With great respect, Noonan, to your venerability and the perspective that it gives you. None of those dudes whom you mention had to endure and lead through anything resembling one tenth of the circumstances that Jobe found himself in. Hird did too of course, but as a coach, not as a player or as a captain. Hird did not have to perform as an athlete every week under the circumstances and scrutiny that Jobe found himself in.
Surely, “Alan”, there is room still yet in your cold, cold, heart, to violently tear out a segment of cardiac tissue in both mourning and celebration of the career and achievement of one of the truly great human beings. A bloke who was there for us, the members and supporters, in our darkest hour, when we had no right to ask anything further from him.
He carried us all, under tremendous enemy fire. Much as Simpson and his donkey ferried the lame from Anzac cove.
And if you don’t find that highly emotional, then what the ■■■■ are you doing on an internet fan forum! And Blitz at that.
I would hold conference with you, “Alan_Noonan_10”, if I could, and suggest that you recover this lost knowledge, as Ficino rediscovered the world of Ancients – and so furnished Florence with the love of Latin and the republican confidence which historians now acknowledge to be the yardstick of intellectual proximity with Rome. As Petrarch forgot not Laura, and Zephyr was to know always the paths wandered by Flora, I seek to encourage in you recognition of the kind that will prevent me having to read material pertinent only to those we know as Carlton and Port Adelaide supporters.
Heed me Noonan, and harken to this injunction; much as Moses harkened unto the strictures of his Protector and could cross the briny red-tinctured waters that heretofore stalled his progress and hampered his purpose as an Implement of the Lord.