Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sheep line up to be shorn; persuaded to wear docking rings to show support for shearers

Any fule kno by now that the Rugby World Cup about to splash down in New Zealand like an oversized turd into a half-sized punchbowl is really an elaborate experiment. The sociologists have found an isolated population of nimrods and dimbulbs and they are wondering: How many arbitrary humiliations and injuries can Kiwis be persuaded to inflict on themselves by presenting them as visible signs of support for the local team,* before they are finally all "Bugger this for a game of soldiers"?

Last week, of course, the purity test gesture of support was to donate a $130 Stupidity Tax to a China-based, Germany-headquartered clothing manufacturer.

Now foopball players are renowned for conserving energy for the game through sexual continence, so this week we are being exhorted to give up sex to show our solidarity. No really. Also our abstinence will help the team more if we sign up with a telecommunications company and wear black rubber rings around our necks fingers.

Pressed to explain the intended target for this veritable FAILvalance, the Telecom marketing director admitted that other forms of mortification and self-denial would boost the team's chances just as effectively:
...Cooney said the campaign isn't necessarily about just abstaining from sex, saying participants could give up anything during the tournament.
Perhaps they picked on sex as the activity most New Zealanders will find it easiest to eschew and will miss the least, rather than (say) drinking. I suppose we are lucky they didn't go the Mayan route and call for a national campaign of tongue-piercing and penile blood-letting.

It will certainly be terrible if the effect of this abstinence campaign is to shed a pall of suspicion over anyone not wearing the ring, that they lack a collective identity and spend their nights screwing like minks on methedrine.

* "Local" in the sense of "Paid by the NZ Rugby Union". Not intended to mean that team members were born in NZ or hold NZ citizenship.


M. Bouffant said...

"No drilling before the game!" is how it's expressed in the Northern latitudes.

Smut Clyde said...

Not having sex = best evidence of masculinity EVAH.

fish said...

Also true story, I have a bag of those bands I use at work. Not true: postdocs filing sexual harassment claims against me.

fish said...

All Blacks fans reject sex abstinence call

I don't understand why it is only the black fans that are uniformly sensible.

mikey said...


May I just say, with all due solemnity, YIKES.

It should never escape at least passing consideration that at some point some dood decided that it was worth the time and effort to strain his noodler and come up with a better, more efficient way to make your junk fall off.

And no, I don't think I'd like to win the marketing communications contract. There is no tagline or slogan that would not make one simultaneously cringe and giggle.

2 words.



tigris said...


A beer for any wether.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

All Blacks, except for blue balls.


So, that's what Madonna was wearing.

vacuumslayer said...

Giving up sex while those sheep are just out there, wantonly flaunting their backsides?


Oh, and GO TEAM WHATEVER! You sure are great and whatever! Woo-hoo!!

Another Kiwi said...

A friend would like to know what categories of sex are to be abstained from (abstain = no staining?)because they have a new wetsuit arriving today. Don't judge that person!!

Smut Clyde said...


Don't ask.

Smut Clyde said...

DC or Marvel?

exford legs said...

No staining the abs

Mentis Fugit said...

But when the ABs choke in the quarter finals, as is their wont, you just know who they're going to blame, don't you?

The NZRFU'll be all, "Couldn't keep it in yer Y-front, could ya? Well look what you've done now."