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2019 Football Writers Festival: An inspiring weekend with Jens and Foz

Stuart- who will host the podcast?

2019 Football Writers Festival: An inspiring weekend with Jens and Foz

I think the whack you mean is spelled wack.

2019 Football Writers Festival: An inspiring weekend with Jens and Foz

Our own little Brexit – what could be more fun?

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

Wooden spooners too. It’s very zen.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

Population and population distribution are big differences between us and the US.

We have just 6 metro areas with populations over 500,000 but the US has over 100.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

Are you sure? Don’t Nippon Steel, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu and Rakuten all own JLeague teams?

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

Do you think that’s because pro/rel would connect Football’s huge playing base directly to its top tier, the A-League.

And that would be a terrific product differentiator for Football and a commercial threat to the other sporting codes, who could probably never make pro/rel viable themselves.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

Both of those are existing pro/rel models in other leagues. There’s no reason why they couldn’t be used here.

Remember also, the stronger A-League teams would likely get a financial boost from replacing poorly performing A-League franchises with suitably qualified promotees. Historically, the cellar dwellers in the A-League have also had the worst attendances (and ratings too, I imagine).

The real problem is ensuring the financially viability of a div-2, not finding a workable and acceptable pro/rel model.

Who is paying for promotion and relegation in the A-League?

That whites can be racist towards other races is indisputably true, but whether other races can be racist towards whites is highly debatable, particularly in a white-dominated western society such as ours.

For example, see: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/can-you-be-racist-against-white-people-1.3591110

Summary comment…

‘A few years ago the academic Robin DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” to describe how white people have a paper-thin reaction to what they perceive as being “racism” directed at them.

For DiAngelo this is because white people have historically been insulated from racial discomfort because they believe their race to be natural and a default setting. Other people belong to a racial grouping, white people don’t; they are allowed to view themselves as the standard measure by which all other races deviate. This she terms “racial illiteracy”.

Many white people believe they are “colour blind”: that race shouldn’t and doesn’t matter. It’s a naive view when you consider that how a white person experiences a potential employer, a landlord, a member of the police force or of the judiciary can be in stark contrast to how members of other races experience these situations.

A better question than “Can you be racist to a white person?” may be “How much free ammunition have white people given their critics?”‘

Easy road to 2022? Forget it!

It certainly saves time thinking.

Easy road to 2022? Forget it!

I’d be keen to hear how Ben explains the gender imbalance in the federal LNP government, given its transcendental level of incompetence.

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We can but try QED. Ben frequently comments on gender issues – we should give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s keen to test his own ideas.

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Yes, it’s sad that our academics’ peer-reviewed research still seeps into public conversation in this country. Commies all of them, with their multiple degrees and irritating facts.

Easy road to 2022? Forget it!

Perth should loan Fornaroli to the Mariners for the rest of the season.

Glory sign former City striker Fornaroli

Is anyone broadcasting the game?

The Olyroos eleven Arnie needs to pick

That is without doubt the most succinctly weird question I’ve ever seen.

The three keys to fixing the Socceroos

Well…maybe not twice as good, but he makes everyone he plays with better too, which is not something you could say about Ronaldo.

When did football become so difficult to like?

Is this an example of recursive clickbaiting?

When did football become so difficult to like?

Great point.

When did football become so difficult to like?

But Messi is better.

When did football become so difficult to like?

48 sounds good to me too.

When did football become so difficult to like?

Mary

I think this whole incident and the comments in response to your article provide great material for you to do a follow-up article.

I wonder if the role of AFL in our sport-obsessed culture has something to do with the ugly comments about the Tayla Harris photo.

Maybe the logic would go like this..

– As Australians we like to believe we are notably and innately excellent at sport
– This belief is a fantasy, as demonstrated by our mediocrity at non-niche international sports
– Our belief in this fantasy is reinforced by the dominance of niche domestic sports like AFL
– Niche sports, particularly the AFL, reinforce the fantasy – we can’t be judged internationally
– Until recently, the AFL has not even had a women’s competition to compare the men’s against
– So, the AFL’s contribution to our fantasy of sporting excellence has been peculiarly masculine
– The arrival of the AFLW threatens that fantasy i.e. even women can be good at AFL
– The photo of Tayla Harris amplifies that threat – she kicks like a bloke, and as far as a bloke!
– With the fantasy threatened, the abuse begins.

In a way, even the positive comments about the photo say something about our sporting insularity. People seem surprised that a women could display such strength, balance and technical skill. But that would not surprise anyone who has watched decades of international women’s soccer.

In fact, the recent excitement about Sam Kerr shows this. Most are excited that Australia has finally produced a soccer talent who is in the top few in a world game. It’s unlikely any soccer fans are surprised – or threatened – by the fact that Sam Kerr can play football like a bloke.

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Thanks IAP – somebody had to tell Hairy he has a small kick.

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See: https://www.wgea.gov.au/data/fact-sheets/gender-workplace-statistics-at-a-glance-2017-18

Try to explain those statistics on the basis of merit-based selection processes.

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