Bris­tle Man sweeps to suc­cess

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HE’S known as the Bris­tle Man and has carved a rep­u­ta­tion as ra­dio’s top foot­ball com­men­ta­tor. Brian Tay­lor feels no in­cli­na­tion to gloat about be­ing named the over­whelm­ing favourite in a Her­ald Sun Footy Fans Sur­vey on ra­dio callers, but his se­cret to suc­cess is not dif­fi­cult to pin down.

Tay­lor, who played for Rich­mond and Colling­wood, rack­ing up 140 games and kick­ing 527 goals, has an abil­ity to an­a­lyse on the run and read play. He’s also one of com­men­tat­ing’s most en­ter­tain­ing lat­eral thinkers — funny but ca­pa­ble of sledge­ham­mer hon­esty.

Tay­lor, a long-time pan­el­list on Chan­nel 9’s The Sun­day Footy Show, a host of AFL Teams on Fox­tel and a com­men­ta­tor with Triple M, was re­cently crowned the most pop­u­lar ra­dio caller for the sec­ond year run­ning. In the sur­vey, he at­tracted 23 per cent of the vote, a surge from 7 per cent in 2005.

Tay­lor says a vote for him is ef­fec­tively a vote for the Triple M team, which in­cludes Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw, Ja­son Dun­stall, Mike McLean, Danny Fraw­ley and Wayne Sch­wass.

‘‘Chem­istry is the No.1 thing in com­men­tat­ing and it sim­ply wouldn’t work if we didn’t get on,’’ Tay­lor says.

‘‘I don’t think I’m that creative, but the guys I work with know which but­tons to push to get me to say cer­tain things. We do come from a slightly dif­fer­ent an­gle,’’ Tay­lor says of Triple M. ‘‘We’re not sar­cas­tic, but we do take the p--- a bit. We are try­ing to add a bit of life and colour to some­thing that can be drab.’’

Un­like many who call the game for TV, Tay­lor’s not afraid to call bad um­pir­ing when he sees it. He also has a low tol­er­ance for um­pires who be­come the­atri­cal in their de­sire to im­pose them­selves on a game.

‘‘If they are do­ing a good job, we tell them. I think they (um­pires) should be open to peo­ple ex­press­ing views about the job they’re do­ing,’’ Tay­lor says.

Tay­lor hosts AFL Teams live from Fed­er­a­tion Square on Thurs­day at 7.30pm. He will call the grand fi­nal for TripleMon Satur­day and the fol­low­ing day take his po­si­tion on The Sun­day Footy Show’s panel.

‘‘I love the gig on the Sun­day show be­cause it’s the per­fect mix of peo­ple,’’ Tay­lor adds. ‘‘It’s just a joy to ar­rive there in the morn­ing and see a leg­end like Lou Richards switched on and ready to go. I pinch my­self that I’m work­ing with peo­ple like that.’’

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