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The other manufacturers have a leg to stand on because on the basis of the rules governing the sport, there are certain components of the car that each team must design itself, the brake ducts being one of them. Had Racing Point used the Mercedes rear brake duct design at some point last year, they would not be facing this issue, because they could legitimately claim that the current design was an evolution of their design last year (and it would not matter that it was derived from a Mercedes design, because the parts could be legally purchased last year). But because they did not design the part (writing ‘Racing Point’ on the Mercedes CAD doesn’t count) and cannot legitimately claim that it’s an evolution of their existing design, they’re in breach of F1’s sporting regulations.

The point about general legality regarding reverse-engineering doesn’t really apply – I can take a clenbuterol tablet and ride my bike and it’s perfectly legal, but if I do that during a UCI-sanctioned race you can bet I’ll face a hefty sanction if I’m tested for it.

The 'Pink Mercedes': Clever engineering or a blatant cheat?

Brown would fit right in at the moment then. 😂

AFL Trades: Is there a serious suitor for Brad Crouch?

Might as well use the little grey cells for something…

North Melbourne can rebuild without trading Ben Brown

The thing with the Crows is that the experienced players aren’t really doing much at the moment, and they’re all getting on a bit – but even then, most of the ones that deserve a spot are playing. Mackay and Gibbs are at the end of their careers (and they’re not performing that well); Hartigan has always been there or thereabouts, but not really a core player; and the rest of the experienced contingent are playing most weeks, injury notwithstanding.

The interesting thing about the Crows team is that they don’t have many mid-career players: this is a pretty obscure stat, but if you look at the squad members who have played an AFL game, and look at the the coefficient of variation of the sample for each club, you get an idea of how many players are mid-career players, and how many are at the extremes of their careers (either at the start or end). The Crows are way above any other club when you look at this statistic, suggesting that relatively speaking, they’re either very experienced or quite inexperienced. This is echoed when you look at the quartiles for the number of games the players that have played at AFL level have played (arrange players from least to most experienced, and these are the number of games played by the player 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 of the way down the list):
Lower quartile: Crows 8 games, league average 17 games
Median: Crows 31 games, league average 62 games
Upper Quartile: Crows 118 games, league average 133 games
And the mean number of games played: Crows 71 games, league average 82 games
So on average Adelaide are a bit less experienced than the average team, but their less experienced players are much less experienced than is normal across the league.

North Melbourne can rebuild without trading Ben Brown

“Commentators and administrators are too emotionally invested…”. Australian commentators and administrators? If so, it would certainly be left-field thinking for them to administer a competition that involved no teams from their own nation. If SA and NZ want to start up such a competition, bully for them, but I don’t see what it would have to do with Australian rugby.

Sorry Australia, the other two nations will supercharge southern hemisphere rugby

Yep, even that’s more likely than Adelaide winning by ten goals.

AFL Power Rankings Round 9

You could lose to Adelaide by ten goals and still be ranked 17 – it would reasonably be chalked up to a freak occurrence.

AFL Power Rankings Round 9

And that’s no easy task.

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

I picked up on that when I got to your next comment…

Five talking points from the British Grand Prix

He’s very good, and he is able to drive the Mercedes to its limits, but to claim that he took Mercedes from a nothing team and made them into the best team the sport has ever seen is a long bow to draw. That was in large part thanks to Andy Cowell and co, who designed an utterly dominant power unit that coupled with relatively static regulations has given the team a persistent advantage in car pace for the last six years.

Five talking points from the British Grand Prix

“Just made Eddie look like a bit of a goose…”

So at least there’s an upside. 😂

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

No worries – I wasn’t disagreeing with you, just suggesting that the messaging around it from the AFL is inconsistent or at best poorly communicated.

And yeah, I imagine Buckley wouldn’t mind washing his hands of any responsibility for this result…

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

With 230 games between Adelaide’s starting front 6 (148 of those being Tom Lynch), it’s not too surprising that they weren’t able to generate any forward pressure. Disappointing (like much of their season), but not surprising.

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

But the issue isn’t the possibility of a team gaining a competitive advantage, is it? Surely the reason for the restrictions is to minimise the likelihood of spreading disease – in which case it wouldn’t matter whether the actions of the person contravening the restrictions might lead to a competitive advantage. This decision does muddy the waters about the purpose of the restrictions.

Six talking points from AFL Round 9

Pocketfuls of dirt…

Has Broad pulled the wool over our eyes?

It’s only tanking when you intend to lose. Adelaide don’t exactly have much competition for the wooden spoon at the moment, unlike the race to the bottom in 2007. And if they were going to pick a year to do so, this would be a monumentally poor choice, given the standout pick is an academy player and the rest of the draft is an absolute lottery given the lack of play among the draftees.

Crows' resurgence to begin with 2020 AFL draft bounty

“Then this club is in more trouble than I thought.”

The 12 losses in a row didn’t clue you in? 😂

Crows' resurgence to begin with 2020 AFL draft bounty

In 2016 and 2017 Walker was voted as the best captain in the comp by the AFLPA, which would suggest that he had the respect of his peers during that period.

Crows' resurgence to begin with 2020 AFL draft bounty

He really gives it his all, that’s for sure – I recall an interview where he said he just bowls as fast as he can all the time. And you’re right – he is genuinely quick.

As Michael Holding identified during the first test of this series, the alignment of his front foot is still an issue in his approach to the crease, with the inside of his foot pointed down the wicket. Straightening it out so that it was aligned with his direction of travel might help him avoid further ankle injuries.

The magnificent Stuart Broad-James Anderson pair

Yep, they’ll need to manage him like Australia managed Pattinson in the last Ashes.

The magnificent Stuart Broad-James Anderson pair

Indeed – there were so many great West Indian bowlers during that period (and so few tests, relative to today) that they all prevented each other from taking too many wickets.

The magnificent Stuart Broad-James Anderson pair

Wood, unfortunately, seems destined for a career cruelled by injury – his action puts a lot of strain on his body, and his build doesn’t seem able to withstand it for long.

The magnificent Stuart Broad-James Anderson pair

So you’re telling me there’s a chance…

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

Who says we won’t…

The AFL's grand final venue choice might decide the premiership - just like any other year

Amon Woulfe, is that you? Trying to deflect and muddy the waters?

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 9 and (some of) Round 10