Having a vague idea for a sort of “Return of Gozer” thread… All the ghosts in the city start changing, like they’re under some sort of mass infection…. Becoming more violent, going from the usual blues and violets to a weird milky white-green color, and congregating en mass along ley lines… The Ghostbusters have some ghosts in captivity (Rowan among them, probably in my Mascot verse) who claim to be having visions of Zuul and Vinz Clortho, calling them to join the army that’s massing. They keep trying to break out of their containments, and it’s almost as if they’re becoming these feral, mindless animals the closer it comes to the time for Gozer to appear. And the Ghostbusters have to find a way to prevent Gozer from entering their world, and, essentially, to free all the ghosts so they don’t try to slaughter everyone in the city




Super Squad thoughts

here is a brief overview of my thoughts on the squads.

NOTE: I am not a genius so this might not make much sense.

Blues: My wonderful Blues. This is a squad filled with talent. There are lots of exciting players who have all proven themselves at ITM level, but, I think they lack a lot of experience. In the back line, Rene Ranger really needs to step up and lead the team, as there is hardly any experience there at all. Piri Weepu also needs a big season, to prove the doubters wrong and deserve the faith shown by the Blues and All Black selectors. There are only a few experienced players in the forwards, Mealamu, Luke Braid, Boric, Williams, Moli and McCartney. The excitement factor is really there though. Quentin MacDonald, Charles Piutau, Frank Halai and Jamison Gibson-Park are all exciting players. I am however slightly concerned at the lack of a key player. There is no one to base our game around. That left when Ma'a Nonu did, and there is no real marquee signing. I think the Blues will improve on last year, but still won’t be a play off team, however in a few years with more experience, we will be a great team.

Also can we please change the name? It’s slightly pessimistic. The Blues.

Chiefs: Not a whole lot of change in the squad really. Apart from the obvious SBW loss, they haven’t lost too many key players. Taumalolo and Alex Bradley have gone, but really the majority of the squad is still together. Of the new players they have recruited a few are quite unknown. Patrick Osborne, Rhys Marshall and Solomona Sakalia are all players that have struggled for ITM time. Gareth Anscombe will provide a good back up to Cruden should he get injured, but I can’t see the Chiefs doing as well as they did last year, because of the loss of their key player, Sonny Bill Williams. The game plan revolved around him last year, and clearly it worked, and he’s a huge loss. Will still do well, just not as well. I’m picking mid-conference.

Hurricanes: I think they will struggle to be perfectly honest. I don’t think they have a forward pack with much muscle, but then again, that doesn’t necessarily suit their game plan. Their forward pack is very mobile and active, but I think to really use their amazing backs, they need to be stronger up front first. Imagine what the Canes could have done this year if they had more than 40% of the ball? Without that, I still don’t think they’ll do as well as they should. Though the TJ Perenara/Beauden Barrett will be exciting. I’m thinking they’ll fight out bottom of the conference with the Blues.

Crusaders: Again they have a strong squad. But there is a surprisingly large amount of new comers. They have recruited well inside their region, about 8 new Canterbury or Tasman players I think. To be perfectly honest, they have an excellent group of backs, and a good mix of old and new in the forwards which I think will be strong, but it’s just if they can fill their potential because I’m not convinced they did last season, they just cruised along really. Interesting to see how they deal without McCaw, but I think they’ll do fine. Kieran Read has been captain for a few years now and Matt Todd is an able replacement. Only possible weakness is props if they have a few injuries, as all season they just used the Franks and Crockett and didn’t blood any new props, but now with one Franks gone they’ll need to hope that their new props can handle Super Rugby. I think they’ll be fighting with the Highlanders and maybe Chiefs for top in conference.

Highlanders: wow they’re not afraid to go out there and fight for a good team. Sure they have ruffled a few feathers in the other franchises, but it’s all about building a good team huh? Probably the strongest team on paper, but I wonder about the culture in the squad. I think Adam Thomson is a HUGE loss because he has been such a key part of the Highlanders for so long, not just on the field, but off as well. Of course a team that signs Brad Thorn, Tony Woodcock and Ma'a Nonu is going to be great, but I wonder if they’ll be great for the first 10 rounds then just flop in the second half of the comp. It’s a bit of a concern, but if they keep the same pace the whole season they’ll be tough to stop. They should be challenging for top of the table if they can keep the pace up the whole season unlike past years.

this is a slightly revised version of last summer’s transfer window playlist, now with additional sadness and suffering.


  • Go Now by The Moody Blues
  • Please Don’t Go by KC & The Sunshine Band
  • How Am I Supposed To Live Without You by Laura Branigan
  • Baby Come Back by Player
  • Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp
  • Don’t Let It Show by Pat Benatar
  • My Heart Will Go On by Céline Dion
  • Everytime You Go Away by Paul Young
  • One More Try by Timmy T
  • Is There Something I Should Know by Duran Duran
  • Never Never by The Assembly
  • Insensitive by Jann Arden
  • Already Gone by The Eagles
  • Don’t Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston
  • Stop Dragging My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty
  • Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  • Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis

take a listen & stay strong, fellow supporters! [x]