Beige suits were back on the Brownlow Medal Night – but not everyone was a fan.
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As expected, Brisbane midfielder Lachie Neale won the grand prize for an Outstanding Season leading the Lions to the pre-finals before being beaten by Geelong on Saturday night.
But while Neale accepted that his award was an unusual circumstance, some things stayed the same. As in previous years, former Collingwood star Dane Swan took over Sportsbet’s Twitter account to deliver lighthearted running commentary of the night and no one was safe.
Dangerfield – or more precisely his sense of clothing – was firmly in the sights of the ex-magpie. Swan rocked an open-necked shirt, loafers, and a three-piece suit, thinking Dangerfield was going to look like he was pirating a cricket match or working with animals.
“Danger will either use 80 overs on the square leg or he will tame a few lions in the circus. What the hell is that outfit? “Wrote Swan.
From then on it only got better. From the complaint of not being invited – “You spent 600 zoom squares on the show and I couldn’t handle one?” – to the quality of the coverage – “How ironic you can’t see the first online brownlow online” – Swan was in good shape.
Channel 7 commentator Bruce McAvaney couldn’t avoid a clip of Swan referring to the couple’s long handshake after winning the 2011 Brownlow.
“Just a head up. It’s been nine years, but I can confirm Bruce finally let go of my hand, ”wrote Swan.
The demons also did a drive-by after missing the 2020 finals.
“They’re trying to hide it, but if you look closely at the Melbourne boys you will see that they are indeed chained to their tables,” Swan tweeted.
Swan doesn’t rate Melbourne star Clayton Oliver as handsome, which suggests he’s better off covering up as much of his face as possible.
“Clayton Oliver in a mask is the best he’s ever seen in a brownlow,” Swan tweeted.
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The last placed Crows had the year out of Hell and Swan reckoned they would still feel the pain well after their season ended.
Speed was never a priority on Brownlow Night when Swan urged the AFL to proceed with the vote disclosure.
“These last 6 rounds are longer than Melbourne’s lockdown,” he wrote.
We finally got to the end where, as everyone expected, Neale was crowned King of the League, finishing a whopping 10 votes ahead of Port Adelaide’s Travis Boak in second place.