A complicated look at uncomplicated topics to ameliorate your day.
Usually, one hit wonders are associated with the music industry. Songs or hit singles that have captured the hearts of a generation for one reason or another. Not being a music connoisseur, I thought it would be wise to focus on other walks of life to try and pinpoint some other one hit wonders. First, it may be wise to touch on perhaps the most recognizable one hit wonder in the history of music. From there, lets add a little twist to the done to death boring old Music One Hit Wonders.
If you have been to a family function or even school graduation in the past 30 years there is a good chance you would have heard My Sharona. It is a 10.30pm classic that has cleared many a table after a liquid courage or two. What ever it is about the 1979 hit song that generates such enthusiasm has not necessarily translated into more success for The Knack.
Now for a slightly twisted look at one hit wonders from the recent past outside of the music world.
Now, this may be a very premature and unfair one hit wonder but this could turn out to be a monumentally good prediction. Ashton Agar, for those unaware, was selected by Australia to play in the first Ashes test in England this year. He was selected as a bowler and would slot in at number 11 in the batting order.
Without much media attention or notoriety the 19 year old debutant would make 98 runs in his first test innings. With the social media spotlight firmly shining on the boy wonder the word spread of the performance, which rescued Australia from an embarrassing 9-117. No number 11 had previously reached a century and Agar was moments away from an unparalleled entry into test cricket. It was not to be but the scene is set for a burgeoning test career to develop for another decade or two.
Here is the problem, Agar was not troubling any of the English batsmen and claimed only 2 wickets at an average of 124 in his two tests (the lower the better for bowlers). Meanwhile, England’s spinner Graeme Swan was busy taking 13 wickets in the two tests tearing holes in Australia’s batting line up. The lofty standard set with the bat was only a bonus, as his test viability will survive only on consistent bowling performances. Let’s check back in about 2030 and see where this prediction sits.
A little left field and you don’t go broke making money but as the western world knows, you don’t get caught in crocs if you have any type of image to uphold. Why a one hit wonder you ask….
Crocs opened on the NASDAQ at around $14 per share. It surged to close to $70 a share 18 months later. Now it sits at $13 per share and has transformed from an exponential growth company to a plain flat lining business.
I should probably alert you to the 15th most ‘liked’ group on Facebook.
Going with the theme of one hit wonders, when we think AFL there are many unfulfilled aspirations for players and shattered dreams for supporters. Casting an eye over the last 10 or 15 years there are a few that come to mind. As always it is far easier to pick on Collingwood and what a perfect starting point.
It was a wet and dreary ANZAC Day in Melbourne. The now entrenched Collingwood v Essendon clash was set up. Collingwood had picked a 17 year old in only his second game of AFL football. Enter Mark McGough.
A sublime performance saw McGough win the coveted ANZAC Day medal for the best afield. As a young player who performed on one of the biggest days of football aside from finals it was a perfect platform to launch a successful career. Unfortunately for McGough it was to be a highlight of his 6-year AFL career. McGough has a skill set that could have been potent in the 70s or 80s but with the modern focus on elite running and speed, it was not to be for the 2002 ANZAC Day medalist.