Gary Puterman’s Favorite Basketball Team

Again, Rugby is easily Gary’s favorite sport of all time. Who can blame him? He’s a rugby stud. However, since being in the states he has grown to love the sport of basketball as well. Although he respects Kobe Bryant and all that he’s done for the city of Los Angeles, Gary prefers the other LA team: The Clippers. With the team recently being purchased by enthusiastic new owner Steve Ballmer, the Clippers and fans are on cloud 9. The new ownership marks a new era in Clippers basketball. For years they had been in the basement of the league, always in the shadow of the Lakers, but now each year they are championship contenders. Gary Puterman loves the underdog story of the past, and looks forward to the team’s bright future with star point guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin.

Gary Puterman’s Favorite Soccer Team

Rugby will always be Gary’s favorite sport, but soccer is another of his favorite games. It is an international sport unlike any other, embraced and played by just about everyone around the world. His favorite soccer club is Manchester United which is also the most successful English soccer club, having  won 20 league titles. In 2013, the club was valued to be worth over 3.1 billion dollars–the second most valuable team in the world. None of that matters to Gary Puterman though, he’s loved the team as long as he can remember and he always will.

Gary Puterman’s Favorite Action Movie

There are a lot of good action movies out there so it was a tough decision for Gary. In the end, Gary came to the conclusion that his favorite action movie to date is The Bourne Identity (2002) the first of the series. Matt Damon did a phenomenal job portraying Jason Bourne, the super-agent with amnesia, and director Doug Liman deserves a ton of credit for his ability to capture the raw intensity of every scene. A few masterfully-done scenes that come to mind are the embassy escape, the car chase through the city, and the first assassination attempt on Bourne in his apartment. The movie was was fast-paced but thoughtful. For those reasons, and many more, Bourne Identity is Gary Puterman’s favorite action movie.

Gary Puterman’s Favorite Sci-Fi Movie

For Gary Puterman to enjoy a sci-fi movie, it needs to have more than action, it needs to be different and have a strong plot. The Matrix (1999) was so revolutionary and unique that it clearly stands above the rest in its category. Gary appreciates innovation and risk taking, and that is what can be said of The Wachowski Brothers (writers and directors). They risked hundreds of thousands of dollars experimenting with a new camera technique to take over 200 pictures within 2 seconds to get a complete 360 degree view of the now famous scene. It really paid off with epic slow-motion battles in a mind-bending world of no limitations. Keanu Reeves gave a career best performance as Neo and the supporting cast was perfectly complimentary.

Gary Puterman’s Favorite Sports Movie

Gary Puterman loves many movies, mainly action and sports films. His favorite all time sports movie is Invictus which depicts the infamous 1995 Rugby World Cup hosted by South Africa. The South Africa team reached the final game of the World Cup and faced the New Zealand All Blacks. Was it fate for them to host and win the cup? You’ll have to watch and see for yourself! Invictus was directed by Clint Eastwood and featured classy actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. It was nominated for two Academy Awards and received three Golden Globe nominations for best performances and best director. Bonus fact: Gary actually played with 7 members of the South Africa team!


For the Love of the Game

George North has been making waves recently for being sold to “Real Madrid for £86m. His wages are reported to be £300,000 after tax in a deal that turned his parents into millionaires after he gave them a 20% stake in his company.”

Obviously there is going to be shock waves sent through out the rugby world as not all regions can afford to deal with the effects of a trade of the magnitude, especially when competing in the Heineken cup.

Do you believe this is going to have a negative effect on the popularity of the Heineken cup and the domestic Rugby season?



Rugby Facts

Some of the most interesting Rugby facts in the world today.

The beginning:

  • Although nobody knows for sure, most believe the game of rugby was supposedly created by a football player named William Webb Ellis in 1823.
  • The first written laws of rugby were produced in 1845.

The original rugby balls were plum-shaped due to the shape of pigs’ bladders that they were made from, the first balls were simply inflated pigs bladders, which take on a distinctive oblong oval shape when fully inflated. The origin of the distinctive shape of the rugby ball is easier to establish. William Gilbert a shoemaker who lived near Rugby school created all of the original balls.  They became more spherical towards the end of the 19th Century when they began being made using rubber inner tubes rather than the bladders of pigs. However, to distinguish the balls used in rugby from the balls used for football, Rugby School requested that their balls remained slightly egg-shaped. Over time, they have become more and more flattened to the shape that they are now. Oval balls are more suited to rugby than spherical balls as they are easier to catch, hold and run with and don’t roll as far so don’t go out of play as often.

  • A try is called a try because originally you received no points for crossing the line but gained the opportunity to try and kick at goal.
  • Rugby balls are oval because when first made they we’re created using pigs bladders, which when inflated became oval.
  •  The reigning Olympic rugby champions are the USA, they won it in 1924 and the sport has not been played at the Olympics since.
  •  No Rugby World Cup winner has ever retained the trophy in the next tournament.
  •  According to Wikipedia there are 5,062,396 registered players of rugby union.
  • Once again according to Wikipedia there are 18,920 rugby clubs worldwide.
  • New Zealand is the little superpower of world rugby. They are tied with Australia with 3 finals and 2 wins since 1987.The New Zealand National team, the All-Blacks, was founded in the 1880′s, before the country was even independent.
  • The native Maori of New Zealand found the game well adapted to their warrior culture, and make up a large percentage of All Blacks players even today.
  • Basketball was created by a rugby coach who wanted an indoor sport to keep his players conditioned during the winter in 1891.
  • The first ever rugby game took place between Scotland and England, which Scotland won.
  • Since the World Cup has started, every opening game has used the same whistle to start the game.
  • Jonah Lomu scored the most tries in one world cup in 1999 where he scored 8 tries.
  • The 2011 World Cup was the biggest sporting event to be held in New Zealand.
  • Australia scored the most World Cup tries in one match with an incredible 22. This was against Namibia in 2003. The final score was 142-0.
  • Rugby is the national sport of Wales (and many others I know!)
  • From 1886 to 1888 a try only gained a team 1 point.
  • In 1924 Western Samoa played their first international match, it was against Fiji and took place at 7am so the Samoans could go to work afterwards. The match took place in a park and there was a tree on the pitch.
  •  Seven players have represented two countries in Rugby World Cup history.
  •  1429 tries have been scored in Rugby World Cup tournaments from 1987 to 2007.
  • Grant Fox of New Zealand has the record for the most points scored in one world cup tournament, 126 in 1987.
  • In 2007, a rugby ball was suspended from the Eiffel Tower to commemorate the country hosting the the World Cup.
  • Rugby Union players who swapped code to League were banned from returning to the Amateur game until 26th August 1995 when the IRB announced Rugby Union was an ‘open game’.
  • The leather oval ball replaced the spherical ball in 1892.
  • Rugby Union changed from a 20 a side game to a 15 a side game in 1877.
  • Britain won a bronze medal in the 1900 Olympics as they came third out of three entrants and won the silver in 1908, by coming second out of two entrants.
  • Rugby was introduced to Japan in 1890 by Edward Clark, a Cambridge University instructor who taught English in Keio University in Tokyo and taught the sport as an extra curricular activity.
  • The trophy awarded to the winner of the Six Nations was silver on the inside but due to champagne celebrations, it became so corroded that it is now lined with 22 carat gold.
  •  British troops stationed in Cape Town introduced the game of rugby to South Africa.
  • In 1864 Sydney University became the first team in Australia.
  • In 1890 due to a lack of rugby at the end of the season W.P. Carpmael decides to make a team with the best players available, thus the Barbarians were created.
  • Completing the kiwi-related Rugby is this tale. As if facing the All Blacks, with their contingent of fearless 200-pound native warriors with face tattoos was not intimidating enough, the team adopted a Maori war chant tradition, Haka, in 1884. Called the Kora, the primal ritual is performed before every game.
  • One last piece of rugby facts trivia. While the USA is not known as fertile ground for rugby, it was technically the reigning world champion for over 60 years.
  • The USA team took the gold medal in Rugby at the 1924 Olympics, after which the sport was dropped from the competition. Until the first Rugby world cup in 1987, the absence of any other international competitions left the USA champions by default.
  • The British Isles touring team to South Africa won all of their 20 of their games in the year 1891.
  • The year 1892 saw the creation of the NZRFU, New Zealand’s Rugby Football Union.
  • Russian Price Alexander Obelensky left Russia to move to England in 1917 where he was granted citizenship. In 1936 he was called up to the England squad and scored 17 tries in 4 games.
  • Willie John McBride has won the most British and Irish Lions caps with 17.
  • George Gregan of Australia has the most international caps of any player from any country with 139.
  • Daisuke Ohata of Japan has scored the most international tries with 69 in 58 matches for his country.
  • The Millennium Stadium, completed in 1999, replaced Cardiff Arms Park as the home ground of the Welsh Rugby Union team.
  • Shane Williams has scored the most international tries for Wales with 58.