SHOULD Essendon have cancelled Mad Monday and forced players to watch the heavy elimination final loss to Sydney, instead?
Former Essendon greats Matthew Lloyd last night said he would have “cancelled” Mad Monday and today Tim Watson backed the Bombers’ goalkicking great.
And Watson has first-hand experience, revealing super coach Kevin Sheedy cancelled Mad Monday after the 1983 Grand Final loss to Hawthorn.
“We lost by a record margin (83 points) at the time to Hawthorn,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.
“We had to go to the rooms on the Monday — the Andrew Peacock Room — where we used to watch the videotape, on a reel it was back in the day, and we had to sit there and watch the game, the entire game.
“And that was on play, rewind, play, it took about six and a half hours to watch the game and then we weren’t allowed to forget it for the rest of the (preseason) — that set the tone for the next season.”
History shows it worked, the Bombers turning the tables on Hawthorn to win the 1984 premiership.