Booing is for Babies.

This is a timely re-release.

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In VFL/AFL football there is a time honoured tradition of the crowd being vocal during matches. Most of the watchers know the game, many have played the game, or aspired to do so. Many who watch, or listen, know the intricacies of the game, and how demanding and merciless it can be. Many consider it a game which requires extreme courage to play it, and it is seen as being a test of the character of the players.

Many consider the game to be peerless amongst football codes, because as it has evolved it has retained its high level of physicality, it has if anything become inescapable in the scrutiny of its players, and it is relentless in the level of competitiveness between the clubs. This is replicated throughout the AFL states.

Elite football does not exist without the non-elite, striving for excellence, and the tales of the gifted country…

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3 thoughts on “Booing is for Babies.

  1. G’day Mark, Coff here. It was terrific to catch up yesterday, enjoyed your company very much and hope to see you next time. I read your blog on Booing and, whilst very good, I don’t think it probed deeply enough. You didn’t tackle the essence of why the booing occurred and continued. IMO Adam Goodes, by singling out a young Pie girl who called him an ape, somehow sanctioned a festering racism in a sizeable segment of our population. These spitoons gained strength in each others show of support “…play footy Goodes but how dare you speak up for your people…” I witnessed it first hand at a Swans/North Melbourne game at Docklands with a rusted on Swans supporter. When the booing died down he passionately yelled out “WHAT ARE YOU BOOING FOR” Several people turned around and looked at him blankly for a few seconds then resumed their places. Fortunately for our society, and so sadly for Goodes, political correctness made this the last public platform for racists to air their dirty laundry.


    1. You’re right, but if you notice the date of the original blog, I think it was the 1st of May. So last night I re-blogged it, as sort of topical, and a reaction to the latest news on the Goodes film. However my main message was that I didn’t like booing, and I used the Goodes example as an example only. I sat in a lunch room a couple of years ago with a lovely young bloke, amongst others, who staunchly defended his booing of Goodes on the grounds he played for free kicks. I disagreed, but I was shocked to discover how many in that room agreed with him. Of course it was really an excuse for their racism, as you imply.
      I was really thrilled with the lunch, and you guys were all very welcoming. You’re sort of like a band of brothers, which was fun. I’ll be there next time, should I live that long.


      1. Good on you Mark, I’ll continue with my critique and look forward to catching up again in September.


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