Winner: Referee Glenn Newman
Newman was the video ref who, during the Blues v Hurricanes game, made what Sports Freak described as “possibly the worst refereeing decision ever”. I was once sin-binned at an under 13 comp for swearing, something I believed meant the ref was as bent as Banksie, but I’ll concede that the case in point is marginally worse. Get your shit together TMOs, if you can’t get it right in slowmo, what’s the point of having you?
Honourable mentions: Act leader Jamie Whyte and former leader Richard Prebble for both coming across as complete buffoons on Radio New Zealand regarding the John Banks conviction; FIFA and the obligatory bribery allegations around appointing Qatar as world cup hosts; and Concussion for wrapping its mitts too tightly around the great Kieran Read.
Saint of the last seven days.
Winner: Justice Edwin Wylie
‘Mr Banks, I find you guilty of the charge’. In just nine words Wylie shows that a strong and independent judiciary, upon which a healthy democracy rests, is alive and well in New Zealand. Furthermore, he got one right up a lying and smarmy politician. Very saintly indeed.
Honourable mentions: Valerie Adams who, with an always-lovely smile, quietly wins her 48th tournament on the trot; the German astronaut who took that terrific space photo of where he used to tramp in Canterbury; and our cat PussPuss who this week learned to fetch (here’s the proof, doubters).
And, yip, I still have the same bloody problem. The facebook and Twitter counters are still not registering hits but they are working. Fuck you, Weebly.