Attn: Nigel Melville.
It is time for you to return to the homeland. You’ve been around for close to 10 years ‘running’ American Rugby and have absolutely nothing to show for it. You have a chance with one of the world’s leading rugby reporting newspapers, “The Guardian”, to tell the story of what YOUR plan is for American rugby. I say YOUR plan, because it is YOUR plan (well it would be if a plan existed). All the marvelous points you make about the plight of USA Rugby, our performance at RWC2015, and the pointing of fingers away from yourself and your group for the results of hard decisions poorly made (or even not made) during your tenure are pathetic and shows no comprehension of the LEADERSHIP required by a CEO at any level. It is not our play that is embarrassing any more, it is our barren leadership.
Oh, darn… dreaming again. But it got me thinking…
This weekend is one of the epic Rugby watching periods of any four year period. This is the quadrennial global version of the Sweet 16 (that’s the USA College Basketball tournament for all you foreigners out there – suffice to say exciting stuff!).
I’ll be watching all four matches on Sat/Sun online on Universal. I’ll be watching Aussie (now the favorite IMO), and check the AB’s to see if they get it together. Can Wales get it together through injury and that devastating loss to Oz last week? And, can Argentina make history and get to a Semi!?
And then I thought about something.. Here I am, once again, turning on my device at 0600 a.m. to watch two other countries play rugby. Sort of like watching other teams in the Super Bowl and thinking ‘My team should be there’.
I am excited to watch the rugby, the contact, try and get a feel for the atmosphere (I always turn it up too loud). But I could give two hoots deep down about who wins.
By now, if you have read any of my stuff – you know that I am an upset, frustrated former USA Rugby player. And, as I have come to find out, there are a lot of people crammed under that roof. From the mid 1980’s to the RWC2015, there are a lot of frustrated people in American rugby. How about, everyone in American rugby!! I’ve done my share (more than I would like w/out action) complaining, identifying my view on the state of things, basically trying to identify all the reasons why we suck. Yes, I said it. We suck. Not the players, not the coaches, no one person. All of us. We suck.
“We suck” because collectively we have allowed over the years for the American rugby scene to deteriorate into its current state. One in which ABSOLUTELY nothing has changed in at least 24 years. Here’s why. If in 1991, I would have been asked about my RWC experience. I would have said,
1991 Player: “You know I am disappointed, and I would be hard pressed to call this a positive life experience’
You’ve read my previous posts and my thoughts on accountability by USA Rugby RWC2015 Team Management and our USAR Board.
My position on the requirement we have leadership at the top levels of American Rugby, and the lack of accountability and honest at the top level is becoming well known.
Yet, some people in the USA still hang to the notion we are improving. Well, the rest of the world doesn’t seem to think so.
This article published today in the Daily Telegraph rates the RWC2015 Teams. One guess, where do you think USA Rugby ranked.
I had an epiphany today about where I belong in rugby at age 54 and have not been actively engaged in for many years. My next post will be about why I am all of a sudden I am so passionate all of a sudden (in short, just sick and tired of blindly accepting mediocrity), and I’ll provide a background behind that in that post.
Today’s post will focus on BIG ISSUES and pose questions, that I want answered. #NoMoreMediocrity