It’s a particularly bleak time of year, with the football finals just around the corner and persiflage on the topic reaching fever pitch. But hold firm, six weeks and it’ll all be over!
That said, Melbournians, who are generally the worst affected by the game, will be able to enjoy a football free grand final day on September 29th. We’re organising a little shin dig for those who need to escape the big smoke on the day, and far from Runt road. Members, keep you eyes on your email inbox, and your diaries free….
In regards to Douglas Wilkie nominations, there have been dozens, and all are being considered. Of the more humourous, we have received this one from John of Canberra.
I would like to nominate the Education Editor of “The Canberra Times” Ms Emma Macdonald, for the 2007 Douglas Wilkie Award. She has a regular column in the Sunday Canberra Times and today she wrote, under the single column headline “AFL in a league of its own in the sport of talk”:
THE NON-sports minded in our office often have a laugh at our sports-mad colleagues over the completely inane things which come from the mouths of footballers and their coaches when, presumably, the Dencorub fumes combine with too many blows to the head.
Now the real gems of sport-speak are doing the e-mail rounds and suggest AFL IQs may be the lowest of them all.
* “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” (Mick Malthouse, Collingwood coach.)
* “You guys line up alphabetically by height” and “you guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle.” (Barry Hall, Sydney captain at training.)
* “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.” (Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy on James Hird.)
* “Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer.” (Dermott Brereton.)
* “I told him, ‘Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?’ He said ‘Barass, I don’t know and I don’t care’.” (Ron Barassi talking about North Melbourne’s Gary Cowton.)