‘He works his arse off’: Why I’m all in on…


‘Welcome to Prelim folklore,’ I tweeted following Max Gawn’s five-goal effort in Melbourne’s prelim final win against Geelong.

It was a tribute to my own insane moment in Collingwood’s prelim win three years ago.

Max is someone I don’t know very well. But I’ve met him a few times over the years and he’s a funny guy. He’s a unique individual. He is not a loud person and has a peaceful demeanor.

People look to him to calm them down and get them back into the zone, which I believe is what makes him a terrific captain.

I enjoy seeing decent people achieve, so I’ve enjoyed watching him prosper.

Max will lead Melbourne into the grand final for the first time in 21 years on Saturday at Optus Stadium in Perth.

His is the year’s feel-good tale, and it’s one I wholeheartedly support.

He made one of the most memorable moments of the season even before the prelim, when he marked the ball against Geelong for a shot to win the minor premiership.

I was thinking back to the set shots he had missed to win games against Geelong and Adelaide in the previous few seasons, and I’m sure a lot of Melbourne fans were thinking the same thing.

I thought to myself as he walked back, “F***, guy, if he makes this, no one will ever remember that.” This is the recollection they’ll question him about.’

‘Please God, let him make this,’ I prayed.

I was ecstatic for him. ‘Finally!’ I said. He works his tail off to be one of the league’s best ruckmen, and that was his redemption.’

That f***ing good, I’m sure he would have felt. Knowing the situation and what was going through his mind, I’m sure his teammates would have been ecstatic for him.

You can’t help but smile and be glad for that person; that he got the chance to earn something for his team after the siren.

That game was completely dominated by him.

It may seem unusual given that we’re not coworkers or even especially close, but I’m one of those people who enjoys seeing others succeed when they’re nice people.

People with strong morals and ethics who hold themselves to a high standard.

Max, I believe, is one of those individuals who has an impact that extends beyond football. Every person he meets, every person with whom he communicates, leaves with a smile on their face.

Like a lot of ruckmen, he’s a unique character. He’s a unique individual.

Apart from his charisma, there’s another reason I’m drawn to him.

I’m three cm taller than he is at 2.08m.

Tall people, such as us, are treated differently. We’re lanky and, yes, a little clumsy.

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You stand out like a sore thumb as you get older.

When you’re physically weird, I believe you reach a point where you stop caring what other people think of you and become your actual self.

That is why I believe ruckmen are distinct.

I won’t be able to run 20 kilometers in the game since it’s simply not conceivable for a man of my size. I’m my own person, and I know what I need to do to improve my abilities as a gamer.

What makes ruckmen such good guys? They’re the most selfless individual in the planet. Their entire job isn’t sexy or flamboyant; it’s simply to assist in the passing of the ball to others.

Ruckmen aren’t Brownlow medalists, at least not since Adam Goodes in 2003. There’s been a lot written about it this week, and while I applaud Ollie Wines’ achievement, it is a midfield medal. This season, Max was betting $201 to win.

There’s no requirement for you to show up or log in to Zoom if you’re a forward or defender.

Defenders, in particular. It amazes me how rarely defenders receive votes.

I don’t understand why umpires are the ones that vote. That’s just me from the outside looking in.

But, perhaps, they’ll be more focused on umpiring rather than tracking how many kicks a player receives. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the Brownlow voting process.

As an outsider, I still find AFL to be perplexing.

For starters, what other sport in the world annually modifies two to four rules?

It seems absurd to me that something you consider to be the best game in the world needs to be updated every year.

Every offseason, it seems like a new regulation is implemented, requiring teams to entirely alter their game plan in order to take advantage of the new rule.

In the realm of sports, Australian football is an outlier. Outside of Australia, few people are aware of it, and you should take advantage of that.

The regulation about standing on the mark when someone is kicking at goal is one example that irritates me.

They altered the rule to require that you remain still. That, in my opinion, is one of the most egregious regulation modifications ever.

When I initially arrived in this nation, I thought it was insane and ridiculous, but fantastic, because you could do whatever you wanted on that mark to distract the kicker.

People were doing handstands and other wacky stunts. That threw me for a loop. What other sport can boast of such a feature? And it wasn’t like it was causing any harm.

That should be changed back because it distinguishes Australian rules. There are rules that you can modify and rules that you shouldn’t change, and this is one of the latter.

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