Brownlow changes?

June 18th, 2008

There has been some talk in the media lately about changing the Brownlow Medal eligibility. In years gone by the award has been given to the fairest and best player in the AFL at the end of the season.

In the news there has been talks about dropping the fairest part of the award and just making it available to the best player as voted by the umpires. I don’t know about you, but something about dropping the “fairest” tag doesn’t quite sit right with me.

I really like the idea that the Brownlow Medal is for the best player, but also the fairest player. I believe that sport is about pitting your skills against your opponents and trying to beat them. But to me it must be done fairly and  within the spirit of the game. In some way making it restricted to those who play by the rules and have not been suspended makes it more valuable in my eyes.

I would hate to see the AFL change it. After all there are plenty of other awards out there for the “best” players, especially the media awards.