There's been a distinct change in tone from the Kiwis this week. The generally smug tone we've gotten used to over the last few months and years has been replaced by a more whiny and defensive tone since Saturday.
Okay, before I get attacked, I'm not having a go at anyone in particular and I'm not calling the Kiwis out. I'm also not referring to all the Kiwis here . . . some of them have taken Saturday's defeat with the same good grace that Kieran Read took it, while some have been blubbering like babies about the ref . . . but in general, there has been a very distinct change in tone from our usually confident and good-natured Kiwi posters.
Where the Kiwis would usually just laugh off any criticism of their team, now they're suddenly trying to justify why the All Blacks are the best team in the world. Where our Kiwi friends would have dismissed on-field incidents as part of the game, now they're analysing every tiny incident that went against them. Most noticeably, many (not all) the Kiwis who laughed off poor decisions from the refs in all that time their team was winning are now getting a bit red-faced and tearful and blaming the ref . . . the exact same thing many of them have attacked Baboon-ou for!
Whatever else, there's no mistaking a new, more shrill, whinier tone to the posts and comments from our Kiwi friends.
I love it!
Come on the Lions!!!