Obviously doing this from a campsite and via google sheets wasn't providing the best outcome.
It was always meant to be. The only way to breach the social walls around playing on that day was to create it in the charitable spirit of the day in Melbourne. Get a few 'deserving, local' clubs to play on that day and 'make it their own'.
And then later, shape the narrative around quality of spectacle.
Later on some more, it will pass that playing bigger clubs will pull in more dollars for the charity.
And later still, that game will move to the night time, and another day game will be played as well. Maybe between the original Trojan horse teams, or maybe by teams outside Victoria.
But the real battle was won earlier. The walls breached. A day for more footy, gained by subterfuge.
The Wash UpRinse. Repeat.
Wrong again on so many levels, though worth noting so was the rest of the tipping community.
Makes for an interesting season though.
Ranking shifts after week 2 are interesting, with 2 pairs of positional changes after last weeks 6 team shiftaroo.
And once again the bottom ranked teams draw closer to the rest.
The Round AheadRound three reverts us to footy normality with Friday starts and Sunday finishes, and oddly Gold Coast at home in Perth... because of the Comm Games.
With the Suns starting so well, it will be interesting to see if this game so far away turns to a loss and bites them later in the year.
Or if this game becomes the making of them, and the foundation for a first finals tilt.
Four close games again expected, and five if you add in Melbourne vs North Melbourne, tipped by just over 2 goals.