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#1 Mr Canterbury

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 06:55 PM

In the sports section of today’s (26/8/19) Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), page 35 was devoted to the AFL. Half of page 35 contained the article “Spirited Dogs set date with Giants as echoes of 2016 sound for finals” which featured a photo of Western Bulldogs player Bailey Dale. The SMH’s sister paper in Melbourne (The Age) probably has the same article in it.

 

In much the same way that a lot of people living in Melbourne (and Adelaide and Perth) are generally ignorant about the NRL, a lot of people living in Sydney (and Brisbane) are generally ignorant about the AFL.

 

Now “AFL ignorant” Sydneysiders (or for that matter people from overseas presently in Sydney on business or holiday who know nothing about AFL) after reading the above mentioned article about the Western Bulldogs in today’s (26/8/19) SMH may be curious and ask “where do the Western Bulldogs come from?” They would not be able to glean anything from the text of the article. Then they would notice on the photo of Bailey Dale the word “BALLARAT” on the right hand side of his shorts and come to the erroneous conclusion that the Western Bulldogs are a club from Ballarat!!!



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Posted 28 August 2019 - 07:45 PM

Well picked up Mr Canterbury -that sums it up- where does this club/team come from?

 

 Ballarat adds a new dimension to this identity crisis.

 

  Western is apparently to signify the west of Melbourne, but to those not familiar with Melbourne, the word western is just a direction. Yet what has been said for years by myself and others  is that the name Western is superfluous- it's all about the bulldogs.

 

A good example is this - Western is the cricketer who in a test match scores two ducks, doesn't bowl a ball, so thus he can't take a wicket, does NOT take a catch or effect  a run out, he fields in the slips so he never chases a ball to prevent it becoming a boundary. Yet he plays in the win after being carried by the other 10 players (i.e. Mike Atherton when England beat Australia in the MCG test of 1998) In simplistic terms western is carried by the bulldogs- it is the player in the slips whose sum total of tangible contribution is yelling out the moral support   "Well bowled Garry"

 

"We can't change back because we will go bankrupt" that is what the intellectually ungifted "Footscray hater"  believes because they have been told to believe it and they just can't use their lonely brain to work out what a lot of garbage that ludicrous logic is.

 

If they really wanted to appease the whole support, the board could change the name to -

 

 Footscray - Western Bulldogs

 

 just like you have with

 

 Canterbury -Bankstown Bulldogs

 

but those in charge won't do that either because it means adding in Footscray and as we all know the whole name change was about making Footscray invisible. They argue that it will be too long- well really? The FW Bulldogs compared to the GC Suns or better again the GWS Giants. It is unbelievable that some people can be so gullible to fall for this.

 

The club is going well at the moment on the field - Luke Beveridge is a really good bloke and also the best coach the club has had since when we were in the VFA pre 1925. Could possibly win it again this year, it is an even season, done it before from 7th. Most people only care about that at the moment.

 

However should the flag not be achieved this season, then issues like the Footscray name have to be discussed, because the goodwill hangover from that 2016 flag will have run its course and what we are going to do about playing in Ballarat or Docklands etc will be back on the table.



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Posted 15 September 2019 - 12:01 PM


 Yet what has been said for years by myself and others  is that the name Western is superfluous- it's all about the bulldogs.

 

 

It appears that Google are aware of this! Type “afl table” (or “afl ladder”) into the Google search function and then open up the table that appears at the top of the screen. This AFL table will show in descending order Geelong, Brisbane, Richmond, Collingwood, West Coast, GWS Giants, BULLDOGS, Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Adelaide, North Melbourne, Fremantle, St Kilda, Sydney, Carlton, Melbourne and Gold Coast.

 

No prizes for guessing which club has the most childish and most meaningless name! IMHO “Bulldogs” looks worse (and is more childish) than “Western Bulldogs” for an AFL club! I know what it is like as for 9 years (2001-2009) my NRL club was called just “Bulldogs” (sole identity a breed of dog), like AFL's "Kangaroos" (who eventually realised the error of their ways and reverted back to being North Melbourne). I would get irritated when (2001-2009) some NRL tables would show Canberra, Melbourne, Parramatta, BULLDOGS, Brisbane, Penrith, North Queensland etc etc. Thankfully my NRL club is now Canterbury-Bankstown again, although (like all NRL clubs) too much emphasis is placed on the club’s nickname these days.

 

Why can’t the Western Bulldogs management realise how childish and stupid “Bulldogs” or “Western Bulldogs” looks when compared to the other AFL clubs?



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Posted 16 September 2019 - 09:53 PM

That is right Mr Canterbury and there was something today on a news website today about the bulldogs and it was your bulldogs, not the south of the border bulldogs.

 

The nickname has taken over- it is thus no longer a nickname.

 

So confusion reigns supreme - (as it has for years) 

 

Possibly the worst part is that its not just childish, its actually infantile. Some supporters cannot engage their brain long enough just even to think about how ludicrous it looks. For me calling the club "The Bulldogs" is worse than calling them "Western", because it just so explains the rationale for the name change- just make Footscray invisible, we cant use that word it has negative connotations. Though the club for the last 22 years has no problem using the suburb for its administrative headquarters and still training there. The word using has two meanings in that case.  Yet there is no negative connotations in training there and using Footscray as the mailing address. Just pretend that it isn't Footscray- you didn't go to watch the club train in Footscray, you went to watch them train at - "The Bulldogs"  this fictitious place- its like 'Tigerland" it just doesn't exist.Yet people know that Tigerland is mythical and a play on words, for dramatic effect- Tigerland is in Richmond its their nickname. Whereas "The Bulldogs" is the substitute expression- there is no dramatic effect here. 

 

It is actually dishonest as well as bad mannered in not using the Footscray word. You could put a case forward that its trading by deception.

 

One day people will wake up to it. You can only hope, but if not then the "dumbing down of society" will have succeeded. 






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