Election-Free Zone: What makes a good WAG?
There is a wall of federal election coverage out there today. This isn’t more of it.
A glance at the list of most popular stories on any major website shows Australians are talking about a bunch of other things aside from politics. So alongside our daily campaign coverage we’ll be bringing you a daily potted summary of the non-election issues grabbing voters’ attention, trying not to draw unnecessary parallels with federal politics unless it involves budgies, forward movement, or other parallels too obvious to resist. Today, let’s start with sporting WAGs.
What makes a good WAG?
The indisputably stunning girlfriend of Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury, Alex Davis, is a rising star of the WAG world but is at a loss to explain why.
She was ranked third most-glamorous WAG in a Herald Sun / Seven News fan survey, but says she was surprised with the label. “I’m pretty casual,” she says. “I’m not glamorous by any means.”
Your honour, um, please see exhibit A above: that dress.
A sports story getting deserved attention today is the extraordinary performance of the Sydney Roosters in yesterday’s NRL game against Canterbury. The story focusing on the Roosters’ iron-nerved hero Braith Anasta was the most-read on The Australian’s website for some time today. It’s a great read.
A sporting personality in the headlines for the wrong reasons is ex-cricketer Dean Jones, whose 2007 Father of the Year award has been stripped after it was revealed he had a nine-year affair with a flight attendant and had a love child with her.
Elsewhere Mel Gibson is reportedly considering moving back to Australia (if only there were celebrity TPVs for stars whose careers are imploding) and Boeing’s new 787 has made its first international appearance, at a UK air show.
But the day’s best stoush involves (drum roll) Masterchef, with celebrity stirrer Neil Perry claiming he was misquoted in a report in which he appeared to poo-pooh the hit show’s contestants as “nobodies”.
Perry’s strategy for dealing with the story has been to email Masterchef judge Matt Preston and posted the message on his Facebook page. On Twitter, Perry said he didn’t see what the problem was “other than arsehole editors trying to sell papers.”
Have a read of what Perry said here and decide whether he has egged this particular pudding appropriately.
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