On 21 September 2018, 94,959 people turned up to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, expecting to see a game of Australian Rules Football. What they got, instead, was a masterpiece of trolling, a piece of performance art for the ages.
The Richmond Football Club had spent months setting up this connivance, convincing a large portion of its supporter base that another premiership was a formality.
The footy media gushed over this seemingly unstoppable football machine; some even dared mention a “threepeat.” But then, the dream fell apart.
Not only did the Tigers capitulate, they capitulated to Collingwood; not only did they capitulate to Collingwood, they lost the game in barely forty minutes – or did they?
Not content with letting their fans stew in their juices for an hour as the Magpies racked up a massive victory, Richmond contrived a sadistic twist: a second-half comeback, which saw the Tigers get within 21 points early in the final quarter.
As we head into the business end of the season there are a few clubs that have footy pundits talking about certain narratives. For example, the Lions are hot. The Bulldogs are scary right now. The Power are in disarray. The Giants are falling. And the Bombers have a chance to break their finals drought. […]