Friday, December 28, 2007


All Blacks win no Prizes for General Knowledge

I rarely read The Daily Mail, for obvious reasons, given my distaste for the messages it specializes in peddling, but today, in a coffee shop I found myself reading sports hack Peter Jackson's article on some memorably dumb quotes made by All Black rugby union players. As an end of year corrective to the appalling weather we suffered yesterday and as a continuation of sorts with the sporting theme of yesterday, I offer the section embodying the quotations, plus the splendid accompanying pic:

In an abnormally competitive global list of contenders for Quote of the Year, All Blacks occupy the first four places with Jono Gibbes, the Waikato Chiefs captain who played a part in crushing the Lions, topping the lot.
Philosophising is most definitely not one of his many attributes.

"Nobody in rugby should be called a genius," said Gibbes during New Zealand's indefinite state of mourning over another failed World Cup mission. And he added... "A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

Now, even allowing for a liberal dose of seasonal goodwill and assuming there was such a person, he would have undoubtedly been as thick as two short planks compared to the bright spark known as Albert, especially when expounding the theory of relativity.

For the record, the Nobel prize winner in physics, whose many spheres of expertise included relativistic cosmology and atomic transition probabilities, did not have any brothers, let alone one called Norman.

Gibbes has made no attempt to laugh off his gaffe as a facetious aside and nor, it seems, did the World Cup back rower Chris Masoe on the subject of one of the seven wonders of the world.

Asked if he had been to the Pyramids during a sightseeing trip in Egypt, Masoe's reported reply takes onedimensionalism to a new level: "I can't really remember the names of the clubs we went to."

Then there is the example of another All Blacks forward, Auckland Blues lock Troy Flavell, as recounted by the team's head coach, Australian David Nucifora: "I told him: 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy? "And he said: 'David, I don't know and I don't care.”'

Or perhaps he was taking the piss -
He was actually providing a dumb quote to appease the press. There's nothing as opinionated as a journalist.

He who laughs last etc.
Or maybe Peter Jackson is an idiot as Gibbes never said it at all.
The comment was made by Joe Theismann, a former NFL quarterback and now a commentator.

Peter Jackson is a hack who uses forwarded emails as content in his column.

I'm almost surprised he didnt use one of Chuck Norris' legendary feats and ascribe it to one of his favourite players.

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