It’s Round 20 and in our latest AFL podcast, after we realised that the end of the home-and-away season is just four weeks away, we realised that we still don’t know which way this season is going to go.
We had to overcome a few connection issues between Australia and Indonesia (we’ll be on the phone to Joko Widodo and Malcolm Turnbull to try and sort something out on the internet front) but in this AFL podcast episode of The Protected Zone, Eddy Jay and Lintang Enam discuss:
- All the great games from Round 19, including what was described as the best drawn game ever between Collingwood and Adelaide. Perfect yin and yang, where one team lost a half by 50 points, and the other team won a half by 50 points. And vice-versa. And we channel The Seventh Seal and offer a unique perspective of the best way to resolve drawn matches.
- St Kilda and Port Adelaide in a greasy ball match. Most people don’t like slippery surfaces, but this game was an epic on grease. And how can a team 10 points up in the final 1:04 minutes of the game, lose that game? Yes, St Kilda can do it and do it very well.
- And speaking of St Kilda, which team has the most wooden spoons? Yes, St Kilda with 27 of them. We explain what the wooden spoon is and its history. It’s all academic.
- Dangerfield in the danger field. Scrubbed out for one match, but there’s sound research behind his suspension. It’s all above the shoulders.
- The video review needs to have a review. The AFL should either upgrade its system to include high-definition cameras, or just leave it up to the umpires. Do it properly, or don’t do it at all, says we.
- Multicultural Round was pathetic. Hardly anyone knew that it was on and we think the AFL is paying lip service to the great multicultural influence on the great game. For goodness sake, the AFL still believes that Marn Grook is a totally different game. We propose the Subcultural Round or the Graffiti Round for 2018, for the alternatives, misfits, punks, skinheads, hip-hoppers, rapsters, cubists, performance artists and everyone else on the margins. For the good of the game.
- We preview the big Round 20 feature games: Sydney and Geelong; Richmond and Hawthorn. And the Showdown XLIII (43) – the big match between Port Adelaide and Adelaide. And our quick tips for all the other games. Another big round.
- And we go out with a Melbourne indie-band song which epitomises Round 19. And after 19 rounds, we still don’t know which way to go.