WHY MITCHELL IS PEARCED OFF

This whole Mitchell Pearce story is very strange, from so many aspects. I’m not going to talk about what actually happend. But…

Who is the winner out of this?

  • The NRL- not great for the game before the 9’s or the start of the NRL season. Not a winner
  • Sydney Roosters- star player caught on camera. Not a winner
  • Fans of NRL- children get to see their hero, drunk. Not a great look. Children aren’t the winner. Women get to see more drunk NRL stars. This won’t encourage women to watch more NRL. Women aren’t the winner.
  • Channel 9- they are the only free to air broadcaster of the NRL! If Pearce is suspended from games, the Roosters will be a weaker team and this won’t be as great for television ratings. Not a winner.
  • Mitchell Pearce’s (friend)- he might have more cash in his pocket now from ACA, but no-one will want to have a beer with him anymore. Not a winner.
  • Mitchell Pearce- clearly not the winner.

The only possible winner is the replacement halfback for the Roosters.

In Melbourne, the number of sports scandals reported on seems far less than Sydney. Why is this? Are the AFL players better behaved than NRL players? Or is it that the sports journalists in Melbourne, report on actual sport and not scandals?

This whole saga will go to the NRL Integrity Unit. What are they are really going to do? Pearce was at a Roosters function and then the club gave them cab vouchers to get home safely. The club has done a very good job at controlling this event. Pearce was then taped in the privacy of a home. I’ve thought for many years that sports starts need babysitters, for want of a better word. Maybe they do.

The NRL Integrity Unit needs to work with the media to understand why this type of behaviour needs to be made public. If the NRL and the media can work together to build the game up, rather than pulling it down constantly, the NRL will be in a lot stronger position. Until this happens, the game will always be in trouble.

If I were the Roosters now, here is what I’d do:

1. Stay silent

2. Don’t issue any releases or statements via email or social media

3. Get Mitchell Pearce to pick up the phone and speak to every single sponsor (from your major sponsors down to the casual sponsor) and every single season ticket holder and apologise for making the club’s name look bad. The value of this is far greater than a media conference. Pearce would speak to the people who most matter to him and his club.

If the Roosters make any statements, this will only add fuel to the fire. Let the story die. This is the key. The more sports clubs keep coming to the media, either defending themselves or apologising, it allows the story to continue. Again, no-one is benefitting from extended negative exposure.

Do the NRL have to make a statement? I don’t believe so. They need to be strong and not bow to media pressure.

If the NRL and the Roosters work together on this on what is best for the game and not for the media, the game will be best served.

Unfortunately, I fear both the Roosters and the NRL will issue statements and this saga will continue on and there will not be one winner, as a result.

So…if this statement is to come out, here is the other option. Make Mitchell Pearce become a spokesperson for dogs without homes. Make him appear at dog shelters to encourage people to foster  dogs or try owning a dog. This is turning an unpleasant situation into a positive situation. Pearce has been caught with a dog and now his punishment is helping homeless dogs. This  becomes a complete win situation and hopefully many dogs will be adopted into great homes.

This is N O W! a blatant plug- I can be reached by the Roosters or the NRL for any advice or strategy on next steps via joe@nowcommunications.com.au or 0455 494 409.

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HELLO CHAMPIONSHIP

We are one more game away from the Super Bowl. There are three, first round pick quarterbacks competing in the Championship games and then some other 6th round hack, called Tom Brady. The scene is set for an incredible penultimate weekend!

Brady is taking his Patriots and defending World Champions into Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Broncos for the 17th and most likely, last time. All of America wants Manning to prolong his great career by one more week and finish in Santa Clara and Super Bowl 50.

Brady may be getting all his star players back to health, but I think emotion is worth a few points and one of these points will take Denver to Levis Stadium with a 24-23 victory.

The Arizona Cardinals travel to Carolina. Carson Palmer tried as hard as possible to keep his playoff record as no wins, but alas he teammate, Larry Fitzgerald decided to ruin this and was explosive last week. Palmer needs to regain his composure, otherwise a Panthers defense will demolish him. Carolina put the most impressive 30 minutes of football seen all season, together last week and this was followed by almost losing in the ensuing 30 minutes. If they turn up for 60 minutes there will be no kryptonite for Cam and they should win. 27-20.

I’ve learnt to expect the unexpected over this playoff period so who knows what will happen with these two games?!

Will Mary hail again?

Will fumble-itis strike?

Will a coach pull a player’s locks?

I almost expect the goal posts to fall down, balls to inflate or deflate themselves or a koala to wander across the field.

Enjoy the Championship games.

WHO’S A HUSSEY?

The Hussey brothers are up against each other today in the final of the most successful season of the Big Bash League, yet. 

The MCG attracted 80, 000 people a few weeks back and who’s to say this won’t happen again. 

David Hussey leads the Melbourne Stars while his brother Mike will line up for the Sydney Thunder. 

The Stars might be aligning for the Hussy family, but where there’s lightning, there’s thunder! 

This 5th season of BBL has been like no other. A few performances have caused people to blush, new talent has been harnessed, Channel 10 have been rewarded for their faith with amazing viewer numbers and most importantly, people are loving the product and crowds are enormous. 

Kids are watching cricket again; an expression I thought I wouldn’t say again. The atmosphere of T20 is made by the children dancing and singing. The bar lines are empty and the ice cream lines are long and cricket is working again. 

Take a bow Cricket Australia. This format is the most successful sport in the country. 

Good luck to both teams today in the final! It will be a cracker! 

I predict a Thunder win- rain, hail or shine. 

LARA’S MISTAKEN IDENTITY

Mistaken identities can be very funny. I constantly get stopped and asked “are you Wesley Snipes?”.

I actually have a friend who often gets Matt Damon and to be fair, it’s not too bad a doppelgänger.

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A woman from the US became famous on social media with a mistaken identity.

Recently the St Louis Rams, NFL team, announced they would be relocating to Los Angeles and would be called the LA Rams.

Lara’s name on twitter was LaraMS; which is obviously LA Rams!

She became quite a sensation and was quite shocked when she was inundated with messages! If you didn’t’ know her before, you definitely know LaraMS now.

I guess she really has no choice but to become a LA Rams fan now…and I’m sure the LA Rams will want to buy her handle for a pretty penny!

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NO DUCKWORTH LEWIS NEEDED TO KNOW LLEYTON WON

The Duckworth Lewis rule is the crazy system which works out how many runs a cricket team needs for victory after a rain delay. Basically you divide the opening batsmen’s average score on Angry Birds, add this to the sum of all their kids birthdays and finally subtract the numbers on the back of the jersey of the not out batters and you have the total.

Thankfully there was no Duckworth Lewis method needed last night to know that Lleyton Hewitt had beaten fellow countryman, James Duckworth, to begin his 20th and final Australian Open campaign.

Poor James Duckworth was the first Aussie to ever play on centre court and have no-one going for him. If he’d won he would have been the most hated person in the country! He would have felt like Eric Hollies, the leggie who bowled Don Bradman for a duck in his last game.

I’ve never said this before about an Australian… But thankfully Duckworth lost. He will remember this game for the rest of his life though. Playing against his idol, on opening night, on centre court at the Australian Open. He knew he just wasn’t allowed to win. Duckworth lost, but I’m sure it was one of the highlights of his life and the only loss he’ll ever remember.

For the rest of us, we can enjoy watching the little champion that is Lleyton Hewitt, one more time.

DON’T FOLLOW MY WEEK 2 TIPS

I wonder what predictions I can get wrong this week! 

My Bengals Super Bowl tip went well, but by now people know to bet against whatever I say! 

The favourites should all win this week. 

The Steelers will prove that they are malleable and not made of steel and if you are going to have a bet this weekend look at Denver 13+. Specials! Put your superannuation on it or at least one year of your child’s school fees on it – about the same anyway! 

Patriots V Chiefs will be closer than people think. Kansas City can’t win (Kingston Town can’t win), so expect the Chiefs to produce their best game of the year and come away with the points! New England should be too powerful and with all their players coming back expect the Pats of 6 weeks ago! 

The NFC is a little harder. The Arizona Cardinals are a complete team. They have been building for this and I’m really on this team! Unfortunately they have one man in their way. Aaron Rodgers. He’s finding form again and if he runs hot the Packers are in for a real show. 

The final game will be a belter! This will be better than the Super Bowl. Whoever wins this game wins the one in Feb too. The Panthers are the best team in the competition. All the churches out there will be ringing their bells and everyone living in their exotic smallville homes will be celebrating if they get up. But… The Seahawks just know how to win. They play ugly and then get a lucky bounce of the ball or the quarterback misses a snap and it becomes their best play of a game. This game will come down to Cam Newton. If he doesn’t get overawed they will win. I hope he doesn’t but I have a horrible feeling he will. 

Out of respect for my friend who is a Panthers fan, I’m going for Seattle, which should ensure a Carolina win. 

Enjoy week two of the playoffs! 

HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND?

And then there were 8 teams left!

It was one of the most dramatic wildcard weekends in quite some time. A few coaches will be struggling to understand how their teams lost still. A few players will be baffled how their hands became so slippery at such ill-opportune times and one kicker will be working on his resume for the Canadian Football League.

Kansas City were definitely the top Chief in their massacre. Ah Houston, we have a problem. Houston, we have a massive problem. The problem is Houston were in the playoffs and had no right to be. They were simply disgraceful. Brian Hoyer is one of the best quarterbacks in the world. In fact, he’s ranked in the top 32 in the world. He has a job at one of the biggest franchises in not just North America, but the world. I think that says more about the lack of quarterbacks on this planet. Any kids reading this, put down your cricket bat and bench your Steeden for a pig skin. There’s a lot of money to be made from mediocre quarterbacks.

I hate seeing people fail in life and when they are sportspeople completely in the spotlight, it’s even worse. Brian Hoyer will be ridiculed for a long time for one of the worst performances ever seen in Playoff Football.

The Chiefs are on a double digit winning streak. They came and went in Houston. Their Jewell of the Nile, Knile Davis returned the kick off for a touchdown and this set the tone of the game.

The Packers came to life and learnt to run, throw and catch again. Three elements which are important in the NFL. The Redskins on the other hand forgot how to do this. Washington weren’t a good team and in a division which noone wanted to win, they got a home playoff. They had their chances and will feel disappointed they let an opportunity slip by.

And now onto two of the strangest games of football I’ve seen!

Let’s start with the Bengals, who were chasing their first play off win in 26 years V the Steelers. Pittsburgh were up when their quart back got injured. Enter Landry Jones ; the backup. The Steelers were held scoreless allowing Cincinnati to hit the lead with very little time on the clock. As I had the Bengals in a multi I was riding them! They hit the lead with under 2 min to go! I was counting my pennies. When the Steelers back up QB was intercepted, I started spending my earnings. Enter Jeremy Hill from the Bengals. He fumbled the ball, somehow, giving Pittsburgh one last chance. Big Ben came back on and battled through his injury. And then the most I’ll discipline I’ve ever seen on a sporting field occurred. Firstly a Steelers coach pulled the hair of a Bengals player! Yes, you read that correctly. And then a Bengals player tried to take off the head of star Steelers player, Antonio Brown. This coupled with a complete tantrum from another Bengals player gave the Steelers a 30 yard penalty and then kicked an easy  field goal to adadvance.

But field goal are never easy. Poor Blair Walsh from the Vikings will agree with this. With 26 secs to go he had the chance to kick Minnesota into the next round and send the Seahawks back to Seattle. He’d been clutch all game as exhibited by the below tweet from this twit!

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He’d been one of the best kickers all year and in – 25 degree temperatures had been nailing them from all parts of the field.

But, with the game on his boot and simple chip kick coming up,  he drilled his field goal kick so far left it ended up in a new post code.

I’m not going to show the missed kick or the Bengals disaster, as I don’t want to get in the habit of showing sports peoples mistakes.

It was a truly wild weekend of Wildcard football!

Who knows what will happen this weekend…