Sam Mitchell felt like he was at a wedding - his family and friends on one side of the room, with Trent Cotchins invited guests on the other.It was a curious observation about Tuesdays unprecedented AFL function, but far from the weirdest comment to come out of the Essendon supplements debacle.That long-running saga had closure at the simple lunchtime ceremony, where Cotchin and Mitchell were retrospectively awarded their 2012 Brownlow Medals.In front of about 150 family, friends, AFL figures and media, two of the modern games best midfielders were presented with their first Brownlows.Richmonds 1971 Brownlow medallist Ian Stewart hung the medal around Cotchins neck and Shane Crawford, the last Hawthorn winner in 1999, did the honours for Mitchell.Cotchin and Mitchell had finished four votes behind Essendon captain Jobe Watson in the 2012 count.But once Watson became one of 34 Essendon players, banned for doping offences stemming from the supplements scandal, the pressure mounted for the popular winner to be stripped of his Brownlow.Watson pre-empted an AFL Commission decision last month when he announced he would give up his medal, adding he had mixed feelings.The dramatic circumstances heightened the emotion that always surrounds a Brownlow win.Cotchin and Mitchell had their families in the front row and repeatedly referred to them in their acceptance speeches.While worthy winners, Watson was the elephant in the room.Asked about Watson, Mitchells Im going to leave that reply made it clear it was the one topic he would not discuss at his Brownlow presentation.Cotchin was similarly reticent, but said he had contacted the Bombers star.Obviously, theres a lot of emotion involved with that as well, Cotchin said of the circumstances behind their Brownlows.You feel for people and its been going on for so long but, hopefully, we can all take a step forward now.Ive tried to be really humble in the whole thing and, obviously, the decisions have been out of our hands.We just went with the flow.But the overriding emotions for Cotchin and Mitchell at Tuesdays ceremony were pride and gratitude.Cotchin celebrated his medal with wife Brooke and their two young daughters Harper and Mackenzie.Similarly, Mitchell flew his family over from Perth, where he is now at West Coast after his stunning trade deal at the end of this season.His wife Lyndall sat with their son Smith and twin daughters Emmerson and Scarlett.You dream about a lot of things when youre a kid, but you wouldnt even dream of this, Mitchell said.While Mitchell admitted he would not have knocked back winning a Brownlow the traditional way,Tuesdays intimate function was perfect.Youre bringing joy to all the people closest to you, in a way, that you would very rarely get to do.Its a beautiful way to do it.Cotchin enjoyed Mitchells wedding analogy and had a retort for his fellow Brownlow medallists suggestion about who was who in the marriage.He suggested I was the bride - hes older and shorter, so I suppose I will go with that, Cotchin joked. Taylor Rapp Jersey Large . During the athletes parade, the 23-strong Ukrainian team was represented by a lone flagbearer in an apparent protest at the presence of Russian troops in Ukraines Crimean peninsula. Cheap Custom Rams Jersey . PAUL, Minn. http://www.customramsjersey.com/ . LOUIS -- St. Authentic Custom Rams Jersey . Defenceman Yannick Weber scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Canucks breathed a sigh of relief with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. Cheap Rams Jerseys .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda have wrapped up details of a new contract worth nearly $6 million over the next three seasons.Pending final approval by LSUs board of supervisors, the deal maintains Arandas title of associate head coach, which hed held on an interim basis since Ed Orgeron took over for Les Miles as head coach in late September.The contract runs through March 31, 2020, with a salary of $1.8 million next season, $1.85 million in 2018 aand $1.dddddddddddd million in 2019. It also includes bonuses.Arandas buyout will be about 40 percent of his remaining salary if he accepts a non-head coaching position within 500 miles of Baton Rouge and 15 percent if beyond 500 miles.LSU ranked sixth nationally in scoring defense this season.---More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '