What the fuck is that non-call from the TMO?
Li is so fucking lucky
I started wearing a shoulder pad vest (really short, just over the shoulders) when I moved from the midfield to flanker (at 25!). Like Bones, I reckon avoid long ones that ride up.
It helped me feel more comfortable about taking contact on my shoulder cleanly - I was coming back to the game and knew I'd make mistakes as I move to the forwards.
I always wore headgear too - since about 15 years old when it became affordable. As a major pussy, I think the influence of both is probably mental - I've seen few studies which suggest they help lessen anything other than cuts - but I felt better about it and I think Chris has got it right with his idea that anything that gives people perceived confidence is a good thing. E.g., studies have shown (other fields, but same psychology) that people with less skill, but greater confidence towards the task, perform better than cohorts with greater skill but less confidence. So, you're spot on with trying to get your boy to feel confident about it. If tools help, get em.
So further on that note, social learning theory can help out a bit here. Naturally, him knowing and practicing good technique is essential - even starting on the lounge carpet practicing until he has strong knowledge about what 'good' feels like. Also, having a bit of a talk after each game to point out his great tackles is a natural part of good parenting - but also a powerful source of confidence (and this gets stronger when it comes from coaches and peers too); pointing out good tackles made by peers can be useful as long as he identifies with that person (watching the all blacks is good, but watching peers who he can emulate is stronger on confidence - so point out the good tackles by kids smaller than him); and slowly getting him to associate the nervousness - and pain - of making a good tackle with a feeling of success. That took me until high school but was key to enjoying defense.
Anyway, sorry for the long post but this is pretty close to my area, so I got a bit carried away
I'm super jealous - it would be awesome to see your kid playing. Hopefully in the future if we can ever make one!
Tamanivalu might be getting time on the wing to fill the midfield/wing spot with Cruden coming off the bench. He's my pick for 5th or 6th right now, ahead of R Ioane.
I can't see Ngatai getting in for the Lions -perhaps later in the year if he is fit - so it's really between Fekitoa, SBW and Moala with ALB and Crotty nailed on certainties. I can't see them leaving out SBW or, for that matter, Fekitoa unless Moala, Ioane etc are totally playing down the house. Buck man is a dark horse, but would need injuries. He's about 7th or 8th by my list.
In (my) order: ALB, Crotty, SBW, Fekitoa, Moala or Tamanivalu, Ioane, Buckman or Ngatai
Interesting article and I agree with the basic points that we need to confront the over representation of Maori (and your points about access to good lawyers etc as well).
However, I'm not convinced that stuff have actually shown real racism - rather than being a reflection of the shitty economic and education problems surrounding Maori. For a supposedly lengthy investigation, they don't seem to be able to provide very strong personal examples.
Four years ago, he was charged with manslaughter following the death of a man in Auckland. Morrison, who was studying to be a paramedic, was working at a Salvation Army rehabilitation centre when a man who had been drinking heavily and had been involved in a previous stoush stumbled on to the property and smashed a glass door.
Morrison found the man down the road and confronted him about the damage.
"He just steps in and I think he's coming at me," Morrison says. "My instinct is to push him away [and] I catch him on the side of the face he falls down, hits his head on back of the ground."
Morrison calls an ambulance and starts giving the man first aid, but a week later he dies in hospital.
The police, meanwhile, allege Morrison punched the man with a closed fist - even though there is no evidence he had.
"It came down to a [witness] who had been drinking for 11 and a half hours who said he saw me run across the road and said that's all he saw. When he was asked in court, and also in his statement if he saw me punch the guy he said no."
A jury took less than two hours to find him not guilty.
That seems to me like the system working as it should to me? Hard to see racism when a jury took two hours to show that the case hadn't been made and he was acquitted. I'd like to see other similar examples of pakeha with prior records who weren't charged in order to consider any normative racism with that example.
I'd also like to see the data when controlling for income, education, and gang membership.
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