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.