The definition of a bully is 'a person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker'. Today, you have influenced the actions of the AFL. You have used your strength to maintain a position you do not deserve. You have intimidated those of weak moral courage, and you have harmed your club, and women who play, follow, and love the game of Aussie Rules as a consequence. You have harmed young girls and boys - particularly boys - just starting in the game, who will see this kind of talk as acceptable - because if the Presidents of Collingwood and North Melbourne say these things, then it must be OK.
Dear AFL Commission It is with great enthusiasm that I send you my application for the vacant role of CEO of the AFL.
I believe I have the necessary skills and more importantly, a truly brilliant strategic plan, to take the AFL to the ‘Nextest Level™' (that’s the name of my plan. Catchy right?).
As CEO, I would bring a deep understanding of the football industry developed through years of reading the paper and discussing it with my friends.
I also ran a successful SuperCoach team for four rounds until I forgot to do it a few times and then gave up.
Importantly, I also have a strong desire to travel overseas during Australian winters and to one day attend the Super Bowl without having to pay for it myself.
Whilst my personal skills are strong, it is my strategic plan that will set me apart from the other no hopers that your expensive executive search firm are currently putting forward.
Nextest Level™ will see efficiencies and synergies all over the place. It will work horizontally across business units, whilst also being a top down/bottom up approach to collaboration and individualism.
It delivers in spades best practicing and LEAN principles of process and lots of other stuff.
Here are the key pillars of my Nextest Level™ plan:
- Excellent PowerPoint Presentation - Any corporate strategy needs a great PowerPoint and Nextest Level™ is no different. The transitions between slides have been designed by an Indian whiz kid from Andhra Pradesh. They will literally blow your mind. There are some great slides that make incredibly intricate and difficult problems look easy to solve, which I think you’ll like. I’ve also put in a few slides with numbers to seem like everything is costed, knowing you won’t read them.
- Import Cheap Players from Overseas - Australian AFL players are expensive. $10 million for nine years? Do you know how many footballers from a poor country I could get for that? We shall start importing these players from India, China and the southern parts of the United States, at a significantly lower wage. While the standard of play may drop a little, the margins should increase significantly.
- Change all the rules - As a long-time supporter of rule changes, I believe the one weakness the previous regime had, was moving too slowly. In my first season we will change every single rule, mid-season, at least once. I will reduce the number of umpires on the field to one and instead of enforcing rules, they will only be able to ‘make suggestions.’
- Ignore ASADA - You know, I’m not going out like AD did. So what if a certain club 'might' have injected a bunch of stuff into some young kids. Are we against vaccinations too? It sounds to me like they had a pretty good, rough idea of what they were doing. Anyway, player safety is not a first order issue, like profits or cost out programs are. On my first day I will ring ASADA and tell them we’re out. After all, it’s not like we’re competing in the Olympics is it?
You’re welcome AFL Commission. I will of course need a bigger office than Andrew had, I don’t want to be that close to Mark Robinson when he interviews me.
I can start soon enough but can we make sure Centrelink, the Tax Office or the Australian Federal Police don’t get wind of this till 2018? Few misunderstandings to still sort out there.
Me. Your Fearless Leader In Waiting.
Just Don't Wait Too Long.
Yesterday, whilst a lot of hard work, meant combining two of my favourite things.
Footy and frocks.
When I say footy, I mean of course the Great Game - Rrrrrrrugby Union. And by frocks, I mean playing dress-ups with my wonderful Hurricane Henry.
A lot of people can't understand how I can love fashion and sport in equal proportions. Well, it's quite simple; whilst I love playing in the Wardrobe of Life, there is so much pleasure to be had in watching a really impressive try, or for that matter a great game of cricket or AFL - or netball, or a superb drive from the Jensonator in F1... and why should I have to choose between Marchesa and a maul? There's room for both in my brain.
It's hard to explain in some ways; suffice to say I feel the same letdown in the pit of my stomach when Net-A-Porter sells out of the one item I have earmarked as 'gettable' when it's on sale that I do when the Waratahs royally stuff up a potentially very winnable game (no names mentioned - oh wait, Israel Folau).
Girls like sport. They also like dressing up. Why do boys get surprised by the former, but not the latter? And I am not talking about 'oh he's gorrrrrrgeous so I'll watch this' liking sport; I am talking about loving the game, the tactics, the actual play. Because quite frankly I would rather eat my own hair than think about the dudes who play the sports I love (notable exceptions perpetual crushes Carlos Spencer and my husband to be, Jenson Button).
Women do understand sport. We do enjoy it. We like commenting on it. But many people (read: men) still think it's weird if we start in on what we think of Australia's chances in the Ashes (bugger all) or why Collingwood are finally going to lose the preliminary final curse and be holding the Premiership Flag this year (I dreamed a dream).
Yet if we talk about shoes... eyes roll back in heads, auto-yawn commences. So treat those of us who love the game as a precious commodity, lads.
As the Dread commented to me recently, my dream job would be designing the jerseys for the Wallabies - and getting to yell at them for the state of the team as I am doing the fittings. Assistant Coach (Design and Back Line Tactical Play).
As for my quote - well, we all know this to be true. It's probably the one point of this post that nobody would argue with.
Just remember - sport and style can meet halfway. Even on the halfway line in fact.
Now, about the Tahs...