Roast Media Shakes Head, Part 7

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Festerz

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And by way of context, it needs to be understood that the news of Port's agreement to join the AFL had broken on (I think) the last Tuesday afternoon in July 1990 and Cunningham had spent the rest of the week hurling vicious vitriol at the club on his talk back program. I was stuck in a car driving back from the Riverland with my boss who was a mad Glenelg fan and he insisted the radio stay on the Cunningham footy show. The commentary was over the top - 'treason', 'back stabbing' etc. It was an a rabid feeding frenzy that continued on radio, TV and in the print media for the rest of the week.

On Thursday 2 August the other 9 SANFL clubs and SANFL had a 'War Cabinet' meeting to develop a strategy to block the Port move and most were openly calling for Port to be kicked out of the SANFL. A dozen SANFL officials flew to Melbourne on the Friday to lobby the AFL against Port.

As you can well understand emotions were running at fever pitch - it was PAFC vs the rest of the state.

So for Cunningham to then decide to rock up to Alberton Oval on the Saturday for the game against West Adelaide and make his way through the Port faithful was a deliberate and provocative act of showboating from a man who had spent the week doing all he could to pour oil on the fire of anti-Port emotions.

He made it all about him, knowing full well the emotional firestorm he was walking into. He spent the game in the media area up in the Fos Williams Family stand and near the end of the game (Port were thumping West by a big margin) KG decided to walk down the stairs and directly through the large magpie supporter base. Of course he made absolutely sure he had a Police contingent to protect him and a camera crew to film the response of supporters.

A pig headed and totally unprofessional act shamefully designed to maximise his media exposure off the back of the anti-Port hatred he had played a key role in whipping up over the week.
 

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And by way of context, it needs to be understood that the news of Port's agreement to join the AFL had broken on (I think) the last Tuesday afternoon in July 1990 and Cunningham had spent the rest of the week hurling vicious vitriol at the club on his talk back program. I was stuck in a car driving back from the Riverland with my boss who was a mad Glenelg fan and he insisted the radio stay on the Cunningham footy show. The commentary was over the top - 'treason', 'back stabbing' etc. It was an a rabid feeding frenzy that continued on radio, TV and in the print media for the rest of the week.

On Thursday 2 August the other 9 SANFL clubs and SANFL had a 'War Cabinet' meeting to develop a strategy to block the Port move and most were openly calling for Port to be kicked out of the SANFL. A dozen SANFL officials flew to Melbourne on the Friday to lobby the AFL against Port.

As you can well understand emotions were running at fever pitch - it was PAFC vs the rest of the state.

So for Cunningham to then decide to rock up to Alberton Oval on the Saturday for the game against West Adelaide and make his way through the Port faithful was a deliberate and provocative act of showboating from a man who had spent the week doing all he could to pour oil on the fire of anti-Port emotions.

He made it all about him, knowing full well the emotional firestorm he was walking into. He spent the game in the media area up in the stand and near the end of the game (Port were thumping West by a big margin) KG decided to walk down the stairs and directly through the magpie supporter base. Of course he made absolutely sure he had a Police contingent to protect him and a camera crew to film the response of supporters.

A pig headed and totally unprofessional act shamefully designed to maximise his media exposure off the back of the anti-Port hatred he had played a key role in whipping up over the week.
Was there that day with my old man who was going to kill kg I was bloody scared.
Check out kg vs Alberton on YouTube my old man is the one in the leather jacket I was trying to get him to leave lol.
 
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Any chance of getting any decent coverage on any of the footy shows on a week where we actually win? Been watching all the footy shows all year and yet to get any decent coverage on any of the shows.
There's your first mistake. We wont get coverage as we arent either
1) a victorian club who is exceeding expectations (Melbourne, Western Bulldogs etc); or
2) a victorian club who is underachieving/still sh*t (Collingwood, Carlton etc)

We wont get a look in so you might as well stop watching. They will spend 2 hours dissecting Carltons loss to Port and wont talk about us at all
 

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They will spend 2 hours dissecting Carltons loss to Port and wont talk about us at all
It began as early as the final quarter, with Garry Lyon straining to find positives amidst dissecting Carlton in general, with the game ongoing as background noise.

It’s a horrendous aspect of AFL commentary in general, but it’s never more egregious than when the likes of Port are flying and most of the big 4 Melbourne clubs suck.
 

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It began as early as the final quarter, with Garry Lyon straining to find positives amidst dissecting Carlton in general, with the game ongoing as background noise.

It’s a horrendous aspect of AFL commentary in general, but it’s never more egregious than when the likes of Port are flying and most of the big 4 Melbourne clubs suck.
The whole narrative of the game leading up and post match was that Port were vulnerable, banged up and ripe to be beaten and it was Carltons chance to show everybody what they could do and establish themselves back to their rightful position at the upper echelons of the league.

The reality was Port lost a couple of good young 40 gamers, but has a deep premiership contending squad, against a team that is just a mid table struggler. Media: Whats wrong at Carlton?
 

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It began as early as the final quarter, with Garry Lyon straining to find positives amidst dissecting Carlton in general, with the game ongoing as background noise.

It’s a horrendous aspect of AFL commentary in general, but it’s never more egregious than when the likes of Port are flying and most of the big 4 Melbourne clubs suck.
If a blind person was listening to the commentary of that game I'm not sure they would've been able to figure out who Carlton were playing.
 

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It began as early as the final quarter, with Garry Lyon straining to find positives amidst dissecting Carlton in general, with the game ongoing as background noise.

It’s a horrendous aspect of AFL commentary in general, but it’s never more egregious than when the likes of Port are flying and most of the big 4 Melbourne clubs suck.
That the Essendon v Collingwood game is still being billed as a blockbuster - despite the fact that we've reached round 6, and they currently have 2 wins between them, tells you all you need to know about the media. If Port and the Crows both sucked in similar circumstances, and there was a Showdown around now, it'd rightly be condemned as a cripple fight between 2 strugglers.
 

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If Adelaide were Chicago, we would be the White Sox. What dents our Press coverage is being Port.

We won’t get nothing for free. We will never be the “cool guys” — not in Adelaide, even less in Melbourne. We must accept that and always work hard to be forced into conversation.
 

longdonkey

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Any chance of getting any decent coverage on any of the footy shows on a week where we actually win? Been watching all the footy shows all year and yet to get any decent coverage on any of the shows.
I think it should be abundantly obvious by now that all these shows are so Vic dominated they are not interested in any non-Vic teams that are doing well, unless they are coming from the bottom. Then they want to stop whatever rule that helps them moving up - hello Sydney. Interest soon wanes. What they want is drama, shock and teams in turmoil and for them to kiss the ar.es of Melbourne teams winning.
If you want SA media then its all about how great the Cows are even if they are 0-13 and on the bottom.
 

longdonkey

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It began as early as the final quarter, with Garry Lyon straining to find positives amidst dissecting Carlton in general, with the game ongoing as background noise.

It’s a horrendous aspect of AFL commentary in general, but it’s never more egregious than when the likes of Port are flying and most of the big 4 Melbourne clubs suck.
Just on Garry Lyon one of my mates was dealing blackjack to him in Crown a number of years ago and in conversation my mate said he was South Australian. Well apparently Lyon went on a 5 minute monologue how the non-Vic states had killed football and he wished that they would go back to the VFL. That's the sort of stupidity you're dealing with. He may have changed his tune now but wouldn't surprise me if that is still how he feels.
 

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