A fortnight ago the match post was comparing this year’s games against the Bulldogs, and today’s will be much the same with Essendon with a near-exclusive focus on the first half.
Let’s get this one out of the way first: This post will be an umpiring free zone.
An unintentional side effect of success is how it shifts expectations. Sometimes they’re right to be shifted. Other times...
Games at the MCG always feel like a bigger occasion compared to ones at other venues, and that’s before you add any stakes.