Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)
Action Aplenty Spiced with Lashings of Farce
THERE were so many farcical situations in sport this week I found it hard to choose where to vent my frustration.
So here's a short ode to the sports that find new and improved ways to make themselves look silly.
The AFL tribunal system is a farce. How Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham can only miss three weeks of football after breaking the jaw of Kade Simpson beggars belief.
From the same weekend, Matt White from Richmond will also miss three weeks for two separate incidents that would have been lucky to break the spirit of his opponent, let alone his jaw.
The inconsistency of the penalties stems from the flawed points system and the interpretation of the intent of the charged player.
Somehow, Wellingham's good record and the Match Review Panel's bizarre interpretation of the incident as being reckless, not intentional, led to his minimal sentence.
At the same time, Matt White's poor record combined with two fly-swatting incidents means he will miss the same period.
Any system that rubs these two blokes out for the same period for these offences is simply a farce.
But it's not just the AFL. The NRL golden point system is also a farce.
Forget talk about golden try or changes to the points system to reward teams for drawing in regular time, only to lose in extra time.
Here's a radical idea. Give each team a competition point for a draw.
Yes, I know it sounds crazy but it only worked for 100 years before now.
You can still have extra time and golden point in finals where a win is a pre-requisite but what's wrong with two equal teams sharing the points in the regular season. …