Understanding Rugby: The Haka

6 08 2007

With the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, With Malice… will explore some of the history of the game. Today, the haka.

Ka mate!  Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!So, the Haka. Why? Why do the All Blacks do the Haka at the beginning of rugby matches? What’s it’s purpose?

The Haka is simply a traditional dance native to New Zealand’s Māori people, and there are many different kinds of haka. But for all intents & purposes, we’ll be looking at the ones performed by the New Zealand national rugby team: The All Blacks.

The All Blacks perform two haka – the ‘Ka Mate’ and the ‘Kapa O Pango’. The Ka Mate is the traditional haka, and it was first performed as part of the pre-match ritual for the All Blacks in 1906, and is basically a celebration of ‘life over death’.

Here are the words to the Ka Mate, with translation…
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! I die! I die! I live! I live!
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! I die! I die! I live! I live!
Tenei te tangata puhuru huru This is the hairy man
Nana nei i tiki mai Who fetched the Sun
Whakawhiti te ra And caused it to shine again
A upa … ne! ka upa … ne! One upward step! Another upward step!
A upane kaupane whiti te ra! An upward step, another.. the Sun shines!!
Hii…

And as performed by the All Blacks…

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Bizarre Japanese Sports… #5

14 07 2007

greeny.jpgOk… without a doubt this is the weirdest clip I have ever, ever seen from Japan. Even my wife (who as a nihonjin, understands the local humor, even if she doesn’t always find it funny) was surprised by this one.

Warning tho’… it is very, very, very off-the-wall.

So… here’s a ‘badminton training session’ that goes … umm… wrong (not sure how much more *wrong* anything could get).

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Asian Cup – Australia blown away by Iraq!

13 07 2007

Asian Cup… ouch.

Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok – Man… I’m gutted. Australia lost this game 3-1… which basically means that we (yes, I’m Australian) have to give Thailand an absolute HIDING (to make up goal difference) to have any chance at all of even making the quarter finals.

My apologies for not bringing a more detailed version of this, but meh… it’s Friday night, my team just lost, & I’d rather drink this nice bottle of white with a bud of mine. Short version: Iraq got three goals. Australia didn’t.

BUT… as a special bonus, giving you the highlights of the Iran vs Uzbekistan match… including the own-goal by Rahman Rezaei. A really foolishly executed ‘defensive header’.

(edit – adding Japan vs UAE to this post)

My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi – Japan put their quest for a 3rd straight Asian Cup back on track with a good 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates.  Up 3-0 by half time, the UAE side was never in it – totally outclassed.  Scottish league MVP Shunsuke Nakamura ripped a penalty into the nets, and Bundesliga striker Naohiro Takahara scored twice in 5 minutes.

Saeed Alkas slid the ball past Japan’s keeper, Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi – but all night he was up to the task set before him, and UAE didn’t really threaten.

If not for excellent work by goalkeeper Majed Nasser, the scoreline could’ve read even more lopsided.  Either way, UAE become the first team eliminated from the Asian Cup.

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Remember when: Rod Allen went ballistic…

3 07 2007

Whilst browsing through YouTube I found this gem. It’s obviously from quite a while ago, as the Yokohama team is wearing a ‘W’ on their caps – denoting that they are at that stage the ‘Yokohama Taiyo Whales’ (1978-1992). In 1993, they became the Yokohama Baystars… I’m pretty sure that this is from 1990 or ’91.

Rod Allen now…The team they’re playing is the Hiroshima Carp – and the guy chasing the pitcher is none other than Rod Allen (played with the Seattle Mariners, the Detroit Tigers & the Cleveland Indians), who now is the color commentator for FSN Detroit. Nice one Rod, always good to see ball-players with fire in their bellies.

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And then you put your hand WHERE?… Japan’s Air-sex Championships

22 06 2007

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I promised you something weird, well… it doesn’t get much weirder. I’ve lived in Japan for nearly 10 years now, and this is one of the weirdest things I’ve seen… and I didn’t find it, it had to get passed my way from someone outside of Japan!

Anyway… without further ado… #7 for my Blog-sifting…

7. A friend of mine at raincoaster put me onto this absolutely insane video… Japan Air-sex Championships. Well… it’s sports… kinda… and it IS Japan.

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Death in the Caribbean… or: Was he or wasn’t he? The Bob Woolmer death… redux/part2/II (WHATEVER!)

16 06 2007

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So… during the Cricket World Cup in Jamaica, on March 18th of this year, Bob Woolmer died in the evening after the team he coached – Pakistan – lost unexpectedly to Ireland. Earlier in the day back in Pakistan fans burnt effigies of the once-popular coach, and chanted slogans calling for him to be killed.

The initial cause of death was given as a ‘heart attack’. Amidst the farce that the Pakistan cricket team put on during the rest of the World Cup, the inquiry into his death continued… and lo & behold, it was declared MURDER!!! Drama ensued, with Detective Mark Shields thrust into the spotlight, and pretty much everyone in Jamaica at some stage was a suspect.

Accusations flew – poison, strangulation… stories ran rampant. The early favorites, the Pakistani team were eliminated first as competitors, and then as suspects… and fled home with their tails tucked between their legs flew home.

Enter Scotland Yard and Interpol. And enter a reversal of cause of death. Scotland Yard experts declared the death of Bob Woolmer due to natural causes.

Everyone breathes a sigh of relief…

BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE!!!

Thursday (June 14th), The Jamaica Observer reported that Dr Ere Seshaiah stated “I am sticking to my findings. He was murdered.”

Aaagh…

The National Security Minister Dr Peter Phillips has ordered a review into all aspects of the investigation. This review will assess “the appropriateness of the techniques and the standards of professionalism employed by the police investigators, as well as the medical and other professional personnel”.

Cricket on the sub-continent has always had it’s seedy underbelly… allegations of corruption & match-fixing have always found their way back to the ‘supposed’ gambling rings within India/Pakistan… involvement here was a speculation thrown around by many, many pundits in the days that followed.

One of the many amusing advertisements during the 2007 World Cup…

It will be interesting to hear what the end result is, but whether they declare it to be murder, or natural causes… there will be doubts from those that believe the other happened.

[sources: The Jamaica Observer; The Age]


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