Following on from the new deliberate rushed behind rule, scientists are commencing research to properly understand the phenomena of perceived pressure and how its observation can alter its state.
In last night's match, Callum Mills was adjudicated to have deliberately rushed a behind without 'immediate pressure' from an opposition player, resulting in a free kick and goal to the Bulldogs' Liam Picken, affecting the momentum of the match.
What has attracted the interest of quantum physicists is the possibility that if Picken had have attacked Mills, rather than appealing for the free kick, the pressure Mills would have been under would be greater, perhaps resulting in no free kick. It may be the case that the very act of appealing for the free kick contributed to the validity of the free kick. Scientists are already labelling this new free kick phenomena 'meta as fuck'.
"It's true that in many experiments in quantum mechanics, the impossibility of observing a particle's state without impacting on the particle is a real problem. Photons can react differently the moment we try to observe their behaviour. What we've seen here, with Mills and Picken, is a prime example of 'wave-particle duality' or, in this case, a 'player-umpire-spectator shitshow'," said leading scientist Hector Twist.
"By observing that Mills was going to be under pressure and predicting what his action would be, Picken placed minimal pressure on Mills resulting in the free kick. If Mills took possession of the ball, Picken would have applied the pressure and it potentially could have resulted in a mistake from Mills, due to the type of pressure the rule was intended to allow.
"What Mills should have done is allowed his atoms to phase through the ball onto the other side, condensed his body into a superdense singularity, sucked Picken into the event horizon and triggered the destruction of our universe. Then they may not have lost the four points."
When asked about the free kick, and the lopsided free kick count (31-18 in the Bulldogs' favour), AFL umpires' coach Hayden Kennedy said that all umpires have been properly trained to cope with existential and scientific problems.
"The umpires are well aware that there are fluid states of being when out on the field. Whether the free kick count was high for one team, high for the other or completely level, that shouldn't change the decision making in each isolated incident. Plus, who cares? It's a game where people kick a bag of air. It means nothing in the grand scope of time. Our universe is headed for an inevitable heat death, let's think about that."
Despite the imminent destruction of our universe, there are still seven games to be played this weekend, starting with Hawthorn facing Adelaide at the MCG this afternoon.