Fast becoming my favourite footy time of the week is Tuesday night. It seems a fairly strange time of the week to have my heart, but I wouldn’t have it if not for my Foxtel subscription. Basically, pretty much every Tuesday night the Fox Footy Channel airs two consecutive programs that I really love.
The first is Chooseday Night Footy, where viewers are given the choice between a few old games that they can vote on to watch, with that receiving the most votes put to air. Immediately following this program is 30 Minute Thrillers, which shows the last quarter of an old game that has a nail-biting finish. Each game offers footy romantics such as myself the opportunity to watch the game as it was with the players as they were. It is a delight.
This week both programs featured a Geelong team from the start of its recent successful era, with a close loss to West Coast in its underwhelming 2006, and a tight Preliminary Final win against Collingwood in its breakthrough Premiership year of 2007. I was particularly excited by this team when it was actually strutting its stuff, so to watch it in hindsight, with some of its then stars currently waning or retiring gave me a weird feeling. I felt sad.