Club on wrong page
DAMNED if you do and damned if you don’t.
Only two games have been played this footy season and we’re already on the nose with some members of the Cowboys hierarchy.
I t s e e m s w e u p s e t a f e w sensibilities with two headlines. The first was ‘‘ Here we go again’’, which followed the Townsville team’s dismemberment by the Newcastle Knights and the second was ‘‘ Players face the axe’’, which referred to coach Neil Henry’s decision to drop a couple of players in a minor team revamp.
We’re told the first headline was perceived as an unfair generalisation. Really.
Perhaps the critics should take the time to sit in the stands and listen to what the fans are saying.
Maybe they should also pay a bit more attention to the texts to the editor on the subject.
It is the job of this newspaper to present the facts. It is also the function of the newspaper to take heed of the mood of the community it serves.
Trying to put a positive spin on a poor performance, or paying lipservice to PR spin, is not our mandate.
The second headline was questioned because of the word ‘‘ axe’’. It was also felt we ‘‘ disrespected’’ some of the players.
I am not going to argue semantics beyond saying the offending word has been used in a colloquial sense by newspapers, television reports and radio for a couple of decades. It is not derogatory, it is simply descriptive.
As far as ‘‘ disrespecting’’ players goes, I am completely gobsmacked.
Are o ur f o o t y p l a y e r s s uch princesses that their performance – or in some cases lack of it – cannot be debated without hurting someone’s feelings?
The spin-off was even more of a knee-jerk reaction.
Tipped off that James Segeyaro was to make his NRL debut against the Storm on Monday, we tried to organise an interview with him. First we were told by new media man Paul Munnings it would not pose a problem. Within hours that