A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year To All Our Valued Readers

On behalf of The Public Apology, I’d like to wish all our valued readers the very best for a Merry Christmas and a warm and prosperous 2015.

I’m absolutely rapt to be leading this team of talented wordsmiths into yet another exciting year full of challenges and possibilities. My original buyer’s remorse upon impulsively spending $50 on a domain name in 2011 has long since gone; in fact, I now consider it one of the greatest faux-professional moves I’ve ever made.

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Some of our highlights in 2014 include:

  • The January 2014 acquisition of indie cult sports blog The Sporting Regard
The TSR acquisition really set the tone for Q3 FY14
The TSR acquisition really set the tone for Q3 FY14
  • The appointment/promotion of three senior editors: Sam Perry, Ben Shine and Alasdair McClintock
  • The relocation of TPA Headquarters to Melbourne in March 2014, which saw the creation of two part-time jobs within Victoria
  • The inaugural TPA Melbourne Summit – a two-day ideas fest involving all members of the TPA editorial team
Shine, Perry at the TPA Melbourne Summit '14
Shine, Perry at the TPA Melbourne Summit ’14
  • The launch of the TPA Live Podcast, helmed by Sam Perry and Dave J. Edwards, with special contributions by Ben Shine and guests
  • A landmark deal with the Chinese government to breakdown the ‘Great Firewall of China’, thereby enabling our North Asian neighbours to access TPA content online for the first time
Edwards just prior to a business meeting in Beijing
Edwards just prior to a business meeting in Beijing
  • The four-month overseas deployment of senior editor Sam Perry, charged with reporting on a range of US/pan-European sporting issues
Pezza on TPA duties in D.C.
Pezza on TPA duties in D.C.
  • A 400% growth in Twitter followers and Facebook page ‘likes’
  • Clear and definable market share growth/lunch-eating in the competitive obscure, niche sports opinion blog market
McClintock, picking some 'shrooms during the TPA Melbourne Summit weekend
McClintock, picking some ‘shrooms during the TPA Melbourne Summit weekend
  • Celebrity endorsement from a range of sporting luminaries, including test cricket’s Ed Cowan.

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Of course, 2015 is looming as an even bigger year for The Public Apology (trading as TPA Media Holdings). We’ve got the TPA Sydney Summit coming up next week, where as a team we will examine our editorial strategy, address current challenges/opportunities, and outline our vision for the 2015 calendar year and beyond.

On behalf of the entire TPA team, a special thanks to you, the readers, for being a part of our story so far. We look forward to continuing this incredible journey with you all.

Many great returns,

Dave J. Edwards

The Public Apology chief editor and founder

Rugby League: The Filthy Lover That Just Won’t Quit

I am not married. I am certainly not married to any sport, but if I had to, I would say Rugby Union has been my longest serving, most faithful partner.

We’ve have some great times, me and Union. A few premierships, more than a few broken bones and misplaced joints, and a couple of World Cup victories. The latter of which I obviously had nothing to do with.

But some time in my mid-teens I got a little curious. I started dabbling in new territory and began playing with a very different kind of ball. It may have shared the same goose-pimpled flesh, but it carried with it a whole new set of connotations. That’s right, I dropkicked my Gilbert and began fiddling with a Steeden (there was this one time with a Sherrin, but we don’t need to go into that).

Sexy little minx
Sexy little minx

It was new and exciting this League. Filthy and bold. Simpler than my old lover yes, but its sheer willingness to get down and dirty and do things my former wasn’t more than made up for it. My new lover liked it rough, in the mud and didn’t balk at a bit of blood. That isn’t to say that my old lover didn’t dabble in these things, but it was more refined; no experimenting on the white couch, that sort of thing.

Yet, as is so often the case with lurid and clandestine affairs, the novelty wore off. Our fling, while kinky and passionate, could not go the distance and I returned to my first love, chagrined and sorrowful, and desperate for a fresh start.

Sweet Union was forgiving and welcoming and even willing to learn a few tricks from that filthy slut, Rugby League. It has been gracious, as it always was, and even lets me return to my lustful lover on the odd occasion to get the build up of filth out of my system. Heck, Union’s now dabbling a bit itself! Getting a bit dizzy on the Izzy, if you know what I mean?*

And even though we both know we shouldn’t, that outrageous little skank just keeps on dragging us back. In moments of weakness, we crave its depravity. In modern times it has gone next level in its filth: anal play, water sports at weddings, choking and even the odd bit of skat – what’s not to love?

"You'll be back"
“You’ll be back”

Union doesn’t do these things. Gosh Darnit! I wouldn’t want it to! The Dionysian perversions of League are all well and good every now and then, but would you bring it home to your parents? If your family dinners often degenerate into ruthless partner-swapping gangbangs, then yes maybe you would, but I assure you the majority of us don’t want to introduce a partner to meet sweet Maw and Paw when there’s a very real risk they could end up on the dining table, on all fours, with a turkey drumstick in their arsehole.

But that’s what league is about and always will be about. It’s the trashy town bike that is always there when you need a little cuddle, or perhaps something far more sinister. It opens its doors to everyone, because it doesn’t judge and is eternally optimistic that the next person through the door may have a bit of meth.

It knows what it is and plays a vital role in our lives, because sometimes you’ve got to push all of your sensibilities aside and just let someone fucking fist you.

By Alasdair McClintock

* I’m not even sure what I mean, but I’d wager it has something to do with Israel Folau.

The Ian Higgins Show Featuring TPA’s Dave J. Edwards

This week on The Ian Higgins Show featuring Dave J. Edwards, the lads discuss:

  • Steve Smith’s parallels with Rolf Harris (both are a bit ‘handsy’);
  • Virat Kohli’s tattoo coverage and good work as a Swisse ambassador;
  • How looking good trumps actual results in cricket;
  • Nathan Lyon’s coming of age;
  • Tim May and Brendon Julian, including the latter’s West Indian Tour (1995);
  • How unqualified we are to discuss international terrorism;

And so much more. Click the media player below and listen in if you want to, I guess.