Professionals need to excel

LO AND behold, the old Boofhead received an email this week from cricketer Josh Brady.

Josh was upset about commentary on the Reds v Waratahs game on Saturday night and I don't blame him.

The commentators said that union fans should expect mistakes at the start of a season after the Waratahs threw a messy pass. Josh's opinion was there should be no simple mistakes as they have had a considerable amount of practise during the pre-season.

"These players get paid better than most of us to do what they love," Josh said.

"If any other person was to have a holiday for five months and went back to work after this duration and made a mistake, the boss wouldn't say to the person that this is expected or acceptable.

"So why is it OK for professional sportsmen to make mistakes at the start of the season?"

I agree with Josh 100%. Professional sportsmen shouldn't be making simple errors in matches. It's fair enough to drop the ball when getting smashed in a tackle by a 130kg prop forward, or throwing a speculator on the last pass when a try is on offer, but dropping the ball cold or throwing a pass to no one while under no pressure in elite sport shouldn't be accepted.

But what I really hate is the way players react to these mistakes nowadays.

You see it in the NRL and Super Rugby. The ball is dropped, knocked on. A pass is thrown forward from dummy half

What happens? The rest of the team race to console the poor player. There are pats on the head, pats on the bum, even warm and loving hugs.

The next thing you know they will be blowing each other kisses.

Its big change from when I was playing footy. Back then you were too scared to make a mistake.

If you dropped a ball five out from your own try line you were lucky not to cop a whack over the head or a boot up the bum.

One thing you could bank on was a barrage of abuse from your teammates.

"Boofhead, you numbskull, nitwit what the hell were you *#*@*$ !% THINKINGGGGG!"

Another thing's for sure, in the old days you didn't get a pat on the left buttock for dropping a ball.

Good week

Gympie tri-athlete Shaun Lee comes home with a gold medal in the Queensland schools triathlon held on Suttons Beach at Redcliffe.

Bad week

Rain washes out all sporting events in Gympie on the weekend and the Gympie Cats lose four fridges when 1.5m of water enters their clubhouse.

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