Aug 13, 2020
AFL Mad Scramble: Day Sixteen
A column every day for twenty days, as we get more football than we even asked for.
Occasionally, this column will even mention football but rarely sensibly.
Gold Coast (73) v Essendon (73)
Day sixteen! Only four days to go in this festival of footy.
Who would have thought when we began that I’d have something to say every day for sixteen days straight!
What’s that? I haven’t really? It’s been like the ravings of a madman, but at least the Unabomber had less grammatical mistakes?
These are fair points.
At least we got a close game last night, and after a rough start, the festival has given us a few good games recently.
The Suns are turning not quite winning into a bit of an artform in recent weeks.
They were 18 points up, three minutes into the last quarter, but from there managed to lose the lead, tie the game up, then blow several chances to take the lead again.
As always, it was David Zaharakis who stood up for the Bombers, Essendon would be lost without him, and he booted two goals to drag them back into the contest.
This being Essendon, he then immediately went off injured. Perhaps when Jennifer Coate has finished looking into hotel quarantine, she could look into why Essendon injures so many of their players.
Obviously, the highlight of the game was Matt Rowell taking notes. His note taking was elite. I’ve never seen anyone at that age take notes like that.
Sydney v Greater Western Sydney (OS) 8:10pm Foxtel
Where was the 2020 battle of Sydney? Perth of course.
As with all things this year, nothing makes sense. It all makes you somewhat numb to everything going around you.
An entire continent could dip below the surface of the ocean, and people would say to you ‘that’s 2020’ and you’d just agree.
This is the year after all that gave us bushfires, COVID and a new Nickelback album. These are surely end of days.
The Swan’s year hasn’t been very Swans like. There’s been an unfortunate combination of youth and injuries.
Sydney’s only win in the last five games in Hawthorn, which is more like half-a-win in five games, so on form things aren’t looking good for this.
The Giants are rotating a lot of players at the moments, this being the tail end of a lot of games, that makes sense.
There’s been talk of doing this festival of footy every year. I hope they don’t. I would like the world to go back to some semblance of normality after all this.
Plus, people like to go to games, and as exciting as going to a 6:10pm game on a Wednesday sounds, a lot of people aren’t going to be able to do that.
It’s something the AFL seems to never learn, sometimes you need something to not be around all the time so you can miss it.
Giants to win.
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