I find myself at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to the upcoming Super 14 campaign. As the premier Sharks’ supporters site on the internet, we have a responsibility to our loyal readers to tell it like it is. However, being unduly negative in our coverage could only make matters worse for the team.
Fact is, players (and coaches) do read what it said about them in the media and on the Internet, despite whatever they may tell you. As an independent site, Sharksworld is under no pressure to only provide positive news about the Sharks. That said, our goal (or rather, my goal) is to help the Sharks perform as well as possible and writing critical, negative articles doesn’t seem to be the best way to accomplish that.
Fact is, that I’d also rather not jeopardise relationships with the players that I’ve worked hard to build up. I have a real challenge ahead of me, then; how to provide balanced coverage without being unreasonably harsh on the players whom I respect (and like) so much?
So here’s what I’m going to do (join in if you like, or not… it’s up to you!) I’m going to take this season game by game and expect a mid-table finish. It’s not where the Sharks should be, given the talent in the squad, but I feel it’s realistic given the systematic problems that I perceive. I have to believe that we’ll win more games than we lose this year, but given the draw and other factors, there really isn’t a huge amount of evidence to back that up.
The Sharks need to do something different to achieve their full potential and I see no evidence that enough changes have been made for 2010 to be their breakthrough season. That said, they remain my team and will always have my fullest support. I hope, against all hope, that they go out and prove me wrong. If they do, great, but if they don’t, that’s also ok.
We’ll still be here for them in 2011.
Go Sharks! Do your best for us. We’re black and white and nothing else matters.Tweet