Spit in the Sandpit: Josimar Rodrigues – An Apology


Eating crow is a colloquial idiom, used in English-speaking countries that means humiliation by admitting having been proven wrong after taking a strong position. Crow is presumably foul-tasting in the same way that being proven wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow.”

The following is an official note of apology to Mr. Josimar Rodrigues…or you could call it an unofficial love letter to Josi…

Dear Mr. Josimar Rodrigues

It has come to my attention that you have been chosen overwhelmingly as Port FC Sandpit player for the month of May. Congratulations. But I’m not surprised. Ever since your performance against Police Tero, my dining menu has consisted of a heaping helping of thick black crow.



How could I ever doubt your ability, skill and determination?

At the beginning of the season I called you lazy, aloof, disinterested. I claimed the only way your forehead would ever meet a football was if it bounced off your noggin.

Then you scored 5 goals in 5 matches. With every goal more and more steam was taken out of my lazy, aloof, disinterested, “no headers please” arguments.

Um, do you mind if I now call you Josi?

So, Josi, being proven wrong about you has been an absolute joy for me. Port FC is in seventh place in a very tough Thai League T-One. Seventh place! Some long time Thai Port Importz say these are heady times for the club. Oh, tee hee, sorry for using the word heady. I am now ready to lead the Chuck Berry inspired refrain of “Go, go, go Josi go. Go, go, go Josi go, Josi be good tonight”

May I ask you just one final question? Remember when you raised your arms up in the air in celebrating one of your many goals at PAT stadium? Remember looking directly at the crowd and saying something? Uh, were you looking at me and was that something “How do you like your Crow, diced, whipped, or as is?”

Signed a new-found Josi supporter


John Spittal

John Spittal

John Spittal is originally from Calgary, Canada and has been living in the Sathon area of Bangkok for eight years. After retiring from his work as a CBC radio news and sports reporter after 32 years, he came over to Thailand to teach English in Surin and in Bangkok. He has four children and two grandchildren who all live in Canada. John has been a Port FC supporter for 7 years.

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