If you happened to tune into last weekend's telecast of the HSBC Sevens World Series event from Las Vegas, you were fortunate to see FOG:TB Brian Hightower do a terrific job of providing color commentary. In a bit of supreme irony, you also got to hear our pal describe France's tiny rugger, Terry Bouhraoua, variously as 'annoying', 'a pest', and 'scrappy'.
Bouhraoua approximates no one as much as your irritating little brother on the pitch. A mere 1.67m (just shy of 5'6") and 65 kg (143 lbs), he's essentially my size, but he's fearless, mixing it up with men who outweigh him by a hundred pounds in some cases. The smallest player on any Sevens World Series roster, Bouhraoua leads seventh-place France in both tries (16) and points (99) through the first five events of the series and is ninth overall in both categories. He's the rare pain in the ass with as much impact on the scoreboard as on his opponents' tempers.
Terry and I (and our (wee) man James Madison) both have a message for Randy Newman on this holiday eve.