When Melbourne's rugby team won a premiership, I was surprised and gave it some thought. I hope I have this right. It is rugby league. Rugby union is the posh one. Rather a silly game, whichever version you watch, but many seem to like it. (Victor has his fingers poised at the keyboard)
So how come Melbourne can win against Sydney teams when there is no rugby culture here to speak of? That is what I thought at the time. I worked it out a bit. The whole of Melbourne fields one team against many Sydney teams. We have four or so million possible players for one team whereas Sydney has many teams from perhaps five million people to select from.
Still, I wasn't satisfied. I took some pride in that Melbourne Storm beat Sydney teams, but still I was puzzled about Storm's success. Ok, got it now. Someone is pumping huge amounts of money into Melbourne's rugby to promote the game here. Management can afford to pick the the creme de la creme, the absolute best to make up our team. I was satisfied with my self explanation.
I know about AFL salary caps. I never thought to wonder about rugby league salary caps. But then I know little about rugby league. I don't know about the values of certain players. If I knew a bit more, I think the whole success of Storm might have smacked me in the face with the bleeding obvious. You only get the best players by paying them more than anyone else is prepared to do. But how can you if you are restricted by salary caps? There are ways and means, as we now find out.
What a lot of tosh we are being asked to believe. From Rupert Murdoch down to the orange boy, everyone who had any interest in the game must have known about the salary cap breaches.
The actors are all on stage delivering their pieces to the audience, except the audience has left in disgust at such an implausible plot.