The Panthers‘ star fullback appeared as puzzle as the rest of us when Abdo rattled off a series of season statistics about the team. Among these statistics was that Edwards had an astonishing 193 assists, which Abdo praised as “phenomenal”.
However, the real issue lay in the fact that neither fans in the stand or tuning in from home, nor the players themselves, had any clue what the significance of these statistics was.
There was a strong echo of previous missteps from ex-head of NRL, Dave Smith. Ten years ago he’d mistaken the identity of Kangaroo’s captain, confusing Cameron Smith, then later causing further confusion between Ben Barba and Benji Marshall – dubbing him “Benji Barba”.
Incorrect team introductions by ex-ARL Commission chair, John Grant, also came to mind. He incorrectly welcomed the Cronulla Hawks and Manly Seagulls.
In all seriousness though, the individual who penned Abdo’s speech needs a reality check. Perhaps next time they could steer clear of statistics when their boss takes the stage.
Statistics, even on a good day, can be puzzling, but when your athletes are left scratching their heads, it’s a clear sign you may have missed the mark.