Fabulous Friday Rugby Bits & Bites

Aren’t you glad it’s Friday? I am spending tomorrow on a boat! Don’t be jealous … okay, maybe just a little bit …

• First and foremost, there’s a new rugby blogger to add to the sidebar. Katie Mac from the New York Women’s team. Hello Katie Mac!

• Just an update on the American woman who’ll be a touch judge at the World Cup. Dana Teagarden is a ref from Southern California. She’s the lone American in the bunch.

• Ever wondered how wheelchair rugby is played? AKA quad rugby or “murderball“? Yeah, me too. Here are some basics. And nope, still haven’t seen that movie … Want to though.

• An article by a rugby referee who thinks soccer (aka football) players are getting away with too much abuse on the field. I’d agree after some of the hits I saw in the small amount of the World Cup soccer games I watched. What’s that old saying? Rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentleman (and ladies). Soccer is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans.

• Speaking of World Cup Soccer, here’s an article on a team from the UK traveling to China to help develop rugby in our planet’s most populous country.

“To be a truly global sport we need to have more teams capable of being world champions at the 15-a-side game,” he told Reuters during a break from a training session with the pupils of a Beijing school.

“That’s something we’d all love to see. I think rugby needs it in a way more than these countries need rugby.

“The great thing about the soccer World Cup is that you’ve got every continent on the planet competing. Africans are winning, Australasians are there, Americans, North and South, the Europeans and Asians are all there playing.

“And if we can get that in our game, that would be fantastic.”

• Countries that have plenty of rugby? Australia and New Zealand. But my blogging of the handbag incident led to a shoutout by a blogger/columnist on Blogher. Nice.

• Here’s a nice piece on youth rugby growing in Pennsylvania.

“I just fell in love with rugby. It was fun to learn, fun to play,” he said. “And, really, the friendships we made with kids from different high schools – kids I’ve never met – we were just best friends … and we’re going to be friends for the rest of our lives just because of the experiences we’ve had.”

Although, again, there’s a PR lesson for rugby in here. Not every quote about rugby needs to speak about hitting, broken bones and blood. Remember, every time you open your mouth, you are representing your team and your sport.

• I really don’t think this is a good idea for us.

This, however, is an excellent idea.

• Two briefs on U-19 Women’s National Team Players, Jenny Beaman & Candace Barlay of Maryville, Tenn., and Schmarrah Akiisha McCarthy, a Purdue University student from the Cayman Islands. Fun fact – Barlay is the youngest ever Eagle player. She’s only 15!

• This has nothing to do with rugby, but everything to do with the 5-second rule!

This also has nothing to do with rugby, other than I like Gwen Stefani, I like this song and I thought this was hilarious. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

• Finally, some late notice from USA Rugby, but upcoming coaches clinics might be in your area. Take advantage of them and go, if you can!

There … that should tide you all over for the weekend. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

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6 responses to “Fabulous Friday Rugby Bits & Bites

  1. John Birch

    Nothing to do with rugby as you say, but you might like to tell your local paper that there HAS been a scientic study of the Five Second Rule by Jillian Clarke of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and then Howard University. She investigatied the “scientific validity of the Five-Second Rule about whether it’s safe to eat food that’s been dropped on the floor.”

    “Using a survey, Clarke discovered that 76 percent of women and 56 percent of men in America are familiar with the “five-second rule” and use it to justify picking up and eating treats from the floor. Her research also revealed that women are more likely to eat food that has been on the floor than men, and that cookies and candy are more likely to be picked up and eaten from the floor than cauliflower or broccoli.”

    Her efforts won her the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize…

  2. Amy

    That reality show sounds an awful lot like the roller derby reality show that has made stars out of some of Austin’s own. Roller Derby was big in Austin anyway, but now its HUGE. Maybe the 7s reality show would bring rugby some attention, too.

  3. Anonymous

    Thanks for the shout-out Blondie. Tell Katy in Pitt that Grace has stepped away from rugby and Lois has a new baby. I’ll do my best to “represent!”

    Dana T.
    dtgarden@yahoo.com

  4. Blondie

    Amy – Good example, but some of the rollergirls were pretty crazy, but that’s part of that sport’s appeal. It’s craziness, badass-ness. I’m just not sure we want rugby to be any further labeled as crazy, brutal or fringe …

    Dana – Thanks for checking out the blog. And CONGRATS!

  5. Anonymous

    Unless one is a soccer referee and understands soccer culture, one should not write articles about how to officiate “the beautiful game,” poor grammar and all.

  6. Blondie

    Anonymous –
    Whether you’re a soccer referee or not, the fact that they couldn’t put a microphone on your “beautiful” soccer players at soccer’s biggest event because of the vulgarity flying out of their mouths is pretty strong evidence that this culture needs to clean up its act.

    And the point of the article was that if soccer had more stringent penalties for bad behavior on the field, the game would be better off and *gasp* safe for the general public to watch/listen.

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