Jones is hanging out the fishing reel to pull us in with his bait, but ironically I do see some sense in what he says. I think we have done well in this Olympics, but I do think we should always strive to do even better in accordance with the Olympic motto of "faster,higher,stronger". I would love to see a day where we get ten gold medals, but it is difficult to know how realistic this is. I think we have done well, but should always seek to improve.
I also think that love the glass empty articles or hate them, if people get angry, they read an article and comment. This is ironic since that is what I am relying on here too. But New Zealanders as the underdogs or the little brother do bite back when provoked and Stephen Jones is relying on this. We get as defensive about our sporting performances as Southlanders get about their weather.
Speaking of irony Stephen Jones himself comes from Wales of population 3 million who have only won three medals so far and only have 30 athletes at the Games, but that doesn't stop Stephen Jones from shooting from the hip. The only reason Stephen Jones writes this rubbish is because he knows New Zealanders will actually stand up and be counted and respond by reading his articles and commenting. This plonker is one of the glass half empty brigade along with Doug Golightly, Mark Reason and if Mark Watson isn't careful, he will join this dream team of clowns who see the only way getting people to read their articles is to slam other people.
This is ironic given that I have just slammed them and that I am increasing his publicity by writing about him.
Anyway, New Zealand has nine medals and our next one will be one hundred medals at Olympic Games. This will probably be in the sailing. Stephen Jones will be turning a blind eye to that no doubt. He will be hiding under the Team GB banner as host nation and pondering what Wales must do to finish above New Zealand at the next Commonwealth Games.
Stephen Jones, the Welsh rugby journalist who has long bagged the All Blacks, has now turned his attention to the New Zealand Olympic team, labelling their performance in London "a joke".
Jones took to Twitter to voice his opinion on New Zealand's performance, laughing off our nine medals, including three golds, as a "non-performance".
"NZ classic! NZ paper claims that since they have low population they are per capita havin great Games," he tweeted. "So ultimate loser excuse found!"
"That is the all time, classic, bleeding heart rubbish statistic of the terminal loser," he went on to say.
Never mind that the medal tally by population was originally published by UK paper The Guardian. As of the last update, New Zealand were fourth and Great Britain were 12th.
"By NZ's desperate excuse standards of low population I make Isle of Muck (the smallest island in the Small Isles of Scotland) rugby champions of the World".
Even as the criticism for Jones' anti-New Zealand tirade began to roll in, the Welshman wasn't finished.
"Your team is a total joke. So much for the land of the great outdoors. Gives real sports nations a laugh though."
Jones, who said Wayne Barnes had given one of the great refereeing displays in the 2007 World Cup quarter-final between France and the All Blacks, was positively hostile when engaged by Kiwi defenders.
When one tweeter replied to Jones with: "Ah, vitriol, the last retort of the man with no grace or intelligent argument", all the Welshman could muster was "you should know Dickhead". Another challenger got "who asked you Twerp?".
Jones had a very different attitude towards Australia though, who until this morning were behind New Zealand on the official medal tally.
He lauded Sally Pearson's 100m hurdles win, giving her credit for performing under immense pressure.
Pearson, Australia's surest hope for gold, has been consistently beating her opponents by metres over the last year but had to rely on a photo finish this morning.
There was no mention of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, who like Pearson have dominated their sport yet produced an emphatic row to win gold in the men's pair.
He retweeted one post that said: "I thought they were meant to be good at sailing, any medals in that?", obviously unaware New Zealand had wrapped up a silver in the men's 49er and our duo of Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are in the gold medal spot in the women's 470.
He even had a smarmy response when someone raised the point that Wales doesn't compete at the Olympics as an independent country, but under the banner of Great Britain, saying "btw your 'athlete' in the Triathlon just finished", approximately 10 hours after the men's triathlon concluded.
Jones has long been critical of the All Blacks, in 2010 he said the haka was an "instrument of the worst kind of sporting arrogance", and he didn't miss a chance to criticise the number of players from the Pacific Islands who choose to play for New Zealand.This might be a case of the pot calling the kettle black however, with a British cyclist earlier this week admitting to crashing on purpose to get a restart. It was later claimed the cyclist's comments had been lost in translation...because he was German.