What makes Kallis a great Test cricketer?

What makes a great Test cricketer? It is a question which cannot be answered by mere statistical analysis alone since numbers fail to explain the importance of circumstance and context. Often, a gritty 67 is more valuable then a double century, a single wicket in a session is so important it puts a five-wicket haul…

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The Southern Kings: Where to now?

Over the course of today, most if not all South African rugby fans would have heard the news that the Southern Kings did not win the right to be the 15th franchise in the expanded Super 15 competition, set to kick off in 2011. To say that this news is surprising would be the same…

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The ‘big men’ of the field

When de-colonisation was sweeping across Africa, the leaders that took charge of the newly created democracies on this continent were often given the title of “Big Men”. It describes those individuals who were directly responsible for their countries’ liberation, and then took control with an unyielding fist. Examples include Kenya’s Daniel Arap Moi, former Zaire’s…

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Is media obesity tempering our enjoyment of sports?

Today, sport is everywhere. With satellite communications becoming the norm rather then the exception in the 1990s, the Oozies (2000s) have seen satellite television coverage, especially that of sport, mushroom in a fashion comparable to that of the daisies in the Namaqualand spring. SuperSport is one of the world’s largest and most successful broadcasters of…

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Kolpak ruling a win-win for SA and England

The England and Wales Cricket Board recently pulled off a coup through the passing of the New Home Office laws. The laws were sought by England’s cricket administrators as a means of fighting the “scourge” of Kolpak cricketers plying their trade in the County Championship. Now, with this coming from the BBC Sport website: “Only…

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Who said talking about sports is pointless?

Thirty years ago, the quickest means of speaking to someone was via the use of a telephone, with perhaps a letter being the best personalised way to contact someone across the globe. The status quo today is extremely different. The Internet (with that capital “I” rightly letting us know how important it is) has changed…

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Why it’s fun taking the mickey out of the Blue Bulls

Tomorrow’s Absa Currie Cup final will see the best of the north travel to the Cape to try and blitzkrieg the Newlands faithful. It doesn’t get any more provincial then Western Province versus the Blue Bulls. Newlands is sold out and a great atmosphere is guaranteed for those in the stadium and watching on TV….

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Disarray 3 — Safa 0

I usually reserve my judgements about Safa and SA football around the braai, or in a pub, since I don’t claim to know everything about football in this country. I can tell you that it is the country’s most popular sport, and with SuperSport hopping on the PSL wagon after winning the broadcast right from…

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Who’s eager to face the Blue Bulls?

It’s funny what a few weeks can do to change the complexion of things. The Tri-Nations was still under way, the Sharks and Western Province looked to be favourites (touch wood there for all those wearing blue and white … it’s been a very long time) and Griquas looked to be ruining the established province’s…

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Who needs Carte Blanche when you have the Proteas?

The foundation stone of a person’s character and belief system is the culmination of not just one moment, but most likely hundreds or even thousands of moments. Everything we do, and every experience we go through is comparable to an ever-changing ball of putty. As a South African cricket fan, we have gone through some…

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