Aug 29, 2020

AFL

AFL Mad Scramble Two: Day Three

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A column every day, as we get more football than we even asked for.

Occasionally, this column will even mention football but rarely sensibly.

Last Night

Western Bulldogs (61) v Geelong (72)

Remember when the Bulldogs were up by 36 points at quarter-time and still lost the game?

You probably do because it was just last night, but Doggies fans would prefer they didn’t.

Geelong didn’t even score a goal in the first quarter and looked on their way to a Tomicesque defeat.

Yet despite this defeat being seemingly inevitable, Patrick Dangerfield decided he didn’t feel like losing and started to turn things around.

With Dangerfield leading the way, his teammates started to lift across the ground, Gary Rohan being a prime example, who started throwing himself around, even collecting his own teammate Zach Tuohy, who was in the wars all night but soldiered on.

Tuohy even threw his mouthguard at one point when he went off to deal with his numerous injuries. His mouthguard even hit what he was aiming at, something the Bulldogs couldn’t replicate on the field.

The Bulldogs can point to both Laitham Vandermeer and Easton Wood being injured to explain why they fell off the cliff so quickly, but the truth was that in key moments, the Bulldogs just failed to execute basic skills.

The Cats comeback sure was inspiring, I’d like to think it’s what we can all do in 2020, although for us it’s three-quarter time and we’re 376 points down.

It was an amazing win for the Cats, but you have to wonder what happened in the first quarter, I blame 5G.

Today

Port Adelaide v Sydney (AO) 1:45pm Foxtel

Is this a danger game for Port? Probably not, it’s only that years of Port not quite living up to expectations that makes me a bit nervous about tipping them.

Not that I fear getting tips wrong, that’s my normal state. I’m hopeless at tipping, which means I put less effort into it, making my tipping even worse.

It’s a wonderful metaphor for my life.

Despite regularly getting my tips wrong, that never stops me offering my opinions on footy, which is a metaphor for how politics now works.

Port should win this, their consistency this year is only blemished by losses to Geelong and Brisbane, the reason many question them.

Sydney fans major problem is the season is still going. Sixteenth on the ladder is not something they really accept and hoping for Joe Daniher is a poor substitute for finals.

Wishing a season was over is new to many of them but it’s something I’m used to and it’s the worst feeling.

Imagining wanting the season to continue. Man, that must be sweet.

Port to win.

Fremantle v Greater Western Sydney (OS) 4:35 Foxtel

You know how far the Giants have fallen when winning this isn’t a sure thing.

That’s partly due to Fremantle also improving somewhat this year. They sit in 13th place, which is astounding, they’ve quietly got OK.

I’d kill to sneakily become OK.

I’m not sure what’s going on at the Giants. Whatever it is, it isn’t good. They seem to lack a lot of confidence, and as a lot of teams do when they are struggling, they seem to be playing for themselves, not as a team.

As anyone who watches Ted Lasso knows, that’s a bad formula.

The Giants lost to the Swans after all, so losing to the Dockers is not out of the question.

It shows that talent is nothing without a good work ethic. At least I’ve been told that I lack both those things so I’m unsure if it’s true.

I’m tipping the Giants, but I have as much faith in this as I do in 2020 being finished with all the bad stuff.

Melbourne v St Kilda (TIO) 7:40 pm Seven

The Dees dropped Bayley Fritsch for arriving late to training this week but didn’t drop the entire team for not showing up for the third quarter against the Bulldogs. 

They tried to, with five players being omitted. The rest of the team were lucky.

I was surprised to hear Fritsch was being dropped, I didn’t know Melbourne held training.

St Kilda are coming off a disappointing display against Brisbane, so this should play them into a bit of form.

Interestingly, the Saints dropped Jake Carlisle this week, a sure sign Brett Ratten isn’t mucking around.

Not gifting games to players is all good in theory, it’s just some teams don’t have the talent to not gift games to players, or they wouldn’t be able to field a team.

In the Saints case, if you’re going to dump a key defensive back, against Melbourne is the time to do it.

Saints to win.

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COMMENTS

Santa Claus

Aug 29, 2020

Hi Captain Bringdown, the constant harping about 2020 is becoming a bit repetitive and boring!

Hylo

Aug 29, 2020

Tomicesque, pure comedic genius.

BLOKE FROM THE OUTER

Aug 29, 2020

'It was an amazing win for the Cats, but you have to wonder what happened in the first quarter, I blame 5G.'

It probably was 5G; you see the cats had decided, pre-game, to dial in their performance and some anti-vaxxer nutcase had burnt down the 5G tower. Thus the cats had to actually turn up for the rest of the game.

LH

Aug 29, 2020

376 points down 🤣

the g train

Aug 29, 2020

Perhaps through Essendon’s and Geelong’s remarkable victories, we have witnessed a new exciting way of winning a game of footy in a landscape of otherwise boring victories. Let the opposition build an unassailable lead, and then slowly (and in Geelong’s case—surely) assail it. Now any team that builds an unassailable lead within the first half will often psychologically capitulate, knowing that their unassailable lead will inevitably be assailed. Ironically, teams can only overcome this feeling not by trying to ignore it, but rather by embracing it.

As the great and noble Philosopher, Conor McGregor, said: “The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable”.

Flank Rroyd Wlight

Aug 29, 2020

"Now any team that builds an unassailable lead within the first half will often psychologically capitulate, knowing that their unassailable lead will inevitably be assailed. Ironically, teams can only overcome this feeling not by trying to ignore it, but rather by embracing it."

We might even get to the stage where in the first half Team A deliberately gives away 50m penalties to help Team B build up a hefty lead before half time, thereby assuring Team B's second-half performance falls right away.

This will drive the commentators crazy, so I have no objection.

Bob

Aug 30, 2020

Thanks for the commentary Titus as you always make me laugh. And take no head from Santa Claus; repetitive and boring is a guy with the same hair cut, beard, glasses, jacket, pants, boots and job for over 50 years. Probably does not even have a blue card.

Darren J Ray

Aug 30, 2020

Titus, I would love to offer you financial support but, like you, I'm an entertainer, and you know how that's going. Unlike you, I'm probably not a great one. Anyway, when things are finally back to normal, I'll be there. In the meantime, keep up the great work.

Bulldog supporter

Aug 30, 2020

Oh Titus. Time was when a game like last Friday would leave me feeling cross all week. Now I read your comments and laugh out loud. And a new word for my vocabulary - Tomicesque!!

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