Sunday saw the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder in Bulldog's Willie Mason released along with mentions many of adult respite, ritalin. Publicity commentators saw the news as an attempt to excuse his recent bad behaviour with police proceedings regarding the rape allegations. Children and parents across the country hoping to pin their hopes on blaming their bad behaviour took heed to the reaction of the blame-all on the relatively trend-worthy affliction. Others saw it as a way to boost the mental hold of the NSW State of Origin side against Queensland. Certainly nobody would challenge a man with any sort of medical condition or handicap.
Wednesday then opened up a can of spoils in the AFL. Hawthorn's Nathan Thompson revealed that he had been duelling with the demon of depression for years. Quick to stamp out the chiding fires of fault, Thompson said that it was not excusing his poor form for the season. Driving the openness of the illness is the hope that it will help others better cope and deal with their depression. However, no mention of a specific drug was dropped.
Left at the wedding party of illnesses and football code marriages, Soccer Australia and Rugby Union. What possible pairings to come down the aisle in the next few days will have the benefit of learning from the week's recent outings.
Written on Thursday, 27 May 2004