Well, a long summer of cricket draws to an end and, as ever, the footy season fast approaches. I find myself experiencing a strange mix of expectation, hope and dread. I’ve loved footy for as long as I can remember, and the lengthy cricket season and a self-imposed ban from football media after the Draft should find me invigorated for the season ahead. Weighing over me leading into this season are some of the strong feelings I had last year. The sheer mind numbing exhaustion I felt watching my beloved game during the first half of the 2014 season was overwhelming, and resulted in me writing Fun And Games.
This was partially in response to an excellent article by Rohan Connolly where he contended that fans were disenfranchised from the game by the AFL’s infamous remodelling of its ticketing system and daft scheduling. In my piece, I was basically stating, with a significant level of frustration and pain, that there were so many things wrong with how the game was being administered by the AFL that the most fundamental and major aspect of what the fan was aggrieved about was being overlooked.
That being? The game had become boring.