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.
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.’
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.
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.
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).