How has Leigh Matthews lasted so long in Media

Discussion in 'Footy Fourth Estate' started by Marcus DuQuesne, Oct 8, 2017.

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  1. Marcus DuQuesne

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    HOW has Leigh Matthews lasted so long. The answer to my mind is that he SOLD out his true views on the game a number of years ago. It's a shame coz I really like Lethal and used to enjoy his thoughts on the game but he has back peddled that far he is now impossible to listen to as he is not being true to himself but to his BANK BALANCE for sure. I.e. Integrity is choosing your thought and actions based on values rather than Personal Gain. (Googled) and this is where Lethal sits he has no Integrity as a media commentator any more. He is in the AFL system for the financial rewards only. Good Luck to him I guess.
     
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    He is obviously a legend of the game but I can't stand his commentary.
     
  3. Jackie_Chiles

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    I actually like Lethal & Duck commentating.

    They don’t over use words & very simplistic views.
     
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    Lethal has left the building.

    I expect he will be sitting on the porch in a rocking chair in a couple of years time.
     
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    Turned himself into an AFL suckhole, but to be fair it took him over a decade to do so, Luke Darcy did it in 3 minutes.
     
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  6. Marcus DuQuesne

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    On this one we totally agree Frank.....on both counts...maybe add Ling to the Darcy camp also.
     
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    Ling who? ;)
     
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    LOL...Good Comeback....Swan could play!
     
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    How about the pump ups he gets from the ch7 commentators. Surprised his head hasn't exploded
     
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    Thought he was generally excellent when he first started this Channel 7 stint (and he’s better on 3AW) but as a TV commentator he’s really gone downhill in the past 3-4 years.

    Seems to have gotten a bit lazy and just says the bleeding obvious too often; it’s probably the main reason he was taken off the Friday night commentary and relegated to Sunday afternoon.
     
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    They are all worse now that Dennis is gone. Everyone is desperate to emulate BT now and the commentating is just plain garbage.

    Just compare Bruce 2017 to Bruce 2015. Totally different. And far worse.

    As for Leigh, he is mostly okay except when talking about Hawthorn - who he is always happy to have a crack at. I dare say because he cant handle the thought that the club has had enormous success despite the fact that he retired. Having lost his final 2 Grand Finals.
     

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    The points he makes add nothing, and the way he speaks is so nonchalant and effortless that you can tell he doesn't really believe/care about what he's saying. Probably happy to keep doing it as long as they keep paying him.
     
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    Yeah Leigh is just another paid AFL shill these days, he even defends some of the ridiculously soft MRP suspensions that are handed down now which when you consider how he played and coached the game is quite laughable.
     
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    Point me in the direction of one commentator who really speaks his mind. The AFL own these guys, they know it, and they don't want to say anything that interferes with an easy pay packet. I would think his apparent disinterest in his voice would come from NOT being allowed to speak his mind. The last person I recall being honest in his opinions is Malcolm Blight .... and everyone complained. :)
     
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    One of my favourite Lethal media moments was after the ANZAC game circa 2012 and AFL.com.au video Matt Thompson the shithead opens up with this bullshit gem:

    "WHAT A GAME, ANZAC DAY IT ALLLWAYS DELIVERS DOESN'T IT?"

    Lethal just stared at him with a dumbfounded "wtf are you talking about?" Look before mumbling out a "well, nah it doesn't..."

    For somebody who used to kinghit people on the reg he has developed the patience of a saint.
     
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    Matthews sounds like a eunuch. As opposed to his fearsome on-field persona, in the commentary box he is like a mosquito or white noise. Always buzzing in the background but with nothing of substance.
     
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    how has robert walls lasted so long in the media?
     
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    He is obviously no fool through his coaching achievements so I'm sure he could do a good job if he wanted to, but he is lazy as **** as a commentator. Seems like he puts almost zero effort or research into anything on the game but hey he is a legend of the league so they just basically give him a big paycheck to turn up.
     
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    Far rather Leigh than King, Frawley, Healy and a few others.
     
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    I actually don't mind King even though he seems to be one of the more hated "personalities" on BF.
     
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    He was THE best special comments man, dropped right off though.
     
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    The thing with afl media is that it is one of a domestic sport. There is no room to move. Satisfy HQ or else find yourself on the outer.
    Contrast with basketball, soccer, even cricket. You can move around, move overseas, cover other leagues etc.
     
  23. Private Hudson

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    Just give him a run in the ruck.
     
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    Agree.

    I'm not having a personal crack at the bloke, but I honestly wouldn't be surprised if he is going a touch wobbly upstairs.

    The crap he spouts these days is as if his body has been taken over by another person.
     
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    I still like Leigh, like Duck and like Richo. Ling is the one who has lost his edge. He was a fantastic special commentator when he first left the game, now he's a McAvaney-esque sycophant.
     
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