“If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right!” – Jerry Seinfled
On the Thursday before the Western Derby last weekend, Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir went into isolation as a close contact and ultimately tested positive, forcing him to miss the Dockers’ last 2 games, as undefeated super genius Jaymie Graham coached the team in Longmuir’s place.
In the first 2 games, Fremantle, who were the least-accurate team of 2021, kicked a combined 19.24 (44.1%), once you include rushed behinds.
Conversely, the Western Bulldogs, who have absolutely nothing to do with the Dockers, had kicked a combined 24.17 (58.5%), although it should be noted they’d kicked 22.10 through the first 7 quarters of the season, before kicking 2.7 in the last quarter against Carlton to cost themselves any chance of a comeback.
Now, since Longmuir went into iso and Graham took over, Fremantle kicked 15.12 and 13.10 in Rounds 3 and 4, a combined accuracy of 56%, which means they’ve also jumped up to 50% accuracy in a season for the first time in 18 months, and are now in 3rd place on the ladder.
Conversely, the Western Bulldogs, now riddled with goalkicking yips, kicked a pissy 9.17 and 7.19 in Rounds 3 and 4, a combined accuracy of 44.4%, and are stuck down in 14th with a 1-3 record, having kicked 40.53 (43.0%) this year.
Don’t you see what’s happened?
THE WESTERN BULLDOGS HAVE BECOME FREMANTLE.
In fact, Fremantle have started doing The Opposite so successfully, they’ve started getting Western Bulldogs-esque free kick counts:
Now I’ll just have to figure out who would be the Even Steven of this scenario….