Lampp's sports comments
Polo is a sport we report on briefly about once a year, but which remains mostly a mystery to the general population.
OPINION: We're into our third week of racketeering at a time when we all become lounge-lizard tennis experts.
The shine was barely off the cricket ball at Fitzherbert Park last week before we overheard the expected whingeing.
OPINION: Almost everyone in cricket has anecdotes about the earthy Basil Netten, who died on Monday after serving Central Districts from the 1980s until 2005.
It's hard to take our boxing too seriously when the modern-day version of Dr Spock keeps fronting.
It strikes me that Steve Hansen talking about signing on as All Blacks coach for an eternity after the World Cup is a bit presumptuous.
A lineup for a photo taken at Palmerston North Boys' High School on Wednesday turned out to be an inadvertent piece of spin.
OPINION: So now we know that Aaron Cruden must be the All Blacks' starting first five-eighth in World Cup year.
Few of us would have realised the World Masters Games have twice as many competitors as the Olympic Games.
Reporting on the beloved Manawatu Turbos must shorten your life.
The breakdown area in rugby has just got too complicated for referees to cope with.
Who knows, after Saturday, the Aaron Cruden factor might not yet be over for Manawatu?
Manawatu asked for the plum rugby semifinal slot - 2.05pm Saturday - and received it last night.
OPINION: It will be close to a crime if Manawatu Turbos fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder isn't playing Super Rugby next year.
I can see why Hamilton is often given major rugby fixtures these days, and why Palmerston North seems to be on the backburner.
Aaron Cruden's overnighter wasn't great timing as far as Manawatu Turbos were concerned.
Notice when All Blacks assemble that for a whole day and a night, the same two players are featured everywhere.
OPINION: It took courage to put the story of Beaver to the screen, although making it as a docu-drama made it easier.
OPINION: The Super Rugby final at Sydney only reaffirmed my aversion to the box kick.
Silver might not be gold but it is more than a pass mark for the Manawatu contingent at the Commonwealth Games.
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