I have been largely swayed by the case that Rance was the better than Grimes (lets forget the red herring of St.Frank the wingman)
I could listen to the argument 24 hours a day, for eternity
and continue to scoff at the notion
that Rance was better than Dusty.
thats downright absurd.
From 2013 to half way through 2017 if someone told me to pick an All Australian side to play for the world championship, I would have picked Rance at number 1.
Since that period, it would be Dusty.
It's a crying shame we were robbed of a real comparison over the last few years.
But it's pretty clear Dusty would still be the only one in GOAT conversations (position independent).
The more I think about it, the more embarrassed I feel that we compare the 2 players at this stage. Rance was ridiculous in what he could do. Regularly pantsed entire forward lines. Got to contests that he had no right to influence. Regularly.I'll never forget the Rance spoil. Not sure who or when but he was marking the last man, opposition had a kick out, Rance takes off, sprints, dunno, 60 or 70m, and spoils the mark from the kickout.
To read what was happening from back there and then having the self-belief to back himself to get there and spoil was simply ridiculous. Actually that explains Rance in many of the things he did, Ridiculous.
The more I think about it, the more embarrassed I feel that we compare the 2 players at this stage. Rance was ridiculous in what he could do. Regularly pantsed entire forward lines. Got to contests that he had no right to influence. Regularly.
I’ve seen Grimes have some extraordinary games but not even close to the regularity of Rance. Needs another 5 years of being the main man and dominating the backline to be considered a legend.
In actual fact if you surveyed 100 ex and current AFL forwards, I doubt you’d get 5% voting for Grimes. Those 5% would likely include players that Rance humiliated and have never got over it.
We love Grimes. I get it, but if you voted for Grimes, I would simply quote Peter Garret : Short memories.
I look forward to the Richo vs Castagna debate
That might make him a greater Tiger, but not a greater player for mine.
This current team could end up with 6 flags and I'd still have Richo ahead of all bar a few as a player.