Okay so I subscribe to The Star newspaper. Okay my wife does… for business reasons apparently. They dealt with the Breandan Venter interview by asking two columnists to provide opinions.
On Saturday I had the displeasure of reading John Robbie’s “views” which are no more than mindless meanderings of an aged deejay his employers keep on because they realize that there are no other jobs available for second rate retired Irish scrumhalves with high pitched whiny voices in South Africa.
This genius reckons that Brendan Venter’s approach is the wrong one, especially since he then proceeds to concoct a story that Edward Griffiths and Martin Gillingham the interviewer, all being formerly based in SA must have worked together in some sense to make the interview where Venter proceeded to repeat the questions he was asked back at the interviewer without answering anything. According to him the BBC had severely criticized Venter and this was the end of story.
Says the ever wise Robbie that all Venter has done is enhance the world’s views that we are “whiners” and we could take a leaf from New Zealand. THEY were the victims of atrocious refereeing in 2007 quarterfinals and what did they do? Nothing… they just put their heads down and worked towards 2011… Okay I laughed out loud after that! These guys no longer need to whine because they OWN the referees.
Just as a matter of interest I recall for the benefit of Mister Robbie in 2009 how refereeing boss Paddy ‘O Brian publicly apologized to New Zealand because of Stuart Dickinson’s terrible refereeing in a test match… but nevertheless the idea that New Zealand “never whines” is a figment of his imagination, and if I may add, given his penchant for pretending not to see race colors it must be because the New Zealanders wear black and Mister Robbie is an arch liberal… Perhaps if he went to a forum like TSF he’ll see Kiwis whinge about the 1995 World Cup and the elusive “Suzie” as though it happened yesterday, how the “intercept” of Stirling Mortlock was the result of him being offsides in 2003, how the French were allowed to escape with murder in 1999 and how Australia similarly cheated in 1992. Yes they even claim the 1998 3N try of James Dalton in Durban was not a try at all and they were cheated by the ref!
Anyway on to Peter Bills (yes he who revs my engine with unimaginable tripe about our rugby) also writes a piece on the same occurrence and for a change I agree with him. That is rare enough a something for me to repeat it. Bills says that Venter is an intelligent bloke. The interview was the perfect response to ERC’s oppressive “communist” management of European rugby. He then says that Venter was fined R250 000 for expressing his honest views: views which were not even all that controversial. Amazingly the ERC has shown its own inability to accept criticism by issuing a statement saying they hope Venter gives better interviews in future…. or else…
Truth is that ERC refuse anyone the right to respond to criticism of them and Bills correctly identifies them as despotic fools incapable of accepting any words not in keeping with their own views. Robbie would do well to learn a bit about his subject before he makes uninformed comments. Opinions are like rear ends… every one has them… and the smells they produce stink but nevertheless some are more noxious than others. I find Robbie’s opinions unencumbered by the weight of facts… something he should leave to his radio show where he could express his opinions as apposite to his callers and sound sharp… not in papers where he has to take a standpoint and defend it with facts…. not fantasy.
Make a note.
DavidS agrees with Peter Bills… it’s a rare happening.