I was listening to the radio this morning as they were discussing the selection of the 15 players who would be representing our country in the rugby match on Saturday. The presenter was going on and on about whether the coach should have selected Peter instead of Paul. People (men) were phoning in and getting very heated about whether Peter was in fact the right choice and wouldn’t Mark have been better.
I sat there and thought ‘are they mad!’
South Africa is a pretty sport obsessed country. Mostly divided among racial lines, but there is an increasing amount of cross over. White people (men) mostly support rugby and black people (men) mostly support soccer. Although, as I said, fortunately those racial lines are being blurred to an extent and there are certainly people who support both sports and many more.
I myself am a huge cricket fan. And I feel desperately sorry for you philistines who are not part of a cricket playing country. I love cricket and have been known (pre-kids) to spend the entire day in front of the TV watching day 2 of a five day test.
However, as much as I love the sport, I don’t think I would be phoning in to a radio station espousing all sorts of theories on why my selection was the right selection and how the coach / selectors were a bunch of idiots because blah blah blah. And I love how the men use the word ‘we’. ‘We must run with the ball more’, ‘We must tackle more’. Hahaha! “We”. As if they are part of the team.
Sometimes the sports results will beat out other really significant or tragic news to make the front cover of the newspaper and I always think WTF!
Although, having said all of this, I must say I am quite into the FIFA soccer world cup at the moment. My money is on Brazil. Germany-Brazil final.
Is your country
also so sports obsessed? What sport are
you passionate about, if any? I must be honest
and say I don’t follow any ‘American’ sport – baseball, basketball etc. Don’t ‘get’ it. And as for American football…. Grown men wearing
shoulder pads and make up….
(How cool are we! See, mommy bloggers can even talk about sport etc. How v new millennium)