Please tell me it’s all a dream. I hope it is. I cannot believe what’s happening at the moment. My head just cannot get around the issue and understand what’s going on.
I felt so helpless when the alleged doping issue at Essendon first came to light. I still do. And my deep gutted feeling is that it’s not going to go away in a hurry. Misery again for Bomber supporters!
After the nightmare of the last couple of seasons suffered by the loyal supporters of this great club we now have the scandal of doping raising its ugly head.
I’ve been supporting my beloved Essendon for more than fifty years and in a matter of twelve months it appears the Dynamic Duo of Robinson and Danks have allegedly caused the possibility for many of our players to be banned from playing this wonderful game of AFL football for an extensive period of time. What a catastrophe it will be if that eventuates. My beloved team will be decimated. Who can forget the salary cap saga when we had to trade three premiership players and the penalty of missing out on draft picks because of this. It set the team back years and we still haven’t recovered from that hiccup. So imagine the effect of the team being banned! There would be no Essendon! Disastrous.
Did the expectation of our supporters for the “dream team” of Hird and Thompson to fulfil our wish for an immediate premiership put undue pressure on them to achieve this goal? Did the Essendon Football Club really want to win at all costs or did they get carried away by the reputations of what certain persons could do for our club if they were employed by the Bombers to support the coaches? Support staff in place then the team will do the rest, onwards and upwards to a premiership, or so it seemed.
But maybe we are getting carried away and a little bit ahead of ourselves here. Surely the supplements being introduced to the players on such a broad scale had to be above board or they would have been quickly picked up in the random drug tests administered by the AFL. It just seems so incongruous to me that someone would dope on such a large scale and at such an elite level and not be found out. Why would anyone be so stupid to do so? In individual cases maybe but not whole teams. Too many reputations at risk for it to be plausible, or at least I certainly hope that is the case. And, I cannot believe that Dr Bruce Reid who has been an institution at Essendon for so long would not be aware of what was being injected into the players under his medical care, or am I just naive to think he didn’t know. I would also think there are enough intelligent people in the hierarchy at Essendon to ask questions if there were any concerns whatsoever about the legality of what the players might be taking. And the players themselves, surely they’d asked questions about what they were being given, wouldn’t they? If someone is injecting stuff into my body I’d want to know what it is. If not, something is horribly wrong with the setup at the club. However I don’t think that is the case but many questions are going to be asked in the coming weeks.
The nightmare will remain and my understanding of the situation will improve over the next few days but I have a feeling football is about to change and change in a big way forever. A lot is going to happen in the coming weeks and months.