Super Rugby helped to destroy provincial loyalty and it is now reaping what it's sown.
When rugby first went professional following the 1995 World Cup, a southern hemisphere competition was thrown together with a necessary, but almost indecent, haste.
The New Zealand system was based around five dominant NPC teams of the time - Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.
These franchise bases were aligned to a combination of provincial unions on a largely geographic basis.
The theory was that anyone from within those franchise regions would be able to play for the franchise team and then return to their province to play in the NPC.
Baseball traditionally hadn't been my cup of tea as a viewing spectacle and a sport I had followed closely.
However, during a trip to the United States I got it, I got what the Americans enjoy about the baseball and why watching it is their summer past time.
One, home games are just as much about the day out and the social side of it as they are about what's going on on the field; and the other reason it is a sport that offers up some good, old-fashioned movie script-like drama.
What added to it all for me is that my visit was scheduled smack bang in the middle of the A-Rod blow-up.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is regarded by some as one of the greatest players to play the game - this week he hit his 650th career home run.
Jamie Mackintosh's move to the Chiefs will hopefully be the spark his career needs.
This week's announcement that the Stags skipper if heading to Hamilton shouldn't have come as a great surprise - but it did, because he's had such a long association with the franchise.
If anything it's come 12 months later than it should. I wouldn't have blamed him if he had asked for an out when the Highlanders signed Tony Woodcock.
It was obvious then that Mackintosh's game time was going to be limited. Becase he's a specialist loosehead, coaches can't really afford to play him off the bench, so he was either going to start or sit in the grandstand.
Even with Woodcock struggling with injury and form, Jamie Joseph has stuck by the All Black for much of the season.
Um, yeah. I've watched the emergence of CrossFit and admired what seemed to be an ethos of ordinary people being encouraged to push themselves to improve themselves.
But when you see this video it's hard to escape the conclusion that the ''sport'' is being dominated at some level by a bunch of boofheads, of both sexes.
The weather is looking a little ''challenging'' for this weekend's Enduro 8-hour ride at Sandy Point.
If you haven't been able to get out for a training ride for a couple of days, the next best thing is to watch someone who is just very, very good at riding their bike.
In case, like me, you are wondering if what you are watching here is for real, hang on until the end and you'll see a couple of out takes where things didn't end so well.
And, while we are on cycling, check out this piece on the Invercargill Amateur Cycling club, one of the forerunners to Cycling Southland, which was written in 1963.
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