Chump Change

These pictures really don’t need explanation

Note – a bigger axis will be needed following the Las Vegas tragedy

The moral is – Bozo’s in White Houses shouldn’t throw grenades!


Second Sitting

It’s the second round of the Champions Cup this weekend with another 10 games.

I’ve already put in my predictions to the BT Predictor site, together with my score guesses.

I’m going to use the same ones here – since it is easy to do and it would be dumb to have two predictions for a game involving two teams.

Once again I have erred on the side of expediency and where I don’t have a clue I have gone for the home team. We’ll see just how dumb that is on Monday.

Scarlets to edge Bath

Glasgow to knock over Leinster – despite the return of Johnny Sexton

Clermont won’t heal Saints wounds from last week and the French team will go 2 from 2

Treviso won’t be able to hold Toulon, as I pick my first away win

Tigers will get a win against Castres

Surprisingly, I think Munster will go down at Thomond Park to Racing 92

Saracens will beat Ospreys by about 15

Montpellier will be able to keep the Chiefs out

La Rochelle will burst the Ulster bubble

Wasps to finally get a win against Harlequins

A lot of potentially iffy calls from me this week – but some good TV – including Bledisloe111






Bumbling About

The TV show WIA is the BBC’s attempt at poking fun at itself in the forlorn hope that a bit of self- deprecation will be good for the corporation image.

It doesn’t work because it isn’t funny and re-enforces all the stereotypes that you just know work there.

Just to underline my thoughts here’s an actual recruitment ad that is currently running on the BBC site for a new job –

As Head of Curation & Discovery you will work closely with the Head of Content and be jointly responsible for delivering an innovative approach to the commissioning of all our programming & content; ensuring we fully exploit the value of our offering by tailoring specific content for specific audience demographics, on the most appropriate platform. 

You will be challenged with ensuring that our entire content offer across all platforms, not only reaches & satisfies our existing demographic of child consumers, but that moving forward we begin  to acquire new audience of UK teenagers. Your strategy will quickly impact our audience acquisition plans, ensuring we quickly engage a new teen-market, as well as continue to build on our children’s brands; knowing how to optimise their journeys of discovery, in a crowded market place.  

Stretching across our entire business slate, your remit is to ensure that there is an on-going, holistic culture of innovation and creative renewal; where you quickly and bravely adjust the content plans and strategy to optimise audience consumption across all our platforms; TV, iPlayer, web, mobile social & f2f large-scale public events. You will be responsible for ensuring that personalisation is a central mechanism in securing increased content consumption for the child, the teen or the parent.

“Yes”, “Right”, “Brilliant” as they say in the show. Or “Seriously?” as they don’t!

At least I now know what the W stands for!

Black Out

It’s the third Bledisloe Cup on Saturday (Sky Arena 10.45am) and the Wallabies are hosting the All Blacks in Brisbane.

Michael Chieka has made just one change to his team bringing Rob Simmons into the starting line up to replace the injured Izack Rodda. Rodda is out for the season and will miss the autumn tour to Europe.

The All Blacks are a bit more depleted – Beaden Barrett is out with concussion and Lima Sopoaga will wear number 10.

The other three changes are also in the backs – Waisake Naholo replaces the injured Milner-Skudder and TJ Perenara and Anton Lienert- Brown are in the match day 23


15 Israel Folau, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Nick Phipps, 22  Samu Kerevi, 23 Henry Speight

New Zealand

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames

Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 David Havili

Despite the changes it looks a very strong AB squad.

The Wallabies have shown significant progress as the Rugby Championship developed coming second and whilst the Bledisloe is already lost the noises from the camp sound confident and positive.

However, I still feel that Steve Hansen’s team will have too much and will come away with yet another win to add to their clean sweep of the Championship.

But it won’t be a runaway victory – ABs by 13