||Issue No. 325||22 September 2006|
A Values Call
Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
Unions: Industrial Wasteland
International: Two Bob's Worth
Economics: National Interest
Environment: The Real Dinosaur
History: Only In Spain?
Review: Clerk Off
Aussie Values DOA
It’s Not Cricket
Kim’s New Platforms
Reaping What You Sow
Roll Out the Tanks
The Charging Accountant
David Gallop has copped a lot of flack since he took over the reins of the rugby league.
Many have asked what this corporate lawyer, who bares an uncanny resemblance to Michael Douglas's character in falling down, was doing in charge of the great working class game.
Certainly, he looks just about as far away as you can get from the mining towns of Northern England, where the game was first played.
He has been called a glorified bean counter - a mere stooge in the Murdoch-isation of the game.
Although Gallop shows less emotion than Phillip Ruddock on mogadon, the barbs must have been stinging.
What other reason could there be for his attempts to buy the players union?
He's obviously keen to prove himself a working class hero to the games loyal fans.
This kind of logic would work for a dalek like Gallop.
After all, this is a guy who judges the health of the sport, not on the passion of the players or the supporters or even the level of skill, but on Key Performance Indicators.
Clearly, with a geek like Gallop in charge rugby league is not safe from the workplace Americanisation.
Why not? Already league's rules have been changed to make the sport more like NFL.
How else do you explain the success of the Melbourne Storm this year?
They get away with forward passes - a feature of American football, running into the defence - a feature of American football, and slowing down the play the ball - a feature of American football.
In fact, the Storm is just another extension of the soulless octopus that is spreading its tentacles around rugby league, choking the dear life from it.
News Limited, Gallop, Melbourne Storm are the unholy alliance out to destroy rugby league.
Therefore, I implore all Tool readers to make a stand against this and join the Shed in barracking for the Dragons this weekend.
But if you can't bring yourself to do that, let's just hope Gallop is poached to rescue a sport he'd be more suited to.
I hear Badminton Australia is looking for someone.
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