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EYE-BALL’s Snoop-Poop on – NRL – 2012 – The Cherry-Evans story …

March 15, 2012 2 comments
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NRL – 2012 – The Cherry-Evans story …
Manly have made another enemy – their star halfback Cherry-Evans rated by many as the best young half-back in the game is earning less that all his team mates at Manly.   He asked for an upgrade and Manly said No – he asked to be released and Manly said No – they did offer him a 4 year upgraded contract and the story broke … read the ABC’s report on the story below –

Cherry-Evans denied release by Manly

Updated March 15, 2012 09:03:47
Manly’s fight to retain Daly Cherry-Evans appears to have become even more difficult, after it was revealed the star half-back requested a release from the defending premiers.

Cherry-Evans’ request to be cut loose from his current deal at the end of the season was denied last Friday, on the same day the 23-year-old turned down a new four-year deal with the club, as Manly desperately tries to keep the Queensland Origin hopeful.

Cherry-Evans, whose current contract runs until the end of 2013, is putting the issue in the hands of his manager, Gavin Orr, who clearly believes the youngster is being undervalued by Manly – suggesting there are players in the code’s under-20 competition on healthier contracts.

“I know players in the Toyota Cup on $100,000 and $120,000,” Orr told Rugby League Week magazine.

“It’s just not right that one of the brightest young kids in the game is on less than them.”

Cherry-Evans confirmed he had turned down Manly’s latest offer to tie him to the club long-term.

“We’re obviously trying to get something sorted out as soon as possible and at the moment it’s just not what we’re looking for,” he said on Fox Sports.

The Sea Eagles face significant pressure to retain their stable of stars, with full-back Brett Stewart strongly linked to St George Illawarra and young prop Darcy Lussick in high demand, while internationals Kieran Foran and Tony Williams could exercise get-out clauses and test themselves on the open market this off-season.



Read story on-line with Video – here.

This kid is the best prospect for the game in decades and Manly are creating the same reasons why Jamie Lyons left the game when playing for Parramatta  … fuckin’ Administrators with big guts overhangin’ small pricks – [sorry Larry it was just too good a line to not use … see linked Larry Pickering’s “THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD:”   latest story here to get the meaning of this comment ]

These Administrators feed their wannabe egos by squatting an a kid because it makes them feel big … leave the kid alone – if he came on the open market you guys could cover your cash shortfall doing a deal with the team he wanted to hook up with …

Get your collective empty heads out of your fuckin’ asses and let the kid play football –

There is not a team around who would not do anything to get this kid and you want to keep him in contract on a pissy $100k a season – fuck off … bunch of dickwads …


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EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl – The question on “Prop” Questions …

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The question on “prop” Questions …
My head hurts every time I hear a journalist fumble a scripted question … the question is invariable not their own wording and not something they would normally ask.  The issue is that Politicians befriend Editors and Journalists through their Press advisors and Management and from that has come the ‘Prop’ question.

That is – when a Politician wants to sell a message or some policy issue – he gets his media people to give the question he wants to answer to a Journalist who has friendly relations with the MP and their press office.

It’s a tandem act – scratch my back and I’ll give you a story some time down the track.

My editor tells me to get in there and mix it up – but the problem with that is you get yourself banned or not invited to Press conferences … it comes down to integrity and that was compromised decades ago … nobody in this business as a stand-up moral they can lean up against – they’re all as sunk as chewed gum under a bus seat …

Politics in the public arena has become as ‘robust’ as watching indoor lawn bowls – the Question time is the only arena where the term ‘robust’ debate is used – yet even that is like watching kindergarten squabbles … and when someone gets asked a question – they do everything but answer the question unless it is from the Government looking to sage a ‘Prop’ question answer.

Decades of educating Journalist at our Universities has yielded squat when it comes to quality – the quantity is there – but the ‘lipstick’ eye-candy producers and directors prefer has made serious journalism a materialistic profession – wardrobe and makeup budgets are more important than the quality of the investigative journalism Australia was renown for decades ago.

Mike Willesse comes to mind – his Wikipedia site is linked here – serious journalism has made way to allow populist opinions – nobody wants too serious entertainment – the ABC tries hard with programs like Q&A, Lateline, 4 Corners, 7:30 Report, Insiders all try hard – but News 24 additions like The Drum, and the like are pure gap filler type shows … journalists going on camera as opinion offers is not the answer.

I’ve been asked on these shows plenty of times – the money sucks, and they want to cake you up with make-up so the wrinkles don’t cast shadows – the lighting makes you sweat and between off-camera moments with assistants running in to wipe brows and underarms – nobody can get all that serious when the camera then throws back to them and fumble the response thinking about what wet patches are showing.

I told them to ‘fuck-off’ in much more polite terms … but the constant fill of momo tone interviews and ‘Prop” questions is killing the political world.   The people are the best judges and when both Leaders have approval rankings in the low 30’s – it tells you that none of them can engage the electorate – RUDD did and that is why he was so popular …

Play a game with yourselves and try to spot the “Prop” questions asked by journalists …


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EYE-BALL Opinion on – The Queensland Election – Mar 2012

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The Queensland Election  – Mar 2012
MrCampbell Newman – heir apparent to the QLD Premier position appeared on ABC 24 News this morning and he ‘stank’ … [read and watch this interview using this link] – at the bottom of this ABC linked page – there is a wonderful interactive timeline of Queensland politics going back 100 years – many memories are relived through this important reflection in history … please if you don’t read the rest of this post – please take the time to review this QLD Political history time-line.

During the interview – Newman did not answer any of the direct questions raised about the brewing scandal around his campaign donations, his family trust financial interests, and the question on who will lead the LNP if he should lose the Ashgrove  contest.

Yes – this is the alternative Premier of QLD provided he can win the contested seat of Ashgrove held by Labour.  The latest polls show Newman is some 3 points behind.  This State election has many firsts – Newman was the Mayor of Brisbane 12 months ago and did a wonderful job through the Brisbane floods.  So did Anna Bligh  – and her highest poll rating during this term came in the aftermath of her performance during those floods.  She even overshadowed the Duchess and booted her back to Canberra such was the overwhelming support for Bligh during that time of crisis.

Outside of Brisbane – Campbell Newman’s efforts during the flood crisis went un-noticed … his performance and efforts were contained to Brisbane and that is when the LNP (Liberal Nation Party) – had an idea.  That idea – as expressed by Larry Pickering in his inimitable way says it so much better … his comment is poster below – posted 14th Mar 2012:  [Link to Larry Pickering’s Facebook page]


Maaaate… I know you’re a likable effervescent little goblin but you are being used and you don’t know it.

The LNP’s Seeney, Langbroek and Springborg are very boorish and unattractive to the electorate. So why wouldn’t they offer you, a popular mayor, the leadership? I mean you were a traditional Liberal.

The only thing missing was a safe seat for you. But no-one agreed to give up ANY seat for you, let alone a safe seat. You were abandoned to try to wrest a difficult 7% swing from a popular, incumbent, Labor MLA.

Did your ego allow you to overlook this con job, Campbell?

Didn’t you realise you would be mercilessly attacked running as the alternative Premier? Didn’t you realise this was no soft-core mayoral election with its token niceties? Didn’t you twig, even when no seat at all was offered to you? Haven’t you noticed their knowing smirks?

Now, LNP Leader-by-Default, that oaf, Jeff Seeney, struts around opening doors and lowering microphones for you with a stupid grin on his boof head. He and his cohorts would much rather you fail to win Ashgrove, and why wouldn’t they?

The LNP cannot lose the election but you can lose Ashgrove… and when you do, the spoils will be theirs.

You will have copped all that shit and done all the spade work and heavy lifting for whom? Yep, those LNP bastards who couldn’t organise a chook raffle or manage the books for a free brothel.

Hey Campbell, you weren’t there, but I was recently guest speaker at the QLD Parliament’s 150th Anniversary Dinner. The dearth of talent was obvious, mate. There were none of the characters I used to know. No Bjelkes or Hinzes. No backslapping good ol’ boys. Just anxious faces.

I’m not sure you should even try to win Ashgrove, mate!

Cheers,  Larry

Pickering’s view on the matter is so aimed – it hits home at so many of the LNP problems … identity being the mose visable … none of the LNP MP’s believe they can lead the LNP to an election victory.  The Campbell Newman experiment can be likened in some ways to the ‘Fine Cotton‘ horse swap ‘ring-in’ scandal 20 odd years ago …  Queenslander’s – if there is a ‘crooked’ way to achieve an end result – you can bet Queenslander’s will find it out and give it a try …

Newman’s performance on ABC 24 News this morning sounded his death knell – he attacked Kevin RUDD as a bad Prime Minister with a piss-poor record – Queenslander’s are one thing to a fault – they protect their own … and Newman’s attack on RUDD – not Gillard was a big mistake.

This election is for the LNP to lose – they were so far in front when it began they were tripping over themselves with the champagne crates piling up for the victory party.   The party plans have stopped – the polls have narrowed the gap – and given the ALP Federal Leadership issues that arose when this election campaign started – the tide has began to turn.  This is over the continued questions about Campbell Newman’s finances, and who will lead the LNP if he should lose.  Putting your whole campaign on a single man who has to yet to win a seat to become the Premier – was always a ‘hail-mary’ gamble.

It was working until Bligh called the election and at that point the LNP was a lap in front.  Now that the campaign has raised many unanswered questions about Newman – the LNP has nowhere else to go – none of the other elected LNP MP’s can fill the void if Newman shrinks from the spotlight … and while that spotlight remains on Newman – the ALP will continue to gain ground.

This election is not about policies or handouts – something all politicians and Political Parties should take notice of.  It is liken to a Presidential election – Bligh or Newman – for whatever reasons the electorate don’t get swayed by election promises any more – they just don’t believe what politicians say – it’s the personality and how the Leader presents themselves that they make judgements on … please bring on the Republic …


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