It occurred to me the other day while having a coffee with a few friends and chatting about many topics I realised what crazy times it has been in the sporting world.
As cricket commentator Bill Lawry says: ‘‘It’s all happening.’’
And in sports administration we need strong leadership to sort a few things out.
Let’s start in NRL land.
What a poor example some of our NRL players have been in recent times.
Blake Ferguson’s lack of repect for the management and his peers at Canberra should see the NRL deregister him for 12 months.
NRL boss David Smith needs to act now and give him the boot.
Youngsters playing the game look up to these blokes and people like Ferguson have set a poor example.
I am tired of hearing about Ben Barba’s issues. He got a contract release from the Bulldogs to join the Broncos citing family reasons.
We’ve all got problems. Get them sorted, seek professional help if needed.
But I am tired of reading about player issues and their antics.
Grow up Ben.
Get a new attitude Blake Ferguson.
In AFL club Essendon stole the headlines this year.
The supplements taking scandal gathered momentum like an avalanche.
Just like the expected avalanche of seats Tony Abbott is anticipating in the September 7 election to catapult him into the Lodge.
The whole saga is a terrible example to kids playing sport where hard work and effort are the criteria for doing your best. Not dosing up on supplements and performance enhancing pills and looking for shortcuts.
The AFL supplements saga was a bitter pill for Essendon and the code. They were barred from the finals after the Bombers had won 14 games and accumulated 56 points.
Teams that break the the rules have to be punished and to be honest they got off lightly.
The AFL found Essendon had brought the game into disrepute and also fined the club heavily and stripped them off their draft picks for next year. And coach James Hird got a 12 month suspension for overseeing and the implementation of supplements which could down the track get them into hot water with with Austtralian Sports Anti Doping Authority.
Hird should have got five years on he sidelines and he needs to understand how he stuffed up the club’s season and maybe potentially cost the club stacks in sponsorships. Instead, he got a 12 month suspension and then earned a new two-year contract from Essendon from August 25 next year when his suspension is complete. That’s unbelievable.
If he was a new coach or wasn’t such a household name in AFL, Hird would have been sacked a year ago. Hird got special treatment because of who he is.
Then who would be a footy coach in the NRL.
As soon as David Furner got the chop at the Raiders the rumour mill starting grinding Eels coach Ricky Stuart is likely to be headed back to where he started his league career after switching from rugby union at Canberra.
Then who would want to coach Parramatta. Here are the list of their coaches since 2006, they are Brian Smith, then Jason Taylor (was caretaker coach when Smith got sacked); then Michael Hagan took over for two years and left for health reasons. He was followed by Daniel Anderson. Anderson got sacked on the eve of the finals in 2010, after steering the team to the grand final in 2009. Stephen Kearney had two years at the helm and got the bullet, he was replaced by Ricky Stuart.
I was chatting with my footy soothsayer the other day, Sylvester, and he said don’t be surprised if former Tigers mentor and Australian coach Tim Sheens could be a possible saviour for the Eels if Stuart goes.
Come to think of it, Sheens would be a good fit.
Sheens is a shrewd operator and still has plenty offer as a coach.
And the North Queensland Cowboys sacked coach Neil Henry six weeks ago and the team has been unbeaten since. Why didn’t these players produce earlier in the season.
Henry is too good a coach to be out of job for long.
As a Dragons man, I reckon he would be a good fit at the club.
It’s all happening.