Flip Side: New Zealand basketball team Haka

Some New Zealand sports teams are known for the way in which they start every match; they perform the Haka. The Haka is a traditional war cry, a war dance that Maori’s perform before a battle to challenge the opponent. Their rugby team, the All Blacks, made it famous for two reasons. One, massive rugby players performing the Haka genuinely intimidate opponents. And two, they follow that up with dominance on the rugby pitch. They are one of the best teams in the world of rugby.

The video below is the Haka performed by the rugby team. It contains subtitles for you get an idea of what exactly they shout out when they perform the ancestral dance.

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A comparison of 4 goal-line technologies in football

There has been a lot of technological advancements in the world of sports, be it in the method used to make a football, to how a player’s stats are measured & studied, to how a referee can now tell if a ball has completely crossed a line thanks to something buzzing on his wrist.

Here is a quick look at four goal-line technologies, all trying to help the referee call a goal, with completely different methods to arrive at the same conclusion.


GoalControl-4D

GoalControl-4D was successfully tested at the Confederations Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013. After which the German company gained approval and certification ahead of Hawk-Eye to be used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

It uses 14 high-speed cameras mounted on the stadium roof or catwalk (7 per goal mouth) to capture the positioning of the ball in the air and on the pitch. When the ball passes the goal line, the referees receive a notification on their watches.

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