Rugby Bits & Bites … Post-Election Day

• First and foremost … thank god the damn election is over so the damn commercials will return to normal. I am almost giddy.

• Second … really disappointed to see our Wisconsin marriage amendment passed. Not surprised, honestly, but still disappointed.

But I digress … because there is rugby hilarity to share!

• Via my e-mail alerts, a grandmother in Germany (Nina’s grandma?!) “rugby-tackled” a jaywalker.

Granny rugby-tackled jay walker
A 77-year-old granny made a citizen’s arrest in Germany when she rugby-tackled a 25-year-old jay walker.

The pensioner sat on him until police arrived – because he had walked across a road before the light was green.

The woman, from Freital, near Dresden, shouted at the man as he crossed the road before the little green man flashed up.

The old lady said she became even angrier when he hit her with his rucksack as he pushed past her when he reached the other side of the road.

She grabbed his hair and managed to wrestle him to the ground where she sat on him until police, who had been called by a passer-by, came.

He was taken to a local police station where he was fined for jay walking.

Go Granny!

• A laugh-out-loud game recap by the Harvard Business School’s men’s rugby team of a recent game against MIT. The nicknames alone are awesome.

Rugby Club Qualifies for “Final Four”
Convincing 14-0 win over MIT clinches historic playoff berth
Glenn Parkinson (OH), Contributing Writer
Issue date: 11/6/06 Section: Sports

BOSTON – In their final match of the regular season, the HBS Rugby Club took to a soggy, flooded field Saturday and promptly drowned the playoff hopes of local rivals MIT with a stunning shut-out victory, earning Harvard a spot in the league’s “Final Four” tournament.

HBS drew blood early in the first half, when Brendan “Hansel: Model/Actor Award Winner” Whitworth (NJ) thrilled his teenage fan base by blowing past the entire MIT side with a powerful 60 yard run to open the scoring. Liam “The Freight Train” Patrick’s (NC) text-book kick converted the try to give Harvard an early 7-0 lead.

MIT came back with strong offensive play for much of the first half, though the HBS pack responded with several inspired try-line stands to keep them off the scoreboard.

Injuries plagued the Harvard side as they have all season. David “Family Man” Fielding (ND) made a welcome return from the disabled list after suffering a concussion early in the season. Unfortunately his return was rewarded with a broken nose (arguably a cosmetic improvement) early in the match, and reluctantly left for the hospital.

Co-captain “Fearless” Flint Macgregor (OE) was also sidelined partway through the first half with a deep gash over his right eye. He still managed to contribute however, barking incomprehensible orders and encouragement from the sidelines while nursing his ever- bleeding face. (Language experts from Harvard College are still attempting to determine whether Macgregor’s utterances were an obscure dialect of Afrikaans or, more excitingly, some hitherto undiscovered African tongue).

Mark “Tinsel T” De Ambrosis (NF) suffered a crippling ankle sprain, and eventually had to leave the game. Stephane “The Wizard of” Heuze (OB) suffered further damage to his already broken finger, but managed to apply enough tape to hide the bleeding and play on.

The second half saw HBS dominate an increasingly demoralized MIT side. Jeff “I wish I was a Back” Todd (Harvard Law) broke down positional stereotypes by joining the back line on several drives, even demonstrating an elegant chip-kick before joining the next scrum. Liam “The Freight Train” Patrick (NC)-who was personally responsible for 9 of the 14 Harvard points-took advantage of the momentum and performed a dazzling end-run around the MIT defense, somehow remaining inbounds while fending off several opponents. He converted his own try and increased the HBS lead to 14-0, the final score.

Strong contributions were also made by Mike “Ever-Ready” Fyall (ND), who stood in several times for injured players before settling into his position on the wing and providing clutch defense and an impressive offensive drive. Recent import Atsushi “Huge in Japan” Oshiba (NF) turned in the performance of his fledgling HBS career with stellar all-around play, inciting protectionist sentiments on the MIT campus unseen since the 1970’s.

After losing the first two matches of the season, Harvard has been undefeated in the past 4 contests. The win on Saturday clinches-for the first time in recent memory-a playoff berth in the New England Rugby Football Union’s “Final Four” tournament on November 4th & 5th. The squad is improving week after week, and regardless of how they place in the finals, the successful fall season positions them as the team to beat in their Spring MBA tournaments.

The Harvard Business School RFC wishes to thank team sponsors Anglo Irish Bank, APAX Partners, Tommy Doyle’s, Sierra Nevada, Magners Original Irish Cider, and Lehman Brothers for their generosity and continued support.

• Some additional information on this weekend’s NAWIRA 7s in Barbados … “Bigger and Better”!

• And isn’t this swanky? The Chicago Lions Rugby Club now offers its own wines. Not kidding. Via e-mail … this just screams metrosexual males to me. But yes, Wisconsin has fine cheeses! 😉

On Friday November 9 the Chicago Lions will introduce their own private labeled wine at a special wine tasting to be held at The Heritage at Millennium Park, 130 North Garland Court one block west of Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street. The wine tasting is from 6pm to 9pm. We will also have fine Wisconsin cheeses made by Roth Kase USA Ltd. to compliment our wines. Roth Kase’s cheese expert, Paul McShane, has paired their Buttermilk Blue with the Chicago Lions Cabernet and their Grand Cru Gruyere Reserve with the Chicago Lions Chardonnay. This is a social event not to be missed and is an opportunity to enjoy the unique surroundings of The Heritage at Millennium Park while sampling fine wines and cheeses with your friends and business associates. Roth Kase’s cheese can be purchased at Whole Foods, Sam’s Wine and Liquor and Binney’s Beverage Depot.

A suggest donation of $15 per person is requested and we will also have a 2007 World Cup Tour Fundraiser in the form of a silent auction of services and products supplied by the rugby community together with some items of Chicago Lions’ memorabilia.

If you are unable to attend the wine tasting you can order the Chicago Lions’ wine now in time for Thanksgiving.

There are four ways to order the Chicago Lions’ wine and shipping takes approximately one/two weeks from receipt of order:

1. By the case delivered to your home – Cost $300 per case (12 bottles per case). A person over 21 years of age must sign for the delivery of the wine shipments

2. Individual bottles delivered to your home – $60 per bottle.

3. Duet box (one Chardonnay and on Cabernet) delivered to your home – $110 per box.

4. Individual and multiple bottles that you pick up at a central location in Chicago – $25 per bottle. No age restriction on who can pickup the wine for you.

Please make your checks payable to the Chicago Lions Rugby Football Club and mail them c/o David Hall, 124 Turkey Hill, Trout Valley, Illinois 60013.

I do like wine though … this just cracked me up though. Those fancy Chicago boys.

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  1. mutantin

    it wasn’t my granny!
    she won’t tackle a guy because he ignored the red light. plus, we don’t live in saxony.

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