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Birging and Corfing

Birging and Corfing

Birging and corfing are perhaps two terms you’ve never heard of, let alone used!  I can assure you however, that although you believe you’ve done neither, if you possess even a passing interest in sport you most certainly have! And it is about this time of the year, when push comes to shove that you do it all the more! Birging is in fact ‘basking in reflected glory’ whilst corfing (cutting off reflected failure) is at the opposite, glass half empty end of the scale. Oh I get it I hear you chorus… not! Well as Monday dawns and you pore over and ponder the results from the weekend, Wallabies, Hockeyroos, local league or rugby union, cricket, kissball, US Open whatever, you are setting the scene for a week of either corfing or birging.  Alas for many your team (or worse still your teams) has been vanquished – if you are a Ballina/Wallabies rugby union fan for example, you probably won’t entertain the prospect of even perhaps, maybe, thinking about the code much less actually discussing it!  It’ll be the same for the Swan or Warrior followers among you – the ‘nah didn’t watch it’ or ‘haven’t had that poster up for ages’ defence. You will attempt to divorce yourself from the defeat and treat your support as a temporary thing. If, on the other hand your team or teams were lucky enough to triumph then you start birging like a pro.  It’s your team and you zero in on each and every opportunity for discussion. Life is greeaaat and you want nothing more than a chat about the game, the intricacies of the tactics and what a superb bloke the ref is! If you’re a Lennox/All Blacks fan (and still sober) you are rolling in clover up in heaven among the clouds with silver linings. So as you embark on your working week spare a thought for those around you and remember the words of Rudyard Kipling:
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same…
Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it.”

This post first appeared as Monday’s Expert in the Northern Star on September 13th

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