So, big news, kittens. Sonny Bill Williams and Mark Gasnier are going to play against each other in Paris this week when their rugby union teams face up against each other. Amazing, huh?
I know, I feel the same way. Let’s move onto more important things.
I officially have a new footy crush … and it’s someone from the Tigers.
So the news out of Wests Tigers HQ last week was that Beau ‘funniest thing on the Footy Show’ Ryan, Blake ‘Abercrombie & Fitch’ Ayshford, and Tim ‘Jewy name, Irish eyes’ Moltzen had re-signed with the team until the end of 2010. This made me happy because, well, they’re all adorable. I do have eyes, you know. Also, happy because the newspapers kept referring to the trio as ‘young guns’.
HOW GOOD WAS THE MOVIE YOUNG GUNS? I totally had a crush on Lou Diamond Phillips. True story.
I also really enjoyed Emilio Estevez’s sweet sweet braces.
But no, my crush isn’t one of the Young Guns. Guess again!
Straight after that, the news out of Wests HQ was that Steve Folkes, the new high performance manager, was NOT messing around.
According to Timmy Moltzen:
“… in the gym the music’s off at the moment, and there’s no talking in the gym, which is about encouraging you to concentrate on doing your work. You can talk when you’re not working.”
How delightfully evil and Spartan and Footloose-esque. NO MUSIC, JUST WORK!
Beau Ryan told the journo:
“Yeah, it’s been pretty hard. We’ve been doing a lot of running, and Folkesy likes training in the middle of the day, for some reason. We all had to get bikes, and tomorrow we’ve got swimming. I think we’re going to be the Wests greyhounds, not the Wests Tigers.”
Let me get this straight: Folkesy made the Tigers all give up modern transportation in favour of bikes? Then ride them in in the blazing pre-season sun to train at midday?
HELLO NEW CRUSH! I’M COMPLETELY IN LOVE. He sounds like a demanding evil footy dictator and I love it. Pain is nothing! Winning is everything!
An evil dictator with a TRUNDLE WHEEL.
Pic. Quentin Jones
PLUS THE BOYS ARE TOTALLY SCARED OF HIM.
Lil Blake Ayshford said:
“There’s no music and no air-conditioner … so we’re sweating up a bit. I think he’s just trying to get us into the pre-season mentality – he’s really working us hard and stamping his authority at the moment, which is good. It’s working on us.”
”Hopefully, we’ll start getting the music in and the air-conditioner will start to work soon. One of the boys asked him whether the air-conditioner could be turned on, and he said it was broken. I don’t know whether it’s broken or not – we’re too scared to try it at the moment.”
This Folkes character is kinda starting to remind me of The Greatest Character in Television History, also known as Sue Sylvester from Glee.
To quote the fucking fierce Sue on the topic of fear:
“We’re dealing with children, they need to be terrified, it’s like mothers milk to them – without it their bones won’t grow properly”.
Do you think he wears adidas tracksuits every day, too? In my mind he totally does.
Steve Folkes I love your work!
I hope he also stands on the sideline with a megaphone and yells out some of Sue Sylvester’s trademark inspirational phrases when the boys get tired:
“You think this is hard? Try being waterboarded, that’s hard!”
“You think this is hard? I’m living with hepatitis, that’s hard!”
“You think this is hard? Try filling your own cavity, that’s hard!”
Or when the boys fail to live up to their potential at training:
“This is what we call a total disaster, ladies. I’m going to have to ask you to smell your arm pits… That’s the smell of failure. And it’s stinking up my office!”
Maybe even to let the players know that turning up late to practice is UNACCEPTABLE:
“And if you are one minute late, I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat, and then, on some dark, cold night, I will steal away into your home … and punch you in the face.”
And then, of course, every week there has to be a story that could only be about rugby league. Like the week when Ben Hannant got swine flu. Or the week Sonny Bill Williams fled to Europe under cover of darkness. Some shit only happens in league. This week’s lucky winner?
Uncle Wayne (aka the Messiah of Kogarah) might be hiring a kick-ass judo trainer, who is also:
a) cage fighter;
b) a former Judo reserve for the Australian Olympic team, and;
c) ex-con who shared a jail cell with Ivan Milat.
Well OF COURSE HE IS. What else would you expect from a rugby league martial arts trainer? That kind of thing is too rugby league for words. Ain’t no soccer trainers who are reformed ex-jailbirds, are there? No rugby union support staff who’ve watched Ivan Milat pee. Rugby league, you never cease to surprise and amaze me.
As for Mick Cutajar, who is the guy they’re talking about – and apparently a really good cage fighter, if you were wondering – all I have to say is: that’s one SWEET judo outfit. I like him. Maybe if the trainer thing doesn’t work out, Uncle Wayne can hire him as a fashion consultant … just send my commission to Errol HQ.