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May 30, 2007


following a very ciruitous route that involved the geo microformat (I kid you not) I recalled this moment from 2003.

At the Rugby World Cup, Samoa played New Zealand (for non rugby fans, this is like say Monaco playing Brazil in football, or England playing Australia in cricket ;-) ). The All Blacks are famous for their Haka, a war dance they perform before every match. Samoa and other Pacific nations have different hakas they too pefrom. Just watch this, and tell me that it doesn't give you goosebumps (even if you aren't a sports fan in any way, that doesn't matter).

I've never seen anything like it.

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Oh man. There's nothing like that in American football. That's beautiful. Goosebumps indeed; it goes down through the skin to the ancestral bones. That and I can't help but see, "Hulk SMASH!" in my head. :-)

Posted by: Patrick | May 31, 2007 3:54:01 PM

Funny - one side didn't make the quarter finals the other lost in the semis....

There is some quite comical footage of an Australian haka in black and white - I would love to see it again - totally embarassing. The concept of watching a bunch of 1950s style scrawny private school boys take on 15 Maoris is a Haka off, has a certain "blood sport" appeal.

Posted by: Andy | Jun 1, 2007 5:23:03 PM


its was an "aboriginal" "haka" if memory serves me correctly. Thank god they killed that one off

Posted by: John Allsopp | Jun 2, 2007 12:51:09 PM

Hahaha, Monaco vs Brazil, that was hilarious! I don't really like rugby, but I know enough to laugh my lungs out when I heard about Samoa playing against New Zeland! Well, it was nice reading you again. Keep it up!

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