Sunday, October 21, 2007

rugby world cup victors


no, this is not the president slipping the captain some garlic and beetroot before the game. this is a congratulatory hug from our president bestowed on the captain of the winning team of the 2007 rugby world cup.

yes, we are the champions!!


17 comments:

Amanzi Down Under said...

We're still bleary eyed and tired from having woken up at 2am to catch the match, sleeping for an hour and then having to go to work.
I am clearly not a surgeon. I'm just not made to be up at odd hours :)
Greeted with sour faces by our Kiwi colleagues today... No points for guessing who they were cheering for.

Bongi said...

sour grapes cause sour faces. you can tell them i said that too.

rlbates said...

Congrats!

Roer said...

Ah Bongi. I'm still on a 'high' (and there was no drugs involved ;-) ). Fantastic! I so hope Bafana Bafana can do the same in 2010. We can only hope. Maybe we should get Jake in to help. Great pics. Thanks.

make mine trauma said...

Congratulations!
(Is this the same president you blog about?)

Bongi said...

roer, let's face it. in soccer we don't stand a chance. en om die waarheid te se sukkel ek om soccer te ondersteun in ons land vir 'n klomp redes.

trauma junkie, yes that is he. i thought the garlic and beetroot comment might give it away.

Harry said...

:( and we lost the F1 too!! :'(

Buckeye Surgeon said...

Congrats. But why are they called "springboks"?

Bongi said...

traditionally rugby teams are called after some animal with the exception of the all blacks that are called after their rugby clothing (which is, wait for it, all black).

the springbok (afrikaans literally meaning jumping buck) is the national animal of south africa. it is a type of gazelle. we have been called the springbokke since we started playing international rugbt, roughly just over a hundred years ago, although there is a second drive to change the name (the first being about 1995 which was thwarted by mandela) because the springbok some believe is associated with racism. but in this country i've even heard people say antiretrovirals are racist. i kid you not.

Amanzimtoti said...

What if we just change the springbok symbol to a black springbok?

Amanzimtoti said...

Or what about 'the black rhinos' or 'the black mambas' or 'the black leopards' - wait, that's already taken - or 'the all blacks'? No, that's also taken. Dammit.

Sid Schwab said...

here is the youtube clip I tried to show you in another venue. It's american football, played like rugby.

Bongi said...

thanks for that, sid. as you know, in rugby a 'lateral' is very common (the norm).

recently, i have been watching american football a bit. being used to rugby, i find it a bit slow moving and staccato.

Vijay said...

Congrats & thanks for the video clip Bongi.

Sport Spread Bet said...

Congrat! But if that England try had been given (Like it should have!) it would have been a different game in those last 15 minutes!

Bongi said...

sorry sport, but when last i checked the rules, the moment you step out, the game stops. there is no advantage played when the touch line is in question.

also we won by more than 7 points so british sour grapes are simply sour grapes.

Michelle said...

HAHA.... nothing funnier (as an Texan who thus has known football forever, but has gotten into rugby in college) than foreigners wondering about football. Just imagine rugby where (1) you can block (2) you can actually throw forward to those people in front of you (3) plays only last a few seconds, after which follows a nice breather. I'm pretty sure the fattest prop on a rugby side could kick the crap out of a American-style footballer in a long jog