Every now and again it's nice to stop and smell the roses.
Particularly so after a couple of days watching wall-to-wall NAB Cup footy.
First off, here in the west the weekend gives us cause to celebrate our outstanding pair of pragmatic coaches.
John Worsfold is so old school he's positively avant-garde. There's so much to admire about the guy.
Worsfold doesn't inject himself into the affairs of the AFL, Trevor Nisbett or Alan Cransberg, he simply stays in his own lane.
Ross Lyon's the same. Can't help but love him too! "Interchange? I just deal with what's in front of me." Ross even took the time to bravely direct an interviewer back to the topic: "I'm here to talk about the footy."
I say 'bravely' because at the time - immediately after half-time against Carlton - the Dockers had little to brag about.
Why is it then that other coaches seem so hell-bent on waging war?
Are the rules different from one team to another? Are some teams getting 80 interchanges and their opponents 130? Am I missing something or don't we have a level playing field?
Over the weekend, the professionally disagreeable within AFL coaching ranks told us:
- they didn't want to become counters
- see the game change forever
- stand by and watch as the NAB Cup served up a truckload "of fatigue type injuries"
Small potatoes really!
Because just a week after dual Brownlow Medallist Greg Williams spoke openly about his own brain damage, ranting at the laws of game committee serves little purpose. Right now, the AFL, like many sporting codes around the world, finds itself dealing with much bigger health and safety issues.
Chairman Gillon McLachlan, Kevin Bartlett, Leigh Matthews, Joel Bowden, Brett Burton, Michael Sexton, Beau Waters and Rohan Sawers continue to search for answers against a medical landscape that is moving at (pardon the pun) break-neck speed.The AFL is obligated to leave no stone unturned as it tries to work through the mountain of evidence rapidly building around the dangers of high-speed collisions.
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