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I thought Tubby, Boonie and Hughsie had the days of paunching above our weight copyrighted.

They run a rolipoligopoly.

Maybe the AFL could send ambassadors to other sports to show them how it's done. Brendan Fevola anyone?

It would be a Fevolagopoly.

Fevolagopoly: societies governed by drunken, tu-tu wearing, dildo brandishing imbeciles.

Good to see that Rebecca Wilson has not abandoned her use of the Journo's guide to sporting cliches.
The problem is easily solved when we realise this is actually just part of our skills shortage. Set up a programme in the Dept. of Immigration and import medallists and great tennis players to fill the gap in our sports economy. Probably cheaper than setting up academies and nurturing talent and excellent for our credentials as a multi-cultural nation.
Next problem, please?

I'm sure that Ms. Wilson spent many days refining that stunning announcement. Sure is a good thing she's right. Too bad that none of the polies will listen.

And what about cricket? Australia are reigning champions but not favourites to retain their ODI World Cup Crown. This article says Pakistan are likely to win the ICC World CUp 2011 and gives 10 reasons:

http://sportingattitude.com/2011/01/21/10-reasons-why-pakistan-will-win-icc-world-cup-2011/

Must be a pressing News Limited angle if Willo is moved to opine on the state of Aussie sport.

I'm hopeless when it comes to judging whether sport should be heavily cashed up by the government. One moment I read an article saying government sponsored sport is a good thing and I'm all "Yep, good idea". Next I'm reading an article saying government sponsored sport is a waste of public dosh and I'm flip-flopping "Yep, good idea." Guess that shows I have next to fvck all idea about finance. I guess you treat it somewhere in between with an eye on funding sport as you would any other "industry" which needs assistance. But I really do crack the shits when the likes of the Aussie Olympic heavies start cracking squealing over funding cuts. Maybe they need the dough, but they shit me all the same.

What about cricket, Hitwicket? "Tennis is the prevalent example, but Olympic sports and cricket are all set to confront improved competition" not do it for you?

And g'day, Rob. Long time.

The problem is easily solved when we realise this is actually just part of our skills shortage. Set up a programme in the Dept. of Immigration and import medallists and great tennis players to fill the gap in our sports economy.

While not exactly a "programme," this has been happening since Hana Mandlikova. Has any journalist attempted to highlight the negatives of this practice? Being in dangerous PC territory I can understand why the answer might be "no."

Take any recent-immigrant-cum-Australian-Olympian. Sure, it's within the rules, but as a sports consumer [apologies for the marketing speak – but I think marketing is the vector that has got us into this mess] I reckon the whole thing reeks coz

a] It's more about barracking for your country's sporting culture, not the colour of their farking T-shirt. Sorry, I ain't barracking for no Russian who lobbed over here aged 26.
b] You know a home grown Aussie has missed out.
c] And I get the feeling most of them are in it for themselves. They either want a visa or have giant egos or you end up with hollowmen such as Dale Begg-Smith.

But I guess I'm not the average sports consumer. Does Mr and Mrs Joe Sixpack barrack for these clowns? Do they sit in front of the TV and go "yaaaay Dale Begg-Smith! yaaaay Australia!"? Have the marketing people researched this and found it to be the case? Jesus wept.
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For some reason I'm more tolerant of Quisling Quasimodos of the internal variety, such as Shield cricket transfers. Probably because you get the full story, and they're not using sport as an excuse to escape some shiathole of a country. But even then.. . Mitchell Johnson? A West Aussie? Nah. You were chasing some tail. Possibly trying to escape from your crazy mum at the same time.

She seems to be crapping on about tennis the most, so one from left field.

Maybe Australia's lack of success is something to be proud of?

Tennis success is borderline child abuse in a lot of cases. Dat ain't in our sporting culture. And have you noticed the surnames of most quite a few of the Aussie up and comers?

Dat ain't in our sporting culture.

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...rare exceptions such as Kostya Tszyu. But he was so humble, and you could always tell he was so bloody grateful to Australia. Even many years into his "Australian" career, he never seemed to grow a fat head.

Again, getting into dangerous PC territory. Am a therefore implying you have to work hard, keep your nose clean, and KISS ASS for being allowed to settle here... because you're good at punching people in the head?

[I recently saw a Somali kid, aged about 20, loudly declaring on TV that he had a RIGHT to live in Australia. That's not the way to go about it, sizzlechest. Look at our wog brethren and the racist sh!t their poor grandparents had to go thru.

Did they bleat about RIGHTS? Or was it bum in the air and get the job done?]

Does Mr and Mrs Joe Sixpack barrack for these clowns? Do they sit in front of the TV and go "yaaaay Dale Begg-Smith! yaaaay Australia!"?

No. But Mr and Mrs Joe Sixpack happily ignore the devil in the detail of the Medal Table. 20 gold is better than 19 gold and only pathetic losers like me remember names of true blue Aussies like Kasumi Takahashi.

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