While we are all eagerly awaiting the next two episodes of “The Last Dance” to drop on Netflix, there’s still a heap of good sports content to get your fix over the weekend.
From classic replays, recalls, the NFL Draft and even good old fashioned panel shows we’ve picked out the best stuff ahead of this weekend in Nedflix and chill.
FRIDAY APRIL 24
FOX FOOTY RECALL:
1994 Qualifying Final – Footscray v Geelong
FOX Footy / Kayo 7pm
The recalls of classic games by both FOX League and FOX Footy have been a surprise hit while footy has been put on hold during the COVID-19 crisis.
It has been great to watch some of the more iconic games from years gone by with a fresh spin on things.
On Friday night, FOX Footy will recall the 1994 Qualifying Final between Geelong and Footscray which involves arguably the greatest commentary moment the game has ever seen – Sandy Roberts call of Billy Brownless goal after the siren.
How the likes of Anthony Hudson or Dwayne Russell could even possibly replicate this moment of commentary genius is beyond me.
FOX Footy is best to get Sandy Roberts a buzz on Skype and just get him to re-enact his famous call and even get Gerard Healy to declare “The monkey’s off the back Billy!”
Along with Billy’s famous goal after the siren, the match itself is a cracker and showcases 1990’s attacking, fast-scoring footy at its best.
Most certainly worth a watch.
State of Origin Moments
CHANNEL 9 NSW/QLD & 9Now 7:30pm
Channel 9 couldn’t possibly devote just one special devoted to the greatest moments in State of Origin.
That’s why there’s two and it continues this Friday night.
So sit back and enjoy this fair and balanced panel of James Bracey, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler and Peter Sterling as they yet again look back on the great moments in 40 years of Origin footy.
Given that these are 90-minute specials, I wouldn’t put it beyond Channel 9 to try and get at least eight episodes out of this.
SATURDAY APRIL 25
FOX LEAGUE/FOX FOOTY/ Kayo – All Day
While we’d normally pay our respects at a Dawn service followed by the footy in the afternoon, it’s obviously going to be different given the situation at the moment.
Although, footy isn’t what ANZAC day is about – it has played a major role in the day for many years.
While there will be no AFL or NRL matches being played both FOX League and FOX Footy will have a marathon of ANZAC day games from years past.
For Rugby League fans, FOX League will be counting down all day the top 10 FOX League ANZAC Classics which sure to stir debate and bring back some memories.
AFL fans will get the FOX Footy Live panel show from 11 am followed by the recall of the Collingwood v Essendon ANZAC game from 2009.
It will be very interesting to see who will replicate David Zaharakis’s last-minute heroics given that Stephen Quartermain’s efforts in the original Channel 10 broadcast are now steeped into football folklore.
Fox Footy will then go into a marathon of Pies v Dons ANZAC Day classics starting with a replay of the 1995 clash – the first time the teams had met on the day and a must-watch in the classic replay stakes.
ESPN 508/Kayo – 9 am
Usually played out in a packed stadium and sometimes considered bigger than the game itself, the 2020 edition is set to be the Zoom meeting to end all Zoom meetings.
(Or whatever Video conferencing platform being used for it)
Not only will we get a glimpse of the stars of the future, but we will also see what NFL officials and media’s lounge rooms, home offices, spare bedrooms, balconies and quite possibly backyards look like.
With the talent available in the quarterback ranks the 2020 NFL draft is set to be one of the most highly anticipated in recent years.
Not only that, along with the races on Saturday, but we’ve also got plenty of excellent markets available at your fingertips.
SUNDAY APRIL 26
THE SUNDAY FOOTY SHOW – AFL
CHANNEL 9 VIC/SA/WA 11am & 9GEM NSW/QLD 12:30pm
While no AFL games are being played right now, The Sunday Footy Show has proven it really doesn’t need the sport for it to continue.
The show has basically turned into a bit of footy talk for the first 10 minutes, followed by the panel basically taking the p-1 double five out of each other for the remainder.
Mostly at the expense of host Tony Jones.
With TJ’s “Whispers in the Sky” story from 2005 making a comeback in the news this week, expect the boys to rip into Chompers.
The Sunday Footy Show is good old-fashioned fun and just a bunch of mates having a laugh.
It’s the sort of TV we need in this current climate and a good reason why the show has been on-air for almost 30 years.