Here are some thoughts I have on the recent coaching fiasco as well as a few about professional sport in general: I didn’t want to weigh in straight away. Mostly because all the facts weren’t known but mainly because coaching merry go rounds bore me to tears. It was hard to escape all the nonsense though so what was all this nonsense for? I was hanging back until one of the parties blinked first and mentioned “the fans.” I honestly didn’t expect that to be Wayne Bennett. It’s certainly not about the fans no matter what Bennett, Paul White and Anthony Seibold say. It’s about a couple of guys and their enormous egos and pay slips. In fact, the sheer mind boggling contempt some of these people have for “the fans” is extraordinary. Anyone else feel like they’re being treated like a mug? On a good day I suspect the Broncos and the NRL think of us as “useful idiots.” To be a successful sport we need a lot of gullible people who are going to fork out lots of money on tickets, memberships, and merchandise and television subscriptions and not ask too many questions. It’s not about the try line. It’s about the bottom line. Sport is a business. I guess I have to accept that if I want to continue enjoying it. It’s hard though. Rugby League has been batshit crazy for many, many months now and people think this is legit and totally above board. Normal even… Professional sport in Australia is batshit crazy come to think of it. Look at the awful mess cricket is in. That Mundine fight the other night was the biggest load of crap I’ve seen in a long time and yet fans were genuinely miffed it turned into a fizzer. It was obvious for months fellas. Anyway, back to the coaching caper - What are we trying to accomplish? Do we really need a new coach or a just a new hooker? A new captain maybe? All three perhaps. I asked my colleagues at work the other day what was the point of this debacle and what it was hoping to achieve. Full disclosure – they are all mad keen sports fans – almost to an unhealthy degree. The television is always on and it’s always on the sports channels. Entire weekends are devoted to the magic box. Soccer, cricket, V8 Supercars, NRL, AFL, it never ends. They said to win a premiership. Simple as that. Hook, mate, the ultimate goal is to win a premiership. Sack the lot of them. Get twenty coaches in. Scorched earth mother fucker! By hook or by crook we are winning that damn Grand Final! “Win a premiership…” What does that even mean in this monumentally fucked up modern world? What would it mean to you personally? Would a premiership mean as much now as it did the earlier ones? Much like some of you older fans, I probably didn’t savour and appreciate the premierships we did win. I guess it was because back in those days they were flying in so thick and fast! We didn’t have time to soak up one because the next year we had another one. Glory days, well, they'll pass you by Glory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye Glory days, glory days Honestly, if the Broncos won one, I’d be happy for two weeks and then cricket season starts. An hour later, I’d probably be scrolling down Netflix looking for something else to watch lol. It’s gonna be a long off-season. Perhaps we need another barometer to measure a team’s success? I’m not entirely convinced a premiership in the last few years would have saved Wayne Bennett. If you believe some reports he and Paul White aren’t on speaking terms and haven’t been for months. My opinion is they’ve wanted him gone for a while now and just waited until he stepped out of line before sacking him. Look at the sad case of Brian McDermott over in the English Super League. He was coach of the Leeds Rhinos. McDermott won four Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge in eight seasons. None of that saved him. A shocking run of injuries didn’t save him. He lost seven games in a row, several of them tough one and two point losses. Weigh that rough patch up with what he actually did achieve. It didn’t stop the wolves at the door baying for his blood. It’s been 12 years. Are Brisbane fans getting a bit desperate? If you cannot recall the sins of your past, you are destined to repeat them. We have signed yet another rookie coach. Yes, he’s a bit more credentialed and further along the arc than the other two were and he uses trendy words like “pedagogy” and it’s about momentum and all that jazz but he won’t have 5 years to get his shit together. I’m not writing him off. Far from it. It’s way too early to tell. I watched a fair few Rabbitohs games this year. I like the energy, intensity and enthusiasm the side played with. If Seibold can bring that to the Broncos, who too often this year looked like they were just going through the motions, then it will be great for the club. Having a team to be proud of would be good. Supporting a team where there’s very little difference between their best and worst performances regardless of the result would be great. A team that plays an entertaining and attractive brand of footy would be great to see. Seeing these ridiculously talented youngsters establish themselves as true first graders. Forward progress. It’s rugby league fellas, it’s meant to entertain us. Premierships tend to look after themselves when clubs have their shit together. We’re not the **** Brisbane Eels, we’re the Brisbane Broncos. I want the people in charge to start acting like it again.