Pressing Issues: I wish ‘Schillo’ would tell me it ain’t true

2012-04-28 18:20

The story of baseball legend Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson (July 16 1887-December 5 1951) has been told ad nauseum in sports circles.

But to date, we still have moments similar to that of the boy who ­reacted to the incident by ­imploring Shoelace Joe, “It ain’t true, is it, Joe?”

You see, Jackson, who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for three teams in the early part of the 20th century, was accused of fixing the World Series.

He admitted to the felony under oath and that he had accepted a bribe of $5 000 (R38 772 at the current exchange rate) in cash. MLB’s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banned him from playing after the 1920 season.

It was as he left court that several hundred youngsters – aged between six and 16, and who looked up to him – had gathered around.

One urchin, according to a newspaper report, stepped up to him, grabbed his coat sleeve, looked him straight in the eye and asked that famous question.

To the young lad’s disappointment, Joe’s response was: “Yes, kid, I’m afraid it is.”

With shoulders drooping and face pointed to the ground, the kid sighed: “Well, I’d never have thought it.”

If I had a hotline to Bafana ­Bafana captain Steve “Schillo” ­Pienaar, I would have called him earlier this week and asked him to tell me that it is not true that he has again violated traffic laws in ­England.

This unnerving scenario, ­unfortunately, unfolded just after he scored a remarkable equaliser for Everton against Manchester United in a 4-4 thriller.

Not just when his career is blooming once more at Everton following a horrid time at Tottenham Hotspur, where he had become a bench warmer.

Not after being banned from driving for 12 months in 2010 after being caught driving under the influence of the waters of ­immortality, thus being as sober as a fish.

No Steve! You can’t! Not after I wrote so glowingly about how you were a shining beacon for our country. You should know by now that whatever you do is a reflection on our country.

Steve! Not after being bestowed with the Bafana armband, which you so richly deserved.

This actually diverted me from writing about PSL club coaches who have made a mockery of post-match interviews.

“Mdokies” Doctor Khumalo is finding out the hard way that practical coaching and theory are like water and oil.

In three matches in charge as a joint coach at Kaizer Chiefs – before last night’s clash against SuperSport United – he had failed to turn the theories that he fed us, as a SuperSport“expert analyst”, into action.

And how the broadcasters are restricting analysts from giving us true and honest analysis due to the big
money the broadcasters pay for the rights to beam the matches.

This proves the adage about how difficult it is to bite the hand that feeds you.

These will have to be dealt with at a later stage. As for now, I wish “Schillo” would tell me it ain’t true.

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