Today is the day that a local journalist is commencing a month-long stake out at various suburban pubs around Melbourne as the AFL’s Mad Monday season begins in earnest. Callum Fraser, a cadet journalist for a major newspaper, is both excited and nervous about what his older colleagues have told him is a journo’s rite of passage.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, Fraser said, “I’ve been in the job for about 10 months now, but I’ve been preparing for this moment for quite a while. All the talk around the office is how this can really make or break a young journo. The public has a real thirst for scandal, especially when it involves footy players. Who knows, I might get lucky and witness a dwarf being set on fire like at the St Kilda Mad Monday a few years back. If I get a story like that I could really make a name for myself. It would be great for my career.”

However, Fraser also indicated that it wouldn’t all be smooth sailing over the coming weeks. He said, “All the old hacks around the office have been telling me Mad Monday stories for months now. It’s an initiation of sorts. Apparently not all Mad Mondays are as well orchestrated as Geelong’s one where they invite the press in for the first hour to take a few photos on the proviso that we then nick off for the rest of the day. The clubs are getting sneakier every year in how they keep this kind of drunken debauchery concealed from public view. So I’ll be travelling to all corners of Melbourne, standing around in cold suburban pub car parks, and having footballers give me dirty looks. But this could be the making of me!”