As a Crows supporter, I have to say being an AFL fan is not fun at the moment. My side can’t kick, tackle, handpass or win the contested footy. Other than that, they’re doing well. It’s pretty dire and the only comfort I have at the moment is that the Yankees are playing great baseball.
One could be generous and say the Crows lost because they kicked 6.19 to 16.7, but in all honesty they lost because their strategy was terrible – handpassing to men standing still and surrounded instead of kicking it long into the forward line. And for encouraging that style of play, only one man is to blame – Neil Craig. The Crows now play the Bulldogs, Port, Richmond and North. Prior to the season I would have said three were gimmies, and the Bulldogs one a 50:50; now I say if we don’t win at least two, then Craig should go. He should go for building a side with Kurt Tippett, Taylor Waker, Brett Burton, Jason Porplyzia, and Chris Knights, and yet thus far this season they have only once kicked over 10 goals. Yeah blame injuries, but more at fault is their style of play – Craig’s style of play.
In other more fun news, Fremantle are legit – a great game against the Saints; Geelong were brutal – their third quarter would put a chill in the spine of any player who has to play the Cats at home this year; and Melbourne are out of the eight only on percentage!
And so this weekend will be the annual let’s make some money out of Anzac Day round. Yeah yeah, they honour the sacrifice, but the stupid comparisons between sport and war are bullshit, and why the best on ground should get an award this week is beyond me – especially as being best on ground this week is no more “brave” or “valiant” than being best on ground last week. The AFL does it only because it is a money spinner. At least Anzac Day falls on a Sunday so we don’t have to put up with Collingwood and Essendon being given the day (and the marketing advantage) all to themselves.
Play the Last Post, blow the siren, and spare me the rest.