Monday, January 4, 2010

Do we Need Johny Larkin in our game?

A well-meaning friend delivered the Johny Larkin book, The Cockroach tells all, to me for Christmas. I must say it did start with some promise with his photo and disclaimer on Russell Crowe. After that it went downhill and fast.
It had the usual predictable humour, based around booze, out-dated anecdotes, self-gloating bullshit and the gratuitous use of a fat middle aged man in various photos of distaste. Predictable use of the nickname in an attempt at humour to sell beer and the odd g-string shot.
I am pretty sure that the vast majority of league fans will see some humour in this, but by mid-book will be bored shirtless, much like the Reg Reagan book of a few years back.
The book isn’t even well written as a parody, with contradictory pieces, snippets and cannot even keep its own historical context. Heaven forbid, if anyone actually took this book as a serious piece of journalism.
Now some may describe this rant as a bit hypocritical seeing that we churn out the ole Myth and Legend, Snowy “Bloody” Fraser on our completely independent footy.com site. We don’t trot Snowy out as anything Snowy isn’t. A real reserve grade bush legend , with some outdated views but a real grip on the new world of Rugby League and the expectations of the fans and games. Snowy lives in our world, everyone knows a Snowy. No-one would ever admit to knowing a Johny Larkin.
Not sure how the NRL stops this sort of crap from going to print. The American NFL has such strict controls on how their game is depicted, that some movies have been forced to create their own league for their stories. A case in point is “On Any Given Sunday” in which a fictitious league was created as the NFL did not approve the movie script.
It’s time we moved the humour of our game to the next level, Lets get rid of the “fart” joke toilet humour and embrace some originality.

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