And, of course, an update on Nathan Buckley‚Äôs beard.
These are all the best bits you might‚Äôve missed throughout the 2018 Brownlow Medal.
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THE REAL REASON WHY BUCKS GREW HIS BEARD
It‚Äôs been the most talked about beard in the AFL world this year.
And now we know the real reason why Nathan Buckley has grown facial hair in 2018.
It was initially said the Collingwood coach grew his beard as part of a ‚Äėreward‚Äô for his side for not conceding goals from defensive stoppages.
But on Brownlow Medal night whenn asked by Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe, Buckley revealed his wife Tania was a big fan.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a couple of threads ‚ÄĒ there‚Äôs the public one, which is about D50 stoppages. When we kicked a goal, I was happy to keep it,‚ÄĚ Buckley told Channel 7.
‚ÄúThe second sort of less public one is perhaps (wife) Tania developed a beard fetish during the year.‚ÄĚ
Wow ‚ÄĒ and delivered with such a straight face, too.
Well, as they say, happy wife, happy life.
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SWAN‚ÄôS CHEEKY DAD JOKE
No, not Dane Swan.
We‚Äôre talking about young Sydney forward Tom Papley.
We love a bit of wholesome content here at Brownlow Confidential.
And the young Swan has delivered in spades.
Yes, it‚Äôs a cheeky dad joke ‚ÄĒ at Josh Kennedy‚Äôs expense!
‚ÄúDad and I at the Brownlow,‚ÄĚ Papley wrote on Instagram.
AMERICAN PIE OFFERS SOME HOT TAKES
After a busy time on the field on Friday night, Mason Cox was busy again on Monday night.
No, he wasn‚Äôt at the Brownlow Medal count.
Instead, he was following in the footsteps of Dane Swan and offering his takes on proceedings ‚Ä¶ but from the couch.
That included a cheeky dig at coach Nathan Buckley and wife Tania.
Did he nail it?
We‚Äôll let you be the judge.
Collingwood teammate Alex Fasolo gave the big man some feedback on his work.
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IT‚ÄôS A HARD KNOCK LIFE … FOR MITCH
Nothing relegates you to the couch for Brownlow night quicker than a suspension.
It‚Äôs a tradition Brisbane man Mitch Robinson knows all too well.
He had a sympathetic ear in Hawthorn‚Äôs James Sicily.
Shaun McKernan finally picked up his first vote this year … and he was very happy about it!
NO GOODES: RUCK FAUX PAS ATTRACTS ATTENTION
There has been plenty of speculation over whether Max Gawn or Brodie Grundy can claim this year‚Äôs Brownlow Medal.
But when discussing previous ruckmen to have won the award, there was one big omission.
Channel 7 mentioned Jim Stynes and Scott Wynd as ruckmen to have won the Brownlow Medal in that position.
But they neglected to mention Adam Goodes, who infamously tied with Nathan Buckley and Mark Ricciuto for the 2003 Brownlow.
Goodes was a ruckman that year ‚ÄĒ and was even named in the ruck in the All-Australian team that year.
VEGAN SUITS HIT THE RED CARPET
Well, one vegan suit did.
North Melbourne spearhead Ben Brown rocked a special vegan suit when he took to the red carpet with wife Hester.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs really exciting. Sam from Sam and Ko fixed me up. Entirely vegan,‚ÄĚ Brown told Fox Sports News‚Äô AFL Tonight.
‚ÄúWe were definitely looking for one, but it‚Äôs hard to find the materials for vegan suits going around.
‚ÄúHester was doing a little bit of looking on Instagram and came across that Sam and Ko had done Peter Siddle‚Äôs wedding and we knew Peter was a vegan as well. Once we found that out, we got onto him and he was able to help us out in three weeks.‚ÄĚ
WHAT‚ÄôS ON THE MENU?
Do you like lamb back strap?
No? Too bad, because that‚Äôs the main course at the 2018 Brownlow Medal.
Here‚Äôs what was on offer for tonight‚Äôs guests.
Former Socceroo Ned Zelic offered his thoughts on the menu, too.
Maybe that‚Äôs more of an afterparty dish.
A GIANT CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY
Nothing gets past Michael Barlow.
Especially not a faux pas from the AFL‚Äôs official Instagram.
Nope, that‚Äôs not Stephen Coniglio ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs Dylan Shiel.
Of course, we joke.
It‚Äôs Josh Kelly and Tim Taranto.