Life is never dull when former AFL player-turned-Logie winner Tony Armstrong is around – just ask his former teammate Luke Parker and ex-coach Nathan Buckley, who ripped into him over his dress sense and an ill-timed McDonald’s visit.
Armstrong was filling in for regular Jonathan Brown on popular Fox Footy show ‘Best on Ground‘ on Saturday night, and it didn’t take long before the former Sydney, Adelaide and Collingwood defender faced the comedic wrath of his fellow panellists.
Armstrong was shown in fits of laughter during an interview host Mark Howard did with his former teammate Luke Parker, and asked: ‘Am I allowed to walk off?’ once it ended, tongue firmly in-cheek.
He didn’t walk off, but he might have wished he did after Nathan Buckley recalled a day when Armstrong played a VFL and AFL game back-to-back.
‘Too often,’ Buckley smiled when asked whether he’d coached Armstrong.
‘He played a full game of VFL in Geelong in the reserves, our game was that evening. We had a player pull out late … so TA (Armstrong) comes in as our substitute, and we have an injury two minutes into the game, so TA is in the 21 (starting side).’
Vision cut to a shot of Armstrong receiving a LOT of attention for a cramp, to which Buckley giggled was just five minutes into the first quarter.
Tony Armstrong (pictured) needed treatment for cramps just five minutes in quipped Buckley
Armstrong explained it was a tough day all-round as he chowed down on some McDonalds in between the games.
‘I had to get up at 5am to have my breakky and drive down to Geelong, fuming and cold,’ he said.
‘You know those three fast food restaurants on the way back out at Geelong?’ So I’m driving along, I say no to the first one, say no to the next one … but Maccas got me – and I loaded up on Macca’s.
‘I get to the ‘G and all I can feel is Macca’s in my guts. Bucks comes in and says: ‘TA mate almost there, you can go home soon.’ Then 30 seconds later the head physio goes: ‘TA you’re in, Pendles is out!’ It was bloody nightmare fuel!’ said Armstrong.
Nathan Buckley coached Tony Armstrong while he was on the Collingwood Magpies’ list
Tony Armstrong training for the Magpies during the 2014 season
Armstrong played six games for Collingwood (and 35 AFL games in total), and the day in question was during 2014.
He played in what is essentially a reserves fixture down in Geelong before driving back to the MCG for the Magpies crucial AFL fixture against Brisbane.
By the end of the two-game day, Armstrong’s GPS numbers showed he’d covered just shy of 25 kilometres.
So he might have deserved the calorie-laden Macca’s meal!
Luke Parker (centre) had the inside goss on what Tony Armstrong is like
Swans star Luke Parker had the panel in stitches after giving host Mark Howard a unique insight into his former teammate Armstrong.
He explained Armstrong had a rather unique nickname from his playing days.
‘I was the one that picked Tony up from the airport when he first got drafted. So ‘Turnover Tony’ should go alright (on Best On Ground),’ Parker laughed.
‘Turnover Tony’ he started to get that nickname … he just turned the ball over way too much.’
Tony Armstrong played 15 games for the Sydney Swans before moving to Collingwood
The drive-by didn’t stop there, with Parker then cheekily referring to Armstrong’s renowned dress-sense as ‘oversized and ‘second-hand’, saying he ‘was never influenced by his kit.
In reply, Armstrong took great delight in stitching Parker up.
He told a story about the time Parker reversed straight into Shane Mumford’s car after training one day after he tried to show off by revving the engine; much to the delight of Armstrong.
Luke Parker is not a fan of Tony Armstrong’s (pictured) ‘second-hand’ style
Armstrong’s TV career has been decidedly more successful than his on-field exploits.
The proud Indigenous man got his break hosting Yokayi Footy on NITV before moving to the ABC as a breakfast sports presenter and commentator.
Armstrong on the Logies red carpet last month, where he won ‘Most Popular New Talent’
In June he won the prestigious Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent at the Logie Award.
He was a little worse for wear after the win, and was missing in action for several hours before his fellow ABC hosts managed to track him down.
He commentates on Fox Footy and appears on Channel 10’s ‘The Project’ on a semi-regular basis – and if last night’s appearance is anything to go by, he has NO problems laughing at himself.