Promotional poster from 2008, edited slightly
Carlton are an enigma. Collingwood arent far off them either but at least have had some success. And both seem to have similar issues. A very unstable board of management who can make rash decisions and have made poor recruiting choices.
Carlton had a load of first round draft picks, and whilst they did pick well and those players have done them well, they never filled the rest of the team around them. But even at that, none of them became absolute stars, just above average middle of the ground players. They had serious potential, but never made anything of it. They let go of Eddie Betts, arguably the greatest ever small forward. They made some rash managerial decisions, from a board with fuck all football experience, more fan type setups within it. Carlton are one of the historically big teams, like Collingwood and Richmond, but like both, have not exactly been a big team for quite a while. Fans have that sort of delusion of grandeur still about them as if they are a contender, when they are anything but. There is fuck all good about their set up right now, from their board, to management to their playing list. Mediocre at best.