EQUALISATION – no, we’re not talking about adding a little bass or rolling off some treble.
The AFL has been chasing ‘competitive balance’ for years.
They even say so on their website, where they proudly state they are “working to ensure any team can win on any given day”.
It’s an ideal coined in the NFL, where former commissioner Bert Bell said: “on any given Sunday, any team … can beat any other team.”
Well, mission accomplished – what a first weekend of footy.
Dom Sheed is standing on the edge of greatness
Premiership fancies Collingwood, West Coast and Melbourne all suffered upset losses.
Adelaide surrendered meekly at home against Hawthorn, and the Western Bulldogs had too much for Sydney.
Richmond won, but also lost – with superstar defender Alex Rance done for the season with a knee injury.
If you could pose the question to coach Damien Hardwick whether he’d give back those four points to have his full-back fit again, he’d choose the latter.
While the Pies were at least honourable in defeat in a thriller against Geelong, West Coast rolled over and played dead after half-time against Brisbane on Saturday night.
To hear some West Coast supporters trot out excuses as “it was very humid up there” was laughable.
Teams from Western Australia do not blame the humidity, or the heat – that’s strictly Victorian crack.