Right then - West Coast to win by 32 points.
PULL YOUR HEADS IN!
Last year's TV coverage contained waaay too many crowd shots; there were 145,329 during the last quarter alone. By my count, anyway. Now this year, despite Ten employees at SEN, 927 Sport and 3AW on hand to hose down any spot fires, there has been an gentle undertow critical of Ten's fixation with boofheads in the stands. Nothing outright sledgey, mind, just the odd comment here and there. Now, I could be wrong, but it strikes me most people watch football telecasts to see football. Let's hope Ten have heard this criticism and have decided to concentrate on the action that matters. Especially, when it's tight.
ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ARE "ENTERTAINED" HERE
Ok, so we know the grand final entertainment stinks and there has never been a worthwhile preformance, but that won't stop us caning it. Hopefully one day, the AFL will oil the punters squeaky wheel and fork out for someone good, or even just barely OK. Andrew Murfett sums up the situation pretty well in today's Age EG. (Not online.) "At the biggest game in town, the AFL has a lot to answer for. The game deserves better than Vanessa Amorosi, or, God help us, The Seekers. There's an unmistakable whiff of stinginess that pervades the incessant motorcades, crappy fireworks displays, the RAAF Roulettes and the umpteenth rendition of Up There Cazaly." In fact, up until the point he called for the inclusion of rubbish like Powderfinger, Dallas Crane, The Living End and Eskimo Joe, I had an eerie sensation I was reading my own posts. And when Leaping Larry L opens with "Now that’s I’ve given up smoking and no longer have a rock-solid reason/need/excuse to leave the stadium for quarter of an hour, there’s only one reason to have entertainment with sport - i.e. to augment it and make it feel like a bigger deal than it already is" you know he's about to nail it.
"Blah, blah ... when we win." ~~ Ashley Hansen at the Grand Final Parade