An Interesting Week In Sport

Did I hear correctly? AFL umpires are hoping to get rid of the bounce not because they don’t seem to do it very well but because it is causing back and shoulder issues! That would be the equivalent of cricketers stopping throwing because they end up with dodgy elbows and reconstructed shoulders. NFL players would […]

Did I hear correctly? AFL umpires are hoping to get rid of the bounce not because they don’t seem to do it very well but because it is causing back and shoulder issues! That would be the equivalent of cricketers stopping throwing because they end up with dodgy elbows and reconstructed shoulders. NFL players would need to tackle softly to prevent concussions or boxers punch lightly to avoid knockdowns. What is it all coming too?  We play sport knowing of the risks. Most organisations are well aware of risks involved and have made considerable advances in taking out thuggery and head injuries in the impact sports. The duty of care is well documented. Unfortunately injuries are a part and parcel of extreme activity so AFL umpires please stop your bleating and be aware of the tremendous risks that those you are controlling take every weekend!! Spend more time getting your skills right than worrying about a sore shoulder!

What a thrilling end to the regular AFL season. It wasn’t until the last 2 minutes of the last game that the final eight was decided. It was a weekend of tension, excitement and raw emotion. The season has been one of the most watchable years ever with tight game after game, upsets left right and centre and then the emotion of some great players retiring. If the September finals live up to the billing then we have a month ahead to look forward to.

Mayweather is $350 million richer this morning after the weekends fight with Connor McGregor. The Irishman was robbed and only made an estimated 100+ million!!  Why?, after making all that money, would you decide to get into a ring again? It’s simple. It’s ego, adrenalin, a want to be the best all rolled into one. It’s why the racing driver puts his life at risk, the boxer takes an exorbitant amount of pain each fight, the marathon runner keeps fighting his way through the “dreaded wall”. They all have this will to win, a lust to be the best. An inner belief that noone can beat them even if, in McGregors case, the whole world thinks his task was impossible. In the long build up to the fight it was apparent that a tiny minority thought McGregor could win and yet people were prepared to pay him the staggering sum that he received. For that alone McGregor should be lauded and made salesman of the century. He had the whole world licking out of his hand and yet his situation was forlorn, dire. Only an Irishman with the gift of the gab could pull that one of and he’s woken up a bit sore but laughing all the way to the bank!

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