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Doping and Organised Crime

A couple of weeks ago I watched with interest the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah.  I honestly never expected to see Armstrong admit to cheating in his sport of cycling.  For so long I believed that people were gunning for him due to the tall poppy syndrome.  Surely, someone who won seven consecutive Tour de France’s had to be juiced up, they were saying. No one could possibly achieve that feat without some assistance, they said.

I for one believed him and then felt like a schmuck when I heard him confess. I knew that doping in cycling was rife but I hoped that the best of the best, who had such stellar careers and did so much good in the community, were above that.  That these people won because they had a drive and determination and a skill that made them the best.

I now can’t look at the sport of cycling or its participants without thinking cheats and that their sport is tarnished, perhaps forever.

I remember thinking that I am glad that cycling, which is to me, just a sport which is a passing interest, and I felt sorry for all of the fans whose sport was now ruined and in tatters.

I was glad I wasn’t that guy.

Until yesterday.

Yesterday the same brush that has tarnished the sport of cycling was also used to brand, well most Australian sports, into the category of drug cheats.

In a historic press conference, the heads of the major sports in Australia, including AFL, NRL, FAA, and CA, with politicians and investigators from the Australian Crime Commission lifted the lid, no blew the lid on illegal doping in most Australian sports with a link to organised crime.

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I was shocked that it was so widespread and while no names were named it was pretty obvious that this story is only going to get bigger and a witch hunt will begin.

So now what?

As a major consumer of sport, particularly AFL, NRL and Cricket, I want names named! I want to know who are the players and coaches and sports scientists and clubs that are illegally trying to get an advantage.

I want to know who the clean players are so that when I watch the footy this winter, I’m not wondering if that goal by a superstar forward was not assisted by illegal doping. That, that freak try that no one in their right mind should have been able to score, was not assisted by illegal doping.  That, that outfield catch which was no one’s business to take, was not assisted by illegal doping.

Because until names are named, that is exactly what I will be thinking.

It’s a very sad time for Australian sport and the authorities must get to the bottom of it and quickly.

So what do you think. Is all Aussie sport tarnished?  Will you be watching and wondering who is a cheat and who isn’t?

Carl Williams – Death of a Scumbag

The Melbourne gangland wars took another turn this week with the murder of notorious underworld identity, Carl Williams.  Williams was bashed by a fellow inmate at Barwon Prison in Victoria and a short time later, died of heart failure.

So what’s the problem?

There is none.  A known drug dealer and murderer is dead.  That’s great.  Maybe not great for his innocent daughter, but great for the many people who have been fucked up by his drugs.  It’s great for the tax payers of Victoria who now do not have to foot the bill for his confinement as a ‘guest’ of the Victorian Government.  That is a saving of approx $50,000 a year.  Cool.  Now that money can be reinvested into meth clinics to help treat those people who have been affected by the drugs supplied by Carl Williams and his scum crew.

The original series of Underbelly focused on the gangland wars in Melbourne. Over 30 people have been killed during this bloody battle over a 9 year period.  If I remember correctly, I don’t recall any innocent people being killed in this series.  It really was a show about murderers and drug dealers killing murderers and drug killers.  Net result?  Society is better off without them.

Wouldn’t it be great if the drug dealers and murderers knocked each other off, saving the police and the justice system the hard work of locking them up?

I have an idea which will benefit society in many ways.

Let’s close down all maximum security prisons, convert them into parks and residential areas and send all of the prisoners (read: scumbags) to a maximum security island off the coast of South Australia (read: Kangaroo Island) and have our own version of Alcatraz.

Better still.  Set it up to be like the 1980’s movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘The Running Man’.  If you haven’t seen ‘The Running Man’, rent it from your local video store this weekend and see how prisoners become the stars of a futuristic reality TV show that hunt and kill each other.  What a great way to not only keep the costs down for maintaining prisoners and their 3 square meals a day, but also reducing the risk of them ever rejoining society again.

Or better still; follow the lead of Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) in ‘Escape from New York’.  In this movie, The Big Apple is now a maximum security prison full of low lives and no gooders, who are not interested in being good citizens.  We could drop all of our prisoners into Hobart and give them Tasmania.  Let them do what they want.  Let them run amok.  They can hunt each other, kill each other, sodomise each other, whatever! Out of sight, out of mind.  The Royal Australian Navy are doing a pretty good job keeping the illegal immigrants arriving every other day out of the country, so extend their operation and patrol around Tassie, and keep the scum from leaving and from stopping anyone trying to get in to get them out!  If anyone does try to escape, the rules of engagement should be simple.  Shoot first, ask no questions later.  It works for Arnie and Sly!

Imagine if one of these scenario’s was up and running.  You could have Martin Bryant and Ivan Milat battling it out for supremacy.  The loser is on a one way trip to hell (if you believe in that crap) and the winner goes on to meet the Snowtown killers.  In days gone by, The Moran family made up of Jason, Mark, Lewis and Des could have tagged teamed against the Ibrahim family led by John.  Outwit, Outlast, Outlive could have been the tagline.  I would tune in to see scumbags killing each other.  Would you?

At the end of the day, Carl Williams was a bad man.  He was made a star because of Underbelly and achieved notoriety the equivalent of bushrangers like Ned Kelly and western villains like Jesse James. The reality was he supplied drugs to kids for money to fund his own personal advancement. When people crossed him, he killed them.  And for all the fame and notoriety and money and women where did it get him?  Bashed about the head with an iron bar and left to die alone in the exercise yard in a prison, joining the long list of drug pushing, murdering criminals who have met the same fate.

He got what he deserved along with the rest of them. Good riddance.
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