Aussie sporting icon Bruce McAvaney has taken a cheap shot at AFL commentator Brian Taylor after the Channel 7 star “dished him off”.
Aussie sporting icon Bruce McAvaney has taken a cheap shot at AFL commentator Brian Taylor after the Channel 7 star “dished him off”.

Bruce ruins star in salty backhand

Aussie sporting icon Bruce McAvaney has given Brian Taylor a roasting on live TV after taking his revenge in ice cold fashion.

The two star commentators were again in the hot seats during Seven's coverage of Carlton's hammering of the Gold Coast Suns in Darwin on Friday night - and it provided a rare moment of bickering between the pair.

McAvaney has repeatedly this season shown he is prepared to speak out more than any time in his glittering career behind the microphone - and he wasn't going to let Taylor get away with a commentary snub.

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With the Blues putting the Suns to the sword in a three-goal flurry just before the half time break, McAvaney and Taylor found something else to talk about.

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When Taylor failed to acknowledge what McAvaney clearly thought was a line worthy of some adoration, McAvaney took a cheap shot several minutes later in a cold moment of revenge.

It all started harmlessly when Taylor mentioned the three quickfire goals to Eddie Betts, Harry McKay and Michael Gibbons just before the main break.

"A lot of threes here Bruce. Three goals. Three minutes. Three entries inside fifty for the Blues," Taylor said.

McAvaney responded: "That's a hat-trick BT in more ways than one".

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All is fair in love and commentary.
All is fair in love and commentary.

When BT tried to move the topic of conversation forward to the images of fans on the TIO Stadium hill as shown on the live broadcast without giving McAvaney some love, the 67-year-old pulled him up.

A chuckling McAvaney said with mock anguish: "Duck (Wayne Carey), that's my best work for the night and he's just dished me off".

Taylor quickly grovelled to his colleague: "No, no. That is very nice Bruce. I acknowledged that. The game's too fast Bruce."

 

 

As Seven's live footage returned to shots of Carlton fans sitting on the TIO Stadium hill on fold out picnic chairs, McAvaney saw his chance to hit back - and he took it.

"Have a look at those deck chairs set up in the background there," Taylor said.

"Set-up beautifully. Talk about coming prepared. All different seats for all different weights Bruce."

McAvaney couldn't help but take a pot-shot at Taylor's famously round figure.

"Well, you would be a challenge, then wouldn't you," he said with a laugh.

McAvaney explained his cheap shot by simply saying: "Well, I've got a long memory".

 

Nobody ignores Bruce’s wisdom and gets away with it.
Nobody ignores Bruce’s wisdom and gets away with it.

When you come for the king, you best not miss - Taylor now knows it better than anybody.

McAvaney earlier this year was also accused of fat-shaming Essendon star Jake Stringer when he suggested the star forward was carrying a "big backside" after the 2020 season was suspended because of coronavirus restrictions.

McAvaney is far from the only Seven star to throw shade at Taylor this year.

Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel clipped Taylor live on air during a bizarre moment in Richmond's dour win over the Swans in July.

With Richmond and Sydney playing out the second-lowest scoring game in the AFL era - the record remains a 36-22 victory for the Brisbane Bears against Footscray in 1996 - Taylor took it upon himself to spice up the Channel 7 broadcast.

Taylor was simply more interested in the fact the Swans last year cut all three players with jumpers No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 on their backs.

Taylor demanded answers from Bartel and the Cats great fired back when Taylor appeared to question an explanation for the snoozefest occurring on the field.

A irritated Bartel said: "But that's why the game's been slowed down, because Richmond's been sitting back in defence and the Swans are just keeping the ball. Are you happy with that or do you want to go back to jumpers," he said.

Bartel's clap-back about Taylor's jumpers comment was laced with attitude and ended the conversation on the spot.

Originally published as Bruce ruins Ch 7 star in salty backhand