Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page: I love the Giants. I always have. Yes, my adoration (and slight crush) on Jeremy Cameron may have been the primary cause for this but I really do love the club. So much so that I’d probably consider them my team more than the Swans, now (the Swans ruined our relationship when they got Buddy, but that’s another story).
For the past few years, I heard one comparison over and over about why Gold Coast was better: they had Gary Ablett. Yes, the man is miraculous and I do not have a bad word to say about him (although it does suck that the poor thing is constantly injured). The argument was that Gold Coast do better because they had a mentor in Ablett. Ablett is an experienced player who could “coach” younger players into what it would be like on the field, how to work together, how to behave off the field (although I think the massive drug use going on that club shows that maybe he wasn’t exactly dominating that that aspect of mentoring), and so on. Most people seemed to think that GWS should have spent some dolla dolla bills and gotten themselves an Ablett and that by getting Izzy instead, they failed their players.
That was the argument: having an experienced player taught the Gold Coast kiddies things that GWS couldn’t learn.
This is an unpopular topic so I almost don’t want to broach it… but I will (and I’m prepared for the backlash so bring it on).
This month, we watched the Super Bowl (at least, you all did – I was stuck at my old job training my replacement so I had to settle for updating the NFL website whenever she was writing notes or in the bathroom). And after the game a NUMBER of people, both that I know personally and who are total strangers, commented on the half-time show and how US sporting experiences compare to Australian sporting experiences. While many of the comments contained expletives, I will use the nicest one here. They called it “humbling.”
As I have said before, Australian sports can never be and should never be American sports. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for innovation. Continue Reading
Here’s another thing that’s America’s fault: the use of statistics in sport.
It’s no secret that I love numbers. Perhaps a little too much. It’s not so much the numbers as the insights we gain from them. (For more on my obsession with numbers – see this post) I find them to be fascinating.
And AFL? Well, that’s a statistician’s dream. There are so many things that can be measured by numbers that it’s unreal.
But how much is too much?
Ah, variable pricing. The never-ending possibilities. Let’s talk about it.
Variable pricing is when prices change based on a region, location, date or other aspects. This is also known as ‘real-time pricing.’
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?