robdylan

All we want is 80 minutes of your best


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Apr 2015 at 14:23
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No fan ever sets out to be intentionally antagonistic towards his or her team – at least, that’s what I like to believe.

We do, however, invest ourselves emotionally in said team, often more than we should. Sport is entertainment, after all and entertainment is escapism for those who seek it: often a very necessary form of escape from everyday lives that can occasionally seem dreary at best, if not outright hard. We look to the players who don the jersey we love and we see the obvious benefits of the lifestyle they lead. Social media perhaps distorts this image a little, but it’s not terribly difficult to build up a picture of a very easy life for your average rugby player, complete with fast cars, sponsored clothing, free food and all the beautiful women you could ever want. We know that we pay for these luxuries through the price of our tickets, our endless collection of jerseys and flags, our exorbitant DSTV or Sky Sports subscriptions, but we don’t begrudge them. They are our team and we want them to have the best, all the time.

Of course, when we stop and think for a moment, we realise just how many downsides there are to that lifestyle – how those players have to work to maintain the required level of physical perfection, how real the constant spectre of career-threatening injury is, how the lack of opportunity to study while playing essentially renders them unemployable past the age of 35. We know all these things, but we tend to lose sight of them inamongst all the smiling selfies taken in exotic locations and the flashy marketing segments. We also don’t know – and are never allowed to know – what goes on behind closed doors, once the cameras are packed away. We don’t know who is happy and who is sad; who’s having a tough week after a fight with their girlfriend, or a tough year due to a family member battling serious illness. In our results and performance obsessed culture – where entertainment must deliver instant gratification – we often tend to overlook the very human frailty of these heroes if the “product” is not coming up to scratch.

Our expectations, though, probably aren’t ridiculous, especially not this week (as they pertain to the Sharks). Hell, I’m sure most of us aren’t even really too bothered about a win, the way things are going at the moment. All we want is 80 minutes of rugby that we can be proud of; 80 minutes of the best possible effort from every man involved. We know that things don’t come right overnight, that one week isn’t enough to suddenly make every pass stick, every tackle count and every kick find its mark. We are your fans, though, your customers, your biggest supporters and unfortunately also your harshest critics. All we want is for you guys, in whom we’ve invested so much, to make our lives better for 80 minutes on Saturday.

That’s not too much to ask, is it?



38 Comments

  • Well said rob its all I want from them I dont mind losing if they played their hearts out and I do believe that the can win tomorrow its up to them if they believe it as much as me only tomorrow will tell

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.04.15 14:38:57 by sharks4eve2013 Reply
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  • Exactly. None of us go to work every day and if we haven’t performed well that week, we lose our position and have to prove ourselves all over again. Having said that and as with everything in life, I don’t mind losing if we were beaten by a better team but we gave 110%. That’s all we ask – Pride, commitment and hard work as part of the team. Go Sharks – Blues beat Brumbies, you can beat Lions!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.04.15 15:09:45 by Julesgr8ter Reply
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  • Nice piece, Rob…

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.04.15 15:15:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I’m finding it really difficult to care. Normally, a game against the Lions in Jhb would be one of those “can’t wait” occasions. Now it’s just one of the fixtures either side of the Bulls/Reds and Castres/Bordeaux games.

    I really wish it was different, but it’s like trying to love someone who cheated on you.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.04.15 15:28:49 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 4) : Warren Britz again? :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.04.15 15:32:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : I clearly missed out on all the juicy stories about Warren Britz. Sounds like he was a hell of a player :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.04.15 15:34:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yup is what I have been saying all along. Maybe not as eloquently. We expect them to live up to our expectations as fans. These major ego’s and players who don’t care about the well being and future of the rest of the team should take note.

    Players come and go and no matter how great you think you are there is an eager young man out there waiting to prove you wrong and obsolete.

    And we the fans and this our union can make that happen.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.04.15 15:55:43 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Me too, I just picked up on one comment made earlier and am running with it. Still remember his neon boots though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.04.15 15:56:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : Who is Warren Britz? The love child of Warren Whiteley and Willie Britz?

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.04.15 15:57:39 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I still want very much for us to win if only for 2 reasons.
    1. To shut the media up about this miraculous Lions team who seem to walk on water even though they are 10th on the overall log and 4th in the local log.
    2. To shut up those nag bags who are still going on about the sharks being the dirtiest team in the history of rugby (or so it would seem)

    Don’t get me wrong I am glad Lions are doing better, but the way some of their fans and the media are going on they have just about re-invented the game. Even though the log/scoreboards still hasn’t realized it yet. Really? I think the Bulls deserve more praise and adoration from the media since they are the only team this year even in the top 4 so far. But maybe I just count differently.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.04.15 16:03:33 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.04.15 16:06:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 9) : no, come, seriously? You must remember Warren Britz?

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.04.15 16:23:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I know he played for the South Coast club with my brother just after I finished school, and was quite a good flanker according to me for the Sharks…

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.15 16:35:32 by T-Shark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : When you say player… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.15 17:02:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 7) : Hmmm…I don’t think THAT was quite Rob’s point!

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.04.15 17:03:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : :shock: Who doesn’t know Warren Britz?!

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.15 17:04:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : I agree with both of your reasons for a wanting a win over the Lions. Why is it that everyone (especially rugby writers) slag the Sharks and love a Lions outfit on a winning streak? I suppose because the Lions would never pose a threat to their favourite teams’ dominance of the Saffa conference, the loved and extensively written about bulls and province. The Sharks (when performing) are a real threat to the hegemony of the beloved teams and therefore the Sharks are hated…that’s my opinion anyway.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.15 17:08:18 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : @pastorshark (Comment 16) : Didn’t he also have stint with the Bok sevens team?

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.04.15 17:10:14 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Eish now that’s a proper pep talk,you got me fired up so much I’m actualy going to go to the game

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.04.15 17:25:40 by benji Reply
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  • So any news on who the squad is that will start tomorrow?

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.04.15 17:33:15 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @benji (Comment 19) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.04.15 18:13:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 18) : I’m not sure about the Sevens, but he definitely has 1 cap for the Boks!

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.04.15 18:17:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 22) : I might be confusing him with Stephen Brink

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.04.15 18:30:21 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Well said Rob. We can ask no more than that!

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.04.15 18:42:09 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : No. Mort Mortassagne. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.04.15 19:13:00 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 25) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.04.15 19:40:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Kanko will probably play

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.04.15 20:17:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : That’s good news…

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.04.15 20:24:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Have they taken anyone along as backup in case?

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.04.15 20:24:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Interesting read. Thanks Rob.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.04.15 22:15:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : Giant

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.04.15 23:59:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 25) : No man, he was a prop. :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.04.15 09:33:35 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I see the Vodacom Cup game between the Sharks and Free State is going to be played in Kokstad. I like it, take the game to the platteland. Hope they do the same to places like Newcastle, Ladysmith etc. They will probably play infront of bigger, more appreciative crowds.

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.04.15 09:44:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Ok now I have found out that the Kokstad Rugby Club is the oldest club in the KZN province and that they are celebrating their 125th year. :cool:
    Wasnt there a time that Kokstad was part of the Eastern Cape? I know the folk of Matatiele want to rather be incorporated into KZN than the Eastern Cape where they now find themselves.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.04.15 10:08:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • If KZN can somehow annex the Western Cape, or even just Cape Town, then they can have the oldest rugby club in South Africa. Hamiltons

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.04.15 10:12:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Seriously if you guys don’t know Warren Britz and his legacy,you a bunch of rugbyginners,.
    Sharks by 15

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.04.15 11:10:00 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 36) : Educate us then. Lay his legacy out for us, inch by inch.

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.04.15 12:09:00 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • The ony difference between Warren Britz and Warren Brosnihan is that Britz had the common decency to stay away from a commentary box.

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.04.15 14:43:19 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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