“Don’t quit your day jobs.”
“This runs headfirst into a larger phenomenon most Australians would rather pretend doesn’t exist: Seeking acceptance from the USA. There’s a dichotomy of disdain for perceived cultural imperialism butting up against this notion that gaining success it in the United States means you’ve “made it.” This applies to chefs, actors, musicians and of course athletes. Hayne is that dream made manifest, and it’s one other players will seek too.”
…then a clumsy, backhanded analogy of the physical skills required in both sports that – though it may have had good intentions – wound up being reasonably insulting to League athletes…
“If we distill a Rugby League player and an NFL player into their parts we have two very different looking tools. The former is a Swiss army knife, able to do a little bit of everything. The latter is a scalpel, refined and machined to micron-level precision. Neither is better than the other in isolation, they simply serve different purposes. You’d never want to perform surgery with a Swiss army knife, nor would you want a scalpel to open a can of beans while camping.”
…and ends with him accidentally proving his own hypothetical point about American football and its criticisms.
“Being an NFL fan in Australia means hearing barbs thrown at the sport in one of three well-worn camps: The players are fat, they’re not tough enough to play without pads and they get dozens of 30 second rests during the game.”
“America provides them with a chance to earn that money for a few touches in 16 games, not playing a full 80 minutes each week over a 26-game season.”
And whilst the article itself isn’t completely off-base – and it certainly extols Hayne’s athletic and on-field virtues with gushing reverence – it largely ignores a few key things.