One wonders how a former AFL coach–  and paid expert — can get something so horribly wrong as the Nine Network’s Grant Thomas did on the Footy Classified AFL program last night.

Now, being a Fremantle fan, which I am, you’re use to derision. Hell, commentators have been getting Fremantle players’ names wrong since 1995. Gerard Healy (whom I admire) repeatedly called Rhys Palmer “Rhys Stanley” not two weeks ago during a match. In the halcyon days of the mid to late 1990s commentators thought every aboriginal player on Fremantle’s list was Scott Chisholm. It happens. We’re used to it.

But last night was a first in all my football watching. When has an AFL expert ever confused a player for a president?

Thomas (whom my admiration is on the other ledger to that of Healey’s) not only managed to call Dockers half-back Garrick Ibbotson “Garry Ibbotson” — he titled him as Fremantle’s President! For the record, Freo’s President is Steve Harris which in no known universe sounds like Garrick Ibbotson.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KP9rP4BJm8[/youtube]

First, Nine got News Limited mistaken for News International, now this! When will the madness stop!

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