In case you missed it (which you probably did)

One of my hopes for this page, besides making me world famous in New Zealand, is for it to be interactive.

See, newspaper people are on a lofty perch, unapproachable and cling to tradition and things like `grammar', `syntax' and `accuracy'.

The web is the medium of the plebs.


I am just like you: I drive a Bentley, have six gold teeth, own polar bear cub fur underwear and hate Australians.

So, if you have any questions about America, would like to tell me how great I am or need assistance in securing the rights to the unitedstatesofotagosucks.co.nz domain (which, I own, thanks), post your diatribes at the bottom of my gems. Or email me at zach.hosseini@odt.co.nz

Now, on to business.

One of the great things about living on the undercarriage of the world is not having to deal with the important, yet mostly vital stuff that goes on in civilization (the US).

So, enjoy reading about what I think is important:


1. Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester tossed a no-hitter on May 19.

For nine innings, the whole game, Lester (24) did not allow a Kansas City Royals batter to notch a hit in Boston's 9-0 win at Fenway Park.

Throwing a no-hitter is rare and considered an extraordinary accomplishment.

Lester's gem was the 18th in Red Sox history (which stretches back more than a century) and the first by a Red Sox left-hander since 1956.

But that's not the whole story.

Lester is a cancer survivor.

On September 2, 2006, Lester, then just a 22-year-old promising rookie, announced he had been diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a blood cancer, and began treatment the next week.

Lester, who had breezed through the minor leagues, dominating at nearly every level, then faced a slog of chemotherapy treatments and the long road back not just to baseball-fitness, but good general health.

But he did it.

Just 10 months after finishing cancer treatments and being declared cancer-free, Lester started and won the championship-clinching Game 4 of the World Series on October 28, 2007.

Following his amazing game against the Royals, Lester said, "When you get people coming up to you on the street that you don't know and telling you that you're an inspiration to them, you don't know what to say to them, you don't know how to act, you don't know what to do."

2. Still talking baseball.

And Boston.

Could we see the haka at Fenway Park? Well, there's a chance.

Australian 16-year-old Boss Moanaroa (you can't make that name up) became the first Maori to sign a contract with a Major League Baseball club when he signed a 7-year deal with the Boston Red Sox.

"The scariest thing about Boss is the fact he's never lifted a weight in his life," Red Sox scout and Australian coach Jon Deeble told the Daily Telegraph.

"He's big, strong and has a great swing.

The balls really bounce off the bat for him.

I think he'll be really exciting," he said of the lefty slugger.

Moanaroa lives in Teralba, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales.

The Year 11 Hunter Sports High student will be given the chance to complete his studies while fine-tuning his game at the major league academy on the Gold Coast.

Moanaroa, who reportedly received a US$100,000 signing bonus, is projected to join the Red Sox minor league set up for the 2010 season.

Boss was also a champion BMX rider, but gave up league at young age he said because his mother Seikura "didn't want me to get hurt".

3. A dream-final is brewing in the NBA.

Everyone living outside of the Greater San Antonio and Greater Detroit areas is pulling hard for a Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers finals series.

The two teams are the glamour franchises of yore, but have intermittently been irrelevant in recent years.


My beloved Celtics have gone 21 years since an appearance in the NBA finals and 22 since a championship.

Boston has suffered through its share of irrelevance since.

With the acquisition of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in the off-season, the Celtics became title-contending titans.

The Lakers meanwhile had their own run of player-acquisition brilliance when they traded for centre Pau Gasol mid-season and gave back to the Grizzlies what amounted to McDonald's vouchers, a pair of old basketball sneakers and a half dozen used syringes sourced from Venice Beach.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant asked to be traded before the season, but since has found an effective supporting cast and magically stopped with his petulant star act.

Both teams finished the regular season with the best records in their respective conferences, but advancing to the championship series is still serious doubt.

Both the Celtics and the Lakers lead in their best-of-seven series, though.

San Antonio and Detroit have accounted for four out of the last five NBA championships and are known for their iron-clad defence and cool in the clutch.

The Lakers and Celtics haven't faced each other in the finals since 1987 (a Lakers win), but the rekindling of their rivalry will do wonders to shift the league's post-season spotlight from the mostly drab, yet annoyingly efficient Spurs and Pistons.

Boss Moanaroa

That boy happens to be my nephew.
Him and his older brother Moko were signed.
Moko is currently in Boston playing for their minor league team until the new season starts for Boston Red Sox.

What's a no hitter in cricket?

As a transplanted American, I have been wondering what is the equivalent to a no hitter in cricket? I know the bowler is much less important than the pitcher in baseball, and has to share with other bowlers. What's a great bowling performance that only happens every couple of years? I just love cricket, though I think it should be played more often. Back in the states, it's nice to see baseball any night of the week in person or on TV for about 7 months.

Boston

Come on...I can go to espn.com to read about bean-town and its sports.
Paul Acosta

The Sawx

Hoss (let's hope that catches on), great to have someone to correct Meiks' (mostly) inaccurate opinions and theories on American sports . . . and when are you taking the court for the Nuggets???