In 1913 French mathematician and politician Émile Borel’s wrote an article titled “Mécanique Statistique et Irréversibilité”. The article was notable because of imagery Borel invoked in the reader that has a basis in mathematical theory that infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters given an infinite amount of time you eventually write all of the books in the British Museum.
If I let my fingers wander idly over the keys of a typewriter it might happen that my screed made an intelligible sentence. If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters they might write all the books in the British Museum. The chance of their doing so is decidedly more favourable than the chance of the molecules returning to one half of the vessel.
Now granted, this was back in 1913. Back then Eastern Suburbs were the defending premiers of the Sydney competition and the British Museum didn’t even have a section devoted to the impact of emoji’s and their impact on society. Still, infinite moneys, infinite typewriters, infinite time….boom, we have a library full of all the worlds knowledge.
Why am I telling you any of this?
Well it was brought to my attention a few days ago that the NRL has commissioned three different universities to do trend analysis that they hope will bring together enough data to help formulate a 2018 NRL season draw that will have less of an impact on players.
This study will then be handed over to a 10 man NRL player workload balance committee who will ready the study and put forward recommendations to the NRL as to how they can make a better draw for 2018.
Why am I telling you any of this?
Millions of dollars are spent every year on administrators at NRL HQ in Sydney. There is no one that works there who isn’t well paid to do their job.
The current NRL head of football is Brian Canavan. He is not in that role working for peanuts, he is well paid to be the NRL head of football.
Why the fuck does the NRL need three universities and a ten man panel to put forward recommendations to come up with a decent draw when they are paying people in their own office so much money to do that job themselves!
When the fuck did Rugby League become a game run by committee where we need to ask the entire world for their thoughts and feelings before anyone can make a decision!
Your job is to run the sport. RUN THE SPORT!
If someone is in charge of putting together the NRL’s 2018 draw and they need three separate universities and ten more people to help them, SACK THEM! They are not good at their job! They are out of their depth! Pay the money to someone that can sit down and formulate a draw all on their own!
This is exactly what EVERYONE hates about the NRL right now. They are paying for so many outside consultants to come up with studies that for the most part don’t get followed anyway! The people earning big money to make decisions are TERRIFIED to independently make a decision they have to stand by, so they commission reports and panels and through diffusion of responsibility they can say “I know everyone hates the decision we came to, but we are just going on the advice given to use by a thousand different people. Its not all my fault.”.
This is what happens when you have administrators who go around acting like politicians. The NRL tries to make everyone happy, and they come up with so many ridiculous decisions because they feel the need to consult with every man and his dog.
Common sense goes out the window as the games leaders go from one morning tea to the next making soft promises to groups of people, most of whom have nothing to do with Rugby League!
We now have a situation where a professional sporting administration does not feel it is capable of coming up with the draw for a football competition!
These people at NRL HQ earn a lot of money. Money that game has generated. Money they are paid to make decisions for the greater good of the whole sport. When they are no longer capable of making decisions, they should be fired. They should be told to pack their shit and leave because they are no longer of any use as a sporting administrator.
How did we get into this position. The NRL is so ineffective at the job it has been tasked with that it needs multiple university studies and a ten man panel to come up with a fucking football draw!