The biggest story on the Eastern seaboard over the past few days has been about one man. Newcastle Knights half-back Andrew Johns. Even the the PM got involved. Bugger the Middle East or British terrorist plots. It is all about the footy in the end. As it should be.
For those unfortunates in the non-NRL states, the controversy is over Johns, one of the all-time greats, calling Matt Cecchin, a touch judge, a “f*****g c**t” .This was after the ref and the touchies missed a blatant knock on by Manly as Newcastle were pressing the Sea Eagles line trying for a last gasp win. Even with the sound turned down it was obvious to anyone watching the footage what Johns said. He even verbally sprayed the match officials again as they were walking off the field.
All sorts of excuses have been made. Joey is passionate, he was frustrated and its a man’s game. Also the refs are all blind as bats and have no idea of the rules. Actually the last point may be true. But Joey, being the frustrated, passionate man’s man he is, took it like a man and copped a two week suspension. Given Newcastle have the bye this week he’ll be ready for the first week of the finals.
But within all the excuses, it was NRL CEO David Gallop with an insightful social observation who fingered the real culprit:
At a time the younger age groups are taught to question authority, the discipline problems experienced by police and school teachers are impacting on referees
Yes folks. It is the fault of…of…of those teachers of questionable authority. No need to name them. We all know who they are. Just think about it. Somewhere, right at this very moment, some teacher of questionable authority is urging students to disobey stop signs, ignore no smoking around flammable liquids signs, drive in which ever direction they choose down one way streets and to swear at touch judges because it is just the Man, or Woman, laying down rules of oppression.
Of course, one other excuse hasn’t been offered as of yet. And that is we tend place our favourite sportsmen above the game and outside the usual norms of society. Censure of behaviour that your average joey blow would abide by is not good enough for our sporting heroes. They have their own rules and are to be rewarded by the fans and media for transgressing the usual polite rules of society.
No. The problem is the teachers of questionable authority poisoning our childrens’ minds.
Cross posted at Larvatus Prodeo.