Cornes: The one thing I took exception to with Dangerfield comments

SEN - Fri, 24th May 2019 - 0 Comments

It’s been an interesting week and I apologise to those who are sick of this topic.

I’ll be honest, I’ve questioned myself this week and whether I went too hard on Geelong champion Patrick Dangerfield when I said this last Saturday night.

"I think he's got to get this out of his game, Patrick Dangerfield. There's a bit of carry-on there isn't there?

"Even the coach (Chris Scott) admitted that after the game. We've seen it before, we saw it earlier on in the year. I don't think that's a good look.

"Not sure he needs the crutches, not sure he needs to make it that big a spectacle."

Patrick Dangerfield

I even took a call from who I regard as the best football media performer in the country and they expressed to me their thoughts that I’d overstepped the mark.

You have to be very careful when you question champions, she said.

I think most of you know I’ll put my hand up when I get it wrong, like I did a fortnight ago when I admitted being wrong about Jaeger O’Meara.

I was also wrong when I said Richmond shouldn’t recruit Dion Prestia because they weren’t in the premiership window – How’d that go for me!!?

And reflecting on my playing days, I’ve admitted exaggerating contact to win a free kick, which I regret doing.

Was I wrong to question Dangerfield on this topic for the second time in three years? He thinks I was.

The three most controversial statements I’ve made this year are:
1. Jordan Lewis is hindering not helping Melbourne and they don’t have anywhere to hide him on the field.
2. Carlton have forgotten how to win.
3. The third was my call on Danger this week.

Upon reflection, I wouldn’t take any of them back and am happy to argue with anyone who disagrees on any of the three.

I take exception at Dangerfield questioning the fact that I’m constantly negative, because he’s factually wrong.

Why wasn’t Danger so outspoken in Round 3 when, after his 32 disposals and 10 clearances led to a best on ground performance against Adelaide, I wrote: “On Thursday night, Geelong Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield embarrassed his former side and by half-time had recorded statistics most midfielders would be happy with for a full game.

"At the main break Dangerfield had 21 disposals, seven clearances and six inside 50s and by game's end he was clearly the best player on the ground."

Where was Danger when I wrote this about his teammate: "Tom Hawkins could be the most selfless player in the competition.

"His role has changed in 2019 and he now spends the majority of his game time playing up the ground to allow the dangerous Gary Rohan to play out of the goal square.

"There’s so much to like about the Cats in 2019."

Or when on national TV last Sunday when I highlighted on the big screen the midfield masterclass of Lachie Neale?

Where was Danger when I said Marcus Bontempelli and Patrick Cripps will be the game's best midfielders by season's end?

As President of the Players Association, where was Danger’s rebuttal and defence of the players he represents when Paul Roos said Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe’s work rate is ‘diabolical’ or when he said football isn’t a priority for one of his former players, Christian Petracca?

Why didn’t he address Scott Cummings' strong thoughts that Essendon’s Zach Merrett should be dropped despite having 35 disposals last weekend?

And where was Danger last year when Wayne Carey said the Cats would be a better side without Gary Ablett?

Is that because it wasn’t about him?

There were two questions Dangerfield should have faced this week but unfortunately he wasn’t asked.

Did he take exception to his coach dismissing his injury and calling it the 'Danger Show'?

And the second. Does he, or has he ever exaggerated an injury?

For the record, I asked him to come on my show this morning, but he declined.

Dangerfield is a first ballot Hall of Famer and if he manages to win a premiership, he may even become a legend of the game one day.

But no player is ever flawless and sometimes it’s ok to admit it.

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