With some outstanding matches and a few blowouts, the pairings are set for the eight teams entering the knockout phase for the Rugby World Cup. The Quarterfinal matches are:
England had won its way in on Friday with a 36-20 win over Tonga, with Jonny Wilkinson scoring two penalties, two conversions and two drops to move to within 5 points of Scotlands Gavin Hastings for the RWC points lead. England plays long time rival Australia in what would have been a runaway for the Wallabies if not for the return from injury of Wilkinson which seems to have stepped up the play of the entire England side. (more…)
With five mostly blowout matches and one surprisingly close one with South Africa besting Tonga only 30-25, the Rugby World Cup setup five great matches for next weekend to decide who moves on to the next round.
Australia, winner of pool B, will play the winner of Tonga vs. England (Sep. 28). Tonga is playing well, but it is hard to bet against the English side when Jonny Wilkinson seems to be playing injury free. Wilkinson scored 24 points with 3 conversions, 4 penalty kicks and 2 drop goals, and also setup tries and overall played extremely well. He moved to second on the RWC Overall Points standing, with 206 to Gavin Hastings of Scotland’s leading 227. Wilkinson has an excellent chance to break the record in next weekend’s match with Tonga. (more…)
Paragaea is an enjoyable story with likeable characters, vivid imagery and enough homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs and other “pulp” fantasy/scifi authors to fill many volumes (and hopefully Mr. Roberson will do just that)…and also to make me want to go re-peruse my own personal library of the ERB Mars/Barsoom series, Pellucidar, and At the Earth’s Core. Paragaea is of this ilk: short quick chapters, action, adventure and quests; sometimes predictable, frequently mixing fantasy with scifi, always enjoyable. (more…)
About a month ago, I wrote a brief post on wiki-scanner and Digg buriers called Wiki Washers and Grave Diggers (catchy, eh?). A longer version of it has just been published in this month’s Global Intelligencer. Read and enjoy (and Digg it here!).
This is just one of their many pictures. More places to see….
While I, like most Americans, am excited about the NFL season (especially with the hometown Houston Texans looking like a team to cheer for for a change!), I am more enthralled with watching the 3rd most watched event in the world (after the Olympics and the Soccer World Cup) – the 2007 Rugby World Cup. I played Rugby for the Woodland RFC for several years (yes, back when I was young) and have occasionally played for the Texas XXX’s vintage rugby team. Rugby and basketball are by far the most enjoyable sports I have ever played.
Like the Soccer World Cup, the Rugby World Cup takes place every four years, and there are qualifying tournaments in the time in between.
Several things to watch for:
I’m a guy; I like maps. History books, science fiction with complex worlds or battles, all should (and many do) have excellent detailed maps. I’m the geek who refers back to the maps while reading Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Buckell to see how far down the peninsula the Azteca have moved as they attack, or refer to Rick Atkinson’s excellent maps in his World War II liberation saga, just to remind myself where the Allies and Axis armies are.
And, yes, I have sat my blackberry on my lap with google maps loaded on it while I drive the Interstates of Texas. Even though it’s a straight shot and I know where I’m going, I like to see what’s next and how far it is. I like maps, got it?
Therefore, I like the website Strangemaps. It’s a cross between the history maps of our reality and the science fiction maps of other realities. If you haven’t checked it out, hit the link and scroll through a couple of them. Below (given my frequency of driving across Texas) is my latest fav from the site.
And, yes, this is truly how Texans view the world.