Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald is still having a hard time digesting that one of his biggest claims to fame has been stripped away.
Ryan Fitzgerald is still smoking.
Former footy star turned popular radio host Nova took to Twitter over the weekend to reveal that he is dirty for losing an AFL bottom kicking recordand on Tuesday night he was letting off steam again as his TV colleagues laughed at his expense.
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“Fitzy” previously held the record for most consecutive goals in an AFL career before scoring a back, on par with Zach Merrett and Will Snelling on 11. But on Sunday, Brisbane’s Darcy Fort scored their 12th. consecutive majors during the victory of the Sydney Lions in first place.
Fitzgerald – with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek – complained on Twitter and radio that he was usurpedand was there again when he appeared on the Fox Sports program The back page Tuesday evening.
“You’re really going to start with this on the show, aren’t you Tony?” Fitzgerald asked host Tony Squires. “Is this how you want to start the show, everyone? Why am I fighting.
“I can really be honest with you – I had no idea I held that record. And you know, if I really knew, I would have pulled out my range of merchandise.
“Everyone would have known about it every couple of days, but I had no idea until the weekend and everyone was writing to me saying, ‘This block is about to break your record.’
“I was just a little upset. This guy is going to have a decorated career and that’s the only thing I can hang my hat on and he filled it up.
“He could have bonded with us and we all could have shared the record, but Darcy Fort, you can go get your fill.”
Fitzgerald scored five debut goals for the Sydney Swans and finished with 18 goals in 23 games before injury ended his career.
Playing footage from his five-goal haul in red and white The back pageSquires joked that the former striker should never have kept the streak in the first place, suggesting that his third major that night against St Kilda should have been considered a back because he was touched by a defender on the line.
A graph then appeared on the screen erasing Fitzgerald’s 11 consecutive goals and swapping it in two as the panel laughed together.
“Fuck!” Fitzgerald joked.
Colleague Robert Craddock rubbed salt on the wound, saying, “Fitzy, I hate embarrassing you, but now that he’s gone, what’s the highlight of your career?”
Fitzgerald joked that he has the record for the most “splashes” by a coach in a season, referring to his famous difficult relationship with former Swans mentor Rodney Eade.
Originally published as ‘Go and get filled’: Fitzy is still steaming hot, getting nailed on live roast TV