People ask me all the time, “doesn’t it bother you that the media think Carlton are not newsworthy unless it’s showing how bad they are?” The simple answer is, to be perfectly honest, no, it doesn’t. It doesn’t bother me that no-one in the media tipped Carlton to win against Collingwood. It doesn’t bother me that there are still people on social media who don’t rate Levi Casboult as being in Carlton’s future, or Bryce Gibbs, or even for that matter, Brendon Bolton.
Sure I would like to spend my days sitting at the computer answer them all back with rational, logical and evidence of how wrong they are, but what would be the point. They would just come back with vitriol, nasty comments that don’t really answer the questions.
The same is for the media who don’t rate Carlton much at all. What would be the point? You won’t be able to change their minds because they don’t want to hear it. Sam Newman doesn’t want to hear that we disagree with his rather idiotic statement that Carlton are the worst team in the past 10 years. I don’t care at all, why? Because in this game as in any sport, actions speak much louder than words and on Saturday afternoon at the MCG on 6th May, the actions of one team spoke volumes.
What was supposed to be a celebration for Collingwood on their 125th year, was proven to be anything but that. It was not words, but actions that spoiled a party. It was the undeniable impact of a team that from the very first siren to the end, showed not only how far they have grown, but what they are capable of.
The party poppers at the Collingwood celebration fizzled under the constant pressure and incredible team effort of a club that not many rate. All the words in the world will never compete against sheer gusty determination and a “shove up yours” gesture from an ex-Collingwood player. All the words in the world won’t deter players who don’t need the validation of words or media approval to show them all wrong.
In Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, there is a little shop that makes and sells the most intricate and unusual sterling silver jewellery. I have purchased a few of their items and I wore one to the match. A pair of small sterling silver pistols. Carlton’s match yesterday are like those sterling silver pistols. They may not be a statement piece, they may not be one that gets noticed, but it is what they do that makes them a standout.
Carlton, across the board, showed every single media person who wrote them off, how wrong they were. Carlton showed all those in social media land who have no clue but yet sit at their keyboards writing drivel how wrong they were.
What we saw on Saturday afternoon is the future of what this club will become. It makes no difference what is written, said or speculated. It makes a difference on the ground of what we do and boy oh boy did we do it!
How good was that!