Yet another week has come and almost gone, so it's time for another edition of This Sporting Life.
Has anyone been following Sky Sport's coverage of the Commonwealth Games so far? It's excellent coverage, and the innovation of the mosaic page where you can see all the channels at once is great, but frankly, the performances thus far have been a little bit underwhelming. The first gold medal is proving to be an elusive beat, and apparently New Zealand sits 14th on the medal table at the moment, just behind Commonwealth powerhouses Uganda (13th) and Nauru (12th), each of whom have 1 gold medal. Valerie Adams starts her title defence tonight, and she will be delighted that Belarus isn't a part of the Commonwealth!
But what is it with the Australian athletes? Not content with winning just about every gold medal available to date, they've had a wrestler and a cyclist disqualified for making rude gestures at judges, their crack sprinter Sally Pearson was disqualified last night after winning the Women's 100m, for allegedly jumping the start.
What else is there? The All Whites play Honduras tomorrow night in Auckland and Paraguay midweek in Wellington. We would have gone to the Paraguay match had it been at the weekend, but a night game midweek is a non-starter. We'll be interested couch potatos though!
The Black Caps are in Bangladesh, playing a form of cricket. We say that because the dung-heap in Dacca which passes for a cricket pitch is an absolute shocker; low, slow and almost impossible to score on when the pace goes off the ball. That the Bangladeshis were using spinners after 5 overs in the first ODI speaks volumes for the nature of the surface. It's one-day cricket Jim, but not as we know it!
We've saved the best for last; Canterbury versus Southland, for the Ranfurly Shield. This could well be the match of the season in the ITM Cup. Forget Southland's insipid performance in New Plymouth last week; they were clearly thinking ahead. The atmosphere tomorrow night at Rugby Park should be amazing. Canterbury was stung by losing to the Stags last year, but the Southland forwards in particular will fight tooth and nail to hold on to the Log of Wood. It probably won't be a try-fest, but it should be a cracking good match. The head says Canterbury, but the heart will be with the boys from the deep south.
So that's our contribution to the day's debate; we look forward to yours!