Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 09:40 am
“Something about this Robert Manne piece on being a Geelong tragic has been worrying me for a week,” emails Imre Salusinszky, “and I finally see what it is. Can you detect any evidence whatsoever that he has ever attended a game of football?” There’s also this curious line:
Of the hundreds of matches I have since followed, the bitterly cold 1989 grand final is the one I remember best.
Bitterly cold, was it? Manne watched the match on television, presumably indoors. I was at the MCG and recall it being mild to warm. According to a chart of Grand Final temperatures, the maximum for Melbourne that day in 1989 was 21.5 celsius (around 73 fahrenheit) – above average for the Grand Final …
UPDATE. Nic comments: “There is something suss about Manne’s piece. Firstly, it’s ‘all about him’. Who follows a football team where your chief memories are about what ‘you’ were doing?”
Special intellectual dispensation, Nic. And from Hawthorn supporter Imre himself: “I was there in 1989 (and ‘87, ‘86, ‘84, ‘83, ‘78 and ‘71). I don’t remember it being cold, except that my blood froze around halfway through the last quarter.”