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Essendon = Entitlement

Number8

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Oct 12, 2010
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"For such a proud, proud club this is one of the saddest days that I've ever been involved in."

So said Matthew Lloyd on the telly last night.

It's a small statement that says so much. Nobody should take any pride in supporting, playing for or being involved in any part of that club. Every time Lloyd or some other misguided figurehead of that club says something like this, they perpetuate the problem. Continuing to blow wind up the arses of supporters with this kind of crap shows how little they have learned.

Essendon Football Club's recent history is shameful.

• A remarkable lack of finals wins
• The brutal sacking of Matthew Knights and the eye-watering payout that followed
• Illegal shortcuts to make it competitive followed by a pig-headed resistance to accepting justice as served
• An unedifying stoush with the bowls club that shared tenancy of Windy Hill
• Attempts to buy wins and culture through the purloining of Shiel, Stringer, Saad, Robson, Worsfold, Rutten, Caracella, Richardson and more
• And now, a host of players who are actively trying to get out

This club has NOTHING to be "proud" about.

Even Joe Daniher, part of a family that is royalty at Windy Hill, is on the move. And he's already tried to get out once before!

Here's the thing.

For some reason -- the old timers reckon it's got something to do with war bonds... go figure -- Essendon Football Club is home to an egregious sense of entitlement.

Perhaps the coteries play a role? At some point, the lenders need to see results.

Maybe it's Kevin Sheedy's big fat head that is to blame? He's certainly made self importance an art form.

Could it be the club's premiership count, tragically inflated though it is by flags in seasons that were hopelessly compromised on today's scale?

Until Essendon works out it is a nothing club and nobody owes it anything, it will continue to blunder its way to irrelevance.

The fact is they're no more important, interesting or indispensable than North Melbourne.

And despite how that sounds, it would actually do them a lot of good to recognise that fact.
 
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zippadeee

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would have thought the suppliments scandal was far worse.

This is our pay back for all the years Sheedy would use us to boaster his pay packet.
We sent them Dan Richardson :rotfl1
The same bloke that wouldve allowed Dusty to walk.
 
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tigertim

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Connolly has just written a scathing piece on the druggies that is on the money

Bang!

“I’m neither here nor there on recruiting and list manager Adrian Dodoro, but I bet you can’t name another club at which one man, given the lack of on-field success Essendon has had for 20 years, would have continued to hold those roles all that time.

Doesn’t that say a lot about the inability of this whole club to hold itself to account? To not just talk about setting standards, but be prepared to act when they’re not being met?”
 
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Number8

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"Because this once mighty club’s greatest failing might be its seeming inability to concede just how far it has fallen," writes RoCo.

Essentially right but the problem remains for Essendon people -- fans and staff -- that the emphasis is always on the "once mighty club". Connelly is as guilty as any of them.

It's the framing of everything through that particular prism that is so useless and counterproductive.

Yeah Bombers, you've had your moments in the sun. We all have. Then comes the fall.

The difference is, nobody feels they have a God-given right to be successful quite like an Essendon person.
 
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toothless

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"Because this once mighty club’s greatest failing might be its seeming inability to concede just how far it has fallen," writes RoCo.

Essentially right but the problem remains for Essendon people -- fans and staff -- that the emphasis is always on the "once mighty club". Connelly is as guilty as any of them.

It's the framing of everything through that particular prism that is so useless and counterproductive.

Yeah Bombers, you've had your moments in the sun. We all have. Then comes the fall.

The difference is, nobody feels they have a God-given right to be successful quite like an Essendon person.
Shh we don't want them to know that.
 
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Rancey18

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Essendon fans when they are incapable of having an intelligent discussion regarding footy:

"But, but, 16 Premierships."

Ugh. Embarrassment of a club.
 
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Number8

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"New Essendon board member Kevin Sheedy has heavily backed controversial long-term list manager Adrian Dodoro and said it's time for the club to reassert its identity after unashamedly trying to be more like Richmond."

Cool. So let's see how a return to being arrogant and shonky works out Sheeds, you self-serving turncoat.
 
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Big Tiger

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They've been "New Richmond" for more than a decade now.
They overrate their list, coteries have too much say, players are "stars" after two good games (see Francis after Dreamtine 2017), their good/very good players are considered elite when they're not (Saad (headless chook, Castagna in the backline), Merritt, McGrath), their former players kick the club and become dial a quotes (Lloyd= Raines, Wallis= Monteath/Mal Brown/Bryan Wood) and they still think they're a powerhouse when they aren't. Their recent recruits all have flaws, Stringer-inconsitent/lazy, Sheil-Tivendale (pretty kick but misses targets) and Saad- confuses the forwards with his overly crazy run that looks good every now and then. They string a few wins together here and there and their supporters get up and about and it just papers over the cracks.
They us circa 1985-2012.
They won't improve until they start breeding their own stars for a number of years and then add some free agents, no use adding free agents now as they'll be buggered by the time they become any good and they're better off leaving cap space to utilise later like Carlton are doing. It starts with strong leadership at the top that withstands pressure from supporter groups.
This mightn't sound too popular, our era was started when Casey was re-elected (silently agreeing to only stay a year) and then March taking over with a much stronger Board and management, then future Boards and management built upon strong foundations and then stood firm when the ineveitable inpatience happened in 2016.
The great thing is, Essendon will not have the patience, because their coteries absolutely run the joint. So sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!
 
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waiting

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would have thought the suppliments scandal was far worse.
Exactly.

‘It didn’t happen’
AFL’s fault’
Danks fault’
Did nothing wrong’
Players took nothing’

Until they accept their part ‘karma will just hang around like a bad odour’.
 
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TigerFlag2017

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What I love about them is their new home at Tullamarine. What a shitful dump. What kid wants to spend a 10 year career driving out the Tulla, to be surrounded by distribution centres and popping out to the local Pie Face shop? Its only strategic advantage is a quick escape to Bali at the end of Round 22.

The ultimate non-destination club if ever there was one.
 
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zippadeee

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And he's an Essendon supporter!

That's why it feels so good.
Let them soak it up for another 17 years and lets see how they come out of it.
Dodoro are they taking the *smile*?
Absolute failure leeping this bloke in that position for so long.
He must have people in high places protecting him.
 
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