May 16, 2019
Pole climbing epidemic will destroy football
The overpaid executives littering AFL House like autumn leaves have once bought our great game to the brink of extinction.
I am, of course talking about the unchecked epidemic of pole climbing that has overtaken our great game.
AFL House has once again been asleep at the wheel, as Dane Rampe, like some extra in Mad Max: Thunder Road shimmed up the goal post in the dying seconds of the game.
His actions were stupid at best, reckless at worst, and almost resulted in Essendon winning a game, something no one wants, not even Essendon players it seems, based on their efforts this century.
I have long been a vocal critic of the AFL’s reluctance to tackle this issue, and now, unfortunately, I’ve been proven correct.
We are only approaching Round Nine, and already there’s been more incidents of pole climbing than in the rest of this century combined.
In response to Rampe’s little ascent, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said: "Well, yes technically [it is a free kick], but I think like all things it's context where and when.”
That’s great; all we need is more vagueness when it comes to the AFL’s rulebook, a tome so poorly written it makes Fifty Shades of Grey seem like Shakespeare.
With the prevalence of pole climbing and elbows, the AFL is becoming more like the WWE every single day, but with less believable storylines and worse umpiring.
What’s even more disappointing, and further evidence of how footy is getting soft is that in my day, players didn’t climb posts, they broke them.
So, what can the AFL do? Obviously, the first step is to wrap the goal posts in barbed wire.
This would be a simple and cheap solution and would sort the problem out pretty quickly.
Now those bleeding hearts at the AFL Players Association will complain about this but should we listen to them when the state of the game is at stake?
What’s a few barbed wire entanglements to avoid the harrowing scenes we saw last week?
Will it happen? I doubt it, once again the AFL sits on its hands as while the very goalposts that stand as the very pillars of our great game, burn.
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