Sep 01, 2020
AFL Mad Scramble Two: Day Six
A column every day, as we get more football than we even asked for.
Occasionally, this column will even mention football but rarely sensibly.
Hawthorn v Adelaide (AO) 5:40pm Foxtel
So today, around 400 AFL officials, club staff members, families and media will fly out of Melbourne to the Gold Coast.
I look forward to hearing the complaints about how tough being in a resort in Queensland is that are sure to follow.
Those of us in Victoria can only imagine the horror.
While the Adelaide Crows preseason camp holds the title for the footy story that has gone on forever, the Cotchins are giving it a new crack, in regard to the infamous spa visit.
My day involves checking the daily coronavirus case numbers, then getting across the claims and counterclaims in that incident.
Basically, it’s so far gone:
Richmond and the AFL: Respect the Cotchins’ privacy.
Media: Well, it was a public Instagram post, it placed the season in danger and the AFL have fined them, so we’re going to mention it.
Richmond and AFL: You must respect the Cotchins’ privacy.
Public: We’re over this story now. Let’s move on.
AFL Media: Let’s quieten the situation by suspending a journalist for writing what had already been run in the media.
Public: We never thought we’d say this, but we’re on a footy journo’s side here. Also, this story was over, why are you bringing it up again?
Brooke Cotchin: I’m sorry for my actions and I never wanted the journalist to be sacked.
Public: Great apology. Let’s consider this matter now closed and never speak of it again.
Brooke Cotchin: I’m going to bring this up in the media to talk about how hard this has been on me.
Public: No need, you deserve privacy and we’re sorry some idiots sent you horrible messages..
Brooke’s dad: Richmond and the AFL handled this very poorly.
Public: Guys, this story was ove..
Jane Gale: My husband did everything to help them. the Cotchins threatened to walk out of the hub.
Public: I sense you won’t listen but please stop.
I realise I haven’t really addressed this game. That was intentional.
Hawks to win.
West Coast v Essendon (G) 8:10pm Foxtel
Sydney Swans superstar Joe Daniher looks like he will be taking on the West Coast Eagles tonight.
Last week’s win certainly cheered up the Bombers faithful, but it can’t make up for what has been another disappointing season.
Daniher will find it a bit harder tonight, with West Coast actually having key backs.
Surely the Eagles can’t lose this one? I know Queensland is like kryptonite to them, but Essendon still has a heap of injuries, an odd coaching set up and a culture more focused on settling scores off the field than on them.
Josh Kennedy is an out, he passed a concussion test, but it makes sense to be extra careful. The news Danny Frawley was suffering from Stage II CTE, is a sad reminder of the dangers of concussion.
It’s why footy hasn’t gone ‘soft’ as some people claim. The risks are still very much there and taking away as much of the unnecessary hits, the behind the play punches is not a sign the game has lost its lustre.
If anything, it makes the AFL’s focus on the short term result of a hit, a broken jaw or concussion, for example, short-sighted.
You can get hit in the head and appear to be fine, but it builds up. You also have no idea when someone illegal targets the head what the impact will be, one punch deaths are something we have had to address away from footy.
When you throw a punch, you are taking that risk on and that is what needs to be punished, not the result.
Just the act is dangerous, the outcome is often random chance.
Really, throwing a punch needs to be penalised in a heavier fashion, there’s no reason to throw one in a footy game.
Football is dangerous enough, look at Patrick Cripps bump on Chris Mayne.
Hopefully, the AFL take this a lot more seriously in the weeks and months ahead.
West Coast to win.
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