There is some BS in this thread.
If it was about “evening up” the games, why would they have sunk the boots into us so heavily last year? We had half the team stripped away, we had top ups not good enough to play for other clubs, we had the lowest morale of any club this millennium, we had a coach in his first year with us, we had immense and unprecedented media and public castigation, we had all sorts of other things against us…
those farking maggots still stitched us up as much as it was humanly possible.
As for those saying the umpires have a hard job: yet more BS!
They have the easiest job in Australia. They are immune from any media criticism due to the AFL’s accreditation force field. They are certainly immune from any official criticism. They get the AFL media mouthpieces coming out each week saying what a great job they do, and that every decision was spot on.
In the last twenty years or so, we have seen every public office in the country come under not only enormous criticism but outright vilification, from obvious targets including pollies and PMs to previously sacrosanct officials like the Governor-General, High Court judges, various church officials, etc etc etc.
The section of the community that receives the least scrutiny especially by the MSM are the AFL maggots.
Because they have a tough job.