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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – Ricky Stuart – NRL Supercoach!!! Poor, Poor, Parramatta -

August 4, 2013 16 comments
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- 29th May – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Pre Match Review and Player Rankings


- July 5th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review


- June 25th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 Preview


- June 13th: – NSW SOO Coach – A Dirty Stinkin’ RAT …


- June 7th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 2 Preview


- May 24th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 1 Review


- May 21st: – 2012 State of Origin Preview – Game 1


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- Ricky Stuart – NRL Supercoach!!! -
- Poor, poor, Parramatta -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 31st July 2013 |
The fall of the Parramatta Rugby League dynasty has been many years in the making – they last won a premiership in 1986 – their 4th and all since their first in 1981.

It was the era of Jack Gibson, Stirling, Price, Kenny, Cronin, Groth, Ella, and many other Eels legends – it is the only era Eels fans have had to cheer about.   Ever since they have been a Club trying to recapture those glory days and their fans have been kept waited a long time.

The most recent history of the manic coach musical chairs sees Ricky Stuart sitting in the job.  When his time is done it will be proven that Parramatta are a Club without a soul, without a heartbeat, a club where the rudder of Leadership is a bankrupt and left meandering in an abyss where the fans keep showing up, the players keep turning up, but the outcome stays the same.

As an outsider it is easy to see all this – my friend as an insider defends the Club to the hilt and blindly trusts his judgement as a fan to believe Ricky Stuart is the answer.  It is a crime to even try to tear down his belief.

When a racehorse fails to do what is expected who do the punters blame – it is never the horses fault – it is always the Trainer, the jockey, or just plain bad luck in running – it is never the horses fault.

Then why is it in the human world of sport and the Parramatta League team in particular,  where a 3 and 17 win loss record is not the trainer/coach/owners fault – it is the player rosters fault?

Parramatta’s defining crisis point will come mid way through the 2014 season when all Parramatta fans realise that Ricky Stuart is the problem.  What will they do then?

The new player roster Ricky Stuart has promised will be weaker than this season – firstly – who will he attract to the club – money players at best and we all now how that works in professional football.

How Parramatta can be so stupid to allow Stuart to lead the Club down a path that will tear the heart and soul from the club is something only the Club can answer.

Returning to the Coach musical chair appointments see the are list below -

… can anyone remember the anguish the club went through with each of these appointments?

Then a few years back many though a change of Administration was the answer when Fitzgerald was dumped after decades of service – did that solve the problem – where is Paul Orchard now?

Lets recap Ricky Stuart’s credentials – Stuart won an NRL premiership in 2002 when in his first year as head coach of Easts – we all know that he was hand-held throughout the season by Phil Gould and Graham Murray – in the next three seasons when he flew solo he saw the Roosters make successive Grand finals and lose – and then in 2006 he was booted from the club – all the while his player pool was of high quality.

His stats appear below: [Sourced from Wikipedia.]

Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2002–06 Sydney Roosters 130 79 1 50 61
2007–10 Cronulla Sharks 74 33 0 41 45
2013– Parramatta Eels 18 3 0 17 17
Total 222 115 1 106 52
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2004 Country Origin 1 1 0 0 100
2005 New South Wales 3 2 0 1 67
2006–08 Australia 11 10 0 1 91
2011– New South Wales 6 2 0 4 33

Stuart’s Club Coaching performance can be viewed further using this source link: [sourced from Wikipedia.]

During the 2011-2012 period he was a NSW appointed State Of Origin head Coach and was appointed so because NSW felt that the rigors of a NRL Coach coaching the SOO team was too much.

Stuart’s State of Origin performance history is displayed in first table above – coached 9, won 4 and lost 5, with a series win in 2005 – the last time NSW won a SOO series.

For Parramatta fans and Administrators to have placed the Club’s survival prospects in the hands of Ricky Stuart it is an almighty gamble.

At Test level we all remember losing the WOrld Cup and Stuart going on a rant about the referee that is his living legacy.

I asked a question of the Parramatta fans – ‘do you not think that if the players were getting the job done the Club would be better off?’  A stupid Q&A scenario – of course on field success brings contentment within the Club.  But Parramatta fans have gone past this point – now it is the thought of on-field success at some point in the future that brings contentment.

If Parramatta’s problems have not been solved with a revolving coach policy, how do they think they will succeed with a revolving player policy?

WIth their recent performance history as the only incentive to attract players – who do they think will get to come and play at Parramatta – let alone under a Coach like Stuart who thinks the current player roster can’t get the job done – walking this player dump walk is inviting players to be judged based on a Coach’s ability to win games.  Stuart’s record over his whole coaching career is not that great – how do Parramatta fans think he will change that around?

Stuart strikes all as someone who has anger issues – his emotive sideline antics has a two-sided impact – we all see his passion and him wearing his heart on his sleeve – but so do the players.

Again we all remember his post match antics when he lost the World Cup – Australia losing to NZ in Australia – Wayne Bennett helped coach that NZ side with Stephen Kearney – in fact that Kearney performance and his Assistant Coach record with the Storm under Bellamy, was the reason Parramatta gave Kearney two years coaching at Parramatta.

Stuart has come after Kearney and now in his 1st season he has three wins from 18 matches and his answer is to dump half the 1st grade player roster and the Club supports him in the action.

Poor … Poor … Parramatta …

Blind Freddie can see that the problem the players have on the field comes from the Coach and the Administration’s desperation … why should the players put their bodies on the line when all they see is a Club self-destructing.

Players can read the signs, and it is they who go out there and get booed by the fans every week for their performances.  All on behalf of the real failures – the Coach and the Club Administrators.

It’s time for the fans to get real, wake up and take back their club.

The ‘dreamland’ the fans live in is all a part of the fracture that is the Parramatta Rugby League Club … an example – Chris Sandow – a Souths reject picked up by Parramatta for $500+ when any league fan could see he was a dud … even my friend who supported the buy initially has come on bended knee and acknowledged that he can’t play and it was a bad buy.

No – Parramatta will agin own the wooden spoon and in the next season when Stuart has promised all – they will again be favourites to run last.

Poor … Poor … Parramatta … Stuart leaves his mark – look where Cronulla are now – and how long did it take Easts to again be a competitive force in the competition.

Ricky Stuart is no supercoach – in fact this blogger thinks he should just bow out of the game and learn to deal with his anger issues.

Perhaps when he has learnt some humility and wants to give back to the game,  he should try coaching some kids where he can let the players teach him about respect and a true coach’s role in getting the best out of players.

Stuart has to learn how to give rather than take from the game … that is his story.


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review…

July 30, 2013 2 comments
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- 29th May – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Pre Match Review and Player Rankings


- July 5th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review


- June 25th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 Preview


- June 13th: – NSW SOO Coach – A Dirty Stinkin’ RAT …


- June 7th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 2 Preview


- May 24th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 1 Review


- May 21st: – 2012 State of Origin Preview – Game 1


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- 2013 State of Origin -
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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 30th July 2013 |
Again the SOO Game 3 decider contest was true, fierce, and absorbing … some two weeks after the event the glow of victory still brings a smile and want to shout the ‘Queenslander’ match cry.

On the night NSW looked would be winners with possession and the tiring QLD forward pack.   Yet the scoreboard did not favour them in the end result.

The immediate post match questions are mountainous – so too with the benefit of time lapsed to consider the efforts of both teams.

In both scenarios it comes down to one thing – what was missing from the NSW effort to get them over the line?

Too have had that much ball possession in the 20 minutes prior to half-time, and then again in the last 20 minutes of the 2nd half and not be able to post a winning score, points to greater issues other than the efforts and committment the players left on the field.

Gallen and Hayne missed Game 3 – would they have made the difference if they played?  We’ll never know but they have not been the difference in the past in terms of NSW winning a decider.

During post match interviews the word being used by NSW coaches and players was ‘clinical’ or lack of  – to that I say ‘composure’ and ‘self-belief’ are better points of reference …

NSW on the back-end of an 8 year drought have already written off next year because QLD host two games in 2014 – already NSW are displaying that defeatist attitude and that is the problem every NSW player has never tasted SOO victory and some have been there for many of the 8 years of losses.

Whilst the crowds and the TV audience are posting new records every season – and the games themselves thrill the audience with their intensity and brutality – continued excuses for NSW losses only avoid the cold hard truth and that truth comes in many forms.

Phil Gould’s interview shown pre-match with Smith, Kronk, Thurston and Slater tells much of the story – this group of players have been together since junior league learning and feeding off each other all their league careers.  Bonds like that can never be forged – this is truly a QLD side of which legends are made from.

Gordon Tallis made the comment in the pre-match build-up -

“…Qld have a team full of stars and anyone of those individuals can take the game by the scruff of the neck when needed – NSW have no-one who can do that… that’s why I pick QLD to win.”

Never has a comment proved so poetic as Game 3 played itself out.

QLD were gone in the back-end of both halves – be it the aging QLD team, the mystifying mistakes they make – or the 50-50 ref calls all going NSW’s way – NSW had enough ball to win this game thrice over …

Yet their failure to get the job done given all the positives they had to work with – the failure to post points comes down to the options taken by the halves.

During that last 10 minutes when NSW drew themselves to a 12-10 score line – every QLD’er watching had fear in their mind as they believed NSW would run over the top and end the winning streak.

If NSW coach Daly was honest he would tell all they he also believed NSW would win the game from that position – the game was there to be won and yet again NSW found a way to lose … QLD did not win this game – NSW lost it.

Gould would have believed in the NSW victory as well – but he knew as he has known all along – NSW don’t have what QLD have – the ability to turn adversity, the ability to weather the momentum shifts, the story is that as much as the hype demands NSW are in the contest – NSW have forgotten how to win important games.

The myth that QLD’s have greater ‘ticker’, greater ‘belief’, and greater ‘composure’ lives on and was proved once again.

Those north of the border say it every year in the wash-up – NSW can’t match QLD for heart and soul – and the NSW team Management say otherwise – but the truth is that every Queenslander knows that beating NSW in SOO is a blood sport that cannot be underestimated.

QLD’s believe in the symbolism of SOO victories and when defeat comes – all QLD will feel a sense of loss that will have no bounds.  This is what QLD players feel and play for – a responsibility worn as proudly and all those who have gone before.

NSW don’t have this inner soul that comprehends – they had it once under Gould, and during the 90′s – but these recent teams have not come near what those teams showed on the field in terms of heart and soul.

It can all be traced back to the biggest winning margin in Origin history – NSW crushed QLD when they posted more than 50 points in the year before the winning streak began.

The NSW player antics in post try celebrations will live in QLD memory forever.  Those dark days in QLD SOO history is what drives the coaches, the players, and the QLD supporters – never again …

NSW don’t get it – in that contest they disrespected the game and the contest – they now deserve their humiliation in 8 series losses – never once has QLD disrespected the NSW efforts or the team players in those victories.

QLD has class – and when NSW understand that their losing streak is based on their biggest victory – perhaps they might get some understanding where the QLD spirit comes from.

Another reality is NSW play as individuals – they claim to have the will and the determination, and at this level there is nothing special about that commitment – it is about how far they will go as a team and as individuals to spend themselves physically, and emotionally on the field.

Of course ability and insight to the game is just as important and that comes down to individual player ability – QLD’s dominance comes down to their halves combination over many years.   In Pearce NSW have committed themselves for four series now and he has demonstrated from a QLD perspective that he is the weak link – Soward, Carney, and now Maloney – have been his five-eight combinations and they have come and gone and Pearce still remains.

Look to Pearce’s club form and measure the stats for the re-starts he gets when in the opposition 22 – his conversion rate is the worst in the league – how can NSW selectors think that at the SOO level his record would improve or get any better?

I believed NSW had the forward pack to dominate the aging and smaller QLD pack in this series – Game 1 proved that.  Game 2 they went walkabout – and Game 3 they again stood up and were the better pack on the field.   As a team the NSW halves just don’t make it work and QLD love to see Pearce at half – they see it as a choice that favours them.

Can QLD make it 10 in a row – the odds have shortened and where can NSW go to get the players needed that are not mentally scarred?

Well done QLD – suck it up NSW and in the next year try to be humble as you contemplate the enormity of QLD’s efforts.


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 2 Post Match Review…

June 28, 2013 5 comments
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- 29th May – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Pre Match Review and Player Rankings


- July 5th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 and Series Review


- June 25th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 3 Preview


- June 13th: – NSW SOO Coach – A Dirty Stinkin’ RAT …


- June 7th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 2 Preview


- May 24th: – 2012 State of Origin – Game 1 Review


- May 21st: – 2012 State of Origin Preview – Game 1


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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 28th June 2013 |
Game 1 Review started:

“Qld were never in the game – as if they left their ‘mongrel’ behind … NSW played all over them and proved that attitude counts for so much at this level …”

Game 2 Review could start exactly the same except substitute NSW for QLD and you get the game outcome.

Once again the NRL ‘no punching’ rule came to the fore … one guy threw a punch and four guys get sin-binned.

The most stupid aspect of the one match suspension handed out to the Merrin – the guy who threw the punch(s) – gets served at Club football level … absolutely stupidity …

His club gets penalised and he gets to play again in SOO 3 … same with Gallen in SOO 1 – how is that equitable …

In all other sporting codes match suspensions are served at the same level … SOO is being turned into a NSW sponsor event to stop QLD’s dominance …

Tate was on the receiving end of the Merrin punch and was one of the players sent to the sin-bin – his part in the fracas was a push on Gallen to get him off the tackled player – the referee should have penalised Gallen for the ruck infringement and every thing that happen from there can be blamed on the referee for not policing the rules in a consistent manner …

In the wash-up has the referee been sin-binned – demoted – docked pay – missed match payments for his error …

To the game:

NSW Backline:

  • NSW Pearce proved yet again he ain’t up to this level – he had a shocker and the referee got it wrong again over his fracas with Slater when the game was over on the score board …
  • Maloney – Game 1 hero was Game 2 fizzer – targeted in defence and had nothing to offer when NSW had the ball.
  • Merritt was targeted all night and how NSW did not see that happening given his club form in defence was a coaching error – Daley can be blamed for not preparing a plan to cover Merritt’s defensive lapses … three of QLD’s tries came off Merritt defence mistakes …
  • Jennings and Morris never got any quality ball all night and never went looking for it either …
  • Duggan at fullback had a good game and given his ‘last chance’ scenario had to to justify the risk in rewarding him with a SOO jumper.

NSW Forwards:

  • Merrin and Fafitta were NSW’s best forwards and looked likely -
  • Whatmouth is done, nothing to offer -
  • Farrar had a bad night -
  • Lewis was quite with a few sparks but well contained,
  • Bird never bought his club form,
  • All the rest should be on the bus home …

QLD Backline:

  • Cronk and Thurston had a field day creating mini breaks all night – QLD bombed 4-5 tries and that was not good …
  • Inglis was more involved but still out of position – his one break when he passed the ball to Boyd when in full fly was not like him …
  • Hodges is another forward on the field in attack and solid in defence …
  • Tate and Boyd played great …
  • Slater was off with his timing but still the man for the job …
  • Cherry-Evans had a good debut …

QLD Forwards:

  • A complete turn around with Scott back to his best form …
  • Myles again had a blinder …
  • Cam Smith upped his game and his kicking was a highlight all night …
  • Gillet stepped up as did Teo and Pipalli …
  • McQueen and Thaiday were solid …

The game never reached any highs in an emotive sense as the Nation had been on edge all day over the Rudd/Gillard spill.

The talking point as with Game 1 is the punches thrown … the NRL have to comes to terms that the public will no longer accept mediocrity in referees …

They have every aid available to make sure they get decisions right – but their on field performances around the ruck in slowing the play the ball, the 10 meter rule, hands on the ball in the ruck, the niggle, and so forth all have inconsistency in the way they are policed.

Watch any game and you get tolerance levels that very from different referees and by the same referees throughout single games – i.e. holding down and hands on the ball in the ruck are policed harshly early in games, but by mid game these rules are not policed the same way …

It’s all a changing and the showpiece of our game is under threat – not only because referees try to help NSW overcome their lack of player ability with an obvious bias – i.e. NSW referees have refereeed the last 3-4 SOO series … even that has not helped in the end …

On another matter – the expectation that players have to be better people than the rest of the fans is becoming a joke … how dare they impinge on a players right to have a beer, to go out to a nightclub – perhaps the media should be taken to task over some of their bad personal habits …

Persecuting players is an easy target for the NRL to lay blame – how many NRL executives at club and NRL level have a chequered past and drink problems … educating players to become social snobs and aloof only encourages fans to goad the players … look at the Goode episode …

If kids and their moms don’t understand footy and think the game too rough for their little boys … go and play soccer.  We all know why League has its appeal … its gladiatorial and it is the pinnacle of all contact sport.   Let it be and get the nansie pansie goody two shoes attitude outta here …


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Post Match Review…

June 6, 2013 3 comments
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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 6th June 2013 |
The 2013 State Of Origin Match-up’s


Position Player Comments Ranking
Fullback Slater Hardly made an impact behind a forward pack driven backwards – Crnk/Smith/Slater combo non-existent – both NSW tries were soft and Slater’s normally desperate defence was not there … 6
Hayne Came of age as SOO player – confidence high – never under pressure – performed well behind a dominate pack 7.5
Wing Boyd Did everything asked – no mistakes - 6
Morris B. Not a wingers game – solid in defence and not keen to take the ball up in the ruck … 5
Wing Tate Did everything asked – no mistakes - 6
Fergeson Early nerves gave way to solid debut … stick with him … 6.5
Center Inglis Never seen in first half … rusty in position and behind a forward pack doing it tough – opportunities were limited – came into his own last 20 mins … 7
Jennings The new zip-zip man – elusive and scored one of the softest SOO tries ever … beat at least 5 defenders from 15 out, standing start, looked dangerous every time he had the ball … 6
Center Hodges Played up to ranking and more – dummy half running set up QLD’s only try … defence was suspect missing Hayne in NSW first try … 7
Morris J Was not a game for centers – missed Inglis for QLD’s only try - 6
Five-Eight Thurston Said it before the game – halfback is his position – was smothered all night … defence was off – and looked like he was under Cronk’s playmaking … needs to go back to half-back and take charge of the ruck area … 6.5
Maloney Brilliant debut – finally NSW got themselves a half who can play – took charge of the plays and gave Pearce some relief … kicking game excellent – running game excellent … NSW’s most dangerous player outside forwards … 8
Half-Back Cronk Out of sorts – kicking game was poor – had no time with forwards going backwards – entitled to a poor performance but Meninga should think about moving him to five-eight and Thurston back to half-back … 5.5
Pearce Never been a fan at this level but has to be said – had one of his better games behind a dominate pack - 6
Lock Harrison It’s time Mal – playing injured at this level is always a risk … no impact in defence or attack – one of the players that needs to be looked at … 4
Bird Was rock of NSW pack – big hits when needed – played disiplined all night … 8
2nd Row Myles Best QLD fwd on field – good marks for no retaliation to Gallen’s cheap shots – watch out for square up in Game 2 … 7.5
Lewis Played good – most dangerous fwd on field … troubles all defenders with his footwork … 8
2nd Row Thiaday Not his best game – tried but not up to this standard – never has been in my book … defence is best part of his game and that was lacking last night – unable to ‘hit’ in defence – a Bronco’s trait … 5
Hoffman Bought options to NSW forward attack – attracted defence all night … 7
Hooker Smith Worst performance ever – opposite completely out played him … so many fay passes – forwards just could not contain NSW in first half – and that sucked energy … 2nd half was better but the forwards were spent … 6.5
Farrah Played best game ever – controlled the ruck – inciteful cross field running … set up the forwards well … ever present in defence … 7.5
Prop Scott Not the force of previous seasons – well contained – had better 2nd half but damage was done … seems to have plateued as a player … 5.5
Gallen Surprised us all and played – is just a winging wining grub – talked himself out of a send off – cheap shots in Myles first of all the stiff arm that went unnoticed right in front of Ref’s eyes – and then the cheap punches to a completely unsuspecting Myles … does his share of work and more but reminds me of a former drug cheat ‘Howes’ and is mixed up with the ‘Sharks’ drug problems … have to respect his work ethic – but is just a grub … 7
Prop Shilington Hardly noticed on field all night – one of the reasons QLD lost the forward battle – he had plenty of others who helped as well … 5
Tamou Quite game compared to last seasons debut – no offloads and did his share of hitiups … 7
Bench 1 Parker Good impact off bench – should make run on side on last nights performance … 7
Gidley – Reynolds Never went on the park … 5
Bench 2 Gillet No mistakes – did his job without making any impact … still learning at this level … 5
W’mough Made an impact when on field - 6.5
Bench 3 Teó Did good – should be in run on side in Game 2 - 6.5
Fifita Great debut and looks made for this level … 7
Bench 4 McQueen Limited opportunities in an already beaten forward pack … 5.5
Merrin Made an impact – perhaps the fact NSW were winning contributed to his efforts … 6.5
Coach Meninga Had his team flat from the outset – needs to rev them up for game 2 or the streak ends … 6
Daley Has to be given some credit – but NSW played well against an underperforming QLD … Game plan was to use forwards to force QLD to do the hard work in their 20 zone – it worked and QLD looked out of the game at half time … 6
QLD Team Score 107.5
NSW Team Score 118.5

Qld were never in the game – as if they left their ‘mongrel’ behind … NSW played all over them and proved that attitude counts for so much at this level …

To the referees:

Momentum was given to NSW from the outset – the ‘knock-on’ call when Tate went up for a high ball and replays show he never touched the ball set up the repeat set that NSW scored their first try from.

Early penalty to NSW for ‘hand on the ball’ – only one given all night yet the NSW players were just as guilty -

Gallen’s cheap ‘stiff arm’ in front of the referee went unnoticed and was put on report only after the ‘stink’ happened and replays showed the infringement and the referees view of the play.  Gallen’s pathetic plea to mitigate his ‘cheap shots’ has to be seen for what it was – and the referee’s inaction on the matter – i.e. keep that stuff out of the game  will see him booted for Game 2 …

Qld won penalties 7-5 – but never a penalty in NSW half …

Game quality:

NSW ball security kept QLD in the game – and QLD replied in kind – their normal clinical finishing was all over the place.

NSW put in a slick performance from the kick off and deserved their half-time score – QLD won the second half and at no time did they ever look like they were ever likely to reign in NSW lead.

NSW will have some belief and deserved their win … the final scoreline flattered QLD’s efforts …

Not sure what QLD’s problem was – but their forward pack was outplayed across the park starting with Cameron Smith’s efforts.  He missed Jennings when he scored his try, as did Cronk and three others.  Farrar was given too much room from dummy half and that should have been Smith’s task …

Inglis was AWOL until the last 20 minutes … him coming back to center after his stellar fullback performances for Souths is an issue.  QLD have three fullback’s in their backline … that has to be a problem when players have to remember as opposed to natural instincts honed in their normal positions.

Slater has to stay at fullback – Cronk and Thurston don’t work as half and five-eight, reverse them and allow Thurston to get closed to the ruck – he has a better kicking game given what Cronk served up last night … and Cronk’s defence was suspect around the ruck in a weak forward pack.

The game never reached any highs – NSW fans will take the win and head to Suncorp with a spring in their step – they’ve been there before and if they don’t win in Brisbane – the chances of them winning again in Sydney in the decider will be far different to last nights odds …

Then again – this QLD side might be complacent enough that a series loss is on the cards … Meninga has some work to get his forwards up to scratch – and instill some fire in the belly … but right now if you can get 7/4 – 2/1 about a QLD series win – you’ll be able to lay that off in Game 3 if QLD win Game 2.

Congratulations NSW – you deserved the win …


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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop – 2013 State of Origin – Game 1 Selections and Rankings

May 29, 2013 1 comment
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- GAme 1 Selections and Rankings -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 29th May 2013 |
The 2013 State Of Origin Match-up’s


Position Player SOO 2011 SOO 2012 SOO 2013 SOO Results Comments Ranking
Fullback Slater Yes Yes Yes Never lost Best fullback in the game – high ball can be a problem 9
Hayne Yes Yes Yes Never won Weak positional play in defence – attack needs broken play – weak link … 6
Wing Boyd Yes Yes Yes Never lost Solid – no mistakes -support play best 7
Morris B. ? Yes Yes Never won Doubt under high ball – tested in this position 5
Wing Tate No No No Never lost done good at this level in the past 6
Fergeson No No No Rookie Good Club form – wait and see 4
Center Inglis Yes Yes Yes Never lost Best in Game – not played center since last SOO 9
Jennings Yes Yes Yes Never Won Dummy Spitter – good when goes his way – defence suspect 6
Center Hodges Yes Yes Yes Never lost not in best form – a risk this series 6
Morris J Yes Yes Yes Never Won Marked Inglis out of game last series – club form ordinary 6
Five-Eight Thurston Yes Yes Yes Never lost Best Half-back in the game – prefer him at 1st receiver - 8
Maloney No No No Rookie Great club form – good pick – wait and see 4
Half-Back Cronk Yes Yes Yes Never lost Close to best halfback in the game – all over Pearce 8
Pearce Yes Yes Yes Never won Best QLD pick ever – hopless at this level 3
Lock Harrison Yes Yes Yes Never lost A plodder who lifts for these games 6
Bird Yes Yes Yes Never won Best forward in both teams – undisiplined 8
2nd Row Myles Yes Yes Yes Never lost MofM last year – lifts for SOO games – not in best club form 7
Lewis Yes Yes Yes Never won Great off bench – getting old for this level – like him 7
2nd Row Thiaday Yes Yes Yes Never lost Overrated in my book – defence good – attack weak 6
Hoffman Yes Yes No Never won good pick – improves balance of pack 7
Hooker Smith Yes Yes Yes Never lost Best hooker in the game 9
Farrah Yes Yes Tes Never won pathetic club form – too hit and miss – a problem area for NSW 5
Prop Scott Yes Yes Yes Never lost Poor club form – did job every SOO so far 7
Gallen Yes Yes Yes Never won unlikely (injury) – trier but mental scars a problem 7
Prop Shill’ton Yes Yes Yes Never lost big step up to run on side – wait and see 6
Tamou No No Yes Never won Made big impact last season – poor club form 7
Bench 1 Parker Yes Yes Yes Never lost solid forward – gives his all – ordinary 6
Gidley Yes Yes Yes Never won overrated – a bit player at this level 5
Bench 2 Gillet Yes Yes Yes Never lost weak pick – was shown up lastseries – defense issues 5
W’mough Yes Yes Yes Never won ignima pick – tries but never succeeded at this level 6
Bench 3 Teó Yes Yes Yes Never lost new to this level – wait and see 5
Fifita No No No Rookie ticks for risk – wait and see 5
Bench 4 McQueen No No No Rookie gets a chance to prove himself 5
Merrin ? Yes Yes Never won not upto this level 5
Coach Meninga Yes Yes Yes Never lost Has experience and knows what has to be done 8
Daley No No No Rookie not upto this level 4
QLD Team Score 118
NSW Team Score 100

Closest the two teams have been in ranking terms since these rankings have been going.

I think NSW are closed on paper and the big disappointment was to pick Pearce at half-back with so many other good options.  Pearce has had his go – burnt a lot of five-eights along the way.

Daley as a Coach at this level on the back of Stuart and Bellamy before that.  he won’t go well …

Farrah is another interesting selection given the weak week in week out performances from the Tigers.  His rival Priddis is also out of sorts.

How far big Dave Taylor has fallen now that he is back in QLD …

Why switch Morris off Inglis – he did such a great job last season – that position match-up will change for game day … Inglis at center will be interesting – had a very quite series last season and will be too much for Jennings …

QLD look soft in the forwards … no hitters – NSW have a shot and Bird is in the best form of his life and if he keeps his cool during the game – he will be the man …

Gallen according to reports won’t play the 1st game unless he risks a needle …

Likewise Gidley … but that is no real loss with Sutton and Reynolds (Sths) called into the squad …


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EYE-BALL’s “SNOOP POOP” on – NRL 2013: – NRL 2013: Round 7 – Rabbitohs [20] defeat Manly [12] -

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- NRL 2013: Round 7 -
- Rabbitohs [20] defeat Manly [12] -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 26th Apr 2013 |
This match-up had great expectations and one of the few times where the hype was matched by the performances of both teams.

It was a war of attrition – Manly’s uncompromising in your face defense, the Rabbits held their ground with equally resolute defence, but Manly are experts at the intimidation tactics and it is a detriment to their game.

Coach Geoff Toovey has his players of a mould to show no quarter, and this defense intensity lends itself opportunities for teams to find weakness’ in other areas.  For mine – it is just up to teams to exploit the compressed defence and take advantage of this singular motive Manly tend to play with – that is to try their best to physically hurt the other players.

No doubt – this game was by far the best of the season and the intensity never died.  When it seemed all was lost when Manly trailed 20-0 with 15 to go – you just knew South’s were still vulnerable – the crowd stayed and willed the home team for a fight back and it came to make for an exciting finish.

The fans watching TV wanted a Souths victory – nobody really likes Manly – even their own fans have a ‘hick’ like love hate relationship with their team – parochial to the end, but equally willing to bag their team when they disappoint.

Manly’s ‘Brookvale’ is the new coliseum and this clash of the Titans was fitting for the occasion.  Other teams should dread the ‘hurt’ they will feel whenever they visit.

Manly are viewed by many as the ‘grubs’ in the competition – nothing they do on the field is done without the intention to try to hurt the opposition player.  That is not footy in the true sense.  Their intensity in the gang tackle will seriously hurt a player at some point – it is not matched by any other team.   Footy is a physical contest – and players do get hurt – but Manly take that probability to another level.

There were four (4) incident reports against Manly players coming out of the game.  There is another that escaped the referees that will most likely be placed on report as well.

Two of the charges belong to Fa’aoso and committed on the same player [Inglis} for the same breach – a spear tackle.

Matai’s swinging arm is his trademark and the intent in this tackle may have bene to strike the ball but the player has to be responsible for when aggression goes wrong.  He has to get a long stint – that swinging arm could kill someone if he gets it wrong and he has enough form to give him a Les Boyd type suspension.

Brett Stewart took a cheap shot as he lifted an elbow on the Rabbits winger and he should also get a week or two.  It all just shows a ‘grub’ mentality and the image of Watmough puling out his old fella to have a piss in public when the camera’s were rolling in a premiership after party a few years ago give evidence to the culture within the club.

Hope all these reports get the players responsible sent down big time – every one was a cheap shot.

The most hated player in the Manly forward pack is Watmough – and again tonight was amongst the chief offenders in the niggle factor with the work he does in the wrestle and on the ball stuff.

He can be a gifted player and to see him go that way stains his natural talents. Whenever he plays SOO he has been found wanting at that next level – if he had an attitude like Burgess, Webkie, Petro, or some other player who just worked hard in defence and attack without the niggle – his chances of making a difference at the higher level would be improved. He just gives away cheap penalties and it cost his team.

I take nothing away from the intensity of tonight’s game,  they are a side that make you earn the win and their intimidation tactics wins them a lot of games.

Playing that type of game can have its drawbacks … backing up the following week and the next … and the next … players get injured or begin to carry injuries into games. Manly have a habit of losing to lower ranked teams and to look for a reason you have to consider how they play their football on a physical level.

Souths proved they are the real deal this season and the next time these two teams meet – Manly will be out for revenge and Souths will again be out to prove themselves.   We’ve been blessed with some stella performances in these first seven rounds.

The top-tier of this competition has already established itself – Storm, Rabbits, Manly, and Easts …

Before the season started I would have said the Bulldogs would have been in that four … but after six rounds they sit at the bottom of the table.

These four teams have set a high bar for all the other teams and I can’t see any other team breaking into a top four spot.


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EYE-BALL’s “SNOOP POOP” on – NRL 2013: Week 1 – Game 2 – SeaEagles [22] defeat Broncos [14] -

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- SeaEagles [22] defeat Broncos [14] -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 8th MAr 2013 |

The Broncos had this game in the bag until the 55th minute – Manly muscled up and the Broncos turned to water – it is the underbelly of the Broncos. They don’t like the rough stuff and since Thorne left two seasons ago, and Petro’s retirement last season – they look as weak in the middle as they have ever done.

Manly played in 2nd gear for the first half – a bit rusty being first round and all – but the 14-6 half time lead to the Broncos was flattering.

Broncos mistake rate in the 2nd half under pressure skyrocketed.  Hodges had a shocker 2nd half – Prince was also lacking in defence … the forward pack were done at the 65th minute after Manly had rushed to a 22-14 lead.  They put on 16 pts in five minutes and had two ot three other try’s pulled back.   If you were a Bronco’s fan it was woeful.

Snoop Poo’s – Best on Field -

  1. Cherry-Evans – 3 pts,
  2. Matai – 2 pts,
  3. Foran – 1 pt.

Snoop Pop’s – Worst on Field -

  1. Hodges – 3 pts,
  2. Gillet – 2 pts,
  3. Prince – 1 pt.

Coach Griffin had better work out his halves combo – Prince at Five-eight does not have the defence and Foran showed him up all night.  Wallace was also out of sorts with errors in the 2nd half when the team was under pressure.  Norman the other half in the mix played full-back and was pedestrian safe.   But it was the forwards who let them down badly with their poor 2nd half performance under Manly pressure.

Manly deserved winners – Broncos will struggle to make the 8 on tonight’s performance.  Manly are top 8 contenders.

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EYE-BALL’s “SNOOP POOP” on – NRL 2013: Week 1 – Game 1 – Rabbitohs [28] defeat Roosters [10] -

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- Rabbitohs [28] defeat Roosters [10] -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 7th MAr 2013 |

The evidence is more than conclusive – the Roosters are pussy’s …

There is no way Mitchell Pearce retains the State of Origin half-back position on tonight’s performance up against his main opposition.

The match was highly entertaining and the Rabbitohs are a top four team this early in the season.  Their forward pack looks more consolidated and played for 80 minutes which was a failing last season.  They were clinical and merciless – the Roosters were outclassed across the paddock and so undisciplined for a first grade side … silly stupid penalties that allowed Souths out of their 22 so many times.

Their new coach has a lot of work to do – the penalty count at one point was 10-1 in favour of Souths. The Roosters trailed 28-4 until the 75th minute before Souths let in some easy points.

SBW [Williams] had a very quite reintroduction and he will realise that his comeback in a team like the Roosters will be hard work all season.

Snoop Poo’s – Best on Field -

  1. Sutton – 3 pts,
  2. Inglis – 2 pts,
  3. Luke – 1 pt.

Snoop Pop’s – Worst on Field -

  1. Pearce – 3 pts,
  2. Waerea-Hargraves – 2 pts,
  3. Friend – 1 pt.

There were many Rabbitohs players who out performed their opposite number – the only Rooster’s players to hold their head up were Kenny-Dowal and Jennings.

A comprehensive performance by the Rabbits and if they keep up this form Crowe will be upping the price for his shares.

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EYE-BALL’s “SNOOP POOP” on – Women journalist writing about Men’s Sport – - they had better be good -

February 3, 2013 1 comment
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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 3rd Feb 2013 |

Women journalist choosing to write about men and their sport is a gender divide not yet accepted – not by this blogger anyway.

Snoop Poop blogged about the The Shane Warne on-field Episode by The Age’s Chief cricket writer – namely Chloe Saltau some weeks ago and she has come back for more.

Again she dips her quill in ink she is not qualified to use.  She has picked Shane Warne again to vent her hormonal weakness and in response it is time to do some research on Chloe Saltau.   How dare she think herself qualified to try and tear down an Australian legend.

Her stories come with links to promote her personal profile – not something normally used by journalist, but if you’re struggling to get creditability in a new gig – ‘by all means necessary’ right!!!

Her linked profile has this to say -

Chloe Saltau is the chief cricket writer at The Age, regularly covering international cricket and providing news, comment and analysis on international cricket. She joined The Age as a trainee in 1998 and spent several years writing for general news (chiefly as a social policy reporter covering welfare and family issues) before moving to sport.

A social policy reporter covering welfare and family issues – then thrown in as the ‘Chief cricket writer’ for The Age.

‘The Age’ is Melbourne based – home of Shane Warne for decades from where he played his Shield and Test cricket – you would think the Melbourne media would be friendly and respectful.

Saltau wrote the following piece yesterday – make your own judgement …

Warne’s time may be up after season of discontent


| Author: Chloe Saltau | Date: Feb 3rd, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

The spinner’s latest antics may mean he has played his last elite game, whether he likes it or not, writes Chloe Saltau.

EVEN if Shane Warne wanted to return to the Big Bash League, there is no guarantee the Melbourne Stars would have him back.

As Warne penned the first part of his plan to save Australian cricket last week, the Stars worked through meetings with players to review the season. Teammates are divided in their attitude towards Warne; some stand by him, and are prepared to put his tantrums (both in public and private) down to passion and frustration with a team that didn’t live up to its on-paper potential. Others have simply had enough of him.

How did it come to this? How did one of Australia’s greatest cricketers, a legend who was worshipped, especially by the Stars’ younger players, fall from favour? How did one of cricket’s few genuine celebrities, whose presence boosted crowds and television audiences for the new league and brought sponsors flocking, take some of the lustre off the Stars’ ”brand”?

Many of the answers have been well-documented but one incident helps explain how some of Warne’s teammates lost patience with him.
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Warne is said to have berated the Stars’ English import Luke Wright after a game at the Gabba. The captain had called Wright, who was out of position, into a catch that Warne himself was better-placed to attempt, then demanded to know why the Englishman didn’t go for it.

Off the field, the Stars are trying to salvage a partnership with the Transport Accident Commission after neither was made aware of a speeding fine Warne clocked up in Scotland in September.

Warne fronted the TAC’s Home Safely campaign with Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch. The TAC is this week expected to hand down a penalty to the Stars, which could range from a heavy fine to ripping up the contract.

Routine season reviews are under way with commercial partners Jenny Craig and Energy Australia, and the feedback is that they are happy with their association with Warne and the Stars.

Warne, with friend and Stars president Eddie McGuire by his side, met chief executive Clint Cooper last week to talk about the season.

Though friends of the 43-year-old are under the impression he has played his last game of competitive cricket – he is expected to be involved in television commentary of the Ashes next summer – Cooper said neither Warne nor the Stars had made a decision about the future. ”He hasn’t made up his mind, we definitely haven’t made up our minds, but we’re working together, and I just think the dust needs to settle,” Cooper said.

”He was as disappointed as anybody with the way we finished.”

The Stars scraped into the semi-finals, then suffered a last-ball defeat in Perth. Warne, who had served a one-match ban for his part in an altercation with Marlon Samuels, failed to turn up to a second Cricket Australia hearing after he handed over the captaincy to avoid being rubbed out a second time for a slow over rate. On Twitter, he shifted the blame to the Stars, claiming he didn’t know about the rule.

Cooper said Warne’s relationships at the Stars were intact, and that he had been hugely important to the team and the BBL.

”He’s a different type of leader but he’s team-first and trying to get the best outcome,” he said. ”Probably some people mightn’t perceive that.

”It’s premature for me to say I’ve spoken to all 20 players on our list, all management and all staff, and got a fair opinion of what’s going on. But we all knew going in that there’s Shane Warne and then there’s the team, there’s a lot of Hollywood around him … It’s a unique circumstance compared with what most players are used to.

”I don’t think there’s been damage to relationships, things are said in the heat of battle on or off the field but the sign of a good team is one that can move on from those.”

Though Mike McKenna, CA’s executive general manager (commercial), who runs the BBL, acknowledged ”some things happened that we wish hadn’t happened”, Warne’s enduring celebrity, even as he spun out of control in the final month of the season, suggests the league would have him back.

The three biggest crowds in season two were for Stars games. Warne’s team also had the best TV audiences, featuring in six of the games rating in the top 10, while opponents pulled more viewers when they played against the Stars.

Warne was paid about $1 million over two BBL seasons, including a marketing fee from CA. Despite venting his spleen about the ”muppets” running Australian cricket, he could yet be asked to stay involved in a non-playing capacity.

Whatever happens, Warne’s latest missives suggest he won’t fade into the background.

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Warne has obviously moved on from his Test cricket days – a new wife, a new lifestyle, yet he still has the pulling power with Australian fans and Cricket Australia pay him handsomely to bring the fans through the turnstiles 

Why would a social media reporter given a prestigious cricket writing gig set about making her name by bagging one of Australia’s, and the Worlds best cricketer ever?

Women writing on male sport – what does it say – particular when their creditability has not been established.

I blame The Age editors – what were they thinking.

If one scrolls down Saltau’s column and read the comments to her on-line stories – there is nothing complementary, it is all anger and rage about Saltau and the focus of her story.  She obviously touches the raw nerves of men who doubt a women’s objectivity to write about Australian male heroes, but in attacking Warne from her level of understanding about the game can only make her a laughing stock.

Saltau looked at Warne’s on-field behavior and made a judgement call without understanding the art of ‘gamesmanship’, or the tension the game carries when pressures build. In other words as a women she has no understanding of men’s cricket and the juices that flow when combat happens. She just saw what she though was an ‘ugly’ moment and blamed Warne for that moment.  To be objective in her slant against Warne – what has she written about Marlon Samuels part in the altercation?

A male cricket journalist would not be so ‘girlish’ in the interpretation of the events. When Lillee and Miandad had a bat threatening issue many watching understood the moment – women who saw it did not understand and only saw the facial threats – the same with Saltau’s take on what happened.  The fact that her editors allow her diatribe to go through to the printing presses says as much about them as it does about media coverage in general.

To all cricket fans – watch the whole video below and decide for yourself if Chloe Saltau knows what she is talking about.

Please if you either agree or disagree – Saltau wants to hear from you – she is big on people giving her feedback – her e-mail is linked here csaltau@theage.com.au, she also has Twitter links via the above linked story.  I have sent her a link to this blog hoping she gets a message that will make her a better journalist.


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A SNOOP POOP – Beyond the Lance Armstrong Confession -

January 19, 2013 1 comment
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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 18th Jan 2013 |
The staged confession by Lance Armstrong on Disney’s OPRAH show yielded nothing to appease the millions of cycling and sport fans across the globe.   YouTube have many short clips of the interview and a full replay is eagerly awaited.

From the evidence the consensus is there was no contrition, no unreserved admission that what he did was wrong, no ‘sorry’, and as this scandal escalates in the public forum – the next question turns to the Doping agencies and how Armstrong was allowed to continue his drug assisted cycling career whilst others around him were being thrown out.

Armstrong sued those who claimed he was a drug cheat – he received hefty settlements as compensation.   Surely that represents a ‘fraud’ on the media publications, a ‘fraud’ in his misrepresentation of the truth …

This matter is in its infancy, and as much as Armstrong would like it to go away and be allowed to live his life as if he can just turn the page and move on, and more importantly continue to live that life in the luxury of his ill-gotten gains,  to allow him to keep his lifestyle is a massive injustice.

Those who should have been victors will never have the chance to live in the limelight as Armstrong did after each of his seven ‘Tour de France’ victories.

The sport, and all sport for that matter, has to get serious about drugs and doping if it wants any creditability from the public.   How was Armstrong allowed to claim that he never tested positive over the hundreds of tests he was subjected to?

There had to be corruption with the drug agencies and then the question – what was the motive to allow Armstrong to dope and not be outed, whilst his closest rivals and other contenders produced positive tests and were banned.

This went on for seven (7) ‘Tour De France’ victories – the ‘EPO’ scandal broke during one of his victories and he now confesses to being a part of that ‘EPO’ usage.

No – this confession is too packaged … the Administrators of the sport have to clean house and review all Armstrong’s doping test records and question all those associated with the testing procedures and find the people who assisted the ‘fraud’.

Armstrong must go to jail – his wealth is based on a fraud – his wealth comes from drug use – his wealth comes from sponsors who were lied to – his wealth comes at the expense of the runner-up in each of his victories.  Where do they go for compensation because Administration failed to do their job in keeping the sport free of drugs?

There has to be the perception of punishment – else all sports persons will say to themselves – do the drugs, make the money, and if you get caught you get to keep the ‘booty’ anyway.

Hell the reason for being a professional sportsperson is all about the money – cheating to get the cash is just not sport.

Amateur sport it is about the will to become the victor, the training, the sacrifice, the living frugally until you make the grade … athleticism is the base line … turning that ability into something akin to a National Champion in a professional context should be about the hard work – using drugs to become victorious is the cowards way – it should never be allowed to go unchallenged and without the severest retribution.

The Armstrong confession is more a reflection on the Sport Administrators and their inability to do their high paying jobs.   Because this has the highest profile and represents the largest of any drug confessions … the retribution has to match the fraud.  This is criminal activity and no one is talking about jail time.


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A SNOOP POOP – The Shane Warne on-field Episode -

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- The Shane Warne on-field Episode -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 8th Jan 2013 |
Australian Cricket legend Shane Warne has been taken to task by a no-name, no-brain journalist, and feminist to boot. Her story was about his on-field antics that caused Cricket Australia – another bunch of boof-head Administrators who know little about how to manage champions – to issue Warne with a one match suspension.

I have to confess – watching this minnow Australian Cricket season and the Australian Test team in particular, go through its paces during the summer thus far has allowed me to switch off watching all cricket without any withdrawal issues.

The 2nd Adelaide Test against Sth Africa was an exercise in Australia being so close to victory yet so far.  Then the Perth test capitulation served notice that Australian cricket still has far to go to reach the highs of the Warne, McGrath and company era.

And now as the greatest leg-spin bowler ever ventures back into the arena in the 20/20 bash – a giggle fest at best – and largely as a marketing ploy to drag paying patrons through the gates, some nondescript female pretend journalist thinks she has the kudos to write a negative story about Shane Warne.  See Story of incident below: – use on-line link to view video of Warne’s on-field incident.

 

Warne does himself no favours with Star turn


| Author: Chloe Saltau | Date: Jan 8th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

In his short time as Melbourne Stars captain, Shane Warne has made self-aggrandising statements about his ability to return to Test cricket and dominate if only he felt like it, denigrated a national captain on live television and victimised a vulnerable opponent.

It suited Cricket Australia and the Stars nicely for Warne to pump himself and the fledgling Big Bash League up on demand. Indeed, CA, the Stars and Fox Sports pay Warne to do just that, handsomely, even if on that occasion it made Nathan Lyon’s quest for credibility as the incumbent Test spinner more difficult than it already was.

Photo Caption and Credit: 7th Jan 2013 – Shane Warne makes a brief statement outside Cricket Australia after receiving a fine and a one match suspension for his unruly on field performance during the last Big Bash match against the Renegades. The Age/Sport/News, Picture Michael Clayton-Jones, East Melb., Story Jon Pierik.

Even Warne’s comments while wired up for Fox Sports and bowling to George Bailey, conveying his thinly disguised contempt for the Tasmanian’s promotion to the position of national Twenty20 captain, could be dismissed as ”typical Warnie”.

Fronting up … Shane Warne speaks after being sanctioned on Monday. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

But with his final, outrageous outburst at Marlon Samuels on Sunday night, Warne has trashed his own reputation and piddled on the league that enabled his highly-paid comeback. Thank goodness Australian cricket officials had the sense not to make him Test captain.
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Warne’s status as the BBL’s biggest personality has brought the intoxicating mix of sport and entertainment that CA craved, but if any of the 46,000 people who were at the MCG on Sunday night left the ground thinking his obscenities and threatening gestures were ”part of the game”, then he and the tournament’s makers have sold cricket short.

Not that Samuels was blameless. When he can see through his swollen eye again, the West Indies batsman will face two charges, one for making inappropriate physical contact with David Hussey when he grabbed his shirt to block him from taking a second run, and another for ”unbecoming behaviour”, which presumably covers tossing his bat in Warne’s general direction after he was struck on the body by a throw from the spin legend.

Samuels, an emotional man, has a history of getting into trouble. He was banned from international cricket for two years for liaising with a bookmaker, a charge he denied, and his bowling action has been reported in both Test cricket and the Indian Premier League. It had also been ”mentioned” by at least one BBL umpire before Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann publicly accused Samuels of chucking.

Lehmann might have been entitled to voice an opinion held privately by others but he was wrong when he said Samuels had been suspended from bowling in the IPL. From the moment Lehmann made those comments, Samuels has been hounded as if by a pack, and he does not deserve that.

Lehmann’s Adelaide Strikers counterpart Darren Berry joined in, reportedly provoking Samuels by warning him not to bowl his quicker ball. Warne, his much-vaunted team on the way to being thrashed and a place in the semi-finals under threat, took up the attack, and there was little doubt that the Stars’ aggression escalated when Samuels walked out to bat on Sunday night. All three – Lehmann, Berry and Warne – have been hauled before CA disciplinary hearings with Samuels as the central figure in the drama.

The enduring image, though, is of Warne ranting at a fed-up opponent. The fear when he came back to professional cricket at the age of 41 was that the legacy of the world’s greatest leg-spinner could be damaged, that he might not be good enough any more, or that he might cost someone a sponsorship by doing something dumb off the field. With the exception of some inept fielding and a speeding fine in England, those fears have not materialised. The bigger shame is that a legend like Warne would demean himself with his on-field behaviour, all for the sake of a place in a T20 semi-final. Some will say the episode provides the ultimate endorsement of the BBL’s potential to incite passions among players and spectators. If that is true, it really is faux sport.

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This canary journalist with her comment -

“… Warne’s status as the BBL’s biggest personality has brought the intoxicating mix of sport and entertainment that CA craved, but if any of the 46,000 people who were at the MCG on Sunday night left the ground thinking his obscenities and threatening gestures were ”part of the game”, then he and the tournament’s makers have sold cricket short. …

… proves her credentials to be crowned ‘IDIOT’ and demands that Fairfax media consider sacking her for being an idiot on duty.

Not only do we have a canary coloured dressing GG, and a Commie Red PM dresser, and a ‘black hides my fat’ AG dresser, and a boutique dresser for a Welfare Minister who claims she can live on $35 a day … this collection of witches personify the ugliness within women … not the physical stuff but the soul within stuff …

This collection of flag waving feminista’s insult all women and give men reason to shun the new breed of women who open their mouths and speak as if to catch flies …

It is a serious issue as it gives other pretenders to greatness a sense of false bravado that makes them think they are qualified to offer an opinion about which they know nothing – they are better off not saying a word as opposed to tackling a subject matter far above their intellect and/or understanding.

Fairfax Media sacked Mike Smith you might remember for wanting to report the Gillard/AWU story on his 2UE program late in 2011 – what he was attempting to do was real journalism – what this idiot Chloe Saltau has tried to do is a feminist kneecapping of an Australia Cricket icon … for what purpose I ask … she has not earned nor will she even have the right to tackle such a task … what were Fairfax editors thinking letting this wannabe try and take down a cricket legend.

Fairfax Editors continue to give more reasons everyday to shun their publication … Singleton’s buy-in will hopefully clean out much of the deadwood collecting wages for pathetic copy … editors included.

I saw red when I started to read this story, and I have to admit my mind was made up to write this blog-post as soon as I saw the female name as the author … give Warne some respect for gods sake and put a real cricket journalist on a story like this and you might not look so stupid.

Whatever Warne’s faults – Australian cricket lovers still love him because he gave us so much over such a long period, nothing he can do will ever tarnish who he was or what he was capable of.

I feel the same way about John McEnroe – it was always drama and theatre for both of them and they thoroughly entertained us with their magic …

I enjoyed the theater of McEnroe’s on-court tantrums because I could see the motivation behind the outburst … fierce competitiveness … and the outcomes often resulted.

True champions are good enough not to stoop to these types of tactics … but with McEnroe people bought the court side seats hoping to get sprayed with liquid when he sent a cup flying  … it made for the experience … and television viewers loved it … ratings always soared when McEnroe was on court … people were entertained … this Fairfax journalist writes as if she knows nothing about competitive sport and the on-field happenings between players …

Other Cricket retirees this season in Ponting and Hussy could not lick Warne’s boots as a measure of their contribution or achievement in the game.   the ball that bowled Mike Gatting in Warne’s first Ashes test was the ‘Ball of the century’ and announced his greatness … no other cricket moment in past television history can match the magic of that ball …

We miss you Warnie … long live the King …


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Title:
– Rugby League under threat –
- Do referees have too much influence -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 16th sep 2012 |
This author made a comment some weeks ago about how a Referee’s mistake would decide the outcome of important games leading up to the finals series.

That comment proved correct when in two Friday night games in round 23, both the Broncos and Tigers were punished with game losses on the back of video ref’s calls.

Last Friday night Manly and Cowboys played a final for the right to play in the preliminary final round.  The loser was eliminated and during the game there was not one mistake, but there were two controversial calls that advantaged Manly and allowed then to break from a tight game to win comfortably.

Bad calls have always been a part of Rugby League and it is these calls that make fans so passionate.

The NRL just signed a $billion+ deal and with that type of money now invested in the game – the Game has no right to allow mediocrity from referees who have the power to dictate the outcome of games.

I again refer to another incident in the same Friday night game when a  penalty in the third minute of the game was awarded.  The lead up was a set from Canberra when perennial Manly grub Watmough prolonged in a 5th tackle on halfway.  It deserved a penalty – yet when Manly were under pressure and on their 10 meter line in the immediate kick chase after that fifth tackle – a similar tackle was penalised against the Cowboys early in the tackle count.   From that penalty and the next set of six, Manly score.

The point being that the call on both those tackles was subjective and in the hands of Referees – with two referees on the field, one man’s opinion may have been harsher than the other  – this is where the crackdown needs to happen.

Ref Hayne gave the Manly penalty – was he in charge of the ruck when Watmough made his indiscretion that went unpunished.  Had Cowboys received the penalty on half-way – who is to say that it would not have been Cowboys who scored first and the whole context of the game changes from the 4th minute.

This is the area of the game that needs to be looked at.   Penalties lead to tries and it has been shown all season that back to back sets are the highest precursor of factors that lead to tries. Players are allowed to lay around the play the ball and then get penalised for the same infringement at other periods of the game.

The Ruck:

This is the single area where most penalties are generated.  Why not look at this area and try to define what is too much when it comes to ‘slowing the play the ball’.

When a team gets a roll on and is allowed quick play the balls, retreating defences are often caught off-side and called out of the play.  So the coaches drill their players to slow down the play the ball and are happy to yield the penalty so defensive lines can reset from the ensuring penalty.  It is the lesser of two evils in a defensive line.

If the query Is in the ‘time’ between when a player is deemed to be ‘held’ and when he plays the ball – the solution for a coach is easy – he just says put more defensive players on top of the ball runner and have them peel off individually.  A Fer can’t penalised that!

If the rule was a count of say ’3 or 4′ by the referee from the time he calls ‘held’ – and if the ball carrier was not attempting to play the ball at the end of that time count – then the penalty is automatic – that then gives no excuse for the arbitrary call from referees depending on their interpretation of the speed of the play the ball.   Coaches knowing the rule is standardised – then has to adjusts its defensive response to comply to the rule interpretation.

This ‘ruck’ area is the single most contentious area in the game – the scrums were previously, and the rule was changed to whoever feeds the scrum now gets the ball.  Scrums are no longer a part of our game in the context of what they represented before the rule changers.   That is sorry for the game and has made the game more predictable.

Hookers are not required to be skilled anymore – they are now dummy-halves and that is a completely different skill set.

Over a season – 1000′s of ref’s calls have a direct impact on the result of a game.   It is time for the League to do something about the ‘Ruck’ and take the poor and inconsistent decisions out of the game.

What is seen as a penalty in the first 10 min’s or so when Ref;s are trying to stamp their efforts on the game – is not penalised in the back-end of a game.  Markers standing square in midfield – is somewhat not an issue when teams are defending near their own line.  The ball carrier playing the ball with his foot touching the ball is seen as important in some games but overlooked in others.

The number of examples are numerous and if League wants to keep its fans – it has to get the important calls 100% right.   For a referee’s call to have the influence it now has on the result of a game, it only opens the League up to all types of claims of rigging and team favouritism.

 


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Title:
– NRL Round 25 –
- Points galore & The Run Home continues -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 28th Aug 2012 |
There is only one (1) round left in the regular season.

The ‘run home’ below is from Round 20 – 26.   The Predictions for each round are made with a (W) or (L) indicator and the ladder points are updated after each round with [bold] points indicating an incorrect selection.

  • The green highlight represents a correct selection,
  • the red indicates an incorrect selection.

Snoop-Poops ‘The Run Home’ – with thanks to Rookie Bookie …

  1. Canterbury 30 points (+156) – Cowboys (h), Knights (a), Broncos (h), Tigers (h), Raiders (a), Roosters (h) – Prediction WWWWL – W = 40 pts
  2. Storm 28 points (+155) – Saints (a), Panthers (h), Titans (h), Broncos (a), Sharks (h), Tigers (a) – Prediction – LWWWW – L = 36 pts
  3. Rabbitohs 28 points (+77) – Tigers (h), Titans (a), Manly (h), Sharks (a), Eels (h), Knights (a) – Prediction – LLWWWW – L = 34 pts
  4. Cowboys 26 points (+83) – Bulldogs (a), Manly (h), Warriors (h), Saints (a), Knights (h), Sharks (a) – Prediction – LLWWW – W = 34 pts
  5. Broncos 26 points – (+82) – Eels (h), Raiders (a), Bulldogs (a), Storm (h), Manly (a), Panthers (h) – Prediction – LLLLL – W = 28 pts …
  6. Sharkies 25 points (-11) – Panthers (h), Warriors (a), Knights (a), Souths (h), Storm (a), Cowboys (h) – Prediction – WLLLL – L – 27 pts
  7. Manly 24 points (+33) – Warriors (h), Cowboys (a), Souths (a), Knights (h), Broncos (h), Titans (a) – Prediction – WWLWW – W = 34 pts
  8. Tigers 22 points (+4) – Souths (a), Eels (h), Saints (h), Bulldogs (a), Roosters (a), Storm (h) – Prediction – WWWLW – W = 32 pts …
  9. Warriors 20 points (+25) – Manly (a), Sharks (h), Cowboys (a), Panthers (h), Saints (a), Raiders (h) – Prediction – LWLWL – W = 28 pts
  10. Titans 20 points (-22) – Roosters (a), Rabbits (h), Storm (a), Eels (h), Panthers (a), Manly (h) – Prediction – WLLWW – L = 28 pts
  11. Knights 20 points (-34) – Raiders (a), Bulldogs (h), Sharks (h), Manly (a), Cowboys (a), Rabbits (h) – Prediction – LLWLL – W = 24 pts
  12. Raiders 20 points -(39) – Knights (h), Broncos (h), Panthers (a), Easts (h), Bulldogs (h), Warriors (a) – Prediction – WWWWW – L – 30 pts
  13. Dragons 20 points (-58) – Storm (h), Roosters (a), Tigers (a), Cowboys (h), Warriors (h), Eels (a) – Prediction – WLLLL – W = 24 pts

The final 8 would then be: (Use Last Number after adjustments [in bold] for incorrect picks in Rounds 20-25 results.)

  1. Bulldogs – 40 – 40 – 40 – 40 – 40 – 40 – (+167)
  2. Storm – 36 – 36 – 36 – 36 – 36 – 36 – (+198)
  3. Rabbitohs – 34 – 363836 - 34 - 34 – (+109)
  4. SeaEagles – 34 – 34 – 34 – 36 – 36 – 36 – (+86)
  5. Cowboys – 34 – 34 – 34 – 34 – 34 – 34 – (+138)
  6. Sharkies – 27 – 2527 - 27 – 2927 – (+18)
  7. Raiders – 30 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – (-11)
  8. Broncos – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – (+27)
  9. Tigers – 32 – 30 – 30 – 30 – 30 – 28 – (-25)
  10. Titans – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 26 -
  11. Knights – 24 – 26 – 26 -26 – 26 – 26 -
  12. Dragons – 24 – 24 – 24 – 24 – 24 – 26 -
  13. Roosters – who cares … current pts – 21
  14. Warriors -28 – 26 – 26 – 24 – 2220 -
  15. Penrith -  who cares … current pts – 20
  16. Eels -  who cares … current pts – 16

Round 21:

  • Total Points scored = 379
  • Total Margin = 121 with an
  • average of 15 pts per game.

Round 22:

  • Total Points scored = 344
  • Total Margin = 160 with an
  • average of 20 pts per game.

Round 23:

  • Total Points scored = 321 -
  • Total Margin = 129 with an
  • average of 15 pts per game.

Round 24:

  • Total Points scored =343
  • Total Margin =  55 with an
  • average of 7 pts per game.

Round 25:

  • Total Points scored = 346 (Sunday games to go)
  • Total Margin =   148 with an
  • average of 18 pts per game.

Round 25 Comment:

Next week – the interest is in three teams vying for 7th and 8th place – and the three teams vying for 3rd and 4th place,  see above for predictions.  Rookie Bookie plans to update his weekend’s wrap on Friday.


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Title:
– NRL Round 23 & 24-
- Points galore & The Run Home continues -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 21st Aug 2012 |
There is only two (2) rounds left and the top four spot is now between five teams.  Bulldogs, Storm, Souths, Manly and Cowboys.   The ‘run home’ below is from Round 20 – 26.   The Predictions for each round are made with a (W) or (L) indicator and the ladder points are updated after each round with [bold] points indicating an incorrect selection.

  • The green highlight represents a correct selection,
  • the red indicates an incorrect selection.

Snoop-Poops ‘The Run Home’ – with thanks to Rookie Bookie …

  1. Canterbury 30 points (+156) – Cowboys (h), Knights (a), Broncos (h), Tigers (h), Raiders (a), Roosters (h) – Prediction WWWW – LW = 40 pts
  2. Storm 28 points (+155) – Saints (a), Panthers (h), Titans (h), Broncos (a), Sharks (h), Tigers (a) – Prediction – LWWW – LL = 34 pts
  3. Rabbitohs 28 points (+77) – Tigers (h), Titans (a), Manly (h), Sharks (a), Eels (h), Knights (a) – Prediction – LLWW – WL = 34 pts
  4. Cowboys 26 points (+83) – Bulldogs (a), Manly (h), Warriors (h), Saints (a), Knights (h), Sharks (a) – Prediction – LLWW – WW = 34 pts
  5. Broncos 26 points – (+82) – Eels (h), Raiders (a), Bulldogs (a), Storm (h), Manly (a), Panthers (h) – Prediction – LLLL – LW = 28 pts …
  6. Sharkies 25 points (-11) – Panthers (h), Warriors (a), Knights (a), Souths (h), Storm (a), Cowboys (h) – Prediction – WLLL – LL – 27 pts
  7. Manly 24 points (+33) – Warriors (h), Cowboys (a), Souths (a), Knights (h), Broncos (h), Titans (a) – Prediction – WWLW – WW = 34pts
  8. Tigers 22 points (+4) – Souths (a), Eels (h), Saints (h), Bulldogs (a), Roosters (a), Storm (h) – Prediction – WWWL – WW = 32 pts …
  9. Warriors 20 points (+25) – Manly (a), Sharks (h), Cowboys (a), Panthers (h), Saints (a), Raiders (h) – Prediction – LWLW – WW = 28 pts
  10. Titans 20 points (-22) – Roosters (a), Rabbits (h), Storm (a), Eels (h), Panthers (a), Manly (h) – Prediction – WLLW – WL = 28 pts
  11. Knights 20 points (-34) – Raiders (a), Bulldogs (h), Sharks (h), Manly (a), Cowboys (a), Rabbits (h) – Prediction – LLWL – LW = 24 pts
  12. Raiders 20 points -(39) – Knights (h), Broncos (h), Panthers (a), Easts (h), Bulldogs (h), Warriors (a) – Prediction – WWWW – WL – 30 pts
  13. Dragons 20 points (-58) – Storm (h), Roosters (a), Tigers (a), Cowboys (h), Warriors (h), Eels (a) – Prediction – WLLL – LW = 24 pts

The final 8 would then be: (Use Last Number after adjustments [in bold] for incorrect picks in Rounds 21-24 results.)

  1. Bulldogs – 40 – 40 – 40 – 40 – 40 -
  2. Rabbitohs – 34 – 363836 - 34 -
  3. Storm – 34 – 34 – 34 – 34 – 34 -
  4. Cowboys – 34 – 34 – 34 – 34 – 34
  5. SeaEagles – 34 – 34 – 34 – 36 – 36 -
  6. Tigers – 32 – 30 – 30 – 30 – 30 -
  7. Raiders – 30 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 -
  8. Broncos – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 -
  9. Titans – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 – 28 -
  10. Warriors -28 – 26 – 26 – 24 – 22 -
  11. Sharkies – 27 – 2527 - 27 – 29 -
  12. Knights – 24 – 26 – 26 -26 – 26 -
  13. Dragons – 24 – 24 – 24 – 24 – 24
  14. Roosters – 19 – who cares … current pts – 19
  15. Penrith – 16 – who cares … current pts – 18
  16. Eels -  14 – who cares … current pts – 16

Round 21:

  • Total Points scored = 379
  • Total Margin = 121 with an
  • average of 15 pts per game.

Round 22:

  • Total Points scored = 344
  • Total Margin = 160 with an
  • average of 20 pts per game.

Round 23:

  • Total Points scored = 321 -
  • Total Margin = 129 with an
  • average of 15 pts per game.

Round 24:

  • Total Points scored =343
  • Total Margin =  55 with an
  • average of 7 pts per game.

Round 24 Comment:

If you recall – I made some predictions that Ref’s calls will be the difference between teams making the eight and missing out.

Well last Friday night – [Round 24] – both Broncos and Tigers were on the end of two very bad video Ref calls in their respective matches against the Storm and Bulldogs.  Both teams lost by a point in the final result – but not before the visitor teams benefited from pathetic decisions that allowed tries that should never have been allowed.

This is what was being referred to – a Team and Club’s season coming down to a Ref’s bad call as to whether they make the finals.   Should never happen – if referees were liable for their mistakes – perhaps an appeal process … but the Clubs have to wear it or cop a $10,000 fine if they speak out.  This in the age of professionalism.

There are two rounds to go and how many more referee decisions are fans going to have to live with?


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Title:
– Olympics Comment  Part III –
- Sports Minister Kate Lundy and her Gender Equality -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop | 13th Aug 2012 |
The Australian Sports Minister Kate Lundy is an amateur – both at the game of Politics and in the arena of sport.

The SMH ran a story today on Lundy’s big hope emanating from the games – ‘to push for an end to gender discrimination’ … who the fuck is she kidding.  To help readers understand from where Lundy is coming from the SMH story is copied below:

Lundy, Opals to push for end to gender discrimination


| Author: Samantha Lane | Date: 13th Aug 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE second-class treatment of Australia’s female Olympic basketballers was tip-of-the-iceberg evidence of the gender discrimination that still exists in sport, which the federal Sports Minister, Kate Lundy, leaves the London Games determined to rectify.

Her claim, on the eve of the closing ceremony, that ”basketball is not alone” came as the Opals captain and Australian team flag bearer Lauren Jackson, and her teammate Kristi Harrower, felt free to discuss the furore over the male and female teams’ different travel arrangements after they completed their competition with a bronze medal.

Most of Australia’s national women’s team flew to London in premium economy class while their male counterparts travelled – as a general rule – in business class.
Kate Lundy, Sports Minister for Australia

Harrower said it was time for the Women’s National Basketball League to establish an active player union to work with Basketball Australia, while Jackson said she would happily brief Basketball Australia’s new boss, Kristina Keneally, on how it is for women in the game.
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Senator Lundy said Australian sports, despite their progress, remained guilty of ”systemic discrimination”. ”Basketball is not alone,” she said. ”And though it’s easy to point to them because of the issue of the business class travel … we have other sports that I think still have some work to do.

”Rugby is one that has an opportunity. It now enters into the Olympic family with the Sevens coming on for Rio [in 2016], and that presents a fantastic opportunity for rugby to embrace the women’s game.”

Senator Lundy cited Hockey Australia as a model national federation in terms of its gender equity programs and predicted that, in the aftermath of the Olympics, she would lead ”an increased focus on the sport that women play within our Australian sports system”.

”Post-Olympics, if we’re going to be genuine about building on our strengths for our next edge, women and how we support the sport that women play, will be a big part of that.”

Basketball Australia has announced a three-month review.

”There are reviews after every major tournament and it’s one of those things where we’re like ‘here we go, we’ll tell them exactly how we’re feeling and see what changes’,” Jackson said. ”It’s on BA. There’s only so much you can say or do.”

Jackson said she was optimistic with Ms Keneally at the helm: ”I think that’s a huge bonus for us. I think she’s very pro-women, she’s pro us getting exactly what we deserve.”

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It will only be at an event like the Olympics were women get to share the ‘big’ stage of sport – sport is a ‘mans’ domain in the true sense.

Always has been and always will be.

The expansion in womans sport – as with the ‘womans equality movement’ is driven by many things – they both emerged as mainstream political adjustments everybody had to make in the 70′s so as not to be seen as ‘sexist’.  The politicians mostly had to suck it up, then came the Corporate world, and then the filtering down to the management line and the equality in the workplace.   Women’s team sports picked up on in the 90′s and is still going strong.

With reference to the above Kate Lundy story – Lundy needs to take herself a lot less serious.  She needs to understand how ‘ratings’ dictate sporting heroes – ratings dictate all things and as a Politician she should know this.

For example – womans tennis is a fashion show for underwear at best – sure we marvel at some of the past greats,  but the last womans final in the Australian Open Tennis lasted less than an hour – the score was 6-3 6-0 and who can remember who played?

How can a ticket to that final be worth the same as the Mens final that went for 4 hours and was a gladiator contest.

So it is with all sport – women prefer to watch men play sport, men prefer to watch men play sport.

Women playing sport is all about a political correctness.  I enjoy watching a contest – and in women – you get that in swimming, but only at the highest level,  basketball the same and yet again only at the highest level – netball, and why that is not an olpymic sport is hard to understand … but more common women’s sport like, cricket, league, soccer – well sometimes you get a freak who can play as good as men … but I’m still to see it.   Who would watch this sport on a commercial TV station.  If they played in a swimsuit it would have appeal but then they would be either sexist or degrading to women.

Hang-On – didn’t we not just have an American Football series out here with women dresses in swimsuits or something more revealing?

The women’s tennis tour as said is about the ‘grunt’, the underwear, and makeup unless you’re a Williams,  or similar amazon playing at being nice but unable to escape the hormone mix that is always on display.

Women are also good at skill-set sports, gymnastics, synchronised swimming, but once again that is all eye candy for male viewers and very sexist and degrading for women.

Women’s athletics is also watchable if only to appreciate how some women can train and dedicate themselves to a sport that plays havoc with their ‘cycle’, and has lasting effects on their ability to have children.

Look – ‘gladiators’ don’t cry when they get beat – they’re either dead or maimed for life.  In the modern contest – death of disability is not the price for losing – women athletes ‘cry’ on camera and do so because the people watching want to see the emotional pain they are feeling.  Even some men cry – hell how soft have we become?

All this crying represents a whole different contest going on out there and it has nothing to do with sport.

Stephine Rice is the ‘drama queen’ of Australian sport – her ‘flirting’ media expose with Sullivan leading into the Beijing Olympics had all of Australia besotted before she had any success to prance upon – since then the drama outside the pool has been her bread and butter …

For reality’s sake – Kate Lundy take a step backwards … in professional sport which is where the Olympics are these days – if athletes want to travel above the ticket price Australian Olympics is prepared to pay – it should be on their dime – if they want Australians taxpayers to fund their careers, training, competition, and travel costs – what is it that they do to deserve it?

National Pride aside – reward ‘Gold’ and other medal performances, cover their expenses for the last four years in a pro-rata format for success if they are successful.  Anything less will help us pay off our National debt.   Athletes like 400m runner Stephenson who has another agenda entirely, just should not be on the team.

We understand the mandate of the Olympics is to compete and to compete fairly, and equally.   I don’t recall reading about a drug test positive at these games during competition – if that’s the truth than one can say that these were the ‘cleanest games’ in several generations, and congratulations to the athletes for being so fair.  Or, was it that the drug testing just was not up to standard, nor too interested in catching ‘drug cheats’.

Trivia:  

Below are the top medal Nations at all Olympics going back to 1948.   Use it as a source to trip up your friends.

London 1948:

Helsinki – 1952

Melbourne – 1956

Rome – 1960

Tokyo – 1964

Mexico – 1968

Munich – 1972

Montreal – 1976

Moscow – 1980

Los Angeles – 1984

Soeul – 1988

Barcelona – 1992

Atlanta – 1996

Sydney – 2000

Athens – 2004

Beijing – 2008

Link to current London – 2012 Medal count …:


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