Sweet smell of success

After a good deal of fun, some out of date Jack Black Beer and no small amount of success (R1,500 worth of prizeware for us) at Cafe Roux’s JDI Charity Pub Quiz evening last night, many of the male attendees crowded around the bar and the small, yet perfectly formed flatscreen TV therein to watch the worst Bok pack ever being taken to the cleaners by Leicester Tigers.
The results of the quiz evening and the score at Welford Road may have come as a surprise to many, but I don’t count myself amongst that number.

I accurately predicted our overall second place as soon as I saw the Garth the tall quiz genius walk in (ducking slightly) and take his place with another team. Damn nice guy, but absolutely devastating to be quizzing against.
Either he has a photographic memory or he reads stuff 24/7. Or more likely, both.
There’s a marked difference between defeatism and realism, and thinking that you’re going to win a quiz when he is around is like thinking you might just sneak in ahead of Nelson Mandela in a list of Greatest South Africans. Seriously, only Julius Malema would think that he could defeat the might of Garth and Madiba. (Although he may have been let down by the surprisingly testing Woodwork round last night).

It seemed that I was the only one even mildly happy about the rugby result that followed. That was because, having predicted that Leicester would win by 5 points in my SuperBru league, I was virtually assured of taking maximum points when Leicester actually did win by 5 points.

Player: Flo
Pool(s): Pool 176

Game 3: Leicester Tigers v South Africa: Leicester Tigers by 5

And like hitting a four off the first ball of the over, that takes the pressure off predicting the big crunch game between Portugal and Namibia this afternoon. Which was a toughie.

Tonight – rest and recuperation as we head into yet another cold, grey Cape Town winter. Which I know we’re not, but the weather doesn’t appear to know that. It’s dark grey and it’s blowing a gale out there. Believe me, the rain is but minutes away.
And you know how good my powers of prediction are right now.

Bring forth a warm TV and that 2002 Nelson Estate Cab Sauv/Merlot blend.
As you do.

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