Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thick and Fast
Australian Rules football is a curious game. To an extent it's an aerial game - so you need to be tall - however it is very rough - so you can't be tall and sleight like a basketballer. You have to be tall and heavily built. Buuuuut you can't be heavily built and lumbering like a weightlifter - it is also a running game - you have to be tall, heavily built and fast as lightning. It also helps if you are aggressive and not afraid of conflict.
Patterns repeat throughout all of nature - if you start selecting for too many disparate and extreme qualities something invariably has to give. See if the quotes from AFL players below give you a hint as to what might fall by the wayside in the AFL:
"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." Mick Malthouse - Collingwood
"I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes." Peter Bell - Fremantle - on his University Law studies
"You guys line up alphabetically by height." and "You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle." Barry Hall Sydney Captain at training
Brock Maclean (Melbourne) on whether he had visited the Pyramids during his visit to Egypt: "I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."
"He's a guy who gets up at six o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is." Kevin Sheedy on James Hird
Jonathan Brown, on night Grand Finals vs Day Games "It's basically the same, just darker."
Ron Barassi talking about Gary Cowton "I told him, 'Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, Barass, I don't know and I don't care.'
Barry Hall (Sydney) when asked about the upcoming season: "I want to kick 70 or 80 goals this season, whichever comes first."
"Luke Hodge - the 21 year old, who turned 22 a few weeks ago"(Dermott Brereton)
"Chad had done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator." (Mark Williams)
"He scored that goal after only 22 seconds - totally against the run of play." (Dermott Brereton)
"We actually got the winning goal three minutes from the end but then they scored." (Ben Cousins, West Coast Eagles)
"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body." (Luke Darcy)
"That kick was absolutely unique, except for the one before it which was identical." (Dermott Brereton)
"I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father." (Shane Wakelin)
"Sure there have been injuries and deaths in football - but none of them serious." (Adrian Anderson)
"If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."(Andrew Demetriou)
"I would not say he (Chris Judd) is the best centreman in the AFL but there are none better." (Dermott Brereton)
"I never comment on umpires and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat." (Terry Wallace)
Garry Lyon: "Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?" David Swartz: "On what?"
"Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw."(Dermott Brereton)
"Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer."(Dermott Brereton)