December 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
If you’re a big fan of different sports & teams like I am, you’ll just have to accept the fact that the teams or players you’re supporting are not going to win every tournament or league they’re participating in. So with that in mind, I decided to look back at the year of 2012 & share with you what teams gave me more joy we as fans crave every time our team steps onto the field or court.
Ps: you’re gonna have to forgive me if I might get some details or facts wrong coz I live by an honorable code when it comes to watching sports: if my team is winning, im celebrating!!
Supports: Springboks, the Stormers & WP
If you look at those 3 teams I’m supporting, it should be quite obvious what team put the biggest smile on my face & the biggest hole in my wallet this year. I actually pulled a whole-nighter that Saturday & Sunday when Province won the Currie Cup against the Sharks IN Durban. I remember my friends & I previewing the final & we saying that we wouldn’t mind if we lose But all we want is for that young team to play like they’ve been playing for most of the year: All out!! When we started noticing that we’re standing our man in the scrums & starting to dominate the lineouts, we started believing that we could win & we didn’t even care about the score or how much time was left. But when de Jongh scored that try, that typical hand-off, side-step, show for the fans Juan de Jongh try & with Dimitri adding another penalty before half time, we knew we were going to win. I remember watching the 2nd half of that game much like I did the ’07 RWC final: with the believe that it didn’t matter what the other team was going to do, my team was going win this because they wanted it more. And it showed on the field. So next year we can sing ‘die currie cup kom Weer’ met volle bors.
Honourable mention has to go to the Stormers beating the Bulls in Pretoria. I think we lost the game against the Sharks the week before & needed that win against the Bulls to remain top of the SA conference. I don’t remember much of that game but Habana scoring a try off Kolisi’s brilliant run & pass, Well that & that we BEAT the Bulls!!
Supports: Real Madrid, Bafana & Brazil (if SA isn’t playing)
If you support Madrid, only 2 things matters: Winning the Champions League & beating Barca anytime you play them. Even though Real did win La Liga as well as the Super Cup against Barcelona, it wasn’t the big fish they really wanted & I recall them celebrating it like that especially the Super Cup. So my soccer highlight has to be beating Barca in Camp Nou with Ronny scoring the eventual winner in the 2nd half. I don’t speak Portuguese but I remember Ronny gesturing to everyone to be cool while saying “Calma, calma”. I on the other hand was quite the opposite.
Supports: Lebron James
I remember back in 2007 when Lebron James basically single-handedly beat the then defending Eastern Conference champions Detroit Pistons in their own arena to take his team one step (game) closer to reaching the NBA finals which they did. LBJ’s heroics in that game was so amazing that his shoe sponsor Nike immediately ran an campaign dubbed Witness or Are you a witness with ads, t-shirts & billboards. Lebron himself even had the word ‘witness’ tattooed on one of his legs. The reason why I’m telling you this is because in May & June I got up at 2 in the morning for all of the Miami Heat’s conference semi-final, final & NBA final games to be a witness & I wasn’t left disappointed. Lebron had a couple of big games for his team; Games 4 against the Pacers in Indiana & Game 6 against the Celtics in Boston (that one was brilliant actually) comes to mind but he left his best for the finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Losing Game 1 of the finals, James & the Heat went to work winning 4 straight to capture his 1st & Miami’s 2nd NBA title and LBJ did it by averaging over 30 points & 10 rebounds a game while constantly flirting with a triple double in each game. After all the criticism he received for leaving Cleveland & for choking in the finals against the Mavs the season before, he finally did it. And with that monkey now off his back, the king can rule the NBA kingdom for the next 5 – 8 years. Be a witness!!
Supports: Proteas & Cobras
As much as I love sticking it to the Ozzies & believe me, few things in sports give me greater joy & satisfaction by beating them in anything, but my highlight of the year has to go to the Proteas beating England in England. The Aus-SA series played out nicely & when it came down to the winner takes all final test, SA showed how big the gap between nr.1 & 3 actually is but the SA-Eng series for me had more quality, much more drama, much more momentum changing sessions throughout the series And I could actually follow a whole day of cricket without having to wake up 2 or 3 in the morning.
The series was tipped as the battle for nr. 1 between the top 2 sides in the world & most pundits favored England to win the series. One former ozzy leg spinner actually predicted that England will win the 3 match series 2 – 0. I sent him a tweet after the series saying: “Sorry Nostradumbass, you were saying??” But he didn’t reply (bbmsadface). I remember following that final day of the 3rd test more closely than women follow 7de Laan (some men too actually) & rushing home to watch that final session. Prior, Swann did provide a little bit (focus on little) of drama at the end & Morne Morkel also added his part with a wicket-taking no ball but once the new ball came, I knew it was going to be curtains. Looking back, we really dominated them. I’m mean if it wasn’t for KP’s 149 (I think) in the 2nd test, we could’ve taken that one too. Yeah man, this is easily the highlight of the year for me. We went into the king’s castle, ate his food, took his crown & his queen, kicked him out & all he & his countrymen could do is marvel at brilliance & magnificence which we did it in.
Now, let’s hope my beloved Springboks will be the highlight of the year come the end of 2013.