Fanatical Richmond fan Sam Bretton has purchased a 2016 membership just days after swearing off the Tigers for life.
Co-worker Sara Li said Bretton had bailed her up for twenty minutes on Monday morning saying he had ‘given up watching the Tigers and footy forever.’
“He wasn’t in a good space. He’s eyes, I’ll never forget his eyes, they were haunted. I haven’t seen a look like that since last year when Sam said the exact same things.
“He then sobbed in the tea room for about 45 minutes. It was kind of hard to watch but also hard to look away.”
Sam’s boss Linda Helpman said she’d even given Sam Tuesday off with compassionate leave.
“I’m a Hawthorn supporter so I can’t even begin to imagine what he’s going through. It must be awful.”
“Some say these people choose to be Richmond fans and we shouldn’t help them but it’s an addiction and many of these people are born into this cycle of hope and despair.”
On Tuesday night however, after several Wild Turkey’s, Bretton began thinking of Jack Riewoldt’s cheeky smile, Ivan Maric’s luscious locks and Alex Rance’s jaw line.
“I don’t know exactly what moment it happened but suddenly I’d gone onto the Richmond website and renewed my membership. It felt good but then the shame rushed over me.”
Asked how he felt the morning after, Bretton said he was drawing strength from a lifetime of managing disappointment.
“This might be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me but at least I’ve gone through it every single year of my life, I know I can get through.”
“Plus, the side is looking pretty good for next year, just need a few pieces in the off season and 2016 can totally be our year. Yellow and Black!”