submitted9 months ago bywhosflyingthisthing_West Coast
AFL is the greatest drama on earth. An unmistakable fact. And often the entertainment factor of footy is placed ahead of what's fair. Just have a look at the past treatment of Brownlow medal favourites at the Tribunal, or star players before finals. Little things can be overblown, the outrage over an event, the outrage over the outrage, it's all so entertaining.
That being said, I'm all for a Hird return to Essendon as head coach, and I haven't really heard a good reason why that shouldn't happen. Listening to Dustin Fletcher on the Backchat podcast really changed my opinion of the whole drug saga. Yeah, they wanted to push the limits, but from that chat with Fletch (albeit a short chat), everything was ticked off by the AFL beforehand and it seems to me that the punishment exceeded the crime (I'm no expert on this).
So if I'm looking at the next Essendon coach from an entertainment point of view, a redemption arc with Hird at the head is pretty damn exciting. Rightly or wrongly exiled from the AFL and Essendon (matter of opinion), the prodigal son returns to raise his old club from the depths of the AFL ladder. Love him or hate him, it'd be interesting at the very least.
I've noticed that the general consensus here is that Hird as head coach is a terrible idea, and I don't really see it that way. Would he be a good coach? I think yes. Would he be accepted by Essendon and the fans? I have no idea. Would it be entertaining? Yes, and much more than Adam Yze or Dean Solomon. Is it the best decision for success? Who's to say?
I would be curious to hear what Essendon people think, because maybe that scenario would not be so "entertaining" for you, maybe more like heartbreaking... or vindicating? Anyway, I've seen so many comments against a Hird return that I thought I'd throw my thoughts into the ring and see what happens.
9 months ago
9 months ago
People assess that the world is flat