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Sharks back in training


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Jan 2012 at 08:00
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The Sharks Super Rugby training squad returns from their two-week Christmas break today and are set to resume training at Mr Price Kings Park this morning.

Last year’s World Cup somewhat upset the natural order of things, since there was no end-of-year tour to the Northern Hemisphere; as a result, October’s Currie Cup Final was the last time any of the squad was involved in a match (well, apart from Eugene van Staden, who went off to Biarritz on loan!). The longer-than-usual off-season has given the lads a good opportunity to recuperate and while the Christmas holiday is always appreciated an enjoyed, one gets the feeling that the players are all keen as hell to get stuck in and continue laying the best possible foundation for the gruelling 2012 season ahead.

With a number of the squad having spent the last few weeks with family in other parts of the country, we can report that they have all made it safely back to Durban and the coaching staff should have a virtually full squad available. This includes young utility back Wandile Mjekevu, who has been asked to rejoin the group after impressing during his original trial period late last year.

The Sharks first pre-season warm-up game takes place in a little under a month, as they face the Lions at Newlands on 1 Feb a part of the now traditional New Africa Tri-Series.



73 Comments

  • Cant wait!

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.01.12 08:25:36 by SharksRTB Reply
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  • Looking forward to seeing Mjekevu in action. That 13 jersey is going to be hotly contested.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.01.12 08:30:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : If only we could say the same about no 12….

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.01.12 08:40:23 by Uli Reply
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  • Good to see Mjekevu sticking around.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.01.12 08:46:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • i have not seen Wandile Mjekevu play so do not know him.can you fill me in

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.01.12 09:00:35 by pete69 Reply

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  • It is good that there are options in the centres, but the question remains if Plumtree will experiment with these options or keep the wheel chair brigade going…. :|

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.01.12 09:04:34 by Jakes Reply

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  • Morgan Newman is also back with the squad according to his twitter account. If Newman regains form and plays how he did in the cape a couple of years back, he could put a lot of pressure on Bosman.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.01.12 10:16:12 by JJR Reply
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  • @pete69 (Comment 5) : Inconsistent perfomer, so hard to give you an accurate assesment of Wandile…He Blows very hot and cold, you will hopefully see him get a run in the Neo-Tri Series; u can have a look at him then :smile:

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.01.12 10:18:58 by JJR Reply
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  • Not sure about mjekevu at 13,but glad he has been invited back.this kid has shown himself capable of scoring tries at sr level.defence at 13?..

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.01.12 10:28:59 by bergshark Reply

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  • Jlp has still 2 more seasons on his contract and in his interview with sw ,he said he doesn’t mind where he plays as long as he plays..why hasn’t he been tried at 13?

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.01.12 10:32:14 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 9) : Personally i don’t like the Mjekevu idea; he is poor on defence(Like you question) and hasn’t played Centre consistently. We have talent freak Paul Jordaan, Use him!! We don’t need Mjekevu.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.01.12 10:37:01 by JJR Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 10) : I like JLP running with the ball; he might not be a starting 15 type player right now; but CC time he will be our 10; so i hope he gets some good game time in Superugby…if Fred plays 9 it will be very possible he gets some good runs.

    I hope he extends his contract and The Sharks want to keep him on, Fred is leaving and we need the backup, and his versatility is a great asset if you want a competitive squad.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.01.12 10:39:50 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 7) : Thanx that`s good news.

    I`m having a great day so far!
    Moet net keer of dit gaan beter LOL sry Rob!

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.01.12 10:59:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @JJR: I think we should sign mjekevu,but not as a 13.he impressed in sr rugby (attacking) on the wing.
    Agree with you that jordaan is full of talent- hope he figures somewhere..but that said,I’m always looking for hard-tackling centres,players that can dominate the tackle.handling skills and defence ( a strong hand-off won’t hurt either..or wait,it should hurt..the opposition (mr:green))- rather give me the world-class tackler before the world-class runner at centre(unless he is also the world’s best tackler :-D ).

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.01.12 11:02:11 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 10) : I think the Bulls tried him at 13, he lacked pace.

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.01.12 11:02:25 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Our line-outs were also a problem during last year’s sr season..don’t know what’s been done in the off-season ? Don’t know who will be the no.4 lock either?

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.01.12 11:05:29 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Original Pierre: dunno ’bout him lacking pace_ remember the try he scored against sharks cheetahs cc semi in 2009 and the try for bulls in 2010 sr game at loftus? Think rob said he has a 4.8something(4.86 s ?)time over 40m.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.01.12 11:12:16 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 13) : Confirmation- Newman 15 December; “Durban its been emotional! Catcha again in jan!”

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.01.12 11:39:42 by JJR Reply
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  • Mjekevu is a good wing ,reminds me of Jpp at the same age. The 13 jersey should be given to MJ ( :sad: i know thats what you are all thinking) but we cant throw Whitehead or Jordaan in the deepend just yet.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.01.12 11:55:49 by Talent Reply
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  • Dunno if it will be deep-end for whitehead.he has some sr experience.

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.01.12 12:04:54 by bergshark Reply

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  • When can we expect to hear who the new boks coach is?

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.01.12 12:12:00 by Uli Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 20) :Not sure yet if he will be better as an impact player or a starter.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.01.12 12:13:35 by Talent Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 21) : I read somewhere that we should know by the 27th of Jan… I think. Should be interesting thou.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.01.12 12:17:18 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Uli: good question.be interesting to see who it is and who will join him in his coaching team.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.01.12 12:17:32 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Uli: best for 2012!

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.01.12 12:19:26 by bergshark Reply

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  • Mjekevu has a lot of potential but backs away from contact and not strong on defense, much like Jongi Nokwe to me

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.01.12 12:45:19 by Mutley Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 19) : Well either someone goes in the deep end this year or the Sharks play in the Kiddy Pool aka Vodacom Cup next year.
    MB and MJ didn`t even succeed in the CC, change it or expect the same results.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.01.12 13:10:46 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre: :-D

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.01.12 13:21:04 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 27) : so totally agree with you

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.01.12 14:22:50 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Farlington (Comment 23) :
    @bergshark (Comment 24) :
    Yea its going to be interesting, also the captain…

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.01.12 14:49:12 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli: juan smith …?

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.01.12 14:53:32 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Original [email protected]:think the sharks slogan for the 2006 superrugby campaign was “put up your hand”.that’s what it will take: for players to put up their hand,step forward and step up.

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.01.12 14:55:48 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 31) : I would love him to be, my only concern is how bad is his injuries for the long term, its pointless having a cappy who sits injured all the time.
    Burger… well I recon he is a good average captain, nothing more.
    I would love it if we could get a young person in… Who can do a long term as captain, as Smith did for us.
    It brings allot of stability to the team. But who?…..

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.01.12 14:59:42 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli: dunno of a young cap ( or someone young-ish you could make vice-capt )captaining sr side and good enough for bok team?

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.01.12 15:10:13 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 19) : @Original Pierre (Comment 27) : Tim Whitehead is 23 years old and had Superrugby experience with the Stormers. He should know the deep end very well by now. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 04.01.12 15:10:23 by beet Reply
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  • @Uli: yes,juan smith been injury-plagued ..missed him and andries bekker at the rwc last year.but that was all about franchises putting their own performances ahead of the boks in the wc year unfortunately(and playing injured players).

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.01.12 15:13:00 by bergshark Reply

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  • @beet: u online?

  • Comment 37, posted at 04.01.12 15:14:01 by bergshark Reply

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  • @beet:comment 35 :-D

  • Comment 38, posted at 04.01.12 15:16:28 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 36) : yea true, I still have my doubts over Bekker though….
    He is a good runner with the ball, but we need our locks to hit the rucks not sit on the wing…

  • Comment 39, posted at 04.01.12 15:32:24 by Uli Reply
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  • Hi Guys,

    anyone got info of our u19 group coming to the academy this year? anyone to look out for?

  • Comment 40, posted at 04.01.12 15:44:05 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Uli:true.

  • Comment 41, posted at 04.01.12 15:45:22 by bergshark Reply

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  • @VanWilder: best for 2012 vanwilder. Sean robinson ,fb from waterkloof (sounds like he is highly rated talent) and johan meyer (no8).from what I’ve gathered from arti’s on sw.

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.01.12 15:47:49 by bergshark Reply

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  • @VanWilder: sean robinson sounds like an attacking try-scoring fullback an johan meyer is a 1.94m 106kg no8.also very highly rated-seems like bulls ,lions were after his signature,but he decided to join the sharks.

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.01.12 15:52:37 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 42) : thanks, i have those 2 aswell. Seems like the Bulls bought everyone??

  • Comment 44, posted at 04.01.12 15:53:01 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder: read the art on johan meyer – it is on here- was done a few days ago.

  • Comment 45, posted at 04.01.12 15:54:51 by bergshark Reply

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  • @VanWilder: seems like it :-|

  • Comment 46, posted at 04.01.12 15:57:42 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 45) : thanks, i did read it, thus i started wondering who else is coming to the Academy. But thanks again. there is nothing better than to see a player coming through our junior ranks and ending up playing for the senior side aswell as the boks. (Lambie, JPP, F Steyn, R Pienaar and hopefully soon to be Marcell.)

  • Comment 47, posted at 04.01.12 15:58:31 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Money to spend..used it on building up their junior ranks ir seems..

  • Comment 48, posted at 04.01.12 15:59:21 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 48) : maybe a wise choice. I think they will struggle a bit up front this year, but should be better off at the back than last year…

  • Comment 49, posted at 04.01.12 16:02:37 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Add to that list beast,johann muller,kanko,keegan.

  • Comment 50, posted at 04.01.12 16:07:54 by bergshark Reply

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  • Or wait: keegan not played for boks yet.

  • Comment 51, posted at 04.01.12 16:08:51 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 51) : Ummmmm yes he has, 1 cap, granted from the bench. Last year, end of year tour, everyone here agreed he should have had 4 caps but Steggman was preferred by Victoria, and Smittie was not on tour to curtail the undue influence he seemed to have in selections.

  • Comment 52, posted at 04.01.12 22:27:16 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 8) : Don’t think we will see any warm-up games except if you are at the stadium the only chance we had of seeing a warm-up game was in the neo africa tri series and now the sharks have withdrawn from that series.

  • Comment 53, posted at 04.01.12 23:04:29 by BR Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 52) : It’s that wonderful time of the year again (maybe a few weeks later than usual)

    THE PLAYOFFS

    As a closet fan of gridiron, do you have a hot favourite oops favorite to win the SuperBowl? :mrgreen:

    Ben is probably still recovering from last Sunday’s Dallas disaster :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 04.01.12 23:21:56 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 54) : :lol: a closet fan? I can honestly say I have not watched a single gridiron game in 2011 and 2012. I don’t even know which teams are in the playoffs.

    Since I do live in relative close proximity to Baltimore, many around here are saying they think that Baltimore (Ravens) will win the Superbowl. Personally I don’t know and honestly don’t care. :wink:

  • Comment 55, posted at 05.01.12 00:36:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 55) :

    I don’t think the Ravens have a realistic shot. It’s all good and well having a hell of a defense, but the Ravens can’t put enough points on the board with that crop (and balance) of receivers and not a great RB rotation. Poor Flacco I reckon has copped a lot of unfair criticism the last few years.

    I wouldn’t put them down as favorites but I’ve got a good feeling about the 49ers.

    If the Packers hadn’t lost Jennings, I’d have backed them to walk it.

  • Comment 56, posted at 05.01.12 05:56:13 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 56) : hehehehe, did you read my entire post??? :grin: Especially the last sentence, where I stated I don’t know and honestly don’t care. :wink: Not to mention the first paragraph where I said I have not watched a single gridiron game in 2011 or 2012. I therefore, would take none of my predictions seriously. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 57, posted at 05.01.12 06:53:28 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 57) : Hey DB, you very scares these day, howzit going….. that house of your all fixed up yet…..

  • Comment 58, posted at 05.01.12 07:23:29 by Franshark Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 56) : Defences are a big deal when the playoffs come around.

    This season has been strange tho. Some of the best teams in the league have the worst defences around eg. New England and Green Bay – they basically outscore teams. There is a feeling that the lockout has had a lot to do with the poor fairing of teams with strong D and explains why guys like Brees and even Brady have had huge record breaking seasons by throwing the football.

    I think the Ravens have had a good team for a number of years and their misfortunes have largely come down to being in the same div as the Steelers who are a BMT team esp when it counts most. However this year the Ravens have done the double over the Steelers so they are looking good and they do have that excellent D attribute which suggests success in the playoffs. :smile:

  • Comment 59, posted at 05.01.12 08:00:30 by beet Reply
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  • i see the Sharks have withdrawn from the Neo Africa Series due to the possibility of making more money from playing at home ..

    They will be replaced by the Cheetahs

  • Comment 60, posted at 05.01.12 08:15:59 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 60) : Good call by the Sharks, why help the Stormers win another “homemade” trophy? :razz:

    That said, aren’t the warm-up home games normally free? So how would they make more money? Unless it is a case of the cost of the trip to Cape Town isn’t worth the benefits reaped from it.

  • Comment 61, posted at 05.01.12 09:39:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 60) : Yeah, apparently they need the extra income to pay the salaries of all the Lions who are going to flock to durban now that the GLRU can’t afford to pay them. :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 62, posted at 05.01.12 09:41:08 by Greg Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 60) : yeah but who will they play against now? Or will the Sharks not have warm up games?

  • Comment 63, posted at 05.01.12 09:50:54 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear: comment52: thanks for the correction :-) I thought so (that he was capped during eoyt ’10) ,but wasn’t quite sure.
    How was your new year? All the best for 2012 .

  • Comment 64, posted at 05.01.12 09:57:38 by bergshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark: maybe the sharks have a game lined up against a nh team that they keeping quiet about?

  • Comment 65, posted at 05.01.12 10:02:49 by bergshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark: maybe the sharks have a game lined up against a nh team that they keeping quiet about?
    @beet: the more I think about it,the more sorry I feel for the americans that they play pro gridiron and not rugby union .

  • Comment 66, posted at 05.01.12 10:04:39 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Greg: the sharks prefer cheetahs (mr:green)
    Actually,we need the money to pay for frans steyn :-D

  • Comment 67, posted at 05.01.12 10:06:37 by bergshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 61) : I think we can make the assumption that the warmup game the Sharks are organising won’t be free

  • Comment 68, posted at 05.01.12 10:28:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 61) :

    Yea . i cant really see that a warm up game could generate that much income in anyways …

    @Greg (Comment 62) :

    i think thats the stormers you are referring to Greg :P

    @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 63) :

    i have no idea .

  • Comment 69, posted at 05.01.12 11:07:29 by Zibbie Reply
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  • i read that the cheetahs were invited late December already …. the press have been slow on this story and you would think that the fans would be greatful for some info from KingsPark !

  • Comment 70, posted at 07.01.12 13:32:41 by The Duke Reply

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  • hmmm…and sarries are training in CT…could it be a Co-inky-dink !

  • Comment 71, posted at 07.01.12 13:33:28 by The Duke Reply

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  • @The Duke (Comment 71) : Coincidence with what?

  • Comment 72, posted at 07.01.12 14:46:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 55) : “Since I do live in relative close proximity to Baltimore…”

    Eish. ‘The Wire’ has not made me want to ever visit Baltimore…

  • Comment 73, posted at 07.01.12 15:54:10 by siorc Reply

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