Be­ware of taboo that sticks

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - KEVIN McCAL­LUM

I’ve been to the Taboo night­club once. No, wait, it was twice. Or was it three times? I don’t much like night­clubs. I don’t like shout­ing at the per­son next to me just to be heard, al­though that seems to be the way of things these days.

Shout­ing at oth­ers has never been eas­ier. Finding rea­sons to have a hissy fit and to cause pain is pain­less. Click, read, twist and shout, wait for the mob to fol­low.

Wait for a “Matthias, son of Deuteron­omy of Gath” to say: “Look. I’d had a lovely sup­per, and all I said to my wife was: ‘That piece of hal­ibut was good enough for Je­ho­vah’.”

Buy some stones, two with points and one big flat one, and wait un­til the man in charge of the ston­ing for blas­phemy says “Je­ho­vah” again be­fore you put him to death. There are many life lessons in Life of Brian by Monty Python.

So, just say no to shout­ing at each other, sports fans. It’s not nearly as much fun as you make it out to be.

In­stead of shout­ing and rant­ing, I’m go­ing to go on a ram­ble of me­mories.

This will be a Se­in­feld-es­que col­umn, I fear. Much ado about some­thing and noth­ing at the same time, with a point about to be made but per­haps just out of reach.

My few times at Taboo have been for Cricket SA func­tions.

I re­call one party there where I saw a young na­tional cricket player who had made his in­ter­na­tional de­but not long be­fore be­ing feted by a group of three or four gen­tle­men.

I asked a col­league who the men were. He told me they were from Sa­hara Com­put­ers and were prob­a­bly go­ing to spon­sor the player.

I’d never seen a Gupta close up be­fore, but I do re­call they had a fair num­ber of hang­er­son, some of them in cricket ad­min­is­tra­tion.

I won­der if cricket will be called to dis­cuss its re­la­tion­ship with the Gup­tas.

I was also at Taboo for a wel­com­ing func­tion for the Aus­tralian cricket team.

Those were the days when Cricket SA had money to burn. They had spon­sors, so many that they could af­ford to treat them badly, as they did with Stan­dard Bank when then CEO Ger­ald Ma­jola sim­ply ig­nored re­quests for meet­ings with the bank when it be­came time to dis­cuss the bank’s spon­sor­ship con­tract.

So, the bank ended the deal and walked away. They are back, which is a good thing.

I’ve been in the same room as Jo­hann Ru­pert, but it was not at Taboo. It was the pres­i­den­tial suite/room at Kings Park af­ter a Bok Test.

Ru­pert was there with his fam­ily, Schalk Burger se­nior, and his wife. We jour­nal­ists were usu­ally in­vited to the VIP suite for a few drinks af­ter Test matches. Ru­pert had also had a few drinks. We dis­cov­ered this when he turned to us and asked who wrote for Rap­port.

Ah, thought the rest of us, this is go­ing to be fun.

The inim­itable Louis de Vil­liers said he did, as did his col­league, JJ Harmse, who now works for Saru.

Ru­pert had a dig at them, telling them they should stop their cam­paign against Jake White, who was then coach.De Vil­liers never holds back and launched a tirade against Ru­pert, which was even more fun.

He told Ru­pert he cared lit­tle for the man’s wealth and who he was, and he would not al­low him to tell him how and what to write. The two then had a lit­tle to-and-fro.

I fol­low Ru­pert on Twit­ter. I also fol­low our for­mer sport minister, Fickle Em­bel­lish­ment, who backed Ru­pert, say­ing he had helped SA get the World Cup. He did not say which World Cup.

Fik­ile Mbalula got some stick for dar­ing to de­fend Ru­pert. He should have known bet­ter. You can build and share and help, but, man, you will be re­mem­bered for that one night with that goat. The taboo will al­ways stick with you.

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