The decision by Dick Tayler to resign in protest as a judge of the Halberg Awards strikes me as petty. Taylor has said he resigned because the other judges decided to award the All Whites the top honour.
According to this TV3 news report, Tayler has said he doesn't want to be associated with an award where the recipient hasn't actually won anything.
The All Whites, as anyone who wasn't buried for months last year in an ice cave in Antarctica will know, went to the World Cup and drew all three games.
While some of the hype and excitement surrounding the team's efforts went way over the top, with some suggesting it was our greatest ever sporting achievement, it would be hard to argue that their achievement wasn't a very fine one indeed. Such is the level of competition in football worldwide, and so limited are our resources, that it was a massive feat for the team to even get to the World Cup, let alone come back undefeated.
Some people will probably say that awarding the prize to a team that didn't win anything is another example of PC madness, where even losers get to go home with trophies. But we are not talking about the fat slow kid who came last in the running race and then got a ribbon by the teacher for trying so hard.
Getting to the World Cup and then not losing a match is more like when double amputee Mark Inglis climbed to the top of Everest. He wasn't the first person to reach the summit, but with all the natural disadvantages he suffered it was still an achievement worthy of admiration.
People who say that another team should have won the prize are entitled to their opinions. Sports awards like these are always open to argument and debate. But suggesting that the All Whites are unworthy of the award goes too far.