I'd like to share a personal story. My son, now 14yo, had the best years of his life robbed by the saga. Instead of dreaming about Jobe or Hep, or whoever his football heroes may have been, he thinks of drugs, needles and ASADA. In his final 2 years of primary school, he was the only Bomber supporter left in his whole year level - all other kids left and barracked for other teams. Last season, he'd lost interest in football entirely. And this upcoming season, despite my efforts to get him excited, I can tell he's only showing mild excitement for me. 4 years of media persecution is a long time when you're 10.
Yes, this is a business. But even Gil, Andrew and Mike were kids once. I don't care .. I'm an adult and can deal with it. But a lot of Bomber kids have had their football childhood robbed. And you don't get it back. F* you Afl/govt/ASADA.
No, you've been robbed too.
The experience of watching and going to games with your son, witnessing his joy, singing the song with him. Talking about the game the next day, etc.....
You've been robbed as many of us have.
Is it a '1st world problem?' Sure.
But for so many people, football is their escape from the tougher aspects of life.
I dearly hope your son recaptured his psssion, I know a few wins on the board will do that!