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Theyve had 12 months littered with off-field distractions, but Sydneys AFL focus rarely wavers.Michael Talias arrest last Sunday was the latest in a series of incidents to have rocked the Swans stretching back to the final week of July last year.Back then, club icon Adam Goodes opted to take a week off after relentless booing from opposing supporters over several weeks.The debate over his actions had barely subsided before the clubs other indigenous superstar Lance Franklin missed the clubs finals campaign due to a mental health issue.Fast forward into the current campaign and the club enjoyed a relatively uneventful first half of the campaign before the calendar again clicked into July.The leadup to the Round 16 game at Geelong was dominated by the revelation of a feud within the family of co-captain Kieren Jack.A patchy run of form reading loss-win-loss-win-loss was followed by the news that injured off-season recruit Talia had been charged with being in possession of a quantity of a prohibited substance and will appear in court next month.For a club that prides itself on its professionalism and positive image it was another blow and unwanted distraction.The Swans have long been regarded as one of the cleanskins of Australian sport, a supremely well run club with a strong player-driven culture and one that rarely generates a negative headline.However, if recent history has taught us anything, its that the resilient Swans are rarely blown off course for long by gusts of off-field turbulence.If anything, adversity hardens their resolve.The game Goodes opted to miss ended in an emotion-charged 52-point win over Adelaide in front of their largest home crowd of the season.In their first game after losing Franklin they were ferociously competitive in a nine-point away loss to minor premiers Fremantle.The Swans capacity to push distractions aside and produce a performance of laser-like intensity was evident again earlier this month.After days of headlines about the Jack family dispute they produced one of their best performances of recent times in a memorable 38-point victory at Geelong.All of which suggests that Carlton better be beware and brace for a fiercely focused Sydney side at the SCG on Saturday, as the Swans seek to generate positive on-field vibes in pursuit of a high ladder position and a seventh straight finals campaign. 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When the Cardinals jumped all over the Pirates, Washington told the story, column by column on the hand-operated scoreboard at Wrigley Field.Springs turned into summers and mostly empty Octobers, and Washingtons most important numbers changed. And he realized its time to go home.I think as you get older your body speaks to you and tells you the things that youre able to do, he said. Also, theres certain things around here that you cant do, and one of those is, you spend an awful lot of time here and at 66, I think I want to spend some time with my family because I dont have very much time to spend with my family here.So when the Cubs play their last home game of the year, thatll be it for Washington, too. Hell climb down the ladder at the bottom of the classic green scoreboard and stroll off to retirement.No one will notice, probably. There likely wont be any fuss. The Cubs honored Washington before a September game, and that was more than enough for the easygoing Chicago native.It was all a gift, anyway. More than Washington ever expected.You never realize that youre going to meet so many good people, Washington said, so many people that had such a bearing on your life. Its very rewarding.Washington had jobs with the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and in railroads before he was hired by the Cubs in 1984 for a security position.He moved to the grounds crew two years later, and then joined the scoreboard crew in 1990.This particular job, its kind of next man up, he said. People retire, they move on, and somebody has to replace them, and you cant just walk up like youve lived here all your life. Its like anything else. Its a learning process.Washingtons home away from home these past 26 years was built in 1937. There are three levels in the scoreboard, and as many as four people fill in the numbers for a full slate of games in the summer.Washington and his partner work on the first floor for the Cubs linescore and National and American League games on the bottom level. Darryl Wilson , another longtime scoreboard operator, takes care of the second and third floors along with another colleague. Wilson calls down updates that he gets from a computer.We spend an awful lot of time together, and the camaraderie is such that, were almost related, Washington said.dddddddddddd I mean we get along, we get along very well. Its kind of like were brothers up here.Its a lot of laughter. Its a lot of joy up here, he continued, except when the Cubs lose.Washington also has a rapport with the fans who sit in Wrigleys famed bleachers. He sees it all from his perch above the stands, and he hears it from the crowd if someone feels there is a miscue with the scoreboard.Theres a human element up here, Washington said, sitting in a chair in the scoreboard while the Cubs were in Los Angeles this week for the NL Championship Series. I mean nobodys perfect, and theyll scream up here and try to point out something to me if they believe its a mistake.Wrigley also is where Washington met his wife, Darla. She was friends with one of Washingtons co-workers. They got married in 1989, and the couples daughter, Alisha, 21, goes to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. While Darla likes the Cubs because of Washingtons job, he said she isnt a baseball fan.To her, its like how can I come home tired from watching a ballgame, he said. But shes under the impression that like when I come to work I just walk up in the scoreboard and sit down and everythings cool until I get off. But I have other chores.Alisha visited Wrigley for the first time when her father was recognized last month.A 21-year-olds mind, you dont hear things like `Im proud of you because their mind just dont work like that, Washington said. But when a 21-year-old tells you that theyre proud of you, its something to pay attention to and it kind of made my heart kind of skip a beat.Washington has seen a lot of bad teams over the years. But his final season has been a lot of fun.The Cubs rolled to a major league-best 103 wins and the NL Central title this year. Game 6 against the Dodgers is Saturday night at Wrigley.It has been 71 years since Chicagos last NL pennant, and 108 years since the franchise last won the World Series in 1908. A title would be quite a send-off for the soft-spoken Washington, who sounds as if he is coaching himself for whatever way it comes to an end.For them to be in the position that theyre in now, I really never thought that they would get this far, he said. 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