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Brooklyn's global reach

For those of you who don't know, I'm Australian.

I was sitting at home earlier today watching the TV nightly news when an interview with Lance 'Buddy' Franklin was aired. Franklin is the biggest name player in the AFL (Australian Football League). He's essentially the AFL equivalent of LeBron James - tall, young, freakishly athletic, has more twitter followers than anyone else in the game and he's highly-marketable because young fans throughout the country love him.

I, personally, can't stand him (just like LeBron).

Buddy is arrogant, a complete moron (as evidenced by some of his "questionable" behaviour off the field), and he plays for my team's biggest rival - the Hawthorn Hawks. But, talent-wise, he's un-surpassed. He wins huge games off his own boot and, as much as it pains me to say it, he could possibly be the most talented player in the 120+ year history of the game.

He's also currently the hottest news item in the Australian sporting media because he hasn't played a game for the Hawks in the past six weeks and there's a tonne of rumour and innuendo as to why - potential disciplinary issues within the club, possible trouble with the law etc.

Until today, he refused to address the media on the issue. But today, outside a team training session, he finally answered some questions from the waiting national media throng.

What was he wearing? A plain old white t-shirt, jeans.... and a Brooklyn Nets snapback cap.

Mr Yormark, Mr Prokhorov, Mr Carter - Your strategy is most certainly working.

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