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DeadBall Awards: The Best Sports Photo of 2008

Winner: Welshman Attempts To Decode Nonu’s Beauty,  November 22

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 Tightened for fear of misplaced verbalisation, his lips do not move, as if words would crack the fragile beauty of the occasion.  Instead, he breathes slowly through his nose. His hair is reflected in the splendor of Nonu’s glorious and noble mop.  His eyes?  A  picture of  longing. This photo, taken on November 22 by Deadball photojournalist Duncan, is framed like a soap opera. Positioned over Nonu’s shoulder, it perfectly captures the drama of the moment. The moment, if you haven’t figured, is the unprecedented post-haka stand-off between Wales and the All Blacks.  Even the players were unsure how to navigate this situation and the photo illustrates the awkward bravado of the years top theatrical sporting display.  It was summed up best by Duncan at the time, ” (t)hat’s Nonu he’s staring at, trying to decode his beauty, and failing, as we all do, eventually”. 

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Rod Latham: A Dead Ball Icon

A very bad photo of a photo of Rodney Terry Latham.

A very bad photo of a photo of Rodney Terry Latham.

You know a player looms larger in your mind than the nation’s collective consciousness when you’re not able to find a single image of them online. When googling him In fact, you swiftly come into contact with the author of a book called High Voltage Vacuum Insulation: A New Perspective, which is currently ranked 675,201st in Amazon’s bestseller list. So he’s not the most famous cricketer we’ve produced. And looking over the international career of Rodney Terry Latham statistically it seems difficult to imagine what generated the warmth you feel for him.

The batting all-rounder played 33 one dayers, with a poor average of 20, a worse strike rate of 57 and a dismal high score of 60. As a bowler he sent down a mere 450 balls in ODIs, at an unspectacular 35.09 and going for more than five an over, not brilliant for the era. He was scarcely more impressive in his four tests, his sole century coming in New Zealand’s first-ever test against Zimbabwe, a match Wisden describes cheerily as “a listless draw”, and the almanack could find no more ringing praise for his efforts than this: “the stocky Latham nevertheless proceeded to his maiden Test hundred.” Continue reading

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