An interesting thing happened a couple weeks ago. I was on Twitter, following the GWS Giant’s #AskAGiant hour with Shane Mumford. If you don’t know about this, it’s a Twitter chat where a player takes over the Giant’s account for an hour (I think?) and answers fan’s questions that are hashtagged “Ask A Giant.” They do a different player every few weeks. I, of course, loved the Jeremy Cameron one the best. The player can pick and choose which ones he answers. (Sidenote: I think this is a great idea and I think there’s a great amount of involvement. Think of the possibilities!)
One of the questions asked Mummy what he ordered from McDonalds. He said “Hate McDonalds, I’m a Red Rooster man.” This interested me…
After a few months (yes, months, okay? I tried – it wasn’t easy) I finished The Draft by Emma Quayle and it wasn’t what I expected – to say the least.
A very wise man told me that no one in the sports industry says anything about the AFL draft until Emma Quayle has her say. I’m sure that’s true… but Emma Quayle is a reporter – not an analyst. And the book makes that clear.
I find it miraculous that teams brag about not changing their ticket prices. When they do this, they’re trying to convince the public that they are trying to make attendance affordable for everyone. Anyone who has been to a game knows that’s not true – the price of food is ABSURD (and we all know that even Andrew Demetriou thinks so).
The point I’m making is: if you’re trying to make it affordable… why don’t you try lowering your ticket prices?
Let me tell you something about AFL sponsors: they aren’t getting their money’s worth.
Whoa, whoa, whoa – don’t break out the hot oil just yet. Let me just tell you a quick story.
A few months ago, I was talking about footy with two guys (yes, one was the boyfriend) who LOVE footy. I don’t mean they follow their team – I mean they will watch any, and every game, that’s playing… and then they’ll watch it again on replay. And then they’ll watch the highlights. As well as The Footy Show to make sure they didn’t miss anything. And then read the talking points to be extra sure.
Yea. These aren’t casual fans.
Lots of professional sports leagues, teams and sponsors try to involve children in events in the hopes that they’ll become fans who will support the club for the rest of their life. Not only are they hoping the kids will be fans, but in a perfect world, their parents will become fans (otherwise, who will buy the tickets?) and, by extension, the rest of the family. They do this through a variety of avenues: visits to local schools, workshops with clubs, Aus Kick in the case of the AFL, volunteering with child-focused charities such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and sponsorship activation on game days like bounce houses and face painting and temporary tattoos. Great idea, guys. Good work.
But here’s my question: what happens when these kids grow up?
Well known fact: every clubs has gaps. (not as well known: this is a short post. How lucky are you?)
Even if you have a great team, there’s ALWAYS something that can be improved upon. If you’re starting from scratch, you want to have your talent even distributed around the field. You don’t want to have a great midfield at the expense of your back line. You don’t want a great ruck men and no good kicks up front. Keep it even, folks, keep it even (in this case, the best defence is NOT a good offense).
A good starting point? Three great mid-fielders, 2 great forwards, 2 great defenders and 1 fabulous ruckmen.
Confession: I love controversy. I am not one of those girls who denies enjoying drama. I LOVE drama – good if it’s mine, great if it’s someone else’s, and the BEST if it’s public. Probably because I have such strong opinions (shocking, I know) that I love taking sides. And COLA is no different.
If you don’t know (and if you’re reading this post, I’m sure that you do, but just in case…) COLA is the cost-of-living allowance that Sydney teams get because the AFL has decided that the cost of living in Sydney is higher. The cost-of-living comparison has some merit in other industries. For instance, an engineer earning $100,000 in Sydney is doing well. An engineer earning $100,000 in Minsk is a freaking ROCKSTAR. As undergrads, we were taught to consider the cost-of-living when comparing job offers (which was no value to me because I decided to run halfway around the world, but I digress).