Remember what happened when Beau Waters (IIRC) ignored the ball, ran across a pack, with a raised elbow and sniped Watson and split his face open? The Weagles fans… did they cheer off a player who got injured in the line of duty, as is customary? No.
People need to get over this idea that Essendon fans have brought any of this on themselves by being snarky or unappreciative and that if we’re just nicer to everyone, everyone will be nicer back.
David Evans was nice. David Evans got bent over and took us with him.
Bullying always pays. It’s basically Hawthorn’s club motto. Stare journalists down. Do it in press conferences. Do it in trade week. Insinuate the umpires are cheats until they let you get away with it. It gets the crowd looking for it, and the more our crowd is involved the more frees we get our way. Call your media meathead mates and they’ll back you up if they think you’re throwing them a bone. Hawthorn pick awful people as president and coach and they do this stuff and it works.