Saturday, September 02, 2006
Who's Afraid? - brief update
Economic and even evolutionary arguments for Australia’s supposed aversion to football, no less!
Mr. Duffy’s pathetic drivel is beneath contempt, but the continuing issue is why there is such a thing in the Australian media as the anti-football opinion piece. Anyone submitting an in-depth analysis of the long-standing culture of offhand violence in rugby league to his sub-editor would probably be sacked for his troubles.
It seems that the various media outlets take it for granted that you can drone on in a general way about any sport (including football), but only against football. Taking offence to the code as a whole, rather than specific practitioners thereof, is quite acceptable.
In the PR stakes, sadly, football has a long way to go yet.
You don't have to be Freud to know what motivates these attacks, and once again it proves that the FFA are performing well in the main. It truly is a compliment.
I'm looking forward to Cockerill's next finance report...
It probably doesn't need to be said again - but as long as drivel is being written, aside from sycophants in the community who would automatically agree - there will always be those too stupid, disinterested or busy to see it for what it is and make up their own mind.
That's where the battle for hearts and minds is being waged. There is a consensus of acceptance that AFL and RL have their place all over the sports pages, all over prime time TV and primary place in yer office round table discussion. In reality there is no reason why football can't aspire to be there too. Except for those whose job it is to make sure that it doesn't.