Thursday, August 16, 2012

Saving the Arsenal Captains of London

The Robin van Persie transfer saga has finally come to a close, with the Dutchman completing a high profile move from Arsenal to Old Trafford. Here’s how an open letter from Manchester United Football Club to its fans garnered the support to finally get their man.

Dear Sir / Madam:

Sir Alex Ferguson needs your help to finish building an enclosure at Old Trafford for the abused Arsenal Captains of London. Operation Arse Cap is our program to free the Arsenal captains in need of our help and give them a better life with the prospect of winning the English Premier League.

With the help of Manchester City, Barcelona and Inter Milan, three former Arsenal captains have been rescued and freed, released to the safety and comfort of the San Siro, Camp Nou and Etihad Stadium. But in London there is still an Arsenal captain being kept illegally. His name is Robin van Persie and he is living in peril. 

Manchester United needs your help to rescue him.

Robin is too scarred to be sent back to Emirates Stadium having lived in such callous circumstances for so long. He has lost all hope, optimism and self-belief, failing to win anything in years. He desperately needs to be saved from the perilous conditions that currently keep him captive. 

But we cannot help him without you.

Arsenal captains are intelligent beings that have great aspirations and live highly complex and engaging lives. Keeping them captive, chained within the financial constraints of Arsenal Football Club, affects their mental and physical well-being. Some captains will rock back and forth on the same spot. Others go as far as self mutilation. And this is why we must act now. Cesc Fabregas was so badly treated that any delay in his transfer to Barcelona meant the difference between life and death. 

These captains need your help.

Many of the Arsenal captains in captivity have never felt the touch of silverware on their fingertips or a winner’s medal around their neck. The sanctuary of Old Trafford has the capacity to provide an environment similar to the captains’ natural habitat, allowing him to display his natural flair and goal scoring ability without the pressure of being partnered with species the likes of Arshavin or Walcott.

Old Trafford is a solution to free the last great Arsenal captain that is being kept illegally.

The enclosure in Manchester will include three top class strikers to share the goal scoring burden as well as three legitimate wingers who can provide dangerous crosses into the box.  There will also be the support of defenders who know how to tackle. Most importantly there is a culture of winning that promises to deliver what Arsenal captains desperately crave - a trophy.

In order to free Robin van Persie, build this sanctuary and help stop cruelty to the Arsenal Captains of London we need to raise nearly 24 million dollars. 

To support Operation Arse Cap please purchase shares in Manchester United Football Club on the New York Stock Exchange.

With your help we can make a difference.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The real losers from London 2012

The Olympics are done and dusted. The Aussies, in particular the much vaunted swim team, fell well short of expectations.  The Australian Olympic Committees pre-games 15 gold predication was wildly optimistic. 

Yes hindsight and stating the obvious are two of my favourite hobbies!

It hasn’t taken long for the ‘experts’ to begin dissecting our Olympic performance, with everyone in the know pointing the finger at the federal government for a lack of funding in high performance sports. It seems like it’s the taxpayers fault for Michael Diamond’s Greg Norman impersonation. Supposedly we should all reach deep into our pockets for more of our hard earned to ensure in Rio Matthew Mitcham might make the final!!!

Personally I don’t like ragging on athletes who don the green and gold – unless of course it’s cricket, football or union. Bitching about (mostly) amateur athletes who put their lives on hold to represent Australia is like taking a leak in the shower. It might feel really good at the time, but there’s something about standing in a pool of your own urine that’s morally wrong.

So instead of putting the knife deeper into James “Misfire” Magnussen and Steve “Yips” Hooker, I thought I’d take a look at the real losers from London 2012.

     1. Commonwealth Bank Australia: Rather than dropping their interest rates to support struggling families in these tough economic times, the wise heads at CBA decided to plow millions into their ‘CAN’ advertising campaign.

For two weeks we had to watch as our mortgage repayments were thrown in our face while an annoying group of lifelike letters talked up our athletes’ chances, especially the aforementioned Magnussen.

Spare a thought for the head of marketing at CommBank, who the day after our Weapons of Mass Destruction self destructed in the 4 x 100 men’s relay, had to call a team meeting. Here’s how that meeting played out:

Marketing head: “Jeez we really missed the mark with the whole CAN thing. Did you see that relay this morning? What a total eff up.”
Assistant: “Yeah, what a total eff up!”
Marketing head: “We need to do something quick to fix this.”
Assistant: “Yeah, we need to fix this quick.”
Marketing head: “How about we keep the ‘T’?”

A few days later when Magnussen was pipped in the 100m free final the Marketing head sent the following text to his assistant - keep the ‘T’ and let’s replace the ‘A’ with a ‘U’!!!

      2. Swisse: This campaign was so successful it had my four year old humming the tune to ‘ain’t no stopping me’ while reluctantly brushing his teeth each night. Of course after the first week when he realised that despite his enthusiastic cheering the Aussies weren’t winning Gold medals, he quickly went back to the ‘Go Diego Go’ theme song. It’s also good to know that the best source of vitamin c might be an orange instead of an orange coloured tablet.

Tired? Stressed? You’ll win silver on Swisse.

     3. The Australian sports loving public: I know we all (quite rightly)had a bitch and moan about Channel 9’s seizure inducing coverage…we’re at the pool, now over to gymnastics, now equestrian, back to the pool…but at least we had some semblance of constant sport on the box 24/7. Even if it was accompanied by Karl Stefanovic’s head. Now that the Olympics are over all we have to look forward to is Lara Bingle visiting the Big Brother house in the Shire to dance off against a desperate farmer who is looking to get laid.

Please shoot me now…not you Michael Diamond!