Football has the ability to overcome all obstacles, be they geographic, ethnic, religious, economic or cultural. It connects us all, and we’re here to celebrate and share our love of the beautiful game.
But football, at its roots, is also about competition. It’s about rivalries, it’s about passion, it’s about bragging rights and it’s about defeating all before you and proving that you’re the best. At The Pecking Order (TPO), we’re a little obsessed with the competitive side of football and in particular, the ranking of everything from the serious and undisputable, to the ridiculous and often meaningless.
It’s the football on the field that drives everything, but by itself is only a small part of a much larger picture that includes players, coaches, fans, administrators, volunteers, media and many more. When looking from all of these points of view, football is also obviously a game of opinions. And when you throw opinions, passion, rivalries and competition into the mix, it’s easy to see why the topic of rankings is such a compelling discussion. And often also a fiery one.
We are here to bring you the stories of the struggle for supremacy in Australian football that you might not otherwise hear. Our mission is to dig into the competitive nature of football, not only in an attempt to answer the big questions, but also for the discussion it creates.
We’ve collected data from over 100,000 games, 1,000 clubs and 40 years of Australian football, and we are only just getting started.
Nothing we do is perfect, nor is it meant to be. We do this because we love it.
WHO ARE WE
Our names are Jake and Cody Shorter, and together we have created The Pecking Order to help share our love of football and what it means to us. We are season ticket holders of an A-League team, we have travelled around the world to watch the Socceroos play, we have played at various levels of the Australian football pyramid ourselves, we get out and watch grassroots football every weekend, and generally just love being in and around football and people who share our passion.
The Pecking Order is ultimately for ourselves. That is, everything that TPO is about, and everything that it does, is done because first and foremost it’s of interest to us and we believed was missing from Australian football. Now that sounds very self-centered, but we believe football is all about the emotions it creates and the experiences it lets us share, and we wanted to share our passion with like-minded people.
WHO ARE YOU
The great thing about creating something firstly for yourself, is that if you find others who also like it, there’s a good chance that your passions will overlap. For that reason, we think we know you pretty well.
You love Australian football. You know the potential the game has in this country and you want to share your love of the game and to see it grow. You might be a supporter of an A-league team, you might prefer the local game, or you might be somewhere in the middle. You probably have an unwavering loyalty or burning hatred towards a particular club/s that makes you ignore logic and reason.
You might be a player or you might be a spectator, coach, referee, or volunteer. In any case, you are passionate about football and know that real enjoyment comes from the experiences and discussions you get to share with your fellow supporters.
WELCOME NEW READERS
To celebrate Australian football. To grow Australian football. And to find those who would stand with us. That is our mission.
The Pecking Order will launch in full in May 2017. For now, you can keep up to date with everything we're doing by following the TPO Blog.