Up there, Cazaly...
In the last 12 months, footballers have copped an absolute thrashing in the media. And rightly so - it can be hard to like somebody when they act like a total nincompoop. It seems that almost every week, a new story pops up that allows the media to tighten the noose on our sporting elite and, quite frankly, I’ve been more than happy to jump on board the scrutiny bandwagon. The incidents are never flattering and to be honest, don't even make me laugh.
Let me make clear that sex scandals don’t count in what I’m about to say. They're no-brainers. But… maybe the rest of the crazy footballer antics aren't all that bad? Do we ever know the full story after seeing grainy YouTube videos of drunken players being hooligans? Sure, there has to be a line, but maybe it's time we go back to ignoring the whole party thing and let the kids have their fun. AFL legend Doug Hawkins is right, there are more important things going on in Australia right now. Not to mention the hours that footballers spend at the gym. Surely they're allowed to unwind with a beer or 12.
If you're sitting there asking me how I could possibly think that, then fair enough, you're allowed to ask. But after seeing a recent video that has surfaced showing Western Bulldogs AFL players partying in a Hong Kong street, you'll see why. I love it. I don't care what anyone says about it, it's awesome and I will continue to love it for the rest of my life.
Why? Pretty much because it involves a man doing a frontwards worm on top of a taxi. And by 'frontwards worm', I DO mean the dance move. AMAZING!
Does anybody actually realise how cool it is? Watch for yourself and you'll see what I mean. It just looks awesome. Like everybody there was having a great time, and you can't dislike them for that. How many of you love a good dance-floor? I know I do, heck, we all do. And when I see a killer move, like the worm, taken out on the streets, I can't help but get excited. It's like, Urban Grooves, Hong-Kong style and I want to join in.
Seriously, if this is all they're getting up to, then leave them alone. I see this type of thing every weekend, so if you want to fight it, then do so, but don't blame the footballers for it. They shouldn't have to cop the brunt of do-gooders' pessimistic comments because they're partaking in what any young person does when they have fun.
These crazy party antics aren't for everyone and yes, they're stupid and dangerous. But then again so is football, and that seems to be celebrated nationwide, so where to go from here? I think it's time we all give the guys a break.
And besides, if that means letting them go out so we can have more awesome videos of breakdancing on taxis, then I’m all for it.