Archive for October, 2009

Deja vu – Kiwi cricket coaching coups

October 22, 2009

Looks like we are set to repeat the farce of ‘senior players’ in the Black Caps mounting a coup against their coach. Rumblings alleging incumbent Andy Moles has failed to give tactical and technical advice is different to the alleged ‘inflexible people skills’ that led to the coup against 1995 coach (and current selector) Glenn Turner, but the methodology is the same. Grumbling players unable to accept their role in posting low scores with the bat seem hellbent on blaming anyone but themselves. Hopefully NZ Cricket will sort out whether Moles is competent, and if he is, sort out the attitude of the players complaining.

If true, it would explain why skipper Vettori was inducted onto the selection panel shortly after Moles took charge…

Update: I now feel prophetic, having said when Moles was hired that:

“I’m not so happy to see Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori has seen fit to offer his public ‘vote of confidence’ in the new coach, contrasting with outgoing coach Bracewell’s dignified silence.”

and you can see why, when Vettori offers such underwhelming endorsement of Moles when the coach’s position is under threat from ‘his’ players. Vettori said:

“I think we have to be,” Vettori said when asked if he would be happy for Moles to continue as coach. “There’s no point me making statements to the contrary.”

Perhaps Vettori should just have said ‘no comment’ or better still, ‘It’s not my place to comment publicly on my coach’. Hmmm, Dan?

P.S. If McCullum turns out to be one of the plotters, can we now have Matt Sinclair replace him? Sinclair just got Domestic Player of the Year. Again. McCullum’s last award was a 14 ball duck, leading his team to a loss.

(Ig)Nobel Peace Prize

October 9, 2009

The Nobel Peace committee have made a bad joke of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, awarding it to US President Obama for…what was it now? Oh right, because “Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future”. Obama’s spin doctors deserve a stonking great pay rise for getting the NPP committee to swallow his schmaltzy ‘Change we can believe in’ campaign slogans.

What has Obama changed in the US, let alone the world? His health reforms are bogging down, and were so watered down they change little. And as No Right Turn (who is also choking on his cornflakes) points out, Obama has continued the Iraq (mostly by proxy) and Afghanistan wars. And Obama refused to even speak against the Israeli slaughter of over 1300 Gazans at the start of this year, nor has he put stricter sale conditions on the arms, missiles, tanks & helicopters he supplies the Israeli government. And his efforts at nuclear non-proliferation seem mostly to be about stopping other countries the US doesn’t control (Iran, North Korea) from getting nukes (so they can scare the US off from invading them – how cheeky!).

Perhaps Ronald McDonald will be next to get a Nobel Peace Prize, for helping so many people get so obese they can’t fight anyone (or get off the couch).