I find this hard to believe
This stat from my sport24 blog:
11% of your traffic is currently from mobile users.
You’ve had 831608 desktop hits and 108588 mobile hits in the last 15 months.
But it has made me think more about what I write and say on social media.
Dirty play or “over robust” or “not playing tiddlywinks” kind of rugby.
There are many instances where foul play or suspected foul play is accepted by the winners and decried by the losers depending on who you support. Referees get vilified by a fan base that is biased by whether they are losers or winners of the game or incident. There are very few unbiased fans —– Fan is an abbreviation of fanatic
an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc
1885–90, Americanism; short for fanatic
supporter, enthusiast, partisan, booster, addict.
I clipped these cuttings from newspapers on my reader today
From what I can gather, back in the days of Danie Craven, visiting international rugby teams were on the receiving end of more than a few dubious decisions by South African referees, which made it almost impossible to win in South Africa. Even after 1994 and readmission, some New Zealanders still believe that their players were poisoned before the 1995 World Cup final.
What I do know is that Louis Luyt, at the official dinner for the Springboks and the New Zealand All Blacks, following the Bok’s narrow victory over the All Blacks in the final, in a speech described by the New Zealand media as “boorish”, he declared that if they had played, South Africa would have won the previous two Rugby World Cups including the 1987 tournament won by the All Blacks.
In response, the All Blacks walked out of the dinner.
What we say can have repercussions
or be candid without being slanderous
Why for example did Terry Willis (from Australia) adjudicate Bismarck’s red card? Should it not have been a neutral official given the context of The Rugby Championships? Why did the citing commission not cite Nonu whose tackle on Jean De Villiers made Bismark’s Messam incident look like a friendly cuddle?
“It doesn’t matter what happens afterwards. If you’re a player, you want the card or the penalty there and then so you can translate that to points. With two assistant referees on the side of the field and the benefit of slow motion replays and the TMO up in the stands, there is no reason why an official should make a hasty decision on the field and what was inexcusable was that he [Walsh] didn’t ask for an opinion from the TMO.”
Mallett said the laws were too complicated for one man to be making all the crucial decisions, saying that referees were under tremendous pressure and were influenced by home crowds. The games had too much at stake for officials to be making mistakes, Mallett said.
“A player gets dropped, he loses his contract, a coach gets fired, a referee is policed by other referees, but players’ futures and careers are on the line, therefore you have to get decisions right,” he said.
Mallett said that he would like to see a challenge system similar to that used in cricket whereby captains could ask for the TMO to be consulted.
Social media is “social” and by design, open to all and sundry. Kids, adults, fans and trolls are free to browse through good and garbage. I don’t know about you guys but I watch my language around my family and friends as well as on my blogs, merely because that is the way I was brought up. I respect others and all I ask is for that respect to be reciprocated. We are responsible for our actions and what we say and can or should be held accountable.