I was recalling a thread (that I could not find today to reference) where some fans were complaining why Tigers always copped such bad press - “basketcase” and the like.
It was noted that as fans, we probably notice the Tigers negative press more than for other clubs, but also whilst your team is at the bottom, pundits are happy to put the boot in.
Daily Telecrap particularly seemed to enjoy their anti-Tigers agenda, even well into Cleary’s tenure and stabilising of 2017-2018 strategy.
Fast-forward a few months and most commentators can see improvement in the Tigers - metres gained up, completions up, errors down, margin of losses cut. Basically more competitive across the park, not 80 mins most weeks, but better and with an optimistic tinge to the current young roster and signings into 2018.
Along with this: a real lack of slander from the papers, especially the DT. Buzz has temporarily run out of throwaway drunkard commentary, James Pooper either has nothing more to say or has lost his inside news source… there were a couple of articles on fan sites and one bit of paper rubbish from Paul Crawley. So basically if you improve and your future starts looking better, the media tends to back off.
Compare now with Bulldogs, under the microscope weekly if not daily, the ravens and vultures enjoying very much picking at the club’s issues. Apart from the obvious Des Hasler stuff, question marks on Ray Dib’s authority, Raylene’s exit, the story about Klemmer wanting out, Keiran Foran commenting on potential of Hasler being removed, James Graham’s impassioned plea for patience on Fox the other week.
BUT try as the Dogs might to mitigate the fall-out, it’s too easy for muck institutions like DT. Epitomised today by the attempted association of yesterday’s terror suspect with support for the Bulldogs.
Quite rightly, many commentators are up in arms and the Bulldogs are filthy, as are their supporters. But evidence that it’s not just the Tigers, it’s the struggling clubs that get picked to pieces. The only real way to clear up your media image, your coverage, is to get your home in order.