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).
Last year, every Swans game I watched or went to was plagued with the sight of a half-finished grand stand in the background. But I said nothing and just waited for the day where it was finished and I could sit in the shiny, new stands (and, okay, drink at the shiny, new bar and eat at the shiny, new food stands).
I have been to two Swans games this year and sat in the stands both times. And you know what? There are no cup holders.
Last week, the AFL posted an article about how your team stacks up in terms of stats. The good stats (allegedly). So what does this article tell us? Or does it even tell us anything? Let’s see, shall we?
First you take a look at the Reigning Premiers.
Last Friday was a big day for me. Why, you ask? Because last week I finished my requirements for my Master’s degree (yes, I am considering having a day in the near future where I require that people call me Master, but it seems a bit much, don’t you think?).
Do you know what this means?! I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU EVER AGAIN.
Well, that may be a stretch. I am not a titan where I can promise those things. But I won’t have the school excuse any longer (at least until I start a new degree – I love being a student).
And now that I am free from the clutches of my textbooks, I can finally tell you how I feel about Buddy becoming a Swan. I needed to do this when I was free so I can field all of your threatening messages because, as any of my friends can attest to, I don’t like Buddy – he’s overrated, overpaid and over-the-hill. Continue Reading
I had planned on live blogging/tweeting the AFL Draft buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut things got in the way. I call those things cars – I was stuck in traffic on the way home from work. And you know what? It was a good thing I didn’t. Because this draft was… uneventful. It was great and everything, don’t get me wrong, but if we’re being honest, didn’t everyone draw who we thought they were going to draw? More or less? However, as a sports blogger who loves AFL (only three more months til round one!) I would be disappointing if I didn’t at least write a little something about yesterday. So here we go. Five thoughts on yesterday’s draft.
GOOD GOD. TOM BOYD IS HUGE.
I really did not want to do this.
I have made it clear that Mr. Tippett is mot my favourite athlete and I certainly don’t believe he’s a good person (although “good” is subjective so maybe I just have high standards). But alas, he will debut today for my Sydney Swans so I guess I will just have to suck it up and mute the applause when he runs onto the field… and maybe even the commentary because I know he will be the subject of it all.
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m a pretty loyal gal. If someone I care about does something wrong or something I don’t like, I may let them know about it, but I won’t let anyone say anything negative about them or their actions.
So from here on out… Kurt Tippett is part of my team.
He served his suspension and, even I have to admit, served it well. Now, I wasn’t a fan of him being the face of the Swans but he did what he was supposed to – he spent time with the kids and appeared on all those TV shows that needed to talk to Swans players – and now he can come back and play. And that’s the end of it.
Alright Kurt Tippett… let’s see what you’ve got.
We all know that the Sydney Swans are my second favourite AFL team (GWS is my favourite – I’m a big fan of the underdog) and this weekend… they showed everyone just how great they are. Now the papers and blogs and Twittersphere are all buzzing about what’s happened this weekend and they probably know more detail than I do, but as this is the SYDNEY sports blog… here is my ode to the Swans and all the reasons they are awesome.
1) They didn’t complain about the bus. When their bus broke down on the way to the game (seriously, AFL? What kind of Mickey Mouse operation are you running?) they may have been irritated… but they sucked it up and called some taxis and got on trams. Can you imagine Kobe or LeBron on a bus to the Staples Center and American Airlines Arena? No? Me neither. Those guys are divas. Dan Hannebery: Man of the people. While I don’t think that riding the tram to the MCG contributed to their win (that joke was over-told after the first time – let’s just stop with the pseduo-superstitions, shall we?) it was pretty cool that they were so cool about it.
2) They completely dominated Collingwood. Collingwood has been in fine form recently and, if I’m being honest, I had my doubts about the outcome of the game. But lo and behold! Swans on top. By 47 points. That’s no small feat.
3) Adam Goodes is… well. Adam Goodes. Who doesn’t love Adam Goodes? He was the first AFL player I ever knew about (maybe Dane Swan was first, but I’m not positive…) so of course he holds a special place in my heart. But his attitude and reaction towards the entire situation with the Collingwood girl was top notch. While I don’t think that her age is any excuse (I knew what racism was when I was 13 and I knew it was bad) everyone, myself included, admires how he has handled this. Not to mention his on-field dominance. Could he have had a better game? What a beast.
4) Lewis Jetta wears leopard pants. Leopard print = my life. If you didn’t see him on The Footy Show… Youtube it. It made my day.
PS – How good is that photo? New icon? Probably.