At the Beckerling and call: Mondays will never be the same
Characters like Constant Beckerling must be cherished while they're still available to charm our screens
Step aside Gavin Hunt, Pitso Mosimane and all of those who try to dominate the interview space. Constant Beckerling is the new darling of the post-match interview.
We know the erstwhile football academics know how to own their media space in their idiosyncratic and contrasting ways.
Will they ever match Beckerling’s passion?
Well, there’s still some way to determining that considering the South African footballing season is heading towards the business end of the season. We’ll be seeing a lot more emotion pouring from Pitso and Gavin when results don't go their way.
There’s still the matter of Steve Komphela and his continual quoting of Old English that continues to leave fans bemused.
Back to the phenomenon that is Beckerling and his impassioned post-match interviews which became famous around this time last year.
You see, this rugby thing from a press conference perspective can be on the mundane side unless you happen to be at a Michael Cheika post-match briefing where he routinely defends the indefensible.It’s worth remembering he came reasonably close to impersonating Israel Folau’s dastardly follicle-pulling act on a scribe who dared to question the hair-raising act.
Then again, this is the same Folau who smashed a window pane in Canberra when he was Waratahs coach.
Beckerling isn’t cut from that cloth. The tearaway Wits loose forward may be shaggy-haired, but, like his locks, he’s all over the place in a good way for his team.
Ordinarily, there’s no way Wits had any business taking chunks from the rugby factory that is the University of Pretoria.
The lay of the rugby land, though, still allows for the underdog with bottomless reserves of heart to create a way where one normally wouldn’t exist.
Beckerling was part of a passionate machine that found all of its cogs moving smoothly.
Maybe the raw emotion he displays is the rugby incarnation of his academics somehow finding a way to shine in the heat of the battle.
If you’re able to name a rugby captain who can say his team mates played with enormous testicles, a bottle of scotch should be in your mailbox within a week.
Characters like Beckerling must be cherished while they’re still available to charm our screens. Once you get to hear of “sticking to processes” and “only focusing on us and not the opposition” endlessly, sometimes one gets the feeling that purgatory is just around the corner.
Think about it. Super Rugby starts on February 17 and there are some coaches who literally fail to utter the bare minimum – they know who they are – while some do a decent job of entertaining. In the interim, Mondays will never be the same without Beckerling.
Somehow, he’s the beacon of light we’ll look towards in the press material drudgery that awaits ahead of the Super Rugby season.
Speak on Beckerling ... speak on.