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OtterGirl537 verve; integrated

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Invictus

I’m not sure why I haven’t seen this movie before. It features some of my favorite actors, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, and it’s directed by Clint Eastwood. I should have watched it the year of its debut. However, perhaps it is more fitting that I should watch it after the passing of Mandela. A reminder of his brilliance instead.

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”

I love that this a real story of intelligence, faith, and perseverance. I love that Mandela was able to see that rugby could heal where nothing else might. I love that Pienaar was able to see the connections that made his team such a vital part of revitalizing a nation. Had either man resisted…

On Tuesday, I sat next to a Nigerian on the Metro and listened to him tell me what an amazing nation South Africa now is. Would it be so if these men hadn’t seen the potential? I think not.



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Cornucopia ok...so now we know

Agree with all you’ve said about the impact this win had on South Africa but the movie understandably leaves out this detail

I don’t know a lot about rugby at all (as in hardly anything!!) but had to host a whole lot of English and Scottish rugby journalists at the last Rugby World Cup. Since I couldn’t really chat about the technical aspects of the game I thought I would ask if they thought the All Blacks were poisoned before the 1995 final and the answer was a unanimous unequivocal yes.

A fascinating twist in the tale and something which has gone down in my country’s history!!

OtterGirl537 verve; integrated

Interesting Thought

and I also know next to nothing about Rugby. Yet, I can’t quite accept that the food poisoning was intentional. I checked some different sources and they were surely sick. However, poisoned?

Some times it’s hard to accept a loss. It’s easier to find a story that balances the dissonance of what should have been with what actually was. I live in a land that loves conspiracies, especially when they explain away the improbable. They’re fun and exciting. Yet most of the time the truth is much more mundane than we’d like it to be.

Cornucopia ok...so now we know

I know!! The whole theory does seem like sour grapes. That’s why I thought why I’d see what these journos had to say about it especially since their lives revolve around rugby but they’d be impartial in terms in nationality. Turns out there are some strong views on the subject! I just thought I’d let you know about it because I think it adds another interesting dimension to the story. I mean, really, with the RWC being the first major sporting event held after the end of apartheid, imagine if South Africa hadn’t have won.


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