Each Wednesday, to get over the hump of the week, we will endeavour to whack someone, something or anything in between that we’ve seen in the previous weekend of football.
This week, we will start with a relatively easy target – one that is a reasonable chance to come up more than once this year – and one that everyone loves to hate.
It’s never easy when a one-time fan favourite leaves your club under whatever circumstances, and sometimes – like in the case of Dale Thomas – they have every right to be booed when they take the field against their former club but in Travis Cloke’s situation, Pies fans had no right to carry on like they did.
Cloke was booed whenever he went near the Sherrin last Friday night and temporarily silenced Collingwood fans when he kicked a goal from 50m out in the opening quarter.
Firstly, Cloke didn’t ask for a trade. Collingwood deemed that Cloke was no longer in their plans going forward.
Cloke then nominated the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club.
Finally, the two clubs manufactured a trade with the Bulldogs receiving Cloke and Collingwood receiving pick no. 76 in the draft
Cloke gave Collingwood 12 years of service which included 246 games, 441 goals and a premiership. He was a best and fairest winner at 20 years old.
And what does he get in return? 50,000 fans with barely as many teeth between them booing him at the top of their lungs.
Is it because he’s gone to a better club? Or maybe it’s because your favourite son could get sacked this year and you’re placing blame on the previous form of Cloke?
Or it could be an array of other reasons. Maybe it’s Jordan De Goey’s dog’s fault, again.
Whatever the reason, that’s low, even for you Collingwood fans.