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Fix What Is Broken, Breakers.

 

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Tomorrow the Breakers will enter ” the furnace”, hoping like hell they stumble upon whatever made them worth a damn in the first place. Right now, they must feel like winning and losing is subject only to the  mercies of fate. It’s out of their control – what was given in the first half of the season has now been taken away. Now they need to win at least one of their last two games to secure a home semi-final. Oh man.

 Sure, they’ve had set backs.  Bruton’s injury was a killer. He’s the soul of the team, the confidence man.  When he got injured that confidence was betrayed by a hesitancy on the floor. Like dogs the rest smelt his fear, and it was downhill from there. Basketball , like most sports, is a game of confidence.  But the Breakers in particular seem to rely on the shooting of some particularly streaky and temperamental players. Phil Jones can get hot, but if he’s not… look out. Kirk Penney and Oscar Foreman need to feel that each shot is going in, just so they feel OK about putting the ball up. Without that confidence we are screwed.  Penney mentioned as much to the Herald,  “Physically we’ve got the tools, it’s just getting our mental approach right,” he said.

Maybe they should consider the correlation between Penney’s haircut and the downward spiral. Are these guys not biblical in any way? I thought Penney was a believer… you don’t think he hasn’t thought about Samson? Must be playing in the back of his mind. Continue reading

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Collateral Damage

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Dillon Boucher is not a basketball player. He is a force of chaotic and uncontrollable energy. Unlike almost any player before him, his game is nearly entirely void of skill, reliant only upon his own desire to belong where he most clearly does not – on the court, with skilled athletes. His game is sheer will power and energy. It is desperate and hungry.  This can be for the benefit of the Breakers; he creates a lot of turnovers, and not just from dribbling off his own foot. But in the end, like a powerful but uncontrollable weapon, their tends to be collateral damage. Continue reading

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DeadBall Awards: Best Hair in Sports 2008

Hair is heaven’s water flowing eerily over us
– Bill Knott

A big year for hair in sports, due in large part to the efforts of one man who took it all on his shoulders. Literally.

Back in March of 2002, a journalist for the University of Wisconsin’s campus paper The Daily Cardinal wrote this about Kirk Penney:
Kirk Penney looks to me like the kind of guy who goes in to get his hair cut every two or three weeks. He looks like the kind of guy who puts at least some time into his hair every morning and I think anyone who does that harbors some feelings of insecurity.”

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The article is interesting as it paints Penney as an athlete who maintained his hairstyle with strict and unwavering discipline. In 2002, he sported what could be described as an American-style crew(esque) cut, short back & sides with a little room to manoeuvre on top – classic, sharp, focused, with military undertones.

So as the 2008 NBL season began, it was a surprise (a sexy surprise) to see that Kirk Penney had unleashed the beast in the off-season, allowing his hair to express itself as freely on the scalp as Kirk does on the hardwood. Penney appeared to be giving no firm directive to his hair – he was saying to the hair “you go out there and play your natural game. I have faith in you, I know you will make the right play”. Continue reading

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Liveblogging: Sunday's TV3 News Sports Bulletin

Continuing the DeadBall tradition of quality sport reporting, and keeping the media honest, here comes the first in a regular new series of live blogging – the Sunday news sports bulletin. We will be mixing things up, sometimes covering the TV One bulletin, sometimes the TV3 bulletin. But don’t expect any warning as to which it will be – we’re not telling you until the live blogging begins. Get used to it.

Tonight, it’s the TV3 “Super Sports Sunday” bulletin. Anything could happen here. Will it be Pickles or McKay? Will there… will they… anyway, you get the picture… this is going to be VERY exciting!

6.30 – Uh-oh, it’s six thirty, and there’s a story about Christmas, Christchurch, or something else beginning with Christ. It’s certainly not sport anyway. This can mean only one thing – Super Sports Sunday doesn’t exist any more! This is already much more exciting than I imagined. Oh yeah, it’s a story about World Vision, a black man and his goat.

6.33 – Still no sports news. I’d much rather be watching a story about XMAS LIGHTS anyway:

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Liveblogging: Sunday’s TV3 News Sports Bulletin

Continuing the DeadBall tradition of quality sport reporting, and keeping the media honest, here comes the first in a regular new series of live blogging – the Sunday news sports bulletin. We will be mixing things up, sometimes covering the TV One bulletin, sometimes the TV3 bulletin. But don’t expect any warning as to which it will be – we’re not telling you until the live blogging begins. Get used to it.

Tonight, it’s the TV3 “Super Sports Sunday” bulletin. Anything could happen here. Will it be Pickles or McKay? Will there… will they… anyway, you get the picture… this is going to be VERY exciting!

6.30 – Uh-oh, it’s six thirty, and there’s a story about Christmas, Christchurch, or something else beginning with Christ. It’s certainly not sport anyway. This can mean only one thing – Super Sports Sunday doesn’t exist any more! This is already much more exciting than I imagined. Oh yeah, it’s a story about World Vision, a black man and his goat.

6.33 – Still no sports news. I’d much rather be watching a story about XMAS LIGHTS anyway:

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Coming Tonight… Breakers/Wildcats Liveblog

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Just a reminder that we’ll be liveblogging the Breakers vs. Wildcats tonight (assuming our Panmure lagoon stadium game goes off on schedule – I’m looking at you Celia), so come back for that from a bit after 8. Actually, seeing as it’s from the Maori TV coverage, which is delayed by like a half hour, it’s not strictly-speaking a liveblog, but hey, if they’re alowed a little latitude, so are we.

It should be a hot game, we squeaked past the Wildcats 103-99 in round seven, but they took the previous game (last season and currently sit fourth on the NBL ladder (at 9-6) to the Breakers (11-3) second. See you then.

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