Positivity reaps rewards
I think that Richie McCaw should be knighted, but anyway on to the blog...
It strikes me that to win things you have to be positive. You have to have an optimistic outlook on life, relationships and sport.
And maybe that's what's wrong with us Scots, perhaps even us Brits - we are just too cynical, too sneering, and too negative. And that permeates into our sport - scared as we are, actually, of even allowing people to take part in sport.
So I am going to skip by some of the more obvious comments about refereeing inconsistencies which can stay on twitter and talk of the tournament instead.
The All Blacks held off France to win the Rugby World Cup final 8-7. Pic: Getty Images
It's been a wonderful world cup, and I am so happy for New Zealand to have won it. Hit by an earthquake, a mining disaster and now a tanker on the rocks they pulled off a friendly and successful tournament.
Watching the games on TV you could, frankly, almost hear Sean Fitpatrick's voice crack as he spoke of his pride, and it was the same as when Francois Pienaar almost burst into tears as well.
My player of the tournament was Richie McCaw who is surely one of the world's greatest players in rugby history, and to see Brian Lochore walk out with the cup took me back to my own hero worship days when All Blacks appeared to walk as though leaning into a wind. Just before they kicked someone.
Sean Fitzpatrick hit upon something in his post-match comments. He talked of rugby being a by-product in a country that has been putting on a show of friendship. It was more than just a game.
I recall an old saying that if in Scotland you want to build a fence, paint the house or re-roof a shed you get a contractor in. The Kiwis get their mates round and drink some beers as they do it. Health and safety? Timidity? They probably aren't in the New Zealand dictionary.
The French brought so much to the final after a preparation seemingly ruined by in-fighting. They went for it. The French, actually, are more Kiwi in their approach to life than British.
You get the feeling in the UK now that, very soon, they will ban kids from playing in trees.
Positivity runs through everything. It even applies as to how players run into contact - the more positive they are then the harder they'll go at it and, as I said last week, there's a timidity to the way we play.
You and I know that I love rugby. OK, I find it hard to defend the terrible injuries and the sadness along the way, but there is so much that is good about a sport that is, frankly, sore.
And every four years rugby gives us a glimpse into the world game, and in fact the relative health of 20 teams.
OK, so France nearly won. I was supporting France. They were adventurous, playing between the fifteens, hitting up to generate quick ball and then using a deep and double back-line to get wide - or a short ball for punch. In fact the same as the All Blacks who seemed nervous.
France had superiority in the lineout, at least parity in the scrums, and passion.
New Zealand's lineout move was straight out of a training manual from about 10 years ago for Woodcock's try.
In the end it was brilliant.
But the lesson for us? Until we become more positive, more ambitious and tougher - not just as a team but as a country - we won't be able to live with a team like the All Blacks.
I really want us to ditch this obsession with carping, sitting still for long periods, and the prevention of enjoyment if in the least bit sporty and dangerous.
Oh, OK, I'll be drawn on the refereeing - it was inconsistent during the World Cup.
Mind you, back to the Sir Richie McCaw thing, he would sneak up behind the Queen during the ceremony just slightly offside and nick the sword while staying on his feet.
Right, think positive - off for a run.