The Rugby World Cup is generating all sorts of interesting discussion on the interaction religion and sport as popular culture. Here are a couple of recent examples:
Related to this is the BBC documentary from last year:
BBC iPlayer – Heart And Soul: Is there room for God on the football pitch?
Sermon today was on ‘keeping the Sabbath’ which made this article in the Guardian (Six Nations: ‘Rugby is not what fuels my happiness,’ says Euan Murray) more relevant than it might have been another day.
Hat tip to The GA Junkie – an interesting blog in the vagaries of Presbyterianism around the world.
An interesting recent podcast on faith and football can also be found here: BBC – BBC World Service Programmes – Heart And Soul, 06/01/2010 Faith and Football
I’m glad someone finally said this in a public forum. My observations from watching my own kids play sport and the different teams they play is that the comments here aren’t far from the mark for some teams. Sad but true, but the fun of playing is taken out of it. (And don’t get me started on seeing 7 year old kids playing sport in strip covered in so many sponsors’ logos it’s like watching a mob of billboards playing football).
See Junior rugby child’s play no more – Rugby – NZ Herald News.
Also, I caught a few episodes of “The Cup” on TV. A little close to the bone sometimes (just like satire should be).
The two best teams in the Air NZ Cup play in the final tonight – Wellington and Canterbury. History tends to favour Canterbury, though I think we’ve got a good chance tonight. As with all these things it will come done to mental preparation and doing the little things right. (Oh, and finding some kryptonite for Richie McCaw ).
The Wellington Lions win the Ranfurly Shield!
And they beat Auckland to do it – even better.
And Auckland score no points – even better.
Well done to the whole team.
Go the Lions!
Of course, I’m in Christchurch and miss all coverage of the game, but first-born and second-born went to the game and had a great time.
The kids football (soccer) season ended yesterday with all four playing their final games for the winter season. It’s been a really long haul – practices for second-born started back in early February for a pre-season tournament, with the others close behind in March. And then with the rain delays we’ve only just finished. Good games yesterday too – one cup final (loss), a plate final (win) and two other good games (wins, with both third-born and fourth-born scoring goals). Now we wait to see how what final positions the two older kids’ teams finish with and how that will affect promotion etc. for next season.
It’s been good on the whole, though I’m looking forward to having Saturday mornings back for a few months (assuming other sporting commitments for the kids don’t come up).
A recent issue of ESPN The Magazine has an article on athletes with prosthetics and some commentary asking what really is the difference between various sorts of technological enhancement in sport. See ESPN – ESPN The Magazine – Let ‘Em Play and the photo gallery at ESPN – ESPN The Magazine – Photo Gallery.
Hat tip to Gregor Wolbring at ESPN Magazine focus on Athletes and Prosthetics Â« Nano, Bio, Info, Cogno, Synthetic bio, NBICS.