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The funny side of failure

On 21 September 2018, 94,959 people turned up to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, expecting to see a game of Australian Rules Football. What they got, instead, was a masterpiece of trolling, a piece of performance art for the ages.

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The end of an era

The three most successful teams of the last fifteen years, Hawthorn, Geelong, and Sydney, are finished – at least in the short term. In fact, all three will miss the finals in 2019.

How many clubs wear the classic b&w stripes and call themselves the Magpies around Australia? Collingwood can’t seriously claim this as a trademark.

Eddie McGuire is seething that Port Adelaide wants to wear the prison bars

A lot will depend on Essendon’s on-field performance this year; the same could be said about the Giants.

Why Essendon need Giant Jeremy Cameron: A history of tall forward failures

I just hope they are not using “alligator blood” 😂

Four burning questions for Hawthorn ahead of the AFL restart

So having suspicions gets comments deleted now? 👎

Four burning questions for Hawthorn ahead of the AFL restart

Yeah, as someone who has relatives involved the three racing codes, I have to say I’m suspicious. Not to mention living through the Lance Armstrong, Ben Johnson sagas, among others.

Four burning questions for Hawthorn ahead of the AFL restart

How many of those Grand Finals were genuine missed opportunities? I’m not even sure about 1970. I’d say 1981 was maybe the pick.

The 15 most irritating Collingwood moments of all time: Part 3

I don’t think they were ever going to win the three that Blight coached.

Four burning questions for GWS ahead of the AFL restart

What part is wrong?

Four burning questions for GWS ahead of the AFL restart

Big crowds expected for Afghanistan in Perth. 😔 🏏

Cricket Australia confirm blockbuster summer schedule

The best analogy is to 1994, with near-identical margins. Geelong were able to make another GF, at least.

Four burning questions for GWS ahead of the AFL restart

Collingwood is a funny old club – very insular, with a tendency to live in the past. Getting burnt so many times by the Demons in the 50s & 60s seems to have broken the club psychologically.

The 15 most irritating Collingwood moments of all time: Part 2

I think 18 minutes is the more likely option, the AFL will be able to convince 7 that it’s only time-wasting that’s getting cut out.

The game is too long. Shorter quarters are here to stay

I was going to write an article about Geelong, but scrapped it to do one on the Bulldogs, which I’ve kind of lost interest in (it is too long as well IMO).

Four burning questions for Geelong ahead of the AFL restart

It’s mostly travel, but playing the Eagles in Perth is where the biggest influence is on umpires.

Four burning questions for Geelong ahead of the AFL restart

The Sharks 1989 play-off for 5th was their finest hour, until 2016. Plenty of stars, but many people wrote them off beforehand.

My favourite rugby league underdogs of all time

Nine teams in one city, and another down the road. It’s unsustainable.

Vic clubs must fold or merge to make room for interstate expansion

This is the kind of season where they could sneak into the eight. I say they finish just out side it.

Four burning questions for Carlton ahead of the AFL restart

One thing that worries me about them is their accuracy, which was a problem with the Demons in 2019. I’m less convinced they are going to be a powerhouse in the early 20s than I was 18 months ago.

Four burning questions for Brisbane ahead of the AFL restart

Polishing the ball is ball tampering.

Spit banned but sweat OK to polish balls

Forget premierships, this was Toby’s finest hour: https://thewest.com.au/sport/richmond-tigers/afl-2018-toby-nankervis-snubs-brian-taylor-during-roaming-brian-after-richmond-win-over-st-kilda-ng-8eaa861e30bb9ba19952781e5ce60c17

The best players that slipped through the cracks since 2000

WC won their first flag after a Grand Final disaster, that should be their model.

SA government deals major blow to AFL restart plans

I think we’ve found our alphabetical wooden spooners.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Didak is underrated, there didn’t seem to be much difference between him and Swan, but the latter got more plaudits.

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter D

Coniglio #10 😱

The ten players your team can least afford to lose: Greater Western Sydney Giants

I think Geelong were lucky to win in 2009, they struggled after the classic Saints match. It would have made more sense for the Cats to win in 2008, and the Hawks to come back and make amends in 2009.

When was your team the undisputed best in the AFL? Part 2