2015-09-21 16:14

When one is shocked, denial, dissonance and even paranoia will set in. Maybe it is just paranoia or perhaps sour grapes on my part, but does the Bok loss not raise the suspicion of match fixing? I mean, if Gerrie Coetzee lost to Baby Jake Matlala, would you not be in the right to believe that the fight was fixed.

Match fixing is, after all, an ugly reality in major sports and there is this theory that Japan needs to create enough drama for the next tournament. Maybe a fabricated David versus Goliath story explains the loss. After all, we do live in a gambling-ridden, brand-obsessed, illusory, showbiz world of television and sport. And we have grown to trust professional sportsmen about as much as we trust politicians.

Is it not suspicious then, that much older players (considering that rugby is such a physical game) are selected while younger, eager, more talented, fitter and stronger players (especially, patient black men) are just not selected, or are forced to sit on the bench? Is it not suspicious when a non employee equity coach who consistently loses to minnows is given more opportunities to keep his job than even some of our cabinet ministers? Is it not suspicious when star players make so many elementary errors? Who the hell knows for sure? Maybe they were just having a bad day.

And how annoying is it when our sportsmen praise God when they win, and blame themselves when they lose. I know – so little self-belief, yet so much vanity. I am surprised that our rugby players and coach did not blame the Big Man for this loss? How does it work? Do they just forgive Him for taking the day off or forget that He totally abandoned them? I know He has been busy with all the messed up stuff that is going on around the world, recently. But surely He is used to all that (Same old, same old, with humans). I mean, could He not even spare 5 minutes? Five minutes! Is that a too much to ask for? Five minutes? This is the World Cup, you know.

And why did the coach and the players not say something interesting for a change like: “It’s all God’s fault!” Or do they know something we don’t. Perhaps the Big Man was asked not to be involved this time around. Maybe the President through the Pope appealed to Him to put all His efforts into Bafana Bafana. God knows they need it. Who the hell really knows? It is all so bloody confusing when one is in a state of shock.

These deep questions will remain unanswered especially if the Boks go on to win this tournament. We will all react so positively and thank the Heavens for the victory. What a turnaround! What a miracle! We will even be playing “God bless, South Africa,” on those annoying vuvuzelas....

Ah! ah! Wait a minute, wait a minute... I got it, maybe God cringes at that possibility. Yes, that’s it! Maybe, that is why he has abandoned us in recent times. The maddening sounds of those vuvuzelas. But who the hell knows for sure?

If I was superstitious, I would pray to the Big Man to forget about our brash, insular, arrogant and holier-than-thou rugby fraternity and just bless the damn Rand.

But maybe what we truly need here, as well, is some of that real-world, hard-working, level-headed, open-minded, Japanese humility and ingenuity.

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