What do Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, NRL player Beau Ryan, TV’s Power Rangers star Dan Ewing all have in common? They all star in the upcoming movie Chasing Comets on the life of Australian Rugby League champ Jason Stevens. Well, sort of…
It’s amazing how people get used to things. People now openly discuss the issue of “tanking” in the AFL. “Tanking” refers to “throwing” a game; deliberately losing. It came up again recently when the Melbourne coach’s tactics in the final minutes of a game were brought into question. Melbourne was in “danger” of coming last, which means they get to skim the cream of talent at the next AFL draft.
Sometimes things can turn out wrong even when everyone’s intentions are good. Take the sacking of Jason Akermanis by the Western Bulldogs. Aker is an individual. He values his reputation as an honest straight-shooter. He had a job in the media that required him to produce copy in the paper and fill air time with regular opinions.