Germany actually came very close to winning World War I. Think how history would’ve changed had that happened.
Only now is it clear why they didn’t and what eventuated as a result. And what didn’t.
I was reflecting on this after Hawthorn beat Sydney on the weekend. Most thought the Swannies were close to certainties and that they only had to turn up, give the ball to Buddy often enough and the champagne would flow at Bondi.
Hawthorn had done incredibly well to make the grand final for the third straight year. Winning two in a row was not going to happen. Franklin, after all, played for their opponents now, who were fresh, fast and ready to fight for every possession and run down every loose ball.
It’s all so much clearer now.
Adam Goodes tellingly suggests that “..there weren’t enough players rowing the boat”. True enough but if the boat’s sinking it doesn’t matter how fast you’re rowing.
The fact is Sydney were never going to win. They weren’t as good as they had been led to believe; they weren’t as tough as they led others to believe; and their fighting spirit went missing under pressure. Unlike the Hawks,who always believed.
In golf it’s interesting to view the hole you’ve just played from the green. A totally different perspective.
Both Sydney and Hawthorn had been assigned roles — winner and loser. Only Sydney bought into it.
And so to the rugby league this Sunday where The Rabbitohs should beat Canterbury convincingly. They have speed, size and power all across the park, a terrific half back, a half dozen players who can turn a game in the blink of an eye and they’re up against a team in all likelihood minus their inspirational Captain, Michael Ennis. The Bulldogs have overachieved, they’re tired and it’s The Bunnies time.
So there it is, Souths are the very best of good things.
Or did I miss something?