The Roar
The Roar

Josh Champion

Roar Rookie

Joined May 2017

7.7k

Views

8

Published

39

Comments

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.

Published

Comments

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

Dear Powerboy,

Firstly, if ambiguity in regard to which team you support was what you were looking for in a username, you’ve missed the mark ol’ chap. In that vein, I find your distaste for Adelaide a little surprising, I must say.

You’ll be comforted to know that I never read the Advertiser. And can I say, your presumptions about my lifestyle are borderline offensive. Perhaps only the limited intellect of a Power supporter could sink so low to assume that they know someone simply because they’ve read one of their articles? Then again, perhaps not.

Most of all though Powerboy, I find it difficult to understand what you mean when you imply that a statement made regarding the playing list of a particular team in any way betrays an underlying malaise? Surely a comment as pointed as the one I made is, in fact, the opposite of malaise. I’ve actually pointed specifically to what causes my discomfort – that with a list like that it was stubborn coaching that meant the Crows didn’t take the biscuits during those years. This clarity, I think you’ll find, is the exact literary opposite of malaise.

But as you point out, this is a grand old site. And it’s kept alive by people sharing their opinions. So please don’t interpret my retort as a sign that I would rather you didn’t reply. Keep it up champ.

Yours truly,

Josh

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

Agree completely Matt. Disagree that Brown was talking about strong contests. He was talking about mongrel. Which the Crows have lacked for oh, I don’t know, about 19 years?

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

Fair call. I guess I was speaking more holistically than just margins. I’ve no doubt those losses were crushing for the Hawks and Port.

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

Fair bit has changed for Sydney mate!

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