3 Sep 2015 Herald Sun
Fletch must pay for that ‘other fellow’
DUSTIN Fletcher owes Essendon nothing on or off the field, but he does still owe club joker Nick O’Brien “one minute of madness”.
O’Brien has been the young Bomber charged with putting fun and lightness back into the playing group.
Since mid-season he has run “The Dice”, a weekly meeting in which the group votes on who has made the biggest social blunder.
Caretaker coach Matthew Egan introduced the idea so Essendon would be a fun place to be at while working hard.
Fletcher’s crime? Forgetting draftee Kyle Langford’s name while speaking to a school group, referring to him as “the other fellow”. Although, to be fair, he is a 40-year-old, 400game veteran.
His punishment, after rolling the dice, was to perform a minute of madness in front of the group. O’Brien said he had until today to pay up.
“We’ll see if we can get it out of him, maybe he might read a few pages out of the Old Testament that he wrote,” O’Brien laughed.
On a serious note, O’Brien said the Bombers would love nothing more than following Fletcher out one last time against Collingwood at the MCG on Sunday.
“It would be great if he could, I’d love to see him play one more ... but there would be no point playing injured,” O’Brien said.
“He’s still had an unbelievable career and we’ll find a way to send him off.”