Arise, Sharks, arise!

Written by Mike Rothquel (Fattmann)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 14 Oct 2010 at 13:00
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Fans are fickle masters, so after a very poor game we were soundly thumped by the side we were to play in the next week. Durban was like a morgue no one wanted to talk rugby. It was a bit like the Mad magazine guy who has a rain cloud over his head and he is only one being rained upon whilst everyone else is in the sun.

People were saying we were going to lose big time and it was a waste of a season and there should not be any Currie Cup finals. Doom and Gloom everywhere.

No plan, no hope.

Now I’m not talking about 2010… I’m talking 1990 we all know what happened! Mac had a plan. I still have that game on tape and have vivid pictures burnt into my brain of Watson scoring that famous try. Suddenly everything was sunny skies, braaivleis and rugby.

Then came the parade. Fantastic day it was, as if we had won the world’s biggest lotto. Durban ground to a halt and the open bus carrying our heroes came down the street. Everybody loved everybody else and all was well in our world. Even my wife who hates the divine game came to the parade. Fans are fickle masters.

In 2010 the situation is exactly the same. Now as then fans are fickle and the loss at Problems – sorry Province – has left us devastated and without hope. We have drawn the only side we can’t beat. I mean them whose names must be said with reverence and in whispers. What chance do we have? They have Bakkies, Victor, Morne – they even have Meisiekind, not to mention the fabulous one called Shadow-he’s called that because that’s all you see when he scores the try; he is so quick all you see is the Shadow.

Who do we have that can win this battle for us?


As good as the Bulls are they don’t have Beast or Bizzy or Jannie, Boks all 3 and they will not go down without shedding blood which will be red and not blue. They don’t have Keegan or Oupa, men who will fight to their last breath! They don’t have Lambie or Mvovo, men of vision pace and guile They don’t have the OddOne whose body takes a hammering week in and week out They don’t have Big Vic who like a tractor plows over the opposition They don’t have them!!!

They also don’t have men who have been in this type of situation before and come out victors.

Plum and Hugh have been there before………….. the 1990 game when against all odds we won against the invinceabulls and they had Naas!!! The sweet memory lingers.

Something else that the Bulls don’t have…………………….. you and me.

So what have we to fear?

My friend Richard says the odds on a Shark victory are good.

Be brave fans and take the bookies money but over everything else cheer your side on to victory. Let us roar them to victory !

Sharks by 5


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  • Comment 1, posted at 14.10.10 13:16:31 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • A fullstop or two would vastly improve this post. Sorry, don’t mean to troll but it’s a pain to read.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.10.10 13:22:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Comment 3, posted at 14.10.10 13:23:39 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : dude… like I’ve said before… trying to impose punctuation on Fattmann is like trying to direct a hurricane!

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.10.10 13:24:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : I kinda think that is the point……………….. Enough full stops for you……. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.10.10 13:25:11 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Thanks dude!!! That’s a reaaly nice article to read. I love my Sharkies.

    Go Sharkies!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.10.10 13:46:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • Always a Shark!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.10.10 14:01:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Dude… five minutes in Word, seriously. Even the Keo journos manage to get it right so it can’t be that hard. I know you’re striving to be the anti-Keo (which I fully back) but surely there needs to be some sort of standard for articles? If I want to get my teen-grammar fix I’ll check Facebook more often (or a Bull’s blog). 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.10.10 14:25:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : happy now?

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.10.10 14:51:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Let’s be honest, it’s not about me being happy. It’s about the maintaining a minimum set of standards for the articles on Sharksworld.

    Yes, I know the site is a labour of love and as far as I know nobody gets paid to write so my complaints about grammaer probably do seem petty and trivial. In my opinion it’s a question of taking pride in what you do. Taking an extra five minutes to review won’t kill anyone. If you have the time to write it, you have the time to review it. At the end of the day it can’t harm and will only improve Sharksworld’s image.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.10.10 15:02:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) :
    “so my complaints about grammaer ‘

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.10.10 15:07:37 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 11) : you’re actually a bloody decent oke…. for a Lions supporter 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.10.10 15:22:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Aaw Rob, that’s the nicest thing that any one from this web site has ever said to me 😀

    I think I will book mark this page, and remind you of it periodically.

    It may just come back to haunt you one day.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.10.10 15:32:08 by Greg Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : hehehe at least I didn`t get complaints of that nature . . . urm not yet anyway 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.10.10 15:35:13 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : if you send me your email addy i will send the next article to you to edit so you can be happy with my grammar and spelling and whatever else is wrong

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.10.10 15:46:52 by Fattmann Reply
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  • Newlands sold out…???

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.10.10 15:59:04 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : look, I’m taking this as good advice and good feedback and I agree with you that we should always strive to put out grammatically correct stuff. But the fact is I don’t have the time to personally proof read and edit every article, nor do I want to. My goal is to be inclusive and to allow everyone to improve their writing through constructive criticism…

    Big difference between Keo and me is that he pays his writers. I don’t and I appreciate very sentence they give up their personal time to create for me. Even if they only have one sentence in the article (sorry Fattmann!) 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.10.10 16:00:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 15) : Based on the content of your article you’re definitely a smart guy and I believe you’re completely capable of learning how to do it yourself.

    If you’re open to some constructive criticism or you’d like a second opinion on something you wrote then I more than willing to make the time but I won’t do it all for you. My e-mail addy: my username on this site at gmail.com.

    I’ll just reiterate – I think your content is great. The clearer you communicate what you want to say, the more people you’ll reach.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.10.10 22:33:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Completely understood and appreciated. I hope my criticism is coming across at constructive and not as trolling. By all means feel free to set me straight if necessary. I’m pretty thick-skinned.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.10.10 22:38:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 11) : In Afrikaans we call that “die blinde sambok”. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.10.10 22:40:09 by vanmartin Reply
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