SwansCast Episode 5 - Titus O'Reily Does It Best

Good morning all and what a weekend of football we've had! We've been spoiled since the bye with an incredible number of games decided by less than 10 points, and with the Swans keeping their opponents in the game through awful kicking, rather than simply brushing them aside like an annoying fly.

The past weekend holds particular reverence, as "good bloke" Bachar Houli was done for, well, bashing a guy on the field, and Tomas Bugg and AFL diversity chief Ali Fahour were reported in different leagues for knocking blokes out.

It's all well and good to fly the flag when a player is getting roughed up behind play, but there's absolutely nothing worth celebrating with what those two individuals did.

Calling them players is a far stretch, and thugs doesn't do their cowardly actions justice. Worse though, is that both players have history with their actions, and it isn't the first time either players have acted disgracefully on the football field.

One thing that particularly stands out is the bizarre response from the AFL in declining to discipline or publicly comment on the Ali Fahour position until the Northern Football League's tribunal has adjudicated on Wednesday.

There's absolutely no way that he can keep his job with the AFL, not after knocking an unsuspecting player out and being immediately red carded.

The player has no knowledge of the act and common sense would call for the police to be involved.

"My wife was right there, she always sits at that end of the ground.

"She can't talk about it, she just starts crying every time it's brought up. I have two little girls; a two-and-a-half year old and a three-month-old."

The Bugg hit on Callum Mills was as bad as it gets on an AFL field and should have the same, if not worse ramifications than the Hall hit on Staker.

Time will tell, and whether or not the AFL has any guts this time to do something about it. For all their effort to stamp out head contact and disgraceful football acts on and off the field, the last month has certainly fixed the spotlight firmly on the MRP and tribunal.

And they've failed the test, spectacularly, one might add. From "good bloke" gate and numerous players getting off for all sorts of striking, elbowing and kneeing offences, the tribunal is as toothless and useless as it ever was.

Titus and I discuss the MRP, striking and head high contact at length, and talk about what should happen to Bugg and Fahour. It's just ridiculous that these things still happen on the field, and the players just seem as though they don't really care.

There'll be another case like Blake Caracella's career ending on one fateful night, that will force the AFL into action, and add consistency to something that desperately needs it.

They've come full circle over the last 15 years, changing rules to protect the head at all cost, to basically abandoning them this year and being laughed out of the room with their jumper punch-gate response.

This week I'm joined by Titus O'Reily and we discuss all that above and more, including the MRP, Horn and Pacquaio fight, concussions, striking and one punches, as well as Danny Green's absurd defence of Tomas Bugg.

24990963

Download - Whooshkaa - iTunes - RSS - YouTube

Got a question, a comment? You can send us an email anytime throughout the week to swanscast@theswansblog.com, or drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #SwansCast.

Liked the show? If you would be so kind as to leave a review/rating, or subscribe, it would be greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the podcast and more to come throughout the week.

dismiss x

2018 Player Sponsorship Program

The Swans Blog is delighted to be a 2018 Sydney Swans Redback member. While we're delighted to be members ourselves in such a prestigious, respected and loved club, we're extending the opportunity to you, followers and readers of The Swans Blog, to share in our experience and to become a membership with us.

We've already purchased the membership, and now we're looking for 24 supporters, followers and readers, to join us on our 2018 maiden journey. You'll share the excitement of the Sydney Swans journey, participate in match functions, have your say in who we nominate, as well as the football tips.

Best of all, if the Swans make it to the Grand Final in 2018, you could be the one representing us!

Interested? Let us know!.

dismiss x

Since you're here...

... we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading The Swans Blog than ever, but we don't accept advertising, and don't want to do so in the future. Unlike many other news and media organisations, fan forums and fan media, we haven't put up a paywall, or displayed ads - we want to keep our content as open as possible.

The Swans Blog is an independent fan blog and community platform. Our content takes a lot of time and hard work to produce. We do it because we love what we do and we believe our perspective matters - because it may be your perspective too.

If everyone who reads our blog, who likes it, is supporting it, our future would be much more secure.

Make a one-off contribution →

Want instant access to the latest blog and news content from The Swans Blog?
Download our Android App from Google Play today.

Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

Melbourne, Australia http://theswansblog.com

Subscribe to The Swans Blog

Get the latest posts delivered right to your inbox.

or subscribe via RSS with Feedly!