Because maybe, you're going to be the one that saves me.
And after all, you're my Barry Hall.
Sydney Swans captain Barry Hall has been cleared to play in Saturday's AFL Grand Final after the tribunal agreed to downgrade a striking charge against him. The verdict provides an enormous boost to the Swans' premiership hopes, given he has been the club's best player and leading goal-kicker this season.
Hall pleaded guilty to striking St Kilda's Matt Maguire in last Friday night's preliminary final, but successfully argued the incident took place "in play" rather than "behind play". What this means in real terms, who knows? But it only took 3 minutes of deliberation to decide the case. He was either going to play the final or not depending on the verdict.
Hall's defence team used TV evidence supplied by the AFL to clubs to explain the definition of behind play. They successfully argued that the incident clearly fell within the definition provided by the AFL in its own video, so naturally the AFL tribunal caved in, not wanting to look daft.
Being a Hawks fan I care not much about the decision, but if this bring out the supporters in Sydney then hope the dire shadow of Rugby League can be eliminated finally. In the words of the great Sam Kekovich (half back for North Melbourne in the late 70's & 80's; and Triple M commentator) "My team isn't in the finals, so everyone else can get stuffed."
I would like to personally thank the people at Carlton and Collingwood football clubs for finishing worse than the Hawks and a big up goes to former Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett, who finally took control of something more important that a fish & chip shop and the state of Victoria (though the two are indistinguishable).
They say footy's a funny old game,
Why isn't Eddie Maguire laughing?
Wake me up, when September ends.