The spitting image of sport participants

2010-08-11 00:00

THE recent World Cup was a brilliant spectacle and television broadcasts took the matches to the homes of people­ all around the globe. Every game was also available in high definition, which made viewing even more enjoyable. The English football season starts next week and it will be shown in HD, and that’s great. However, there is a disadvantage of watching football on HD television. It’s when the camera zooms in on a player and he clearly spits. Even worse is the clearing of the nostrils when one is blocked by depressing the finger and …. you know to what I am referring. Yuk!

The timing of a player’s spit is brilliant: as soon as he appears on the screen, he lets fly. Why do the television people continue to show this disgusting and offensive act? Surely they don’t think that television audiences want to see that?

Spitting in everyday life is considered filthy and improper. You don’t see well-mannered people spitting because it is one of those things that is simply unacceptable, so why is it acceptable on a sports field?

Rugby players don’t spit much because they probably haven’t yet mastered the art of spitting with a gum-shield in place. Cricket has developed good spitters in the past couple of decades or so, but they are not in the same league as football players. If you have watched cricket on television recently you will have noticed the Aussie captain spitting into his hands before every­ ball is bowled.

The interesting sport is tennis. Players spit when they play outdoors on clay and grass, but they hardly ever spit in indoor arenas.

It is apparent that in most sports spitting is on the increase and in the modern era where there is more awareness for health and safety, it’s surprising that someone hasn’t tried to stop it. Incidentally, there is a hefty fine for spitting in the street in Singapore­, so beware if you’re planning­ a visit.

Now the sport that is always played outdoors and in the countryside is golf, and yet one rarely sees a golfer spitting and that includes amateurs and professionals. Golf is a game where the players are honest and they rely on the integrity of all of the participants to observe the rules along with the high standard of etiquette and manners. It isn’t written in the rules of golf that spitting is not permitted, but because it’s a disgusting thing to do, golfers just don’t spit as they do in other outdoor sports and long may that continue.



Maritzburg Golf Club The Bedstore Monthly Mug

A division: N. Xaba net 67. D. Bottomley net 71.

B division: D. Furmage net 63. R. Barr net 69.

C division: G. Furmage net 69. A. Ismail net 70.

Seniors: C. Rowley net 70. B. Daff net 77.

Victoria Country Club Old Mutual Monthly Mug

A division: G. Mason net 69. R van Niekerk net 72.

B division: D. de Wet net 68. M. Norton net 73.

C division: B. Meredith net 66. M. Allee net 73.

From the 19th hole

A new member of the golf club, who is an English teacher, last week told a story about a class of pupils.

The teacher wrote the following words on the chalkboard: “A woman without her man is nothing.” The teacher then asked the pupils to punctuate it correctly. All the males in the class wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All the females in the class wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing­.”

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