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Passionate sports fan. I love AFL, NBA, MLB, NFL and should probably disclose that I'm a paid up Adelaide Crows member. But don't worry, favouritism isn't really my thing. I go more for harsh criticism.

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But hang on. Richmond played 5 games outside of Victoria last year and lost 4 of them. Don’t see anyone questioning their form when they venture out into the ‘big bad world’.

An unpopular opinion: The tough calls Pyke won't make

Whilst I can’t imagine the AFL with the Crows, I am a Norwood supporter so that’s probably the only other scenario I could get behind!

An unpopular opinion: The tough calls Pyke won't make

I’ve heard heaps of people speak about this image that both Tex and the club at large have outside of SA. Can you elaborate there at all? And this is a serious question, i’m not being facetious. As a life long Crows supporter I’m genuinely interested in what it is about our team that everyone else in the league seems to loathe so much.

An unpopular opinion: The tough calls Pyke won't make

I like to take a wholistic view of this from the perspective of development. If state league players make it onto AFL lists mid-year, sure that means a hole to fill for the state league teams. But it also means a reserves player gets called up to the state league. And in turn perhaps a div 1 amateur league player gets called up to reserves, etc… Maybe that’s a good thing for the game?

The AFL and state leagues are on a collision course

Okay. Not once in my article did I disagree with any of what you just said… In fact, I whole heartedly agree!

We shouldn’t see Smith or Warner back this summer

So Smith and Warner are blameless? They have no capacity for independent thought? Crap. Also, comparisons to South Africa are largely pointless. I’ve known some wonderful South Africans in my time but even they would admit that things run a little differently in that country. The question to ask is, if Faf did that as an Australian what would we want to see his penalty be?

We shouldn’t see Smith or Warner back this summer

But what does that do to the Shield competition that far into it’s season? Reasonably unfair advantage for NSW I’d have thought. Not that that’s anything new.

We shouldn’t see Smith or Warner back this summer

Well said Lisa!

A letter to Mark Robinson from a male AFLW fan

Your last sentence Onside demonstrates how widely you missed the point of my article. This league is about so much more than just sport.

A letter to Mark Robinson from a male AFLW fan

Look at the comment in context, Aligee. “I argued that it couldn’t be so because I’d never experienced any of this so-called favour even though I’m a white male.” That was how I felt. And I was wrong. White males are the most privileged people on earth. https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/10/13/10-things-you-should-know-about-white-privilege

A letter to Mark Robinson from a male AFLW fan

Completely agree MQ.

A letter to Mark Robinson from a male AFLW fan

Great point me too. In fact, that only strengthens my point!

Brownlow in danger of losing its meaning

I think the umpires do. I think that’s why guys like Stynes, Woewodin and Priddis could win the medal. Because none of the so called experts would have said those guys were the best players in those years.

Brownlow in danger of losing its meaning

Haha, fair call Cat. Just for the record though, melodramatic and way over the top mean exactly the same thing. So pick your favourite next time 😉

Brownlow in danger of losing its meaning

Meaning you think that’s why he didn’t challenge? Or why he tried to kill Kreuzer?

Brownlow in danger of losing its meaning

If you played at that level in 70s GJ, you’re obviously aware that the game is almost entirely different now. I mean David Granger wouldn’t last one match in the modern AFL. But I still find it very difficult to believe that you were taught to pin a guy’s arms and hurl his head toward the turf. Even in the 70s, that’s rough. Also, the question is – if you’re Patrick Dangerfield – one of the strongest, fastest and most talented players of all time – do you need to be tackling like this? No matter how many times I re-watch the vision I just can’t accept the idea that Dangerfield didn’t realise the ball was long gone. And if he did know that, and still chose to tackle like that, he certainly is not a Brownlow candidate IMO.

Brownlow in danger of losing its meaning

And I suppose the salient question then is – would Ambrose have received the same penalty? I don’t want borderline dirty players receiving the Brownlow. But I also do want consistent application of the rules. Which I think is probably most people’s gripe with modern umpiring.

Brownlow in danger of losing its meaning

I understand that Don, but my question really is – does anyone ever think about the ‘fairest’ aspect of the medal anymore?

Brownlow in danger of losing its meaning

Truth is, I stay ’til the end of every Crows match because I’m usually meeting someone nearby for beers. So logistically it makes no sense to leave. But I’m with you Liam – rain, hail, shine, winning or losing there are ALWAYS people who stream out early from Crows games. And as you point out, it happens with fans from every club.

Paid for a ticket? Leave whenever you please

That’s a good point John. But the fact that James hasn’t stopped Durant is mostly because they haven’t matched up all that often. And the fact that no-one else on the Cleveland team has been able to have an effect on Durant feeds into my point about team play. It’s the James show in Cleveland. But at Golden State, as dominant as he’s been, Durant isn’t credited with single handedly winning them the championship.

James is not Jordan and Durant is the difference

Great read, thanks Wookie! I do admit to having struggled with the relevance of this game. But as you point out, if it’s amounted to that kind of windfall for Port, it’s a success by at least one measure. Further, I’m a big proponent of the AFL USA, Europe and Asia organisations. So it’s great to hear about further funding from the AFL there. If we truly believe we have the best game in the world, we can’t keep it to ourselves forever!

AFL's China foray can be considered a success

Extremely well said Craig, thanks for commenting!

The Crows may be soft, but that's not their real problem

JK Legend, I don’t know you mate. But I’d hazard a guess to say that Tex has probably kicked more goals than you have at AFL level. And, in fact, he’s the second highest goalkicker for the Crows this year. Behind only the undeniable genius of Eddie Betts. So perhaps think before you post…

The Crows may be soft, but that's not their real problem

Sorry Runt, but I can’t find the bit where I said anything about their success? I’d love their success. Just don’t want to earn it the way they did. Take one look at Hodge’s little dummy spit last night late in the Collingwood game. Dirty isn’t admirable in my view.

The Crows may be soft, but that's not their real problem

Excellent points, Sammy. And your prophecy regarding Brisbane, lets hope, has come true.

The Crows may be soft, but that's not their real problem