September 27, 2007

The Boys With Green Hair: Tonga, playing England for a place in the Quarter Finals at the Rugby World Cup, have their sponsorship plans foiled.

posted by owlhouse to other at 11:52 PM - 9 comments

I'll be cheering for Paddy Power, in any case. "The hotel was so basic that England wouldn't let their media stay there." Hmmm. There's a series of one liners in there just waiting to come out.

posted by owlhouse at 11:55 PM on September 27, 2007

Me too - especially as the team he should be playing for have been so diabolically awful.

posted by JJ at 08:18 AM on September 28, 2007

On the one hand I can see the IRB's problem with this. It is against the rules. But then again, it isn't, because Paddy Power aren't paying the Tongans to dye their hair, it is just something they decided to do. I'll be cheering on Tonga, they played some great rugby this tournament, England, not so much.

posted by Fence at 08:48 AM on September 28, 2007

Thought this was an interesting take (though I admit little knowledge of the situation): "In the bookmaking industry, Paddy Power have long been peerless when it comes to serious self-promotion masquerading as matey high jinx."

posted by yerfatma at 09:45 AM on September 28, 2007

I didn't know Roger GODell is the rugby commissioner. Sounds like the rugby version of the No Fun League

posted by Debo270 at 11:54 AM on September 28, 2007

I thought Power Paddy worked on the railway.

posted by Hugh Janus at 11:57 AM on September 28, 2007

With Gandy Dancer.

posted by yerfatma at 12:14 PM on September 28, 2007

I can't understand how Barry Glendenning, in the link provided by yerfatma, can attack Paddy Power for doing what a sponsor does. Sponsors provide money for publicity, that's just the way it works. If he wants to take on the horrible ways sponsors make a mockery of the players why doesn't he write an article about soccer where logos are placed right on the jersey. Let's read something about Samsung's "matey high-jinx" with Chelsea fc.

posted by dj sko at 12:06 PM on September 29, 2007

Tonga might be out, but Fiji go marching on. Even though I'm half Welsh, I'm about to break into a chorus of "Isa Lei".

posted by owlhouse at 05:52 PM on September 29, 2007

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