Quote of the Day: Sportsbet successfully baits PC-mad Australian establishment


Back in the mid-2000’s, the day before the Melbourne Cup, I was asked who I was backing. I asked who was the favourite, and was told it was the horse that had won the previous two years. I put $20 on it and it won. And that is about as interesting as my betting stories get.

I never even liked footy tipping, because I don’t like having to barrack with my head rather than my heart. Also, I barrack for Melbourne..

In more recent betting news, apparently, using Ben Johnson in an obviously self-depreciating advertisement for a betting company sends the message to young athletes that it is ok to use performance enhancing drugs, and grooms the next generation of problem gamblers.

Personally, I think Sportsbet knew exactly what they were doing; they knew full well that the Australian sporting, media and political establishment are so thoroughly politically correct that they would over-react, and generate free publicity.

Of course, once all this has blown over, advertising companies can go back to promoting interracial relationships and telling us that fathers are stupid.

For now, enjoy a good laugh. For now..

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David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.