Oh, la la. I became French today. It’s such an achievement.
Jay-Z as an Agent – I am actually excited to see how this one works out. Jay-Z is one of the few celebs I know who is actually just as well known for his business acumen as his musical talent (other people, like Michael Jordan – ugh – aren’t as lucky). He did very well with the Brookyn Nets. I mean… have you seen their new logo, gear, and everything else? GOD. So good. Jay-Z is also known to surround himself with very smart people and educate himself on business. Plus, Jay-Z knows EVERYONE… and if he doesn’t, they certainly know him. Name me an athlete who wouldn’t want to be repped by someone who EVERYONE knows (in the English speaking world, at least, and mainly the US). He has music, fashion, sports and Beyonce. Those, my friends, are the four international languages.
Melbourne Being Failures – Melbourne make me sad. I know that there are a million and one reasons why Melbourne is floundering and people keep trying to justify it. Here are the reasons I’ve heard: They always make the wrong draft picks. Tanking destroyed their club culture. The players are lazy. The board kept making bad decisions. The coach is $*** (gasp at that language!). Look, bottom line: EVERYONE messed up. The club needs major rehab. Just… everything. Now listen when I say this: I DON’T THINK ANYONE NEEDS TO BE FIRED/RESIGN. I think that people are too focused on blaming someone when there is no one to blame (okay, admittedly, some people are more to blame than others) but clubs don’t get this bad with just one person screwing up. And the AFL? They should have sorted this out ages ago – this is not the first bad year Melbourne has had. (PS – Tanking when there were expansion clubs that were guaranteed to take the first draft picks? Foolishness.)
NRL Admin Stuff – Oh, oh, oh, I get giddy when I think about corporate structure (leave me alone – I am a freak). The gist is that the NRL has been structured in seven departments in order to maximise the potential of the NRL. There are lots of positions that are still open but the CEO, Dave Smith, is going to meet routinely with all departments. He will also be meeting with clubs to make sure they are comfortable with the new format. I freaking love it. People have been raising questions about whether it will work, but I personally think it’s genius. I don’t know why this hasn’t been the set up from day one! I can’t wait to see how this goes because I’m seriously gushing. I will be watching closely.
One Trillion ACL Injuries –I’ve got to wonder about this. I know the AFL is all about preventing injury, and imposing rules to do so, but the ACL fiasco (how many has it been? Four, I think, since the season started?) they’ve got to be doing something… RIGHT? I feel so bad for these guys – Daniel Menzel in particular. I just watched the boyfriend go through ACL surgery (on 12th April) and it has been… not easy. I can’t imagine getting a fourth. I can’t imagine getting a second. And I certainly can’t imagine getting these done with the pressure that these guys are under.
I seriously wish that I had a background in sports science so I could research this stuff. Someone has to…
AFL Dream Team – I am only putting this on my list of things to talk about to tell you that I don’t want to talk about it. Just… CURSE YOU GOODES AND GIBBS!
I will say that I am in the middle of finals (which means I have been losing my hair with stress and seriously considering alcoholism as a new career path) so I make no promises about new posts. At least until 15th May (when finals are over!). I do miss you all (and your tweets – I love when you all tweet at me) but I will be around. Never fear.