Columnists 19.9.2017 03:51 pm

Hammer blow final nail in a week to forget

It would be seriously understating the case to say that the Fearsome Fireman had a less than satisfying week.

The Fireman, a regular member of the usual gathering, had gained the “fearsome” tag more for the flash spontaneity of his cracks than any inherent aggression, had been dealt a full house of spades in the poker game of life.

Hammer blow final nail in a week to forget
Hammer blow final nail in a week to forget

Hammer blow final nail in a week to forget

It would be seriously understating the case to say that the Fearsome Fireman had a less than satisfying week.

The Springboks got trounced because the local game is dying
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The Springboks got trounced because the local game is dying

You can blame Allister Coetzee and co for questionable tactics but they can only work with the hand they’re being dealt … and it’s a bad one.
Anderson a chink of light amid tennis gloom
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Anderson a chink of light amid tennis gloom

A familiar email from Tennis South Africa’s PR people is a regular visitor to my inbox on a Monday.
Boks will be biltong if they kick like that against Kiwis
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Boks will be biltong if they kick like that against Kiwis

‘The Bok management need to have a thorough look at the videos and a serious rethink before they face the All Blacks.’
‘Corny’ team culture should be Springboks’ only currency
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‘Corny’ team culture should be Springboks’ only currency

With economic factors against them, the national side is not only good at being a tight-knit unit. It needs spirit to survive.
Seemed like a good idea at the time? Uh, no
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Seemed like a good idea at the time? Uh, no

In one of the gory Hannibal Lecter movies, FBI agent Clarice Starling has trouble understanding why Mason Verger disfigured his own face with a broken piece of mirror on the infamous cannibal’s advice.
Kankowski brings some John Wayne to Ellis Park
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Kankowski brings some John Wayne to Ellis Park

Though his training is that of an engineer, Dave the Silent more often than not will adopt a lateral line of thought rather than the linear approach which is one of the prerequsites of his profession.
Let’s reserve judgment over cricket zoo
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Let’s reserve judgment over cricket zoo

This new cricket zoo opening it’s gates in November is causing more confusion than excitement at the moment.
More on their minds than a tarnished trophy
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More on their minds than a tarnished trophy

One of the most engaging aspects of the usual gathering is that while the regulars remain more or less constant, there is always an accommodation to be made for the less-frequent visitors.
Twitter fams beat the real thing hands down
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There are two kinds of people these days. You’re either a Facebook or Twitter person, period.
Who needs glory when the hype winds up?
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Who needs glory when the hype winds up?

A few weeks ago we had a massive sporting weekend.
Geoff Toyana’s treatment only adds to CSA’s T20 farce
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Geoff Toyana’s treatment only adds to CSA’s T20 farce

Ever since the T20 Global League was conceived, it looked like a money-spinner. Now we have confirmation on that.
RIP Pinetree: they don’t make them like that now
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RIP Pinetree: they don’t make them like that now

Sir Colin fell victim to cancer at the age of 81, but remained a legend among South African rugby followers as perhaps the fiercest of all the All Black opponents the Springboks were to face.
Nollis Marais’ demotion only treats one of the Bulls’ symptoms
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Nollis Marais’ demotion only treats one of the Bulls’ symptoms

John Mitchell now has extra time to start imposing his ideas before 2018’s Super Rugby but don’t expect immediate results.
Still plenty of life in these old dogs yet
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Still plenty of life in these old dogs yet

Until one has been confronted with severe injury or sickness, it’s impossible to fully comprehend how extremely difficult the comeback slash recovery process is.
The sporting wheel has come full circle
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The sporting wheel has come full circle

I used to have two colleagues who were constantly in each other’s hair over their favourite sports.
Super Smous red-faced, but he’ll keep his jersey
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Super Smous red-faced, but he’ll keep his jersey

The undercooked sides in the tattered remnants of the once proud Currie Cup may have left many rugby followers less than satisfied by the thin fare offered after a feast of Super Rugby, but this does not extend to the Super Smous.
There was a ray of sunshine on a dark weekend
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There was a ray of sunshine on a dark weekend

There was a dishevelled look about the arithmetically challenged Golfer; his hair looked like it had been combed by a bunker rake and his eyes had the wild look of a man who thinks he has hit an acceptable drive only to see it suddenly develop into a monster hook.
Ottis Gibson as the new Proteas coach is hardly a bad idea
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Ottis Gibson as the new Proteas coach is hardly a bad idea

The England bowling mentor knows South Africa far better than other foreign coaches and has a decade of international experience.
New season set to deliver bundles of joy
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New season set to deliver bundles of joy

Other women my age equate nine months with swollen feet, mood swings and ghastly cravings.
Proteas need to dump the Chris Morris idea in Tests
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Proteas need to dump the Chris Morris idea in Tests

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Kiwis are living in Super Rugby la-la land
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Kiwis are living in Super Rugby la-la land

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Never underestimate the never-say-die Lions
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Never underestimate the never-say-die Lions

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Grace sure knows how to move on moving day
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Grace sure knows how to move on moving day

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Elton’s failures don’t outweigh achievements
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Elton’s failures don’t outweigh achievements

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Still time for the Lions to get Bosch on board
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Still time for the Lions to get Bosch on board

There had been one of those long quizzical looks that signify that Dave the Silent was running his own internal computer programme as the ebb and flow of the aftermath surged through the gathering, the great escape at Ellis Park still fresh in their minds.

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