Spend Money on Me

The recent controversy surrounding the NSW Governments determination to waste public monies by first knocking down and then rebuilding Sydney’s sporting stadiums is slightly old news by now.  A decision has not been made publically……which means the decision has been made and they await the least bad time to release the official news.

But complete disregard for the public purse is not just limited to politicians and are naturally by that other class of parasites known as sports journalists.

Do you watch sport? Do you attend these stadiums? Do you sit with the punters in general admission?

Yes, yes and yes.

Do you wait 20 minutes in a food or beer line at Allianz that snakes through a narrow concourse like an out-of-control conga line, and then later stand at the trough in a men’s bathroom that reeks of piss?

Not ideal but your discomfort is not worth several billions of dollars.

Or, if you are a woman, do you line-up outside the bathroom, in another conga line, among the throng of people on the same narrow concourse, waiting for a vacant stall?

Women always line up for the bathroom.  Build an entire stadium of women’s bathrooms and they’ll still end up queuing to get in.

Do you spend most of the time watching the massive screens because the slope of the seating is so inappropriate for rugby league, union and football?

Perhaps they were careless with the initial build.  But given every child in school today has an accumulated debt of $90,000 before they have begun to earn any money I suddenly don’t give a rats about the slope in your seat.  Many children are years away from earning a living to begin to pay the taxes that have already been spent.  Morally speaking can we not spend a little money on reducing this burden before we begin the needless task of tearing down and rebuilding sports stadiums in exactly the same spot as where they are right now.

The most annoying, simplistic argument against these new stadiums is the cost.  

Because spending other people’s money is never a problem.

Waste of money! Priorities! No stadiums until we get more baby incubators and less demountable classrooms!  If we follow that logic, we can forget about the $1.5 billion relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta, the $344 million Sydney Modern extension of the art gallery and the $200 million refurb of the Sydney Opera House.

Look I think I can agree with you there.  The Arts are not more important than sport.  In fact I would argue the future of children who have done nothing to deserve the debt that has been accumulated in their name are far more important than both the Arts and Sport combined.  Scrap all funding for the Arts as well as for Sport.

Why not do something now, while the NSW Government is in surplus and cashed-up, to build something that will last decades instead of band-aiding something that will need to be torn down in a few years?

Lefties……there’s a surplus…..we must spend, spend, spend.  But don’t spend it on roads and infrastructure.  Spend it on me and my sporting stadiums so my comfort level can be improved.

 

The purpose of getting a surplus is to have some money the tank for more difficult years.  How about reducing stamp duty?  Road taxes?  Something, anything – give young people a fighting chance please.

Building assessments of Allianz insist it needs $360 million spent on it in the next four years just to keep it open because of safety and compliance issues — people just scoff and say that’s been made-up.

Which brings up the old Health and safety chestnut that has become the bane of Australia and the developed world.  Relax regulations, make it clear individuals own their own and this figure can be greatly reduced.  Else we have to stop building state of the art stadiums.  If building luxurious sporting temples is going to create such ongoing financial burdens then any rebuilds should have their facilities stripped down to the bone.

Suggest big sporting events drag in hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy each year — and its just laughed away.

Yes they do….and we already have stadiums for those sporting events….and people already use them.  Why does everyone else need to pay for your comforts?

I can’t stand the utter selfishness of it all.  Australia is just one financial crisis away from fiscal oblivion.  Heck, Australia is almost there now.

The kind of waste involved with spending astronomical amounts of money on sporting stadiums is criminal and I long for the day such people will be held to account.  I’d pay good money to see that stadium or no stadium.

Women Playing Masculine Sports

This news is already slightly old but why on earth would anyone be interested in watching womens rugby union….ever.  Come to think of it why would anyone watch womens cricket, afl, rugby league, soccer and the list goes on ad nauseum.

Focusing just on rugby though, aside from the fact it is one of the most boring sports on the planet, rugby is played by a lot of very big, very powerful men.  Strength and power is a key component of the game.  Does anyone seriously wish to watch women play in a game which requires a great deal of strength and aggression?

Women cannot do everything a man can do….and expect to do it well.  Women playing sports that require physical aggression and strength to are pretending very badly to be men. They deserved to be laughed at if they choose to participate in highly promoted events like this.

This current drive by the main sporting competitions to elevate the female versions of their competitions is really quite insulting to women and is a form of pandering at its absolute worst.

Women’s competition in mainstream mens sports is not like watching the second division that contains a smattering of players who could make top grade. Womens completion is not the second best thing going around  These women may be the best female players in the country but they would struggle to beat a schoolboy side.  Why on earth would I want to watch crummy, crappy players running around a football field pretending that they are elite athletes.

More to the point why is so important to the major sporting codes in Australia to suddenly embarrass these women in portraying themselves in such spectacles.  And if womens sport is so great why does it need to be funded and paid for by the associated mens competitions.

Even when marketing these matches they have picked the best looking attractive blonde woman they could find to front the marketing.  Even when they are trying to promote a world cup for women they are still using the best example of female beauty to do so.  Are women not insulted by this?  Does being pandered to bother women?

The approach taken by the promoters is far more demeaning than my denunciation of their competition.  I would far rather watch women perform in elite activites in which they genuinely excel. Women are great at many things that men are not.  Women for the most part bring grace and beauty to society.  It is not sexist or demeaning to say this.  Women are far more attractive and graceful than men.

When I watch elite sport I want to watch the best of the best.  Sorry that means with most sports watching men play. When I watch women I want to watch beauty and grace.  Play cricket, afl, rugby if you must girls but please don’t pretend that you are worthy of being paid for it if your game does not draw in the crowds and sponsorships to pay for it all.

Create a competition independent of the mens competitons; promote it, sell it, make it on your own and I shall respect it even as I exercise my right not to watch it. If you can be successful on your own merits I will even applaud you. But latch onto and be funded by the mens competitions and demand that I respect and admire you as great athletes?  Well I’m afraid you going to be most sorely mistaken.

My message; be great at what you are great at.  That is all.  You have no need to copy men.  Just be great at what you are great at.