Plonker of the Month

Plonker of the Month - October

2008-11-04 01:09:11 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.

October's candidates are:
Luke Watson Need we say more? In what seemed a PR gaffe of spectacular proportions, the single-minded sometimes-Springbok told a gathering at UCT he had wanted to “vomit” on the Bok jersey, and later allegedly suggested South African rugby laboured because of “Dutchmen” at its forefront. How to win friends and influence people! Cue an avalanche of anti-Watson SMSs, letters, blogs etc … yes, the bile (ironically) truly came back to haunt the man.
SABC A meaningless game it may have been as far as Bafana’s already-doomed qualification for the African Nations Cup in 2010 was concerned, but with a certain even bigger event also looming on the radar, the SABC not screening the game against Equatorial Guinea earned the folks at Awkward Park few admirers … “visa problems” or not. Even SAFA gave the public broadcaster a good rocket. Oh, and Bafana won -- which meant an infrequent chance to lift SA fans’ morale went flashing past the post.
SuperSport We can’t find too many people who gave SuperSport’s innovation-laden (or was it innovation-choked?) coverage of the Currie Cup final an emphatic thumbs-up. While most of us have been prepared to excuse the weather-influenced loss of picture in the first half, we found the midst-of-the-action squeeze-backs to accommodate daft little interviews with players’ loved ones grating and disruptive. And then some.
Eagles Sies tog! Spicy pitch or no spicy pitch, there is really no excuse for a SuperSport Series team to be bowled out for a record-low 28, is there? But that’s what happened against the Warriors, as Makhaya Ntini (5/9) and Lonwabo Tsotsobe (4/3) feasted royally. The innings lasted 24.5 overs. Perhaps we should exempt Boeta Dippenaar from ridicule? He resisted, after all, for 67 minutes for his six!
Sundowns The Mamelodi giants are supposed to be the swaggering Chelsea of South African football, propped up as they are by the “Motsepe millions”. Not in the script, then, was being dumped in the first round of the Telkom Knockout by rookies Bay United, who would go on to pip them days later in the league as well (OK, OK, that one just didn’t qualify for October Plonkerdom).


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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