How good was the footy show

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The_Eagles

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I liked, if not loved it up until about 2008/9
Sam was the cornerstone and he started losing his edge then. And then became borderline irrelevant old complaining guy
 

Johnny Karate

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It had its time and place but never looked to really shake up the format enough to move with the times. Also the fact that players became sterile robots over time didn’t help so it was basically Brownless, Crawford and Newman performing the same tired routines for the last decade of the show.
 

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workhorse

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It had its time and place but never looked to really shake up the format enough to move with the times. Also the fact that players became sterile robots over time didn’t help so it was basically Brownless, Crawford and Newman performing the same tired routines for the last decade of the show.
Agreed.

It was one of only a few footy shows at the time, and pre-social media it actually served a great footy purpose for the announcement of teams, news-breaking etc. It's that element, coupled with the comedy/edginess that made it successful. People say it was successful because Sam was controversial which is just plain wrong - it was a well-rounded footy show that pushed the boundaries a little bit with the comedy stuff, not to mention the players that appeared as guests weren't media-trained robots and actually enjoyed taking part in all the guff.

It certainly lost a bit of an edge when Eddie left, but I think JB and Gaz did a decent job up until around 2008/09. Trev leaving hurt the show, as it made Sam the absolute focal point, and instead of him just being himself, which in itself is naturally divisive, he tried too hard to be controversial (or was encouraged to be)

By 2010/11 with the advent of Twitter and Facebook, the fact that news was readily available, the fact that they had lost two key-pillars and the third was getting stale, it was doomed. As you say, it failed to move with the times.

I've got the first decade 'Best Of' DVD and it's absolutely great. It was a different time but even so, not a lot seemed too sinister or overtly offensive. There were skits that probably wouldn't pass the sniff test of today's standards (whether you like it or not) but every show from that era would be the same.

The Sunday Footy Show is a great example of how to approach the 'blokey' 'larikinism' type show in 2021. They don't broach any topic outside of the footy, unless it's a way to take the piss out of one of the boys. They pump up the clashes between each other and generally just have fun at no ones expense but their own. And, to be honest, the few minutes of actually footy review/chat is often decent, too.
 

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