1. Mitchell Pearce messes up – again
We really didn’t need to see what Mitchell Pearce did with a dog on a couch. But we did, on the evening news, and it wasn’t pretty.
Peter FitzSimons raises some pertinent questions.
FitzSimons says that simulating sex with a dog, urinating on a couch as well as on himself, and making a drunken play for the young woman in her own lounge room is, call it what you like, but not a crime. Seems he was invited in and ultimately left when told to go. It shouldn’t end Pearce’s career, says FitzSimons. He raises the question as to who sold the footage.
- In a private home, Pearce, on his day off, was filmed without his consent, and his own right to privacy was clearly breached in return for commercial gain.
He says media outlets should not have paid for it.
Pearce clearly has an alcohol problem, has apologised and asked for a chance to address his problem. Which in truth should have already been done after an incident two years ago.
People are talking about a fine of up to $50,000, being sacked as captain of the Roosters, suspension from the club’s trip to England for the World Club series and a ban for at least six weeks of the season.
Whatever the Sydney Roosters do will be reviewed by Karyn Murphy of the NRL Integrity Unit, a former captain of the Jillaroos rugby league team and one of country’s top female police officers with 25 years experience on the Queensland force.
Meanwhile Catherine Lumby has suggested she might resign as the NRL’s adviser on women’s issues if Pearce’s career is not terminated.
I’d call a halt right there. Lumby should respect due process. Beyond that the critical issue, I think, is how to balance punishment and rehabilitation.
Mark Geyer probably had it right (scroll down). A year away in another job away from football with counselling and rehab to appreciate what he’s got.
More than 3.8 million Australians, that is 20% of Australians aged 14 and above, average more than four standard drinks of alcohol a day, twice the recommended health guidelines. These drinkers account for about 75% of alcohol sales.
A mere 10% of the customer base drives between 40 to 70% of sales yielding 50% plus of profit. The industry will continue to promote the culture that keeps its profits fat.
3 Federer fades
I’ve been watching quite a bit of tennis this month and believe I’ve probably never seen better than Novak Djokovic played in the first two sets during his 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 semi-final win over Roger Federer. As he said post-match, “I executed perfect”.
Believe me, Federer played well. It’s just that almost everything Djokovic hit was just in and a lot of what Federer hit was just out.
In the third set and half of the fourth Federer made a game of it. But at 4-3 with Federer serving and the score 30-30, Federer is at the net. Djokovic’s ball clips the net, flighs over Federer’s racquet and lands just inside the baseline. It is typical of Federer’s night. The next point is a stuff-up for Federer and suddenly Djokovic is serving for the match. Four strong serves and it’s all over.
It’s a marvel, though, that Federer is still running around out there. At 34 he’s only six months younger than Lleyton Hewitt and is nearly six years older than Djokovic. In the modern era it’s rare for anyone to win grand slams when over 30. Most are won by people between the ages of 24 and 28. Rafael Nadal is now 29 and seems past it. Djokovic and Andy Murray are 28 and are both healthy.
Federer dominated when he was aged 23 to 26, winning 11 of 12 apart from the French.
I think Federer, Djokovic and Nadal are among the best ever, but Federer’s prime doesn’t overlap much with the others. Murray is quite competitive with Djokovic when they play in finals, but with Djokovic’s form you’d have to think he will go on and win his 11th slam on Sunday and eventually challenge Federer’s record of 17 because there are no younger players of a similar class coming up behind.
4. Abbott stays
Terry Barnes says that Abbott staying is a good thing because it “sends a message to conservatives that the pews to the Right of Turnbull won’t be chopped up and turned into firewood.”
James Massola says it presents a potential nightmare scenario for Malcolm Turnbull.
Laura Tingle says Abbott is really good at making trouble. That’s his thing and no-one else is going to pay him to do that.
Introduction to Saturday salon
Because of the way the blog currently presents posts on the home page I think it’s better to remove the introductory material to a different place. For new readers, here’s the rationale for this space.
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Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.
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