Top ten NZ sport sites

NBR Telco reporter Chris Keall notes the top ten NZ sport sites according to Nielsen, with Stuff sport edging the Herald for the first time.

What NZ (non-blog) sports sites do you look at? For me, it’s the Herald and Stuff, almost exclusively. Am I missing something?

I’d love to be able to embed TVNZ and TV3 videos, but that doesn’t seem to be an option.

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sportreview.net.nz versus Matt Gunn

Back in 2006 I wrote this rant lamenting the missed opportunity that is Radio Sport, New Zealand’s only dedicated sport radio option at the time – summarised, I said their station was as entertaining and informative as uncontrollable flatulence. Some wag must have emailed it to Matt Gunn, because the next thing I know, he’s ranting about me on air:

Listen to the MP3: mattgunn_v_sportreview (1.7MB, 1’56”)

“Gutless scumbags…. This kind of thing makes me sick… Soft-cocks, basically… I’d like to headbutt that person”.

How I laughed. Three years later, my main thought is – ‘What a dick’. OK, my site was anonymous then, but he sailed right past the big old elephant in the studio that was my point – his station was a bit shit, and he was proving it every time he breathed in. Gunn’s obviously on a one-cretin mission to bring ‘shock-jock’ to NZ sport radio, but his utter lack of good humour, wit or panache make him as funny as stinging nettles on your keyboard. And mean.

I wrote a little rebuttal. These days, I treat Radio Sport like a public urinal – I’m happy to visit for functional reasons, ie the excellent live sport commentary, but I wouldn’t want to hang around in there. Come¬† final whistle it goes off, well before the talk-back hordes drag knuckles from couch to phone. I’d support decent sport radio in New Zealand in a heart beat; we’ve been served up the fairly average for quite a while now.

Note one: This post is inspired by Naly D‘s recent Matt Gunn post, I dug through my email archives (hey, it turns out Gmail is really search-able!) to find the clip. Shame he’s still there. Gunn, not Naly. Ahem.

Note two: I still want to know what’s factually incorrect about it. He’s DEFINITELY a dickhead.

Note three: Matt Gunn’s profile page STILL says his favourite meal is ‘any wog dish’, three years later.

Stuff the details

Check out this page on Stuff.co.nz, video with a massive white space underneath. Headline on the Stuff Sport homepage is ‘Nasty Rugby Fight’ (they left out the !!1! LOL! bit).

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Is it:

A. A placeholder page, with little details like the where, when, teams involved and outcomes of the fight to follow soon?

B. A teaser for a damming expose of violence in sport in general and those imported from the west in particular and what this means for post-communist society in Eastern Europe?

C. A flimsy excuse to share video of a sweet fight?

Googling shit up with Garth George

Today, NZ Herald go-to curmudgeon Garth George rails against John Key’s proposed national cycleway. Sandwiched between heart-rending tales of being forced to ride a bike to school and smug reference to his “warm, dry, powerful motor car” are six quotes about cycling.

I tweeted that Garth probably had wiki quote open while thundering out his column. I was wrong.

But I *did* find five of the six quotes Garth padded his bluster out with on Quotegarden’s cycling page, which is the first result when you type ‘cycling quote’ into Google.

So, I present the following table just so we’re clear where Garth got his material for today’s column from:

Garth George quotes from Google’s first hit on ‘cycling quote’

The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. – John Howard

You never have the wind with you – either it is against you or you’re having a good day. – Daniel Behrman

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. – Ernest Hemingway

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. – H.G. Wells

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it – if you live. – Mark Twain

Garth George quotes from somewhere else

If all feeling for grace and beauty were not extinguished in the mass of mankind at the actual moment, such a method of locomotion as cycling could never have found acceptance; no man or woman with the slightest aesthetic sense could assume the ludicrous position necessary for it. – Maria Louise Rame


The professionally pissed off Garth George

So, sportreview.net.nz apologies to Garth for thinking he was a wikiquote man instead of a first-result-on-Google  kind of guy.