December 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
This post is a personal and passionate reply the absolute and utter disrespect shown by some bloggers (including CouchCritic, a supposed sports lover – and a Sharks supporter to boot!) to great cricketing souls and talented sports people who have fallen from grace. In reality these people are just plain human beings.
Let’s get one thing straight. Right from the start, I never condoned what Hansie Cronje did. Not once. He was crooked and underhand. What he did was wrong. You don’t sing with the bookies when you play for your country. But he never cheated. He never successfully threw a match. He never successfully manipulated the outcome of a match. Those who believe that, are delusional in their blind rage. Get a grip on reality, will you?
Second, drop the hero crap. Heroes are those who save other people’s lives. Sports playing persons at the highest level are stars or icons. I do not believe in the “Hansie shattered my dreams” nonsense, because the majority you, at that time when Hansie was playing, were never going to be good to make the Proteas team in the first place. Not then, not now. I did not or do not see you playing for the Proteas, and even if you do – which I doubt – what Hansie did certainly would not have been a factor in getting into the Proteas team. And yet, today, you still support the Proteas! A little bit too ironic! (with thanks to Alanis Morissette). Live with the disappointment of being mediocre (thanks Darwinia, I loved your post!). And yes, – unfortunately, I am a bits and pieces sportsman, not exceptional at one sport – I am mediocre at sport! I talentless bowler, inefficient batter, but good fielder – that is my cricket playing summed up.
Cheaters… What is cheating? How many of you have cheated in a test or exam? Or cheated on your partner? The basis of cheating in sport is getting an unfair advantage by any means necessary to make sure you or the team you favour finish ahead of the opposition. At least that is how it works in sport. Ask Ben Johnson, ask Richie McCaw, ask Bryce Lawrence, ask Schummi (ok, I just could not help slipping the last one in!). Ask Winnie, Malema, Zuma, Schaik, the whole lot. Our government is cheaters, business men are cheaters, banks are cheaters. In fact, all information conveyed to us is designed to cheat us into being slaves to our master of some sort. That includes sport. Hansie, however, never was a cheater, he was a greedy crook. Not once has he tried to win by using underhand means. Not once has he cheated to produce a result that was crooked.
I really ingested a recent post by the self-proclaimed Couch Critic and interrogated my self-believe in this world and being a sports supporter. I wanted to formulate a simple reply that basically would boil down to two words. No, not the classic “F U”, but rather the more appropriate “M I”. I just wish the “Hansie-cheater fan club” was as scathing to those who were as guilty during Hansie’s era, but alas, they choose to belittle one man for all of cricket’s unsavory underhand dealings that has been going one even before the poor soul was born. No mention by these cricket fans of how matches was regularly thrown in domestic cricket around the world. No mention of the biggest cheats in cricket. Hansie must be the worst, because he gambled a bit behind the scenes and was found out. If that is your attitude, well, good one you, I say! Of course, you are as are squeaky clean as every single ANC minister in SA. If that is true, then you must be the one that will save mankind in 2012, when it supposedly will be the end of the world!
For some of you – by acknowledging that you are not better than your partner – clearly stated you are not perfect. Now extend that compassion to your fellow human being. No human being, of course, is perfect. I am not perfect. Hansie was not perfect. But, he was a fighter. He had spirit and the will to take on the best bowlers or batters in the world. He had amazing talents as a cricketer. A wonderful all-rounder that had astute captaincy skills. When the fast bowlers could not take a wicket, he took the responsibility and the ball, and made a break through. He was the only batter in his era that took on Shane Warne in both limited overs and test cricket. The man, and he was only a human being – no hero – let us all down. For all that, for being exceptional, but greedy, he duly got punished. Punished far more than he would have ever thought possible. He alone took the majority of lashing from a newly found-out crooked cricket world. He had more balls that Zuma, Schaik, Malema, Saddam or Bush. More balls than me or you, fellow bloggers! For that – some of you – forever want to burn him?
The world is your oyster, but, if there is no pearl, would you still dream?
You know, for sports lovers, we really are complex. We love sport, but sport cannot exist without money. They say the root of all evil is money. It is true. And is it not money that powers sport? Sport in its essence therefore are evil? Do you think sports people these days play sport because they want to be the best? They play sport because it pays so well! Greed is the biggest lust of them all. Why do bright students go to university? Because they want to become more intelligent? No! They want to earn a good salary. Is it useful to sit at home and be a smart kid? Again, no…! The world demands you be successful in order to survive. It boils down to having money. Cash to buy a house, dollars to pay off the Merc, moola to save for your future unborn children. Money dominates everything, even love. Yes it mostly is true. If you are successful (read: have money), you will marry, have a house and the fairy tale will continue. On the other hand, if you have no money, he chances of being successful is about zero. Sad, but true. Yes, blame Hansie for wanting more money, but also blame the new world order for demanding money as the only measure of success on your life.
Did Hansie kill anyone? Did he rape anyone? Did he rob a bank? Did he abuse anyone personally? Did he use banned substances to hit all those sixes? Did he rub the ball with a bottle cap? Did he attempt anything criminal toward his fans? Was what he did any different from those that gamble or play the horses? Next time when you play the slots at the casino or even the lotto, please do think about the poor children that have no food to eat while you waste away the Rands. Hansie gambled with money. Is wasting money a crime? You with the R10,000 watch, do you feel guilty? Do you not feel guilty being privileged attending live sports or watching it on DSTV? It all revolves around having money.
Morality these days has no fine line. Hansie tried walking the fine line. For that, is he a worse human being for wandering a little too far left?
Reality check! Hansie is dead! Is there any greater punishment than death itself? Leave the poor soul alone. He has suffered enough in life, why would you want to continue that in his death?
By constantly battering him, you are no better than Hitler, the worst human to unfortunately have graced Earth.
Hansie will forever be an example of our greedy morality and unjustifiable double standards.
Remember him as a great cricketer that was as human as me and you.