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Love Lies Lost

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It was the sort of meeting you read about, hear about or see in those emotionally engaging love story-type movies. It is the story of a brief encounter where love blossomed, then just as quickly is cruelly taken away.

America fell in love with Australian Football. It wasn’t a one-night stand. It was at least a weekend. In fact, the two knew each other with a small amount of fans and teams within leagues across the United States. However, last weekend, that simmering romance took off.

The two – AFL and American audiences – spent the weekend wining, dining, marvelling at each other’s attributes. They made plans to spend the rest of their lives together, going out each weekend – just the two of them (problematic, really) enjoying one weekend and looking forward to the next with quivering anticipation and, possibly, desire.

From a spark to a flame, one brief period could lead to a marriage made in heaven.

And then things changed, dramatically and cruelly.

COVID-19 spread its hideous tentacles further and wider and the AFL announced a full shutdown. Just as the American television audiences believed they had found “the one”, their new passion, their new love, was torn from their grasp.

We can only assume there were tears and broken hearts. Americans, already suffering from their broken hearts when their own sports shut down, almost collapsed in fits of despair when their new love – a love born from a solitary weekend of unadulterated joy – was gone.

Now they stand, on a wind-blown shoreline, looking with longing across the Pacific (or for a higher degree of difficulty the Atlantic/Africa and the Indian Ocean) asking quietly into the breeze, “will you ever come back?”

The answer, in short, is yes. The two will be reunited in time. The question is whether or not the same sense of longing and passion remains. Will you still love me tomorrow?

Australian Football can keep the embers of love burning. They can continue to send flowers, chocolates, letters – condoms, if deemed absolutely necessary – and try and rekindle those same emotions that were so real and so deep just last weekend.

With any sort of luck, American audiences, so devastated at the loss of their partner, turn to replays of matches to keep alive their memories, recalling the wonderful times they shared for an all too brief moment. Local football competitions across the United States will do their best to help the national come to terms with the loss and encourage the country to “never stop believing”.

How do you mend a broken heart? Replay the 2019 Grand Final. Or better still, the 1989 Hawks v Cats premiership decider. Watching Ablett almost single-handedly bring down the Hawks is some sort of aphrodisiac.

We cannot wait for the day where the two reunite. Standing 1.5 metres apart and staring into each other’s eyes, tears rolling down their cheeks.

Coming together again and embracing. Never letting go. We were separated once – it won’t happen again.

And then, like on The Truman Show, someone changes the channel.
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Love Lies Lost
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, March 25 2020 @ 03:08 pm ACDT

Ha! Ha! Ha! Nice one Centurion!!! (shades of "Life of Brian")
All will end well not too far down the track, Wes, despite all the antics of the doomsday prepper's across the country.

I recently drove to Sydney from SA thru the bush fire affected Blue Mountains (and down Bell's Line of Road) and witnessed the melted road signs and burnt buildings and devastated scrub and bush, and was amazed at the new green growth sprouting on scorched trees and grass sprouting across in what used to be undergrowth.

Footy will bonce back from this just like the bush after the rain, because of the dedication and fanaticism of the footy community all around the world. They have been battling against the odds (established sports) for years and the game has grown.

We've have to maintain our sense of humour thru all this and remain optimistic. eg. One regular customer in my shop who never previously kept the sales dockets changed his mind and took the one this week, thought he might have a use for it, if dunny paper continued to be scarce at the supermarket :-)

Love Lies Lost
Authored by: Harley Vague on Wednesday, March 25 2020 @ 04:44 pm ACDT

Cam, bushfire devastated areas will bounce back with rain. Football devastated industries will bounce back with money. The likelihood of rain rejuvenating bushfire areas is not assured but much more likely than money returning quickly and in the same volumes to football industries.

As with any problem there are multiple layers to an issue and this crisis is no different. Amateur clubs within Australia will probably bounce back because they hire rather than own. Amateur clubs overseas will experience a probable loss of momentum depending on how long they have been in existence or what measures they are taking to address the situation. The professional AFL has a number of assets. The simplest measure being touted is a loan against Marvel stadium. The second tier leagues and semi-pro clubs are going to be severely hit as they have lost revenue streams to cover capital costs.
It would help if the AFL could sell the U.S.A. sports networks on the idea to replay the 2019 AFL season or similar. The Yanks have been shown to like the (fanless) game and are seeing it for the first time so replays are not an issue.

Love Lies Lost
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, March 25 2020 @ 03:20 pm ACDT

Must say I'm pretty right, Wes.
I've got all nine Central District SANFL Premiership wins on DVD if I have to go into self isolation, and, it has been a while since I watched any of them. :-)

Love Lies Lost
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Thursday, March 26 2020 @ 03:49 pm ACDT

Hi Cam. Pleased that you have the matches to watch to get you through. Grateful myself for Foxtel also as I can scratch that itch whenever I like. But you are right - the footy will bounce back. Harley is right that it will be money that will be needed to do so, but that will come.

Outside of wartime, we have never seen anything like this where our country has been brought to a grinding halt. The social implications are already being felt, but the financial will continue to grow. The comparison to wartime is valid here because the VFL was able to rebuild after the wars largely because clubs and leagues could afford to as the game was not the multi-billion enterprise it is today. Financial repair won't be as easy as in past eras. We will just need to wait and see what damage is done and how rectifiable that damage is.

But you are both right...the game will come back at all levels - it just may look different to what it was before.

Love Lies Lost
Authored by: Harley Vague on Thursday, March 26 2020 @ 05:22 pm ACDT
There is no reason for football not to bounce back. It's vibrancy will depend on the economy to some degree. The AFL players have been quick to to demand a greater slice of the pie when revenue's increased. Now that pie is gone. IMO the AFL has been a well run business and has directed some revenue into consolidation.It has a strong case to repay any loans. Other sports leagues have little in reserve and poor income structures.Other professional leagues have sports ownership and sometimes I envy those clubs lucky enough to have a benefactor to pour money into a club. In times of economic downturn private ownership can be the catalysis for disaster. I would still like to see FTA television broadcasting AFL repeats because I only have the Sydney Swans and the Fremantle Dockers premiership years on hand to watch.