WorkCover Authority of New South Wales vs. Garry Howatt

WorkCover Authority of New South Wales

Someone's got a bad case of the Mondays.

Happy Monday! I know – Monday blows. Garfield hates Mondays, rainy days and Mondays always get Karen Carpenter down, Ziggy has a case of the Mondays, only for the Mammas and the Pappas was Monday morning all they hoped it could be, and even then Monday Monday left and didn’t take them, whatever the hell that means. But why is Monday so fraught? Well, for most of us, it’s the start of the work week, where we have to shake off our magical weekends of nifty experimental theatre workshops and silent films and homemade french onion soup (or whatever the hell you did with your weekends) and face reality.

Fortunately, in Australia at least, your nightmarish job is considerably safer than it could otherwise be thanks to the WorkCover Authority of New South Wales. Their entire job is to keep you safe at your job so that you don’t end up like the people in their disturbing ad campaign. Compare that to an old hockey player, who probably spent the majority of his career making people look like those ads. Fucking NHL.

VS.

Garry Howatt

Don't mess with the Toy Tiger.

Ah, our national pastime. Again. At the Tournament of Everything, Alison and I have no business discussing the virtues of “Our Game” as, frankly, we both care very little for it. And in many ways, Garry Howatt should epitomize that dislike.

Known as a “tough guy,” (or his nickname, “Toy Tiger” … what?) Howatt was best known for his fighting despite the fact he was 5’9″ and 175 lbs. This won the hearts of New York Islanders fans, where Howatt had his greatest years (including two Stanley Cups). What then, is it that makes Howatt worthy of your vote when he seems to go completely against workplace safety? (Well, that’s not entirely true. While he did plenty of time in the penalty box he briefly held a record for most penalty minutes without a misconduct. This seems to suggest he played the tough game in a clean way. Whatever that means.)

More importantly, Howatt suffered from epilepsy. But he was undeterred and went after his dream becoming an inspiration to others. And that’s really what a role model is supposed to be. Not some stupid hot shit player whoring himself out for commercials involving them sweating Gatorade. Howatt did it against the odds and had the kind of career that isn’t shaped by flashiness or product endorsement. Game on.

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Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 8:55 am  Leave a Comment  

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