Can everyone stop psychoanalysing a booing crowd? NRL boss David Gallop is the latest to feel the ire of the angry man in the cheap seats.
A crowd of 14,000 Storm fans gave him a right old raspberry, ostensibly for his key role in stripping Melbourne of two NRL premierships for breaching the salary cap.
He has apparently taken it badly, reportedly telling Crocmedia: “I never really go for that whole passion line. I mean, terrorists are passionate about what they do and, you know, that doesn’t make it right.”
So often in the knockout stages of rugby tournaments – indeed, most sports if we think about it – the games themselves can become dour, overly-defensive, minimise-mistakes-at-all-costs affairs as teams knuckle down to progress to the next stage by any means necessary.
The line often used to explain why our female rugby players aren’t given an equal showing in broadcast deals, merchandise sales, membership deals, sponsorship and general exposure is that “they don’t have the same revenue power that men’s teams do”.