[Another old post from my Diary of Dadness archives]
I still have my old football cards which date from about 1969-1985. Every now and then I look back over them and critique them as works of photography.
Geoff Blethyn kicked 107 goals in a VFL season this year (1972), wearing glasses. And yet you never hear about him. The photographer has chosen the same dramatic angle for all the Essendon shots it seems. A kind of, well, up the shorts angle really.
What is going on here with Ross Brewer’s arms? I’ll bet he was a hoot when he did his Mr Tickle routine in the rooms after training.
I love a player who strikes the same pose year after year, especially a lairy one like “selling the dummy”. Peter Bedford had all the skills and won the Brownlow Medal. Paul Callery is mostly remembered for being tiny and going on to be a stats man on ABC radio – I think he has a PhD now as the other fellas call him “Doctor”.
Sometimes the ball gets a bit slippery. These pics all have a touch of “whoaaaah there” about them.
And finally: the Swans mostly-white jumper seems to have caused some over-exposure problems here. He would have been stumbling around blinded for a while after the flash went off.
[This is my comment on Dugald’s post that has now grown up to be its own post]
I jumped about like an idiot when Dusty scored – so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy about the four points! But looking at the big picture – where is the progress in the last 12 months? If our veterans, our improving mid-range and our star youngsters all lose their bottle like that? Against Carlton, again, just like round 1, 2013.
The Vickery goal near the end was like something from an under-6 soccer game. And our miserable opposition – the worst Carlton team we have faced in years, they came out with their boots on the wrong feet, and we still couldn’t put them away?
When two teams have a traditional rivalry, pumping that up is always to the benefit of the weaker team. And I think we are currently a much better team than Carlton.
Next time we play them (you wouldn’t think they’ll make the finals so probably next year) I would like us all to treat them like the Western Bulldogs, or St Kilda. No fear, no undue respect, no hoodoo, no rivalry. Just a team who are so light on talent they still hope Jarrad Waite is going to turn into a player.
4 goals up at quarter time, 6 goals at half time, kill it off in the 3rd and in the last you have the choice; go for percentage or rest a few guns. This is what I want from Richmond!!
There’ll be plenty of time for Rivalry Razzamatazz when we are duking it out for a spot in the top 4. For now, it just plays into their hands.
|Where do you live:||Elsternwick|
|How did you come to barrack for Richmond:||How did you come to barrack for Richmond: I was born into a house in Richmond. We lived at 152 Church Street, the house is still there, until I was eight. Dad went for Melbourne and he’d go along to games and their song was the first song I ever sung. Mum was Carlton. I was a Richmond girl.|
|Favourite all-time player?||Royce Hart, number 4, he was just fantastic.|
|Favourite current player?||Chris Newman. He was a great captain and he’s fantastic too. I love watching him play.|
|What do you most like about Richmond?||I just think I love the yellow and black. I’ve enjoyed coming along to the games and sitting with the cheer squad for the last eight years. They’re like a big family to me, and there’s so much passion, and they’re here every week, rain, hail or shine. I just come along and sit with friends and enjoy the football.|
|Do you have a match-day superstition?||No. I can’t say anything because I don’t have one.|
|When will we next win a premiership?||2015, why not?|
Hi, welcome to the new TTBB. For my first (non-recycled) post, I want to thank Tim Squires, who has been my web-design guru over the last month. He has given us his time for free, and he’s not even a footy fan. But he is a tigers fan, well thylacines really.
Beside his web skills, Tim is a fellow graphic designer and an amazing natural history illustrator. Have a look at his work, and perhaps consider buying one of his beautiful limited-edition wildlife prints.
OK, I am going to kick this off with one admittedly stale sighting of one admittedly long-retired Tiger, premiership wingman Stephen Mount. His wife/partner was the MC of the Saturday morning Queenborough Little Athletics meets in Sandy Bay, when my kids were younger. I didn’t know who he was until later. He is well-preserved, looks very fit and spent a lot of time giving his toddler piggybacks here and there.
– Chris, Hobart