Friday, October 06, 2006


Most Intimidating Teams - An Amercian Perspective


The team at the Amercian version of Fox Sports have compiled a list of the 10 most intimidating teams across all sports.

Proving that some Americans can think outside their self-erected cocoons, the 1995 All Blacks team, which was robbed of a deserved World Cup win thanks to some dodgy South African food, make it on to the list at number 10. Jonah Lomu gets gracious plaudits from the writers for his devastating deeds at the tournament.

Totally blowing me away was the mention of the West Indies cricket team, vintage 1979. I thought cricket and baseball were one and the same for the Americans. Obviously not, to the esteemed folks at Fox Sports anyway. Joel Garner, Colin Croft and Viv Richards get prominent mentions.

However, American descriptions of non-American sports are incomplete without a few gems. On the All Black Haka:
"...a Maori war chant and dance that just might be the coolest and most intimidating ritual ever seen in modern sports."
The Haka is cool? Stand in front of Jerry Collins performing the Haka and then you'll be telling me how "cool" it really is, replete with a significant amount of wetness around the groin area of your trousers.

They save their best descriptions for cricket (italics added):
"...with the goal of inducing the batsman to shield himself with his bat and pop the ball up for an easy out."
It's not baseball fellas. Obviuosly, they haven't heard the word, wicket, yet. Another gem:
"Add the prolific batsman Viv Richards, who would either hit the ball out of bounds or send a screaming line drive at a fielder's head..."
Maybe the word "six" doesn't exist in their vocabulary either and what the hell is a "line drive"? Either way, good effort boys, love your work.

PS. If you have a list or just a couple of examples of teams you think should be included in "Non-American Top 10 Most Intimidating Teams" list, send us an email or a comment from the links below and we'll put up the relevant entries on another post.

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