Follow the moneyA lot of the responsibility for the angst around the free kick count lays at the feet of the commentators. The commentators all thought Sydney were going to win, and the narrative all night was driven by that. When they were not winning, the commentators were constantly looking for reasons why their expectations were so badly wrong. Carey spent the entire evening talking about free kicks for Sydney he thought were missed, while largely ignoring the significant number we could have also received but didn't. I'm not surprised Swans fans feel hardly done by after watching the broadcast, even if they were not aware of the free kick count difference, given how often the umpires were being questioned. For example , in the Papley abuse situation , they even questioned Day's handball with bullshit like "You really need to get a very clear handball if you take the tackler on". No you don't. You need to get your fist to the ball, and yes, the knuckle is part of the fist. Hodge should be ashamed for attempting to justify Carey's pitiful attempts at making excuses for his incorrect tip.
You could see the same pre-determined expectation bias play out in the commentary around the JOM "bump" on Haywood that saw Haywood leave the ground with concussion. After multiple slow-mo replies there is no mention from the commentary team about the obvious fact that JOM doesn't actually make contract with Haywood's head at all, and the head contact is in fact between Haywood and Morris. "I think he'll be ok because he was going for the ball" was the best they could do. How about even one of the commentary team go with "I think he'll be ok because he made no contract at all with Haywood's head, and the head clash was between two other players".