Cats Fans, We Need To Talk About 2008
With a Qualifying Final in our sights, the post season bye and has provided plenty of opportunity to reflect on the history between Geelong and the team we hate-respect most; Hawthorn.
I, like many, had completely disregarded the events of a home and away season that should have, but ultimately didn't deliver a premiership.
In fact, here's real life vision of me on the final siren at the 2008 Grand Final:
Yes, I MIB'd the hell out of that one day in September, after watching Gary Ablett Jnr exert himself so desperately in a final quarter that Stewart Dew had already torn to shreds. Perhaps we should have seen the writing on the wall when GAJ had the proverbial Brownlow carpet whisked from right under him? Who knows.
What i do know now — some 8 years later — is that to not acknowledge Geelong's 2008 season for what it was — one of the winningest seasons in AFL history — would be doing our club a great disservice.
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The 2008 home and away season in a nutshell:
- Geelong finished 4 games and percentage (161.84%) clear on top of the ladder.
- Had an average winning margin of 52 points.
- Lost just 1 home and away game to Collingwood — an aberration by a massive 86 points.
- Began the home and away season on an 8-game winning streak and capped it off with 13 straight wins on the run home.
Come with me on a cleansing journey through the standout moments of that 2008 season — which many Cats fans have erased from memory.