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The truth is they do care. Everyone cares and we’re all the same soo….
It’s just political.

Chris Scott slams AFL 'furphies' amid Geelong's home final push

So I think I get it now, previous comments not withstanding.
So if you take possession no matter how where why or when you are fair game and responsible for your actions so don’t take possession if you think you are just going to be tackled.
That should be popular.
Who wouldn’t want that? and it makes it more simple and so easier for the umpire and everyone.
So no milking a ball up by abusing the rule and more flow on footy.
I get it.
As for paying every little thing they see which is the drift of some of this blog and some experts I repeat it won’t do what you think it will.

Hocking's tackle crackdown is the non-issue to end all non-issues

Merry (July) Christmas to you too and goodwill tidings to all.
No he’s not Santa Clause showering the footy world with gifts.
The Footy world doesn’t need more Santa Clauses.
So his message is only for the willing or the diehards.
So strap yourself in.
Let’s say you you are doing your tips and weighing things up.
Relative importance’s are the priority (once you get past form)and home ground outweighs everything else to the point it becomes ridiculous…. Maybe injuries but even that has to be pretty major to overrule home ground advantage.
there goes your weather and dimension theories that have the influence of a butterfly flapping it’s wings in Brazil in comparison.
You cannot quantify the dimensions advantage, … to the point it may not even exist and certainly no greater anywhere than in creative people’s imaginations.
To focus on such a thing is a choice and gives your intentions away no matter how innocent the plea.
Ground dimensions are another Furphy.
The dimensions are part of Cats home ground.
That we know.
Home Ground is an advantage.
That we know,
Does one beget the other.
No but it will if you want it to to use it as an excuse.
But that’s up to you.

Chris Scott slams AFL 'furphies' amid Geelong's home final push

If you are truly interested in influence (which I doubt because this one is so obvious it hurts)the first port of call is home ground advantage. That’s an influence everyone is actively conscious of every time they do their tips. it’s a real living huge part of footy. The rest is smoke mirrors and more furphys. When you are doing your tips and considering home ground advantage think of Geelong and what a home final (and other games) might mean to them.
So don’t look now but you are actually arguing my case when you talk about ‘influences’.
You are just being selective about what are the important ones.
Well there’s one big one and it’s called home ground advantage.
Must get mentioned three of four times during every tip commentary.
The rest is more furphy diversion.

Chris Scott slams AFL 'furphies' amid Geelong's home final push

UMM…. what I am saying is this…..
If you call everything you see all the time no matter how minor the incident then smarter players will take advantage of that.
They will milk free kicks…they do now.
They fall forward and make it look like in the back.
They duck and get around the neck.
They fumble the ball over the line deliberately.
They make it look like the other player is holding them by tucking their arms around in a funny way.
They pretend to be trying to get rid of the ball by punching at it when they have no intention of doing so’
All this is a show for the umpire and it can be clever and rewarding.
You see in professional sport we have to have umpires but in recreational sport it’s not necessary.
So the umpire is there to be tricked.
It happens a lot and it’s only going to get a lot lot worse if the umpires pay every little tiggy touchwood thing they see.
So Leigh Mathews probably never even thought like that but he has to consider it now if his comments are to be well informed.
As for Alistair Clarkson and Dennis Cometti well maybe they haven’t considered this unintended consequence either.
The umpire has to call it how he FEELS it.
He has to have a feel for the game and how best to serve it.
Then we just give him his head and let him interpretate the rules as he sees applicable and what he says at that moment is the rule(ing).
Bad ones will stand out but there aren’t many of those around.
Pretty good really.

Hocking's tackle crackdown is the non-issue to end all non-issues

Furphy about a Furphy …. nice touch. I look forward to playing the striped MCG darlings (either) down at the comp starters (160 YEARS) and see if the rich and powerful can do what the fixtured lesser lights often find a bridge too far.
If you want to change our home record come and play down there (like men).
Playing all our games at home will weaken the Cats in some ways but it must be done and is only a matter of time.
Aministrations come and go. Gill is good and he should stay but there are people there who just do not have the best interests of the game at heart.

Chris Scott slams AFL 'furphies' amid Geelong's home final push

Someone has to have the narrowest ground and this is a separate discussion.
All the variety of dimensions only proves one thing. Ground Width does not affect average scores as all the grounds everywhere have very similar scoring even from Perth to Hobart .
So weather and dimensions have little or no influence .
It’s another furphy.
Home ground is to do with home ground advantage which is not a furphy.
It’s a real thing and you take it into account every time you do your tips and think about where the game is being played.
So when you’re tipping think of the Cats and their home ground.

Chris Scott slams AFL 'furphies' amid Geelong's home final push

Everyone loves free flowing footy and it plays much better visually for the live crowd.
TV footy picks up interesting close up detail but generally open spaces and fast movement is the most electrifying aspect of the game.
That’s what the AFL and everyone else wants and loves.
Zero tolerance free kicks is perfect from a theory viewpoint but out there on the ground it will be a feast for those who like to milk frees.
Leigh Mathews is wrong on this one as players are smart and will just play for frees as they should if that’s the top priority of the umpires.
They would be crazy not to and there goes your theory.
It’s just not a perfect world and people tend to get creative.
As for the new (informal) tackle reduction research being carried out that seems an okay thing to explore if it can help the game.
I still think it’s the four point system that tends to ignore the games high scoring potential that is the cause of this issue.

Hocking's tackle crackdown is the non-issue to end all non-issues

One or two games a year where the AFL’S crowd maximization policy has to take backseat to reward what has been duly earned. The cats aren’t getting a fair go.
It’s a city that has given the game as much as any over the past 160 years. Count the players produced in this community area. AFL is heartless on this issue.
Homestate final is not even a thing, it’s a marketing boffin diversion tactic.
It’s a word invented for this issue.
Say this and they’ll do that and it’ll all go away.
It’ll be obvious one day to everyone that this is just normal behavior.
Of course Geelong play home games in Geelong that’s where the homes are.

Chris Scott slams AFL 'furphies' amid Geelong's home final push

Well Gerard Whately has been pushing the hardest for this type of thing.
Who was the brainiest person in footy we can name it after.
I agree what they do and don’t review is priority one.
Giving the players (captains) one or two reviews per quarter is the most popular idea from my listenings.
Sure takes the pressure off the umpires.
They are asking for names soo..
It could be called Second Lookhouse or Close Inspection.

AFL confirms score review bunker for finals

Public Opinion still has it’s say. If not no one would bother with stuff like this.
The wheels of the gods turn exceedingly slowly but exceedingly well.

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

When the world (well some of it) is watching the World Cup Final or any game really and the game is that close and both teams deserve to win.
Why continue on for any longer than necessary?
You have the attention of all the social event watchers and non fans and party goers that don’t really care too much but would love a moment they can remember.
At this moment Cricket transcends to another level.
Super overs are okay, no problem with running them till you get a result ( which would usually be one over but could be quite a few) but..
Why not just finish the game in the simplest way and the quickest way and we can all stay in that moment and watch that finish altogether.
Super overs might add to the drama and gain some extra viewers so I’m talking myself round but.
You invite in things like rain and other maybes by milking the moment any longer than necessary.
The quickest way would be a Golden ball.
One more ball.
Two to win, and one is not enough.
Noballs and wides then one more ball.
It’s definitive and quick and captures the moment.
Both teams deserve to win so super overs prove nothing in terms of a deserving winner any more than a single ball would.
Just finish it.
I hate to see countbacks and one day the rain will come.
Winning is largely a token anyway we are celebrating the whole tournament really.

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

I don’t think it matters too much if they win it or not.
I like the way they play.
To think whats happening now is cheapened by what might happen later is kind of neither here nor there.
If GF’s prove anything at all they prove that they don’t really prove anything.
It’s just a game of footy on another day.
It’s a token and a trophy to end our amazing seasons with a winner so we can all joy in that.
We’re really celebrating footy and the whole season, that team just happens to be the avatar for our joy.
It’s a great social event for the whole country and we celebrate that.
As for Brissie I credit/blame Luke Hodge among many others I’m sure.
He should never have escaped Victoria.
Great Leader.
As for GF’s Flags and the popular and current Win/Loss duality mentality.
They are an unhealthy obsession for compulsives.
All come second to the beautiful aesthetic of free flowing footy.
Spectacle over Drama anyday.
Footy should feel like something magical like a circus, not something dour and combative like a fearful conflict.
I say this though I do love the drama too, but it’s the future I dream about.

Lions should be living in the moment

In the true character of the gold coast a total revamp is necessary.
Every big name player that is being let go a year to early must play for the gold coast.
The whole team should be a theme park based team of retirees and past it players.
Who would have played in the last few years.
Sam Mitchell. Stevie J, Help me out here…..
This is a franchise for the aged but willing.
Luke Hodge, let Buddy go there.
It’s a place for retirees so it’s a fit.
What we need is a catchy title so the marketing Boffins don’t call them the ;Fathers and Sons.
It would create it’s own competitive culture and give the place the VEGAS and novelty aspect it needs.
It’s silly enough to work and probably breaks every rule in the book.

Rodney Eade offers solution to Gold Coast's horror plight

The process of picking a winner should to be two things.
The first is definitive which the extra over is not.
The second is that it should be as much a part of the original game as possible.
Before I go on I’d like to say.
What taints this whole discussion is the warped compulsion to have to be the winner.
It’s a token and a trophy to finish the thing off in ‘some kind of style.
That’s all it is. It’s just a friggin game.
It’s the all getting together and playing in ‘the first place that’s the important thing.
Anyway one more ball could decide it.
Batting team needs two to win but one won’t draw.
Four is too many.
One is not enough.
Two to win off one ball and we can all go home.
It’s definitive and the shortest and simplest method.
You never need a count back and play just continues on.
Same bowler and whoever is up the batting end gets one last ball whether they just went out or not.
Just finish it off nice and simple and did I say definitive and continuous play.
It’s in the moment when all the world or whoever is watching and that moment should capture the result.
I know the extra over played out in a fascinating way this time but it did not decide a friggin thing.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

That’s the Whole World Cup decided on a technicality.
BS stuff up final.
I know something stunk about those overthrows but I didn’t realize it was actually an illegal decision.
Australian High Court would be the only impartial venue for this protest but the Kiwis have more important things to do than protest a clanger.
i mean it’s all very well to say that now but had it been correctly adjudicated the whole scenario would have played out differently as a consequence.
The question is how to make the right decision next time without cheapening Englands victory.
All these winning finals are overrated anyway the trophy is a token it’s the getting together and playing that’s the important thing.
Just don’t tell the compulsive must win fanatics.
So not only did The Kiwis not lose they actually won.
or I could just say Whoops!
As an aside.
Fist time the National Team ODI was on free to air for 20 years in Pommie land.
National teams are for all the people.
They should not be denied any play from all citizens.
Common Sense not business cents.

Were the umpires wrong to award England six runs for this freak moment?

Jack Darling is equal part of this. Players who call for the ball in these type situations when the heat is on have to learn to just stop.

Eagles recruit goes full ruckman to embarrassingly stuff up a certain goal

VFA was the VFL/AFL of the day and to those teams involved and all the people who lived those Footy lives. The payoff for the exclusion is a mystery. There’s a bit of a stink about it I don’t get. That’s a lot of highest level football history that is being rewritten for no good reason.

Ranking the most successful clubs in AFL/VFL history

Melbourne, Geelong, Carlton, Essendon, StKilda, Sth Melbourne(Sidney), Fitzroy(Brisbane) Nth Melb, Foots, established the game starting in 1859 some forty years before so to say that 1897 was “Inaugural” seems to misrepresent them somewhat. It maybe just the way your history has been written (or not written). Why not include everyone?

Ranking the most successful clubs in AFL/VFL history

I think the mentality is tied in with the way the game is played.
Sports too important to let it just be about winning without looking after the game itself.
Play to win of course but don’t let that stop the enjoyment.
I think joy of life and mental health are linked.

Footy is in a funk

I like the kind of radical where the only change has nothing to do with onfield.
It’s just a different accounting system that salutes the game over the result.

Footy is in a funk

In your example the player is in the getting the ball mode which is an attacking position. I’m sure there is some saying somewhere that probably explains it better. ” Man who smother ball not necessarily ………..”
Anyway if you love goals and lots of them like I do you do question why they dry up so often. I do anyway.
If the whole comp was just trying to kick as many goals as possible that would still cater for competitive urges, tackling, hard balls, close games, finals and grand finals.
I think it would improve lots of things and even mental health as the stresses are reduced. The winner take all nature of the four point system is unnecessarily harsh.

Footy is in a funk

Of course there are winners.
Four points can’t make you a winner if you’ve already won.
It’s just a tabling number that happens to have the rather sad side effect of encouraging unspectacular footy.
I’m just not sure if you’d get as much high stakes drama which does have it’s own kind of pressurized excitement. (for the drama queens we all are)
The whole thing would be kind of lighter and more fun which I know sounds a bit namby pamby but the actual contest would be anything but.
Seeing the elite doing the things they were born to do would be the real pay off.

Footy is in a funk

Yeah it’s an academic discussion and you are right to imagine it playing out in the real world Scribey. It’s just an interesting take on the terminology and how we perceive these words.
Defence is really an offensive play but without the ball.
Another one is that footy is an emotional game and that emotion or energy intensity is what drives hard ball gets. North are doing it as well as anyone at the moment and it’s kind of irresistible.
Even irresistible to the point where certain individuals in the other team kind of buy it or buy into what the first team are doing (or however you say that )and at that moment their emotions betray them and voila you get the edge.
It even looks like you have more players on the field and in essence you do because at that moment you kind of own them.

Footy is in a funk

Dont need zones.
Just dangle a different carrot.
Four points is too problematic and complex.
Just tally up the goals.
Stick them on the ladder and the one with the most is the winner.
You really don’t need the four points, they get in the way.
And here’s a point to ponder.
Getting the ball is an attacking tactic.
The different ways we have of going about getting the ball is called defence.
But really it’s an attacking ploy with differing methodology.
In essence there is no such thing as defence.
Everything is offence.
You are always going for goal.. ultimately.
Get the ball, get a goal the most simple description of Aussie Rules you can find.

Footy is in a funk