Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has attacked AFL journalist Damian Barrett over his inability to consistently adhere to the concept of the ‘Sliding Doors’ format during a press-conference on Tuesday afternoon, calling the column “disgraceful”.
Barrett wrote, about the Bulldogs, in his weekly AFL.com.au column on the 13th of July: “IF back soreness is the real reason Boyd is not playing this weekend … THEN that's a shame. Would've liked to have seen him up against Gawn. Instead, (Jordan) Roughead, who Bevo has developed a set against, will go up against a guy who may be the best ruckman in the game.”
Beveridge was asked about his reaction to Barrett’s column after training on Tuesday, and took the opportunity to voice his disapproval.
“The concept of the film Sliding Doors, on which Damo’s column is based, is that if any one event were to happen differently it could greatly affect the outcome of future events,” Beveridge explained.
“So, in this instance he may have said IF Boyd’s back soreness keeps him out this week, THEN the Bulldogs won’t beat Max Gawn’s Melbourne. It suggests that if Boyd weren’t injured then Melbourne wouldn’t have been certainties to beat us. This highlights the importance of Boyd’s injury as being a pivotal turning point in our fortunes for that week.
“What Damo’s done is said IF something bad has happened, which it has, THEN that bad thing is a bad thing. He makes no claims as to what the ultimate consequences will be. It’s the difference between saying IF Gwyneth Paltrow misses the train THEN she won’t get home earlier and catch her boyfriend cheating on her and won’t fall in love with John Hannah, and saying IF Gwyneth Paltrow misses the train THEN she’ll have to catch the next train.”
When asked about his response to Beveridge's criticism, Barrett sensationally revealed that he's never actually seen the film Sliding Doors.
"I stopped watching after she missed the train. I always thought it was a film about the importance of memorising public transportation timetables, which I've always done," said Barrett while sipping a cup-o-noodle soup from an NCIS mug.
"I prefer Shallow Hal anyway."
The 'Sliding Doors' column appears each Friday on AFL.com.au.