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Sledging sucks

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, March 30th, 2015 - 33 comments
Categories: john key - Tags: ,

Hey, all you folk angry with Aussie cricket team sledging – how do you put up with John Key PM?

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33 comments on “Sledging sucks ”

  1. Unicus 1

    Black caps were about the only bit of their kit to make them look like a NZ team – perhaps the National Party blue shirts might have made a few of those Aussies spit a little more – have to say that outfit got on my wick –

    Not surprising though in 2014 people like Hadlee and Co openly supported Key along with McCaw Henry and the rest of the tory sports crowd at the NZRFU and Cricket NZ

    Bread and circuses the tory opiate – sorry John didn’t work for you this time

    • Maui 1.1

      Yep, the “ANZ” shirts that conveniently fit in with the banks branding colours gets on my wick too. They even have a massive silver fern on the back just to remind you that this really is a New Zealand team! Capitalism has a firm grip on the game now, but I guess it’s got it’s tentacles around almost everything these days.

      • Unicus 1.1.1

        Not quite how I see things –

        The slogan ” sport and politics cant mix” was invented by the Horton Herald back in the good old days when the National Party got away with supporting whites only rugby teams on South African tours .

        After experiencing the vile politics and civil strife of Muldoon’s National Party and the NZRFU , in 1981 any thought that the National Party would “inadvertently” prosper from a major sporting event simply doesn’t add up .

        2011 was another gift for them even though it was Trevor Mallard who claimed the credit for getting the Rugby world cup here in the first place – it was Key and co who got to crawl allover it for political advantage – somehow I don’t think Helen’s crowd would have been invited .

        The “ANZ “blue shirts wore Black Caps wore probably wasnt a happy coincidence – NP strategists would have put a fair effort into how the Government might reap an electoral windfall from the cup . Given the NPs influence in the financial sector ( and every other bloody institution in this country ) I doubt if it even took a wink or a nod

  2. johnm 2

    Hopefully the Batsmen of the NZ cricket team weren’t “sledged” during the final. Here a definition of the term:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sledging_(cricket)

  3. TheContrarian 3

    John Key is the only one who sledges in Parliament?

    • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 3.1

      The next time our NZ teams need to practise getting desensitised to Aussie sledging, the coach should lock them up in a room with Steven Joyce too and a few crates.

    • North 3.2

      No TheGodyKey isn’t the only one who sledges in Parliament but he’s the only one who’s put up in lights, who puts himself up in lights, as our archetypal good decent joker we’d all love to have a beer with……..think the most compelling contrast between the theistic myth and the cold-eyed reality. See photograph above. The exhortation to find some moral guts wasn’t it ? Reference nowhere to be seen – Kerikeri Golf Club 9,00 pm Saturday 28/3/15.

      • David H 3.2.1

        I for one would not want a beer with tricKey and if he shook my hand i’d count my fingers and check that my wallet was still there.

        • Once was Tim 3.2.1.1

          You wouldn’t have to (count your fingers and check your wallet). The slime wouldn’t allow a keen grip and contact would be minimal. Your only worry would be trying to find the nearest source of carbolic acid before infection set in.
          I’d suggest if there was difficulty, you’d be better off flopping it out and pissing all over yourself before heading for the salt water of the ocean chasing the natural disinfectant.

  4. Treetop 4

    Ok so I now know what sport sledging is. Even without the Aussies sledging, their bowlers out classed our bowlers on the day. The Aussie fast bowlers were always going to be a force to deal with.

    The Blackcaps just could not pull a win together.

    The final will be remembered for a lot of things.

  5. ghostwhowalksnz 5

    Wait till Winston gets back in parliament this week and rubs Keys nose in HIS defeat.

  6. mac1 6

    Is that middle Australian getting a bit ‘stumped’ in his excitement?

    Or is he “just pleased to see him” go?

  7. infused 7

    John Key? Yes, the rest of the house are so nice…

  8. Jilly Bee 8

    Just picked this gem up on Stuff – WTF Brad Haddin -http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/67551633/brad-haddin-sledges-black-caps-in-cricket-world-cup-final-for-being-too-nice

    • God Brad Haddin is a child (occasionally a dirty cheat, too.)

      I didn’t mind us losing the final – it was a fantastic tournament, getting to the final is a massive achievement, the Black Caps have nothing to be ashamed of.

      What I minded was the Australian team’s (usual) utter lack of sportsmanship and their commentary team’s obnoxious, self-indulgent rewriting of history any time things didn’t go their way. (Someone gets caught out: “Ooooh, I think he hit that too well.” Someone gets bowled out: “Ooooh, I think he was expecting a better ball than that.” Doug Bollinger patently lies about catching a grounded ball: “Ooooh, I’m sure he thought he caught it.” ARGH!)

    • emergency mike 8.2

      God that Stuff article could have been written by The Civilian. Wherein Brad Haddin explains that he was determined to go full fu arsehole on dismissed NZ batsmen because he was annoyed that the NZ team was, wait for it, too nice to them.

      Yep, apparently he reckons that the Black Caps were relentlessly nice to them for a whole friggin week when they played us in NZ. He was so appalled that he resolved to steer the game back to a more proper ungentlemanly state at their next meeting.

      Stay classy Black Caps. The world noticed it; and personally that meant more to me than the trophy.

  9. Phil 9

    I’ve played the game on-and-off for most of my life and love good quality sledging.

    I’m not talking about the aggressive in-your-face bullshit that occurred in the last Ashes series between England and Australia, or the recent stoush between India and Australia, or the verbal antics from Australia in the final (I’m seeing a pattern…).

    One of the guys I used to play with had the uncanny ability to time his passing of gas with perfection. He’d field at short-cover and occasionally let out a loud fart just as the ball was leaving the bowlers hand. Probably distracted nearby fielders more than the batsmen.

  10. vto 10

    we won you lost eat that

  11. Trainman 11

    Key visits Nortland and he turned 9000 majority into a loss, then he trips to the CWC and they lose massively. Has the man lost his mojo? or is he spreading failure everywhere

  12. Melanie Scott 12

    Congrats to the Black Caps for a great summer of cricket, they kept us all enthralled. I too am bemused by the uniform which only suggested ANZ (dreadful bank) and the Gnatz – maybe they were the kiss of death last night.
    My old dad was a bit of a cricketer and the only sledging he experienced was from an umpire. He was playing at Lords (for Oxford, back in about 1947) and having a particularly desultory time at the wicket, he was an opening batsman. After a tortuously long and runless period of play, the umpire in broad northern dialect said to him, “If you keep playing like that lad, you’ll get a job wi’ Yorkshire.”

  13. Weepus beard 13

    I was disappointed to hear McCullum in the post match conference bring up a visit to the dressing room pre-game by the PM. Probably pissed off more of the team than helped.

    Yes, our PM loves a good sledge and his latest sledging strategy is to paint Andrew Little as a coward. There was the infamous “get some guts” speech in parliament, and then just today he described Little as “running for the hills” in reference to the Labour policy of endorsing Peters.

    Watch for this line to be followed mercilessly by our PM, just as onfield bullying is meted out mercilessly by members of the Australian cricket team.

    • GregJ 13.1

      Actually WB – I thought the same but if you read what was said carefully I think BMac actually meant “before” the After Match Press Conference rather than before the match (ie. Key & Crowe were in there after the match finished but before the Press Conference). I can’t imagine they would have wanted any outside distractions before the game from people not immediately associated with the team management hanging out in the dressing room.

      Still in a minor consolation we got more players than the Aussies in the ICC “Team of the World Cup”.

      P.S. And Key should have been in Singapore doing his bloody job like Abbott. (Do you think Key doesn’t like going to funerals because he doesn’t like having any negative connotations from them around him?)

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