Saturday, January 7, 2017


Is it part of the 'convict culture' or Oz larrikinism at its best/worst or just a refusal to acknowledge the character flaws in some of their sporting icons that has the powers that be falling over themselves in honoring former greats who would struggle, even with the best will in the world, to be seen as role models for their respective codes.

'Warnie' in cricket and Andrew Johns in League spring readily to mind.    Talented ... without doubt.   Deeply flawed too.  

I mean, could anyone really see Lou Vincent receiving contemporary honors for his service to cricket?

I am being too prissy ... perhaps we don't need to look at the package deal?   Naaah, I'll stick with the package deal.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

You're quite right about sticking with the package deal.

That's why Clinton was a dead dog from the start.

Jobson Growth said...

What is this obsession with taking people who are good at running, jumping, standing still being a "role model"?

What is a "role model"?

Warnie, as you call him, was a bloody good bowler. That he turned out to be less than good as a husband does not diminish his record in cricket. That there are some damned fine husbands who can't chuck a ball, let alone bamboozle the world's best batsmen, in no way diminishes their role as husband.

Just how do you define a role model? As a soldier, William Calley certainly springs to mind.

If you want a team bowled out, call on "Warnie", if you want a village destroyed, go to Calley. If you want an example of how to live a good life, why would you look to a cricketer or a warrior?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

No Jobless

Not an obsession.

Just common practice for decades, if not centuries.

It's called 'being of good character.' Perhaps you're not familiar with the concept.

Edmund Hillary was a role model. Williaam Calley was not.

The Veteran said...

Jobson person ... there are cricketers, rugby league players, players in all codes, soldiers and even, god forbid, politicians who I would consider to be role models. Why flawed people are paraded as role models sure beats the hell outa me.

Jobson Growth said...

Which neatly brings us back to my point about why should a cricketer, for example, be expected to be a role model in any arena outside criCket?

Role models and electoral mandates, both meaningless creations of the media.