Some of you may be around long enough to know that heading, it may belong to a thesus that Pissant wrote a while back but its Friday and well, im pretty sure he is not going to mind me borrowing the heading of what was an awesome article.
I was trawling the internet the other day and just by chance fell found myself on www.spoilsport.co.za , finding one article amusing and not feeling very productive I looked a bit deeper and found two articles which were I thought were absolutely awesome and should apply to all supporters.It reminded me of the “Be a supporter not a fan” article a while back, just a lot more laid back.
The first one was “Guidelines for being a Sprinbok Supporter”
1. Respect your opposition | They are playing the Springboks, they are already crapping themselves, rather make them feel at ease and let them calm down. They must accept their fate in the same calm manner in which a person being executed accepts the impending doom.
2. Do not boo | It is a nice sign of respect to be quiet while an opposition kicker lines up for poles. We need to do this more in South Africa.
3. A Springbok supporter is a gracious loser | It does not happen much but we need to learn to shake hands with the opposition fans and acknowlege that their team was better on the day. Make and effort to have a beer and chat to the winning fans after the game, you like it when we won and they have a beer.
4. Whatever you do, Never EVER tackle the ref | This is a no no, even if he is a blatent cheat
5. Dress appropriatly | If you are 16 go mad with banners etc , if you are 46 be a bit more restrained. If you are 22 and a bikini model, wear the blady bikini and make sure its green and gold!
6. Read the right press | Some journos know what they are talking about and some are just wankers. The way to spot the wankers is easy, they will never write anything positive about the Springboks and try to undermine the team. If you are stuck email me for a list of who the wankers are (its long but its accurate)
7. Debate selections but understand that you do not know everything | This is a tough one. The Springboks know a lot about their rugby, more than you. More even than some of the past players. This is why it is not your place to outright slam selections. Rather offer and alternative but then vocally concur that you look forward to being proved wrong and that you bow to the coach’s supperior knowledge.
8. Respect the players | They are in the public eye but they are not your public property. Respect their privacy and they will respect your wishes for autographs and photos. If we lost, tell them you still love them. If we won tell them you love them. Think about the impact that harsh words have on you, well they have the same impact on the players. Be nice.
The second was “Why I will always support the Springboks” and this is what the mindset of any supporter of any team should be like.
I consume a lot of rugby media, newspapers, internet, television even radio, what I have noticed is the following:
1. Journalists know nothing about rugby
Thats it, nothing else.
Eina Vermeulen will only ever support his team…
I will back my team to come back from 45 – 0 with 3 mins to go.
I will back my team to run down Usain Bolt with a head start.
I will back my team to out scrum a bulldozer plus Mrs Bulldozer.
I will back my team to turnover ball in a game we are not even playing in.
I will back my team to score in any corner, even a corner in the Oval Office.
I will back my team to win because I am a South African and the Springboks are my team.
So there you go.Something lighthearted for a Friday but also serious enough to think about.
Thank you to Eina Vermeulen from www.spoilsport.co.za for allowing Sharksworld to use his content.Tweet