The grave marker outside the gates to Melbourne Cricket Ground could well read, “Here Lie the 2019 Adelaide Crows, R.I.P.”
The G is not friendly to Adelaide, as they yet again turn in a less-than-stellar performance at the house that AFL built.
Well, it is first and foremost a cricket ground, although more than one AFL club lists it as home ground.
The high-flying Crows were grounded there in the 2017 AFL Grand Final, 108 – 60, but at least it was to a competent outfit.
The Round 19 loss was to the Carlton Blues, who, in an ultimate example of irony, held Adelaide to an identical 60 points.
The Crows slipped to eighth on the ladder and might have dropped from the top eight if not for GWS squeezing past Port by one point in Adelaide.
The Crows have managed only a desultory .500 record and with four games remaining in the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition, the Crows’ theme song might well be something about two and twenty blackbirds baked by the Pies.
A 27-point loss to Carlton could be seen as demoralising, if the club was not already singing the Blues as coach Don Pyke resorted to sitting Eddie Betts in an effort to find any sort of spark.
It is hard to imagine Adelaide having any vestige of confidence remaining, to the extent that the Round 20 game with St. Kilda is far from certain and with games remaining with West Coast and Collingwood looking as likely losses, the finale with Western Bulldogs could put an exclamation point on what looks like A Season From Hell for the Crows.
The Crows and the Dogs currently share the same won – loss record and 36 premiership points and only percentage has the Crows ahead at this moment.
Of course, the Dogs won the 2016 flag from seventh, so it might be ever so slightly premature to write off the 2019 Crows.
Then again, Carlton was in front at the end of every quarter and the fourth quarter was nothing other than a murder of Crows.