Footy legend Luke Hodge’s move to behind the mic hasn’t come without questions being raised by fans watching on.
The questions being asked however have absolutely nothing to do with his style of calling or fans alluding to any potential bias in his commentary.
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Instead fans have become transfixed on the former Hawthorn and Brisbane star’s look when he’s standing in front of the game.
Mainly their eyes can’t look away from the microphone and Hodge holding it like he’s attending a fancy dinner party with a champagne in hand.
On Saturday night following the Brisbane Lions defeat of the Western Bulldogs, the answers were finally delivered.
“We get lots of feedback on a Saturday night. People asking us lots of questions. A lot are surrounding you, Hodgy. Firstly, what happened to your little finger when you hold the microphone? Why does it stick straight out? We don’t know the answer to that so what’s the story there.” Brayshaw asked the four-time premiership star.
“I’m trying to close it. I can’t. I had an operation to start with about 10 years ago and
then had another one a little bit further down the finger. It was like it was fused,” Hodge explained.
“Jordan Lewis kicked a ball to me at the end, it flicked it and ruptured the tendon. I did that four times. Now that’s what you get. It is like when I’m having a cup of tea, I look real posh.
“I do get a lot of feedback saying why don’t you just swap hands, but it’s just not natural.”
Hodge finished his stellar career with two seasons at the Brisbane Lions and Brayshaw couldn’t help but bring up the love that is clearly still evident from the playing group for him.
“It appears the Brisbane Lions players when interviewed by you at the end, there’s some real Hodge love. We have some examples of it,” Brayshaw said before showing clips of Mitch Robinson and Alex Witherden both finishing their interviews by telling Hodge they loved him.
“I think it was just Mitch Robinson. Everyone knows when you have a chat with him, he is upbeat, very passional man. He came out with that,” Hodge said.
“Alex Witherden at three-quarter time — if they had been five goals down I’m not sure he would have said that. I tried to have a go at him being on the bench but he got me back.
“They love the way they’re playing football at the moment. I think they play their best football when they’re relaxed and having fun, as you can see by those two clips.”