Which scenario is harder to believe: that 34 footballers are trying to have suspensions overturned in a Swiss court, or that, two decades ago, the Melbourne Football Club was on the verge of swallowing Hawthorn whole?
Jake Niall is a senior sports writer at 'The Age' specialising mainly in coverage of the AFL. He writes a weekly column for 'The Sunday Age' and has been on staff with 'The Age' or 'Sunday Age' since 1995. Jake, who combines original news with commentary, match-based writing, features and analysis, has won a number of awards, including the Alf Brown award for the best performer in AFL media in 2012, the Melbourne Press Club's 2007 Quill award for best sports story in any medium and a Walkley award, shared with colleagues Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson and John Silvester, for best coverage of a major issue (Essendon scandal) in 2013.
Some Essendon fans will recoil at the notion of Mick Malthouse acting as the good shepherd to a portion of the 34 during their season in exile. They shouldn't.
Coaching great Mick Malthouse has spoken to a suspended Essendon player, the AFL and the AFL Players Association about providing guidance and training for some of the suspended 34 during their season in exile.
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