The Art of the Australian Insult

A spoiled brat and a sook
October 7, 2008, 11:38 pm
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“Waldron is a spoiled brat and a sook.”

Glen, Dee Why, comment on the Daily Telegraph in response to comments by Melbourne Storm boss Brian Waldron. Waldron had complained about the fact that Storm captain Cam Smith was booed by the crowd.

Storm warning: dullness and boredom ahead
September 28, 2008, 11:17 pm
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“Why are the Melbourne Storm so damn dull? I don’t mean their play or the personalities of their players or coach, as they generally seem a good bunch. I mean that somehow, despite all their success, they are league’s answer to former world No.1 in women’s tennis Lindsay Davenport – highly accomplished, with a mantelpiece groaning under the weight of trophies, but no one particularly cares.”

Peter FitzSimons.  Daily Telegraph reader Ian Robinson of Sydney does care – enough to declare that the Storm should be kicked out of the game altogether:

“The Melbourne Storm is a blight upon the game and should be kicked out. They have no fan base, they flaunt the rules and play a dirty cowardly game. Kick them out of the game.”

(Surely he meant “flout” the rules?)

Abhorrent! Scurrilous! Unfounded!
July 28, 2008, 3:29 am
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“We think [Brown’s] comments are unfounded and incredibly damaging to the reputation of the clu. We think it’s scurrilous and that’s unacceptable and we’ve put it in the hands of our lawyers to look at and we’ll be taking action if necessary…His comments are abhorrent.”

Melbourne Storm chief executive Brian Waldron demonstrates that hell hath no fury like an NRL club worried about its brand. Waldron was responding to comments by St George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown, who told his players to respond to Storm tackles with violence. Waldron declared:

“We’ll answer to anyone at the NRL who wants to pass judgment on what we do, but when people start making claims that are defamatory to the brand of Melbourne Storm and the individuals, we think it’s about time we did something about it and we’re not going to put up with it any more.”

So there. Daily Telegraph readers were not impressed. As “Richo” from Burleigh responded:

“Ninety per cent of Storm players are nothing more than thugs. And if it’s not flowing their way, they carry on like 12-year-old schoolgirls. They are very poor sports.”