bonnie at the 2020 Australian Cricket Awards at Crown in Melbourne. Picture: AAP

Paine was appointed the 46th Australian Test captain in March 2018 — four months after he sent the messages.

He took on the job from Steve Smith, who stepped down for his part in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, along with then vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.

An emotional Paine made the announcement at a press conference in Hobart at 2.30pm, 18 days before the first Test of the series in Brisbane.

He tearfully explained that he had been cleared of any breaches during an inquiry into the events at the time but with his changed circumstances he had no choice but to step down once he learned the text messages would become public.

“Today I am announcing my decision to stand down as captain of the Australian Men’s Test team – an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family and cricket,” he said, reading from a prepared statement.

“As background on my decision, nearly four years ago, I was involved in a text exchange with a then colleague. At the time, the exchange was the subject of a thorough CA integrity unit investigation, throughout which I participated fully and openly.

“That investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation at the same time, found there had been no breach of the CA code of conduct.

“Although exonerated, I deeply regretted this incident at the time and I still do.”

Paine reads a prepared statement as he announces his exit as skipper. Picture: Chris Kidd
Paine reads a prepared statement as he announces his exit as skipper. Picture: Chris Kidd

Paine revealed that his wife Bonnie was aware of the sexting incident.

“I spoke to my wife and family at the time — and am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support,” he said.

“We thought this incident was behind us and I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done.

“However, I recently became aware that this private exchange of text messages was going to become public.

“On reflection, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standards of an Australian cricket captain — or the wider community.

“I am deeply sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused – to my wife, my family and to the other party.”

Paine explained that he was stepping down because of the damage done to Australian cricket by the revelations.

“I am sorry for any damage this does to the reputation of our sport and I believe it is the right decision for me to stand down at captain, effective immediately, as I do not want this to become an unwelcome disruption for the team ahead of the Ashes,” he said.

Written by adolffinkensen

November 19, 2021 at 7:55 pm

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Buffalo Rifles

In these dark times of shut-in life it’s important to live vicariously.

So here’s some fun from Montana, the Quigley Shoot competition.

This is held once a year and is a target shooting competition with the old-fashioned single-shot rifles once used to hunt buffalo on the vast American prairies.

The shooting distances are out to 1200 yards or more and this has to be done with iron sights or, at best, vintage telescopic sights. Sounds tough but in the interviews the shooters do say that you get used to it and you can get accurate with practice.

These guns also have a hell of a kick, so a sore shoulder at the end of the day seems likely to me.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 14, 2021 at 8:52 am

Posted in Sport., Technology, USA

The Joy of a Free People

In looking at the national impacts of the Chinese Xi Snot virus I’ve looked at Sweden, Israel and Australia, with a few glances at other nations like Great Britain, plus some prominent US states such as New York, California, Hawaii and Texas.

But it’s been a while since I looked at the USA as a whole to see how it’s doing.

First up is vaccinations. Not so good compared to many other nations.

Cases! There’s been a bit of a surge lately, as there has been in other countries as the next mutant strain, “Delta”, has taken off. In fact the case load is now back to where it was in Oct-Nov 2020 before the vaccinations started and Feb 2021.

Deaths are up too but not as was seen earlier. Still, the daily death rate is back up where it was in November 2020 and March 2021.

Terrible right? Scary. Horrifying. So how are Americans reacting to all this? They should lockdown, right?

Just click on the first Twitter video.

These are crowds for College (university) football, in action for the first time in two years and the students are going nuts. For people who only hear of the NFL and other Major League sports it may come as a shock to find out how huge college football is. Those crowds put most of our rugby stadiums to shame and there are dozens like them packed every weekend from September to December. I was stunned when I first saw how huge the Notre Dame stadium is in Indiana.

Just listen to the sheer, wonderful joyousness of them as they dance and sing and shout for their teams.

So what’s the reaction of The Powers That Be? Well here’s major Democratic operative Joe Lockhart:

Gee Joe, if I was Democrat pushing mask mandates and vaccine passports I’d look at all those young people and crap my pants about the 2022 and 2024 elections.

Americans are better than their leaders.

But that’s also Jacinda Adern, every Labour MP, Judith Collins and every National MP, The Greens and Maori Party, probably most of ACT, our entire Public Healthcare establishment and – so we’re informed by a NZ Herald poll (and remember kids, the MSM doesn’t spin or lie when reinforcing The Narrative of the moment) – some 85% of New Zealanders.

Frightened. Scared. Utterly and totally compliant. Yet also strangely smug and arrogant about how well we’ve done with our low death toll. Determined to lock down for as long as it takes to get to Year Zero. And misery loves company.

If you want to live in fear, that’s your choice. But it’s also not life.

Those scenes are life. That is joy. And in America at least, it’s back.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

Nice work if you can bat it.

When I saw the following article the other day I vaguely recalled the name Bobby Bonilla.

Like many American baseball players he had played for a large number of teams in the course of a fifteen year career, but where I recalled him from was when he played for the Florida Marlins in 1997 as they won a World Series after existing for just five seasons.

That stuck in the throats of a lot of fans of other ball clubs who had won nothing in decades. But it was a one-off as the owner – Wayne Huizenga, who had made his billions from various startup companies, like Blockbuster Videos (and who remembers them now in the age of streaming) – had thrown huge amounts of cash around to grab every free-agent star he could to play just the one season.

Predictably enough, the following season saw them finish with the worst record in MLB; the greatest collapse by a World Series Champion in history.

Bonilla moved on to other clubs and retired in 2001, but aside from some good batting stats and a WS ring he also left behind another legacy, the date of July 1st that is commemorated each year by teeth-grinding fans of the New York Mets as Bobby Bonilla Day:

The calendar has turned to July 1, and that means one thing: It’s time for Mets fans everywhere to wish each other a Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! Why?

On Thursday, 58-year-old Bobby Bonilla will collect a check for $1,193,248.20 from the New York Mets, as he has and will every July 1 from 2011 through 2035.

The twenty cents is a nice touch.

Now you may assume that this is just the hangover from some long-ago contract, and you would be correct. But even after reading the details in that article and the Wiki I still don’t understand how this came to be:

In 2000, the Mets agreed to buy out the remaining $5.9 million on Bonilla’s contract.

However, instead of paying Bonilla the $5.9 million at the time, the Mets agreed to make annual payments of nearly $1.2 million for 25 years starting July 1, 2011, including a negotiated 8% interest.

I’ve done finance. I know about NPV calculations, and my calcs have him at $1.62 million per year, so perhaps he kindly agreed to a slight discount?

But I still don’t know why the Nets would turn $5.9 million into $1.2 million per year for twenty five years. Apparently the Mets had invested in Bernie Madoff’s schemes and although it does not say so I guess when those crashed, the team just could not lay their hands on $5.9 million in cash.

But still – this deal was the only alternative? For a season where he didn’t even play for them?

There are other such deals around and incredibly this guy is on the receiving end of one of those too:

Bobby Bonilla (again): A second deferred-contract plan with the Mets and Orioles pays him $500,000 a year for 25 years. Those payments began in 2004.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 7, 2021 at 4:46 pm

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IN A WORD DISAPPOINTING.

At a time never dreamed about for New Zealand cricket, currently toying with “The old Country” in their homeland in a two test warm up for an historic showdown with India and its Millions of fans and dollars at The Rose Bowl Southampton in a few days. An extraordinary situation where a NZ national side after all but winning a first test at lords them made changes to over half that team to have England reeling at nine down for a tiny lead at Edgbaston overnight with a full day to play.

My Disappointment, well it is only available on SPARK Sport for the army of viewers wanting to view the dramas. Getting Spark sport in a mobile mobile home is less than simple. Thanks a bunch Mister White and your board of wannabees, perhaps if a Mr black had been found in this stellar year for a game that has NZ still holding the record lowest score in an innings ever when Tyson Statham and Appleyard sent them all back to the Pavillion for twenty six all out Eden Park 1955. Having endured that sad legacy as a supporter for over half a century it might have been nice to see the current wave of success however it turns out at The Rose bowl on Sky Sport which has delivered so well for so long.

I did succumb to the lure and had fibre installed for the Last Rugby WC to enable visual from Spark only to have been more than a little chagrined over the quality then delivered.

Again, muppets, thankyou very very much.

Written by Gravedodger

June 13, 2021 at 10:03 am

Posted in New Zealand, Sport.

CLEARLY THE US PGA DROPPED THE BALL

Gave away playing vets golf yesterday to watch Phil (the thrill) Mickelson win the USA PGA Championship becoming the oldest golfer ever to do so. It was a tour de force by someone who gives so much pleasure to so many.

But a huge down-tick to the PGA of America for what happened after Phil hit his second shot on the 18th. The crowd was out of control and both Mickelson and Koepke (and their caddies) were mobbed and engulfed by an out of control crowd as they made their way to the Green. This should never happened … been allowed to happen. Koepke was quite right to voice his concern.

This cannot be allowed to detract from Mickelson’s quite remarkable performance. He was on nobody’s radar coming into the tournament and over the four days mastered a brute of a golf course in a way that left others scrambling in his wake.

Congratulations to Phil Mickelson.

p.s. Something you may not know. Mickelson is right handed in everything except golf.

Written by The Veteran

May 25, 2021 at 10:42 am

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