Greatodds .. not a good weekend :-(

As mentioned previously, I am playing around on Greatodds and the past weekend was not a good one. The bets, 6 and 7 in the graph are the bets from the past weekend.  Bet 6 I can still accept, that was on the US Masters and I took a bet predicting the winner and reducing my risk a bit by including a side bed for that person to be in the top 5 if not the winner. Well the person being Tiger and he ended tied for 6th.

Bet 7 was on the Super 14 and consisted of predicting the winning team in 4 matches.  Here I had 2 right and 2 wrong.  The 2 I had wrong was SA teams that went 100% against the trent.  Who would have though the Bulls winning against the Thars after losing the previous 2 weeks against lessor teams.  The other bet is the one that really threw me, maybe Greatodds paid the Sharks a small fee to loose 🙂  I was expecting the Sharks to looses sometime but against the Cheetahs of all teams.  That just does not make sense.

Ah well, their still is some money in the kitty and I will just have to build it up again from next weekend onwards.

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Super 14 and Fun in the Sun!!

image What were they thinking, and here I am talking about that 15 Stormers that were on the field yesterday.  What a bunch of wallies … I have not seen a bunch of guys that for 80 minutes had no idea what they were doing.  On yesterday’s performance they do not deserve to be in the semi’s.

Well done to the Sharks that showed how it should be done.  Good luck to them and let us all go out and support them next weekend against the Waratahs.

Over the past week, I have spend 3 glorious days in Sun City courtesy of IBM for great work delivered during 2007.  I was one of the lucky one’s that stayed in the Cascades hotel and what a joy.  I was not like Tertia and spend basically all my allowance provided by IBM.

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Went on a game drive early on the first morning and almost froze to death but what a great drive.  Got to know a elephant … the driver had to quickly start the vehicle and move away so close the elephant got.  Also was treated to a baby white rino, “rooikat”, zebra, giraffe, impala and various other wildlife.  Unfortunately we did not get to see lions or cheetahs.

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Went on a walk through the Sun City forest over hang bridges and through waterfalls.  The photo above is from behind the waterfall.  Bet you did not know you can walk behind waterfalls in Sun City.

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For those that know me, no I did not play golf.  We could not play the Gary Player course since there was a Pro Tournament on at the time and I do not like the Lost City course so decided to give golf a skip.  Above is picture of the 9th hole on the Gary Player course and below the Lost City course taken from the tower on top of the Palace of the Lost City hotel.
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imageOn the first evening we went to watch the show, Let There be Rock, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  One pity is that they played no Queen music which was a bit weird since I cannot see how you can have a Rock music show without Queen.

Both evenings we had gala dinners and on the second evening people partied till in the wee hours of the morning. I was not that brave 🙂

Lounged around the pool, sipping cocktails and beers.  Spending time with friends.  Just had a great 3 days away from the office and did not had to worry about work and all the other things that is going on in my life.  Thanks IBM, I really enjoyed it and appreciate the gesture.

A friend of mine will be spending the next week there on a conference.  M, if you read this, take some time out from the hectic conference life and just enjoy some of what Sun City has to offer.

You can see all the Sun City photos on my Flickr stream.

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The moon, rugby and friendship.

Today is full moon and it poked its head over the mountains fairly early today.  Here is what I captured with my cellphone – excuse the quality.

Early moon

image How about the Stormers yesterday beating the Hurricans.  This win moved the Stormers up to 4th on the log.

Next weekend the Stormers are up against the Highlanders that got beaten by the Bulls.  Lets hope that the Stormers can bag 5 log points by beating the Highlanders and run in more than 4 tries.

 

Over the last couple of days I have been thinking about friendship and relationships and all that I am left with are more questions than answers.

  • When does a friendship stop being a friendship only and become a relationship? Is there one defining point where one moves from one state to another?  How does one knows this?
  • Does it mean that when one is in a relationship, other friends become less important?
  • Why is being in a relationship so much more complicated than being just friends?
  • Can one be great friends with somebody while that person is in a relationship with somebody else?  Or if that other person is just very interested in somebody else?

South African bags a major!!

Trevor Immelman won the US Masters early this morning South African time.  Although he had a bumpy fourth round (so did everybody else) he held on and beat Tiger by 3 shots.

This is the first time since, I think, 1976 that somebody won the US Masters leading from the start.  Trevor was the leader at the end of each and every round.  Another interesting fact is that it is the first tournament this year that Tiger entered and did not win.  He got damn close but Trevor did enough in the first 3 rounds to keep him out.

And how about the Stormers?  Lets hope they can keep it up in their next couple of games and move up to at least 4th on the log to play in the semi’s. Here is the log after this weekend’s games.  As you can see, about nothing between 3rd and 8th position on the log.
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Roos at it again.

I have written about Roos before here and here.

I see from a News 24 article that the Aussies is not to happy with him also.  Awarding 39 penalties and free kicks without a yellow or red card does not make sense.

When is anything going to be done about bad referring?

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Weekend of sport!!

Was a really interesting sports weekend from my perspective.

The Stormers won their second game on the trot away from home.  Who would have thought this.  For a team that blows hot and cold, this is a good start to their tour in Australasia.  Lets just hope they keep it up but to be honest, the first 2 games was against weaker teams.

Tiger Woods did it again by winning the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational with a birdie in the 72nd hole. Woods tied Ben Hogan with the third most PGA TOUR career victories with 64. The amazing thing is that we are in March already and Tiger has not lost this year yet.  Every tournament that he has started this year, he has won.  This must be real scary for other players when they see his name on the entry list.

Formula 1 stated this weekend in Melbourne, Australia and what a disastrous weekend for the defending champions, Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen.  The race was won by Hamilton in his McLaren. I just hope this is not an indication of the season to come, since then it is going to be a very boring season.  At least the BMW team did show some improvement from last year.

And the Proteas (South Africa cricket team) moved to the number 1 spot on the ODI world rankings going past Australia.  I do not know whether that really means anything since they got there by beating the worst test team, Bangladesh, in the world.  But I suppose it is the same for all teams so it is something.