Thursday, June 6, 2013

The AFL makes as much sense as snorting Bull ants

The AFL.

I grow wearysome of it.

It has been an ugly year for sport in Australia. With AFL there has been drug taking, purposefully losing games, strange rules and racism. In my eyes, the AFL has lost it with all of these points.

Drug Taking

Before the year had even begun, it was announced that illegal supplements were taken by certain players, and in fact whole teams were in trouble.

Investigators to this day are running questions past players. Coaches have been brought into questioning.

The CEO of Essendon mentioned something along the lines as "Any person found taking illegal drugs will lose their position within the club."

The coach admitted to using supplements not yet approved for human consumption. This is an illegal drug, the same practice as mentioned by the CEO, that if taken the said person shall lose their position in the club.

Has it happened? No.  Why isn't anyone talking about it?

Yet players still play with an unfair advantage over others, taking precious premiership points in their wake.

Sure, once investigations have completed, their points will likely be stripped.  But they wont be given back to the losing clubs, which could cost a club a chance at the finals all because of doctors/players pushing the limit without being punished.



In the AFL, the lower you finish on the ladder and the lesser number of wins that you finish a year with, the better draft picks in the following year.

Melbourne Demons were discovered to have purposefully lost games to gain these higher draft picks.

Karma did strike the unfortunate Demons, with high draft picked players poached by other teams and high fines brought upon the club for their strategy of unfair gain.

Persons were banned from being at their club, including Dean Bailey, previous Head Coach for the Demons and now working as an Assistant for the Adelaide Crows.

Bailey has been banned from assisting for numerous games for the Crows. This is punishing a club that has nothing to do with the Demons rather than punishing the person.


Strange Rules

Expert AFL commentators were asked to state how they would explain the game of Aussie Rules to a person who has never seen the game before.

One person said something along the lines of "No one knows the rules, but half the crowd will cheer the decision and the other half will vehemently boo it."

Commentator after commentator will at one stage throughout the year shake their head at a decision.  Shake their head at a bad call that is confirmed correct by the Umpiring Panel or shake their head at a player ban for an on field discriminatory action.

This has been the case for years and will still continue to be the case for years to come, and we accept it.

We shouldn't. It's impossible to keep up, argh!



There has been enough talk about Racism. I'd rather not talk about it any more, but enough is enough in the AFL.

To summarise for those that aren't aware to the last few weeks stories, a young girl racially abused an aboriginal player in Indigenous Round. That player after the game was met by opposition team's CEO to personally apologise.  The following few days, that CEO bewilderingly racially abused that same player on radio.

What has happened since then?

The CEO offered his resignation from his club.  It wasn't accepted.

He is instead being put through a few weeks of a racial discrimination program and no one has talked about it since.


So we have the ultimate sporting league in Australia, trying to do what I believe is the right thing in our Community, trying to do what the right thing for our kids and our indigenous people.

Do the right thing AFL.

Stand up against drug cheating.

Don't ruin our game.

Stand up against racism.

You banned Melbourne staff for sending the game into disrepute. You helped deal a hand against Matt Rendell for overheard comments.

Eddie McGuire referred an Aboriginal player to King Kong days after a thirteen year old girl called him an ape.

It doesn't get worse than that.

But Eddie is back on TV, back in his spot as CEO, back sipping Lattes with his buddy and AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

What is going on?  Ban Eddie McGuire from his roles associated with the AFL! Stop ruining our great game and be consistent!

Racism ends with us. Prove it.

- tork

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Shannan Weight Loss Challenge - Finale plus Giveaway

I made it.  I didn't think I'd lose a few kilos on this challenge, but I did it.

Plus, in the final 8th week of the challenge, I lost another kilo!  Woot!

So, starting at 87 kgs one week before I started the challenge, I am now 81kgs.  Not at my goal, but still pretty good.

The best thing is, I want to keep going.  I don't feel like fast foods.  I don't feel like big bags of chips.

This is really good and I do owe it all to someone telling me what to eat and how to exercise and only through a computer!

The Shannan Ponton Weight Loss Challenge is really a good place to start for weight loss.  The online diary, the forums, the weekly chats, they are all a great help.

I definitely think though that the best thing to have is a personal trainer in real life.  These people are the real push if you are serious about losing the kilograms.  But for eating lessons, exercise lessons, give Shannan and his biggest loser club team a crack if you want a hand.  It's eight weeks of a good to use system that has set my eating habits up for years to come. Who would have thought, Milo is a good snack alertantive.  Milo!  Shit yes..

It's $99 for the next challenge that starts in a week for anyone that is interested.

But, how about I give you the chance to get help from Shannan Ponton and team for free?

Yep, thanks to The Biggest Loser Club, I am giving away a 3 month membership valued at $99 each.  This is in celebration of the recent Biggest Loser Finale.  Here's a spiel from the Biggest Loser team:

You can be a BIGGEST LOSER too

Robyn and Katie Dyke have been crowned the winners of The Biggest Loser 2013, Next Generation losing an astonishing 39kg and 47.6kg.

The mother daughter team were a relationship in crisis but their journey on the show was invaluable because the pair won another significant battle.

"We achieved what we set out to do weight-wise. But we’ve also done so much more. We’ve repaired a relationship that I thought was beyond repair," says Robyn.

Katie was unsure about going on The Biggest Loser show, but she made herself a promise to lose the weight, and keep it off for good to follow her dream of joining the military.

'As Shannan said to us, the more stuff you dump from your head, the more weight you’re going to dump from your body,' said Katie. 'That was a big thing for mum and me. We dropped so much emotional baggage throughout the series.'

If you want to start your transformation like Robyn and Katie then you can join The Biggest Loser Club, one of Australia’s leading online weight loss programs.

The Club provides all the weight loss tools and diet tips you need to achieve your goals, including an interactive food diary, delicious and easy to follow menu plans and easy-start workouts and exercise videos.

All sounds pretty good.  So what about, instead of giving away just one 3 month membership to the Biggest Loser Club, how about I give away three memberships!

Enough jibber-jabber from this now one chinned man.  The giveaway is below.  Have a shot with your entry and lose the few kilos that have been annoying you just like I did.

And good luck!

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Big thanks to Shannan & team for my six kilos weight loss.  I promise not to put it back on, even if KFC are bringing back Hot & Spicy Chicken... THE BASTARDS!

- tork