I’ve got to admit it’s getting tough around here at SU-central. They say no news is good news but when you’re running a blog, no news is….no news.
With so much hanging in the balance it’s hard to be patient and know which way to go. I want resolution. I want retribution. Most of all I just want some direction.
We’ve heard that Saab are changing their emphasis from the Griffin badge to the Saab word mark, but that the Griffin will still be used, albeit slightly differently, starting with the 2010 Saab 9-5.
Markac sent in some alternate Griffin suggestions, which I featured here last week. “Me” has sent some in as well.
With the word mark featuring more prominently, ‘Me’ has removed the name from the badge and emphasised the bird.
Saab have said they’ll use the Griffin a little differently and I assume that means a more subtle use. I could well see this silver version of the Griffin as a subtle treatment on the wheel centercaps.
Karen emailed me an interesting article about Magna International. Some have posed Magna as a potential bidder for Saab. Magna is one of the worlds bigger car parts companies and they also have an assembly plant in Austria, which is where the Saab 9-3 convertible is made.
The interesting thing about Magna is that whilst their car parts arm is reasonably cashed up (1.8billion) and not making too huge a loss at the moment, the owner has some other Magna entities that aren’t doing so well.
Magna Entertainment Corp recently filed for Ch11 protection after years of continuous losses, mainly to do with the horseracing industry. The fear is that Frank Stronach, the owner, will use one business to prop up another (sound familiar?), though the company is making a lot of noise about steps to ensure that is not the case.
One of BMW’s senior staffers is saying that the current economic crisis going to weed out the weak players in the automotive sector, leaving the stronger players with more market share to play with.
The reporter cites Saab, Volvo, Jaguar and Hummer as being the most at risk.
It’s hard to argue with any of those, except maybe Volvo. The others are definitely “at-risk” but hopefully at least one will survive 🙂
On a personal note, I’m happy this week because after six months of nothingness, life is about to take on its true meaning once again.
The 2009 Australian Rules Football season starts on Thursday – and I’ll be there to watch my beloved Carlton take on the very Monte Carlo-esque Richmond (they wear yellow and black).
No other game on earth demands as much from a sportsman. Seriously. 100-minute fitness, strength, toughness, balance, skills by both hand and foot, tackling, evasion, accuracy, vision. It truly is the greatest game in the world.
There was a world cup of Aussie Rules last year, for non-Aussies. There were abour 12 or so teams in the tournament, including a few from Scandinavia.
Here are the Swedish and Danish footy jumpers (or jerseys, if you’re so inclined)
If you’d like to see a little of the greatest game ever, there’s a Youtube highlights package after the jump.
For those who have clicked through….
Essential skills of Aussie Rules football.
Kicking: the fundamental skill – kicking the ball. Kick to a team mate, kick to score a goal. Kick to get rid of the ball and not get penalised for ‘holding the ball’ when tackled.
Marking: Best decribed as catching the ball after a kick. If someone kicks the ball and you catch it (“mark” it) without it bouncing or being touched by someone else, then you get to pause and take a kick without any direct pressure from an opponent (or you can run off with it). High marks over a pack of players are much celebrated.
Handball: place the ball on an open hand and punch it with the other hand. Once you take posession of the ball, the only legal ways to dispose of it are via a kick or handball.
Tackling: you can tackle a player when he’s in posession of the ball. This is a full contact sport.
Scoring: The posts at each end of the ground are the scoring zone. Kick the ball through the two tall, central posts without it being touched by anyone and that’s a goal (6 points). If the ball goes through the gaps on either side of the central goal zone (ie. between a taller and shorter post) then that’s a single point only.
It might take a little getting used to, but it’s the greatest game on earth. The game I’m going to tomorrow is sold out, meaning there could be as many as 100,000 people at the ground.