One of the true uniting elements of the garbage website known as Twitter is an ill-informed Tweet with a good-ass ratio. As in, a Tweet so bad the amount of replies to it far outstrips any favourites or retweets. AFL club captain Scott Pendlebury is feeling the full brunt of that this morning, thanks to a particularly not good post.
Pendlebury, who captains the Collingwood Football Club in the men’s league, put up a poll early this morning brimming with excitement about the arrival of the AFL‘s extremely weird new experiment AFLX, which begins its fledgling, rectangular-shaped existence in earnest tonight in Adelaide.
Pendlebury, along with the AFL and Channel Seven it should be noted, pimped out the arrival of the AFLX by asserting that footy is finally back.
Who’s looking forward to footy being back on the screens tonight
— Scott Pendlebury (@SP_10) February 14, 2018
This, as you’d probably be aware, casually completely ignores the fact that the AFLW has been back for well over two weeks now.
Take a closer look at that tweet.
Ahhh yeah, that has all the makings of a bad ratio right there, my dude.
The replies are fairly uniform in their tone and content, all calmly reminding old mate – whose club does actually have a women’s team in the AFLW, for that matter – that women’s footy does indeed count as “real” footy, whether the marketing plan aligns with it or not.
Aflw has been on tv for like 2 weeks Scott
— jocy (@jocelynseip) February 14, 2018
Footy has been back for two weeks. Would’ve hoped the men’s captain of a club that has a team in the AFLW knew that.
— luke (@lucrious) February 14, 2018
It was back two weeks ago when the AFLW started, mate.
— Ꮆ㇄ə𝓝𝓝 尸ə七ə尺丂 (@nightwatchman) February 14, 2018
Seriously Scott, it’s worrying you think #AFLX is football, and even more worrying you don’t think that #AFLW is…
— Pat M (@mistermouse666) February 14, 2018
It’s been back for 2 weeks 🙂🙂🙂🙂
— ash ❤️🔥 (@ashleighkatexx) February 14, 2018
Perhaps acknowledge your female counterparts dude! Been back for a couple weeks
— nicola robin 🐯 (@uraveragetomato) February 14, 2018
Ohhh Scotty. pic.twitter.com/1hz3vVFpsa
— Sara without an H (@sara_k85) February 14, 2018
Footy’s been on the screens for the last couple of weeks, including your own club. #AFLW has had two full rounds already.
But I am looking forward to watching #AFLX tonight.
— Michael Shillito (@tealfooty) February 14, 2018
You get the idea.
It’s worth noting that Channel Seven, who broadcasts the AFLW every weekend right now, has also taken the “footy is finally back” line this week in regards to the AFLX, a baffling, bastardised, corporately-monstered version of the game being launched by the AFL in some weird attempt to take our intensely weird but objectively awesome native sport global. And they’ve been doing so while virtually ignoring the women’s league entirely.
Footy returns in just 72 hours with the first teams named for AFLX starting Thursday. @Stevo7AFL with the day’s AFL news. @7AFL #7News pic.twitter.com/I2b51d8Y8L
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) February 12, 2018
Still, y’know. It’s the real footy that’s finally back tonight. Rectangular fields. 40 metre arcs. LED light-up posts. Players kicking Zooper Goals™.
Bloody missed it. Been too long, etc.