Plonker of the Month

Plonker of the Month - November

2008-12-02 01:07:22 PM
It's time to have some fun at our own expense, and not take life too seriously. As such Sport24 will be putting together our Plonker of the Year - and we want YOU to be involved please! Each month the editorial team will nominate up to five candidates for you to choose from, with the monthly readers choice becoming one of the 12 finalists from which we will choose our overall 'Plonker' come the end of the year.

November's candidates are: 
Herschelle Gibbs The crowd-pleasing Proteas batsman and veteran naughty boy chose to “prepare” for a Standard Bank Pro20 international against Bangladesh at the Wanderers by holing up in a Sandton hotel bar for a long innings (a very long innings, they say) the day before the contest. He was suspended by CSA and ordered to attend an alcohol rehabilitation programme. It was not clear at the time of writing whether he’d checked in for it yet …
SA Rugby After Luke Watson’s much-publicized “vomit” comments regarding the Springbok jersey, his disciplinary hearing attracted more than a little paparazzi interest, shall we say. So it came as a bit of an anti-climax – regardless of which way the verdict might have gone – when it was quickly called off on a technicality because Nape Dolamo, the appointed presiding officer could not hear the case in terms of Saru’s very own regulations! The appointment of a judicial officer, it seems, can only refer to incidents involving matches.
(AND AGAIN) SA Rugby Come again? R1 140? At a time of deep, deep consumer blues, Saru announcing four-figure ticket prices for Lions Tests next year was a bit like thumping the journeyman heavyweight on the canvas who had just been pulped anyway by an angry Mike Tyson with toothache. So much for taking a game to the “people” and all …
Jake White Here, there, everywhere! But also nowhere it seems. It’s difficult to keep up with RWC-winning coach Jake White’s movements. A bit of Toulon, a smattering of Saracens, a smidgeon of UCT, a corporate marketing position, a blog that last got updated in September … Then there’s his BaaBaas side against Australia: with the likes of Bryan Habana and Joe Rokocoko keeping player of the year Shane Williams on the bench, and Jean de Villiers, Richie McCaw and Schalk Burger in the starting XV, doesn’t it look just a tad too much like a World XV? Out to prove a point, Jake?
Neil McKenzie Cross-Hennops tensions do tend to run high when the Lions meet the Titans in domestic cricket, but what’s Mr Nice Guy Neil McKenzie (15 previous years with an unblemished record) doing getting caught up in the flames? The Lions stalwart was found guilty in November of showing dissent at an umpire’s decision and suspended for two MTN Domestic Championship matches. Save the aggro for Oz, Macca!


Cast Your Vote

So your time has come to influence the South African sporting year! Remember that at the end of the year, the twelve monthly winners in each category – as voted by you – will be published here on Sport24, and you again will then decide the annual winners by vote.

So please give it a little thought before casting your vote...

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