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Province & Proteas made it good year!!

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!!

Rugby

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!!

 

 

 

Soccer

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basketball

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!!

 

 

 

Cricket

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m outy

12 responses to Province & Proteas made it good year!!

  1. Unlikely that Western Province will win anything next year, mate. Currie Cup was a fluke. SHARKS never pitched for that final. Anyone would have beaten the SHARKS that day. Not the same SHARKS team that thrashed the Bulls the previous week. Neither was it the same SHARKS that played brilliant rugby in the last few matches of the Super 15.SHARKS were switched off for that final. Only the players will tell you what went wrong.

    Lucky for the SHARKS, they didn’t meet the Lions in that final.
    With such dis-interest shown by the SHARKS players in the final, the Lions would have given them a real hiding.

    • hahaha!! you keep telling yourself that dude..

    • I agree! Wp were lucky to scrape past the Lions thanks to a dumb ass kick by Taute (maybe he thought he was already paying for wp?). And ja, anyone would’ve beaten the Sharks the way they played in the final!

      • damn guys.. is it too much to give WP just a little of credit & consider the fact that maybe sharks played poorly coz wp pressurized them to play that way??

        you know i gave the sharks all the credit for their semi-final win in cape town in super rugby. pity u guys cant do the same..
        *poor sportsmanship*

  2. I don’t think WP made it a good year for South Africa, maybe a good year for Cape Town but thats it. A South African team wins the Currie Cup every year so it’s a good year for SA every year then. Sharks were and still are a much better team than Stormers/WP. If anything, The Sharks made it a good year for SA by winning two playoff matches away from home (including beating the Stormers in Cape Town) to make the Super rugby final. Some bloggers will be angry at this comment, Uysh and Power mainly,

    • lol.. dude, i didnt write this blog on behalf of south africa!! this is MY highlights of the year & the sharks (whether they were better than the stormers/wp or not) is not one of them.

  3. the fact that beating the Bulls made your year, just shows the power and prestige that the Bulls have over all other SA Franchises….. as SA’s most successful franchise and “flagship”…. Prooooooviiiince the super cup kom weer… of is dit vir die eerste keer?

    • groenie please.. stop smoking the green stuff. i just mentioned that we beat the bulls & if you read my blog Correctly, you would’ve seen that the Proteas beating England in England was the highlight of the year.

      ps: Bulle se ’7 vet jare’ is verby & die ’7 maer jare’ is hier!!

  4. In general I have to agree with your post, the proteas Eng series def was the sporting highlight (SA wise) of the year. The Olympics was a great sporting event and we won one or two medals, but in terms of SA sports teams and their performances only the Proteas did us proud.
    Tough one to choose between the Eng and Aus series though, but I like your point that the momentum swung so much betweent the 2 teams in the Eng series. And the fact that the poms thought they were the best in the world whereas the Aussies know they arent the best and are only trying to rebuild.
    May the bokke do us proud next year and take the tri-nations (whats it called now??) trophy

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