Just a quick observation on tonight's SOO. I just noticed that going up against the State of Origin tonight is Schindler's List on Channel Seven. Anyone see what I see here? Okay then, on one channel we have the story of Herr Schindler who made good on his conscience by rescuing a number of Jews from the Nazi murder machine, the most extreme exponent of killing based on race hate.. On the other channel we have a premier Rugby League match set against the backdrop of racism espoused by Andrew Johns, the (now ex) New South Wales assistant coach. Apparently he'd been calling players "black cunt", "coon", "nigger" for a while now and Tahu said "Enough!" and walked out of the team in protest. Timmy didn't wait to be rescued from the well of bigotry by someone else, he clambered out of it himself. He wasn't doing it because Johns slurred him, he did it to back other players of various backgrounds whose skin colour afforded the ignorant and bigotted Johns the opportunity on a number of occasions to bring out his nasty racist streak. And Tahu named those who had been targetted by Johns. Basically he'd had enough of it and drew a huge fuck-off line in the sand by withdrawing himself from the NSW team for tonight's match. Johns subsequently resigned from the coaching role and has also been sacked from club coaching roles and his media gigs with News Ltd. Channel Nine, you there? Something going here which you may need to address in one big fuckingg hurry or are you too caught up in the blokey atmosphere of the Footy Show coterie?
Will this change anything? Most likely the NRL will implement an education program along similar lines to that which tries to teach footballers how to deal with women as human beings and won't that be a long drawn out process, trying to teach 18 year old blockheads some values and morals which their parents thought weren't necessary.
For those who don't know what NRL or State of Origin is, here we go. The NRL is the current body which runs the highest level of Rugby League in Australia, similar to the NFL. State of Origin is a yearly three-match series played between the two Rugby League states, New South Wales and Queensland. It came about because in previous years the New South Wales team consisted of the best players from the Sydney rugby league competition (the big money league) regardless of from where they originall hailed. It used to burn the Queenslanders something fierce that their players would be a part of the inevitable whitewash of Queensland. So the Queenslanders got their wish and now select players who first played rugby league in Queensland. The spirit of the Queenslanders embodies a typical Australian attitude of "we been done wrong", an attitude which never diminisihes, becuase if it did, so would the driving force of Queensland State of Origin Rugby League and most likely the series would fade away.
So tonight its gonna be a traditional footy night. Meat pies, beer and whatever other booze I have lying around. Unfortunatley Roy and HG don't do the commentary anymore since they switched to thebig bucks of commerical radio so I have to put up with people who take their sommentary seriously, and that's a big shame.