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Monday, August 27, 2007

That's some fight song

Few things in life come with as much excitement and expectation than the start of the football season. And, football's predecessor, rugby, celebrates one of its crowning competitions this year - World Cup.

Reading about the World Cup's breakdown on ESPN.com, I did some Googling and came across this.

It's the New Zealand team, the All Blacks, performing its haka (Maori war dance) before the start of a match with France. Forget marching bands and fight songs. This sends chills up your spine. I love how the other team faces it. The guys stand arms across shoulders and just stare them down.

I don't know if the Hawaii football team does something like this, but can you imagine if NFL teams, say the Steelers or the Raiders came out and did this?

UPDATE: It turns out the Hawaii football team does its own version of the haka. Amazing what you can find on the Internet.

OK, one more update...I found this one on YouTube too. It's New Zealand against Tonga, which happened to prepare something else as an answer to the All Blacks. Tell me you wouldn't get pumped up and the hair on your arms wouldn't start to tingle if the Saints and Cowboys squared off at the 40-yard lines after the coin toss and started doing this.


Blogger Greg Pearson said...

That's the haka dance from the Maori culture...no I'm no nerd. I was watching a movie yesterday on Encore called Once Were Warriors about people of that culture...not a bad flick. Lot of drinking and fighting goin' on. But part of that movie showed some younger guys learning that dance. Anyway...pretty cool. I might laugh just a bit if I was on the opposing team though.

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