Please stay, LJ!

toriness 16 March 2010 28

Will someone pass the hat (the biggest hat in the land) around please to convince Lauren Jackson to stay in Canberra and keep on assisting the Capitals cream their opposition?

As the article says she loves it here in our fair city, so let’s give the best female basketballer in the world another reason to stay.

I for one love watching her play and would love to see the Canberra Capitals win some more back-to-back WNBL titles and cement their position as the most successful team in the history of the competition.


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Thumper Thumper 7:18 pm 18 Mar 10

I still think we should have a 50 foot statue of Jim Morrison straddling the federal highway at dickson.

Come on, you know you want it…

I-filed I-filed 6:16 pm 18 Mar 10

Every time I drive through Phillip past that hideous tower of flats with 7 foot ceilings … overlooking roads and a mall, I think of Lauren Jackson, paid to feature in their shonky advertising campaign (I suspect they had to film her on the balcony, because her head would have hit the ceiling inside). They gave that public-housing-esque block some fancy name, and LJ was filmed looking out over some sort of vague “cosmopolitan” lightscape and pretending she was going to live there. As if! Frankly, that reminder of Lauren Jackson’s lust for money she didn’t need is all WE need. Greedy dishonest bitch!

Observing Observing 12:25 pm 18 Mar 10

gun street girl said :

spinact said :

Surely she’s worthy of having a suburb named after her?

I think you have to be dead to receive that particular honour.

Yes, that can be arranged…

All for the greater cause of honouring LJ of course.

Observing Observing 12:24 pm 18 Mar 10

motleychick said :

Seriously who puts up statues anymore?!

Saddam Hussein?

No wait, his statue building career ended prematurely….

sloppery sloppery 8:47 am 18 Mar 10

So we have all sorts of hassles with government spending, and are trying to find $80M in cutbacks, and yet we can pay some chick to chuck a ball through a small hoop?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 8:43 am 18 Mar 10

Anna Key said :

Maybe they could name one of the potholes after her

I propose we start up a Lauren Jackson Memorial Pothole Scheme.
Anything over the size of an A4 sheet of paper can have her name stencilled around the outside.

sexynotsmart sexynotsmart 11:22 pm 17 Mar 10

Awww but Nicole Romeo is so much CUTEr!

Lauren should continue to shine on the world stage. She’s outgrown us. If you love something, set it free. And sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. Farewell LJ, and know that we love you.

PS: Nic is hotness.

Anna Key Anna Key 9:47 pm 17 Mar 10

miz said :

Agreed, not from taxpayers’ pockets – and no more statues either, of LJ or anyone else. Honestly, what are they thinking? Don’t they SEE the potholes, uncut median strips etc?

Maybe they could name one of the potholes after her

Postalgeek Postalgeek 4:41 pm 17 Mar 10

Ian said :

My theory is he wants all these statues to soften us up for the one he really wants – a 30m high one of himself in Civic Square, Kim il-Sung style. Or perhaps Cristo Redentor style, on Black Mountain.

Thinking too small. Black mountain, Mt Rushmore Style.

weaponx weaponx 3:21 pm 17 Mar 10

Pfft who watches Womens Basketball anyway?

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:15 pm 17 Mar 10

There was a whip round organised to get baseball up and running in Canberra not that long back, how did that get on? I’m sure a whip round to keep Jackson in the city would be far more popular, I’m good for a few bob…

Ian Ian 12:10 pm 17 Mar 10

54-11 said :

That’s right, motley – Stanhope wants a statue of her. Perhaps to sit alongside the one of Al Grassby. What a fate for Lauren!

I don’t know what it is about Stanhope but he seriously needs some therapy.

My theory is he wants all these statues to soften us up for the one he really wants – a 30m high one of himself in Civic Square, Kim il-Sung style. Or perhaps Cristo Redentor style, on Black Mountain.

Ian Ian 12:06 pm 17 Mar 10

Skidbladnir said :

Juice Terry said :

I’m lost here. From your statement above, I take it the ACT Government is currently paying her to play for the Capitals? I just assumed she was being paid by the Capitals.

Nope.
Both Matt Giteau and Jauren Jackson are on the public purse.
Stanhope has a tendency to step in and prop up with taxpayer’s scratch the sportings teams which can’t afford their talent.

IE: If sports teams want to live beyond their means, taxpayers will foot the bill.

Such is the price of ego driven politicians who want to bask in the reflected glory of the success of local sporting teams. The dollars don’t matter if it gets them some of the credit for the team’s successes.

Myself, I don’t agree propping up sporting teams to be able to pay people they can’t otherwise afford is wrong. There are higher priorities for the money. Also it makes the sporting teams lazy – easier to go to govt for a handout than get out and sell the benefits to commercial sponsors.

toriness toriness 11:19 am 17 Mar 10

bd84 said :

The Capitals only won the championship because of her, but I don’t think it justifies an outlay of cash from the government to get her back again.

She certainly was a key player but the Capitals have actually won 2 recent titles 06-07 and 08-09 without LJ. It’s a team sport – every player counts when it comes to winning the championship.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:05 am 17 Mar 10

Juice Terry said :

I’m lost here. From your statement above, I take it the ACT Government is currently paying her to play for the Capitals? I just assumed she was being paid by the Capitals.

Nope.
Both Matt Giteau and Jauren Jackson are on the public purse.
Stanhope has a tendency to step in and prop up with taxpayer’s scratch the sportings teams which can’t afford their talent.

IE: If sports teams want to live beyond their means, taxpayers will foot the bill.

Juice Terry Juice Terry 12:21 am 17 Mar 10

Skidbladnir said :

….If she should stay, then convince the local private sector to support her…..

I’m lost here. From your statement above, I take it the ACT Government is currently paying her to play for the Capitals? I just assumed she was being paid by the Capitals.

bd84 bd84 9:42 pm 16 Mar 10

I liked the suggestion of a letter in the crimes to turn the Grassby statue into smelt and make it into a Lauren Jackson statue (might not be enough of him to make a lifesize LJ though).

The Capitals only won the championship because of her, but I don’t think it justifies an outlay of cash from the government to get her back again.

gun street girl gun street girl 9:14 pm 16 Mar 10

spinact said :

Surely she’s worthy of having a suburb named after her?

I think you have to be dead to receive that particular honour.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:31 pm 16 Mar 10

Like miz, I have five potholes of significance on two seperate roads that I dodge everyday.
If she should stay, then convince the local private sector to support her.
I don’t think she’s such a vital economic asset that we should be keeping her in town courtesy of the taxpayer. And with cash that could be spent on almost anything else with greater return to the public at large.
How am I meant to know if she’s using the money to pay off trips to Bali or a mortgage on her Gold Coast apartment?
I’d support some kind of open Public Cost-Benefit analysis of these Pay To Stay decisions.

(Unless of course I’m missing something and the Bulldyke/Militant-Feminist Contingent are either only in town because of her or they _really_ spend huge amounts at the games…)

motleychick motleychick 4:24 pm 16 Mar 10

54-11 said :

That’s right, motley – Stanhope wants a statue of her. Perhaps to sit alongside the one of Al Grassby. What a fate for Lauren!

I don’t know what it is about Stanhope but he seriously needs some therapy.

I agree with you completely. Has he given a reason as to why?? Seriously who puts up statues anymore?!

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