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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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Thanks Chris. And for the record, I unwaveringly agree that Geelong should play all home finals at Kardinia. I’d also LOVE to see the AFL move one game per year back to places like Princes Park or Victoria Park (wherever local grounds are still operable). Especially considering there is a massive redevelopment of Princes Park slated – in what we in SA can only assume is the AFL showing its clear intention to go for a 50 year deal for the AFLW GF to match the men’s GF deal at the ‘G.

Barrett’s Showdown comments are an indictment on the AFL media

Thanks for your feedback Richie but just for the record – my South Australian chip will never leave my shoulder. Also, I don’t ‘need’ to do anything. I feel the way I feel. You can disagree with me, but the minute you start dictating to me the way I should be acting, you’re simply perpetuating the problem – a sanctimonious Victorian sense of entitlement.

Barrett’s Showdown comments are an indictment on the AFL media

Maybe not. But why is that a criteria? GC have been on the bottom of the ladder for 9 years. Is that long enough to call the ‘new viewership’ experiment a failure? I think so. Go back to markets that actually want to watch football.

Barrett’s Showdown comments are an indictment on the AFL media

Sure, I understand you’d love to see a showdown. But as you said, hop a flight. Like non vic supporters have to do for almost every away game. And I think you’re dreaming if you think 100k would go to a showdown at the G. And besides, what’s the bloody point if it’s the SA rivalry not being played in SA?

Barrett’s Showdown comments are an indictment on the AFL media

Of what possible benefit is it to either team having a Cats fan at their game? You Victorians think you deserve everything when it comes to footy. Can’t you be satisfied with the amount of footy you already have every weekend? Why the hell should we cough up one of our most loved fixtures so you lot can watch more quality football? At last census the Crows have around 500k fans in SA. And I’m sure port number in the hundreds of thousands. You really think those clubs would rather play an intrastate rivalry game in another state? Also, who is going to compensate the numerous SA businesses that benefit greatly from showdowns? Just ludicrous.

Barrett’s Showdown comments are an indictment on the AFL media

Thanks for providing firsthand evidence of the problem that Barrett has unearthed.

Barrett’s Showdown comments are an indictment on the AFL media

You don’t think the populations there could get 15k crowds that Gold Coast and GWS struggle to pull?

Barrett’s Showdown comments are an indictment on the AFL media

So it’s fine for him to make wildly ridiculous statements whenever he wants via his national platform but I’m not allowed to be offended?

Barrett’s Showdown comments are an indictment on the AFL media

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