The best of New Zealand’s sporting stalking

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Have you ever wished that there was an online resource where you could submit an encounter with a well-known sports star and peruse other people’s similar brushes with fame?

Do you wish that the recording of such information could be done in New Zealand, perhaps for legal reasons?

Well then, it’s definitely worth taking a look at Sports Review’s exceptionally titled Stalkipedia.

We quite simply couldn’t ignore a feature with the tagline: “Let’s build New Zealand’s most comprehensive database of sporting stalking.”


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  1. Stalking seems to be very a la mode – what with this and TWC’s cricketers doing not significant things. It’s all a bit Heat magazine O king and you’ll be touting a Cricket Torso of the Week next

  2. Think it’s all a bit of a play on the Heat magazine thing, isn’t it? Cricketers aren’t really glamorous, are they? Not even Bob Willis.

  3. I have two cricket player encounter incidents. Neither actually involved me, except in the listening-to bit afterwards. They are, however, bizarrely similar, in that the one involving an erstwhile England player (3 tests) included the phrase “Chips? Fuck off, I’m an international sportsman” and the one involving an erstwhile Australian player (44 tests) included the phrase “Beer? No mate, I’m an international sportsman.”

    I’d post them on that other site, but I can’t be arsed.

  4. Just name the players then. Or should we guess?

    Jimmy Ormond? Ed Giddins?

    Actually, I don’t like guessing, just tell us.

  5. The first one was John Morris, and the phrase was said some years after the erstwhile bit became true. According to my mate (scoreboard operator second class) he said it to the lady serving lunch. Presumably he wanted to keep his image of himself in trim.

    The second one was Stuart MacGill, who a different mate of mine saw in a bar in Oz, with another test player who I can’t remember exactly (I think it might have been Mark Taylor). Being a sycophant, he bought them a drink each, which the barman delivered, but MacGill refused his with the given phrase. Taylor (if it was he) was fair dinkum digusted with his colleague’s rudeness, and so left him to sit by himself while he went to sit and drink with my mate for the evening.

    Good enough?

  6. Very good, although we feel we need to know who the second player was in the beer story.

    We still like stories where cricketers sound like decent people. It’s one of a billion reasons why it’s the best sport there is.

  7. I’ll find out and let you know, but as this might take some time, the answer might end up posted in some random article sometime in the future. Anyway, in the meantime you can enjoy knowing that MacGill is an arrogant twat.

  8. I’m suprised that this site is New Zealand based. Due to our tiny population it’s a fact that EVERY SINGLE CLUB TEAM has at least one current international player.

    Ours in not me.

  9. Thanks for the link – any King Cricket readers are very welcome to contribute a stalk!

    Librarian – you are very right. NZ Cricketers are everywhere, I’m looking at Lee Germon fixing our office photocopier right now.

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