Aug 29, 2020
AFL Mad Scramble Two: Day Three
A column every day, as we get more football than we even asked for.
Occasionally, this column will even mention football but rarely sensibly.
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.
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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