The pending arrival of the football season brings with it a number of annual events. These include ladder predictions, the collection of money for tipping comps, analysis of team lists for SuperCoach and Fantasy leagues and the Umpires department doing the rounds of the clubs to explain any new rules.
It also includes feigned interest by clubs in the NAB Cup, claims that new draft picks have trained the house down and speculation as to when Majak Daw will actually get to play an AFL game.
This year, the season has of course already been overshadowed by numerous events covered in many media outlets and the Almanac pages in some depth, including Tippett, Tanking, Drugs and Danks.
These events though have led to the AFL, in conjunction with Channel 7, releasing a revised media guide and glossary on official changes to commonly used terms in football for the 2013 season.
Whilst clubs will continue to use corporate speak and invent new and (in most cases) meaningless terms and statistics, in the interests of consistency, we have provided here for Almanac readers a selection of the commonly used phrases and their official AFL definitions, as well as what some phrases used throughout 2012 will now actually mean in season 2013.
NEW AFL AND CHANNEL 7 GUIDE
What is said: Team Balance
What is meant: Dropped
What is said: Best pre-Season ever
What it means: We did a pre-Season and so did everyone else
What is said: 2-3 week injury
What it means: Half a season if we’re lucky
What is said: Putting contract talks on hold
What it means: Checking out real estate on the Gold Coast
What is said: Blockbuster
What it means: Any Ch.7 Friday night game, regardless of ladder position or season impact
What is said: “Gee if Team x can just get the next couple of goals they’re right back in this”
What it means: Team x are 7 goals down early in the third quarter, please don’t turn off
What is said: Full support of the Board
What it means: Buggered, not buying any green bananas
2012 meaning: We’re not exposing the new draft picks to play against Geelong, Hawthorn or Collingwood
2013 meaning: Player is frantically awaiting WADA test outcome
2012 meaning: Doesn’t like to fly, or not needed this week as we are playing someone crap
2013 meaning: Caught on the gear
2012 meaning: Keeper of the latext glove supply, marginalised employee, club mushroom
2013 meaning: Person through whom every single decision will now have to go through
2012 meaning: Bloke who ran the place
2013 meaning: A title that will disappear quicker than that Ch. 10 Dance show hosted by Lachlan’s missus
2012 meaning: A innovative, risky but potentially brilliant point of difference to gain a competitive advantage
2013 meaning: Tomato juice
2012 meaning: A commentator’s gift, mentioned more times by Brian Taylor than Judd, Watson and Franklin combined
2013 meaning: The likely credibility of a ‘Best New Talent’ Logie winner
2012 meaning: Pesky people doing unreliable urine sample testing that we avoided doing business with for years
2013 meaning: Trusted partners with the potential to have the single biggest impact on the fortunes of all AFL clubs this year
2012 meaning: Reminder of a brilliant and creative television series (and steadily declining standard of movies) from the 1970s onwards
2013 meaning: Anyone who disagrees with Shane Warne