Totally agree - I cant help but think there's a lot of rose tinted glasses about the old days. I've been watching football for nigh on 50 years in paddocks like victoria park, windy hill, Moorabbin and the junction oval. I watched games between a crap fitzroy and a terrible richmond. Games where the players ambled between stoppages and it was like grown-ups playing kick to kick where there was zero thinking involved. For me, that's the 'real' past people seem to want and I don't get it.I'd have to take issue with this. Yes, some games were a spectacle back then. But, just as we complain about the Richmond v Sydney game this year, remember back to games where 2 lowly teams played on some quagmire at a suburban ground back then? Thing is, there were no TV cameras at those games as only a couple of games were replayed in the evening, so we can never compare - even if they were filmed, the film has been long thrown away. They might have kicked a few more goals back then but some of the games were woeful, just as they are now.