I'm seriously underwhelmed by all this Rugby World Cup hype.
Yes I know that probably makes me unpatriotic, but there it is. Frankly, I think the country can ill afford it.
I could count on one hand the number of people I know who have tickets to live matches. Another hand might be filled with names of those who are intending to go and watch at one of the public mega-screens (is that what they are?).
I guess I'll watch the opening ceremony - but only because that's the bit that is the most interesting to me, much as the ceremonies for the Olympic Games seem far more exciting that watching the actual sport.
I feel I should be more enthusiastic. This is after all, an international sporting event being held in almost my own back yard. It's supposedly going to put NZ on the map (eerm aren't we there already) and bring millions of dollars into our economy (yeah right). It's going to unite us as a country, give us a national focus away from the doom and gloom of the economy and post-Christchurch stress, and of course, we (as in NZ, the All-Blacks) are going to make the final.
I really know nothing about rugby - I don't get the scoring, I don't really understand the rules, and 90 minutes of having to sit and watch other people running around getting hot and sweaty? Well, no thanks. I like to participate in things not spectate. Guessing no-one's going to ask me over to watch the match next week!