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better work on your best eric cartman voice AD – “dammit butters”

AFL mock draft 2018: Top 30

You could always accuse him of making a gaffe in censoring the word Gaff Matti

AFL mock draft 2018: Top 30

Well here’s a thought, stop making them. Hell, I remember you got the word ‘norf’ to trigger the moderation filter on here, because I remember writing a comment with north in it that didn’t trigger moderation, whereas ‘norf’ did – and that was the ONLY difference.

if you’re going to get that petty about your club expect some pushback about academies. they are essential to our clubs here and you have shown repeatedly that you frankly don’t have a clue about the economy of trade or the free agency market in qld.

AFL mock draft 2018: Top 30

If I was the Suns I’d offer pick 2 to port for 5 and 15. Let’s see how bad they want Lukosius or Rankine.

Draft trade options for the Suns

I convinced myself Bomber Thompson’s book would be a good read when I saw it at Kmart for $10 about two years ago – I put it down after a few chapters, and certainly I haven’t been inspired to pick it up since, as subsequent news revelations about his ice business confirmed that the title “The whole story” wasn’t even close to being the truth.

Book review: The Football Solution

https://www.cricketaustralia.com.au/about/partners/broadcast

So my understanding is that they have blocked it in any country where they’ve signed a broadcast deal with another company and basically told people living in those countries to go through those companies instead. All in the pursuit of the dollar. Stuff like this is why I don’t give them any more money to watch or follow the australian cricket team

Australia's forgotten fans

re: goalsonly, See, I think a lot of the justification you are citing is purely theoretical – you talk above about moving the grand final benefitting millions of people, and claiming that moving the GF to QLD is somehow going to promote more active participation in sport – honestly, I think you’d struggle to find anyone in QLD for whom the sole swing vote in determining whether or nto they take up AFL is the grand final being held at metricon. It just doesn’t reflect how ordinary people think or conduct themselves, in my view.

Moreover, I think this relentless drive for “fairness” and “equality” in what will always be fundamentally an unequal contest when you come down to the fine details diminishes the game and the idea of sport – I get that you are passionate about this idea, however I don’t see it as being supported by much in the way of evidence or financial justification, merely a firmly held opinion

re: joe blackswan – my thoughts on the GF decision are here, I disagree that the AFL sold us out. I contend they have preferred to cop the brickbats rather than admit their lack of power and influence. better to appear guilty than impotent.

Grand final at the MCG til 2057 shows limits of AFL’s power

Time for a 'best of three' grand final series

I did hear a lot about this book and read a few excerpts – it seems an engaging enough tome, but I don’t think I’ll pick it up unless I see it in a clearance bin somewhere. As you say, it seems a bit of a stretch to pad out the link between politics and football clubs for a whole boot.

Also, in football clubs, individual players aren’t dependent on the performance (or non-performance) of the skipper to secure a new 3 year contract – when backbenchers in marginal seats start getting nervous about the polls, silly things sometimes happen in terms of the leadership.

Geoffrey Blainey never met an indigenous person he didn’t enjoy diminishing.

Book review: The Football Solution

Having a best of 3 grand final devalues the whole concept of a grand final – a single chance for players to stand up and deliver in the moment, when it counts, in a winner takes all game

Remember too, this is just football. There are plenty more important things in this country than who wins the AFL. As an interstate fan, the grand final being at the MCG is just one of those things you know and account for as part of following the code – if the perceived unfairness in your mind of the location of the grand final is so offputting, then perhaps you should take up another hobby, or become less emotionally invested in the result.

Time for a 'best of three' grand final series

Oh please, you’re embarassing yourself. Suncorp is the best rectangular stadium in Australia.

Brisbane finally has a Socceroos game - now fans just need to turn up

because it’s a terrible idea mate

Eddie McGuire blasts 'stupid' Grand Final series proposals

gee you’re overegging that james – looks a pretty reasonable decision to me

hope you’re not umpiring next time I’m bowling

Renshaw and Burns to battle Australian Test attack

The Suns would be the Lequint Dickey Mining company for sure

So long as we're shaking up the AFL draft, why not make it an auction?

I agree too that an auction favours stronger clubs – particularly clubs that benefit from free agency. They can just throw the kitchen sink as you say at the one player they need and rely on cutting deals to get whoever else they want in.

If player movement didn’t have a player veto on it then sure, an auction works better. But as you say, it would just mean the rich get richer and the poor get poorer

So long as we're shaking up the AFL draft, why not make it an auction?

As I argued earlier this year Matti, the AFL didn’t have a choice with that agreement – they got strongarmed by the vic state government

Eddie McGuire blasts 'stupid' Grand Final series proposals

Bryce Cartwright about the only one I recall hearing about, and even that didn’t make much waves outside the bubble of the NRL media.

Why can't the Gold Coast commit to its sporting marriages?

Well, you are the expert on those values

Why can't the Gold Coast commit to its sporting marriages?

Precisely why the academy exemptions need to remain. Brisbane got in the mess it did in no small part due to the AFL loading up its scattergun to fire at the Swans over COLA, and took out the rest of the northern clubs as well. Just because Brisbane has been able to attract a few players (mainly because the AFL organised and funded the recruitment of Fagan, Noble and Hodge) doesn’t get the Suns off the hook. So while the Suns are struggling, the academy exemptions for GWS, Lions and Swans need to remain in place as that’s what ensures they too don’t wind up in the cellar in perpetuity.

So long as we're shaking up the AFL draft, why not make it an auction?

It is different – because there’s far more options for a family with kids on the gold coast than in other cities without beaches, sunshine, theme parks etc.

People on the gold coast by and large don’t give a toss about the rest of the country.

Why can't the Gold Coast commit to its sporting marriages?

Re: the first part of this article – expecting a bootlicker like Fifield, or anyone from this current government to stand up to Rupert Murdoch and tell him and Fox that no, they can’t get a special deal is just never going to happen.

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/poorly-planned-foxtels-30-million-government-handout-questioned-20170719-gxebax.html

This is the same government that just gave Foxtel 30 million dollars as a sort of slush fund. ScoMo would rather we watch him smashing beers and pies in north qld on his bloody bus trip than actually have access to cricket on FTA. Joke of a government, we get what we deserve.

Cricket Australia’s TV deal failed the public and brought the game into disrepute

Yep, that’s the side I reckon they go with as well. Bloody marshes

#draintheswamp

Renshaw and Burns to battle Australian Test attack

We paid for Cameron and Neale. I’m very unconvinced that this upswing is now the new norm. That’s the sort of attitude that got the Lions in this mess in the first place way back in 2009.

So long as we're shaking up the AFL draft, why not make it an auction?

Most people who are interested in sport on the Gold Coast are families who have kids – and their commitment to sport is actually taking those kids to play sport and watching them. After spending a few hours doing that on Saturday morning, i don’t think there’s a huge amount of incentive to then take the kids to a stadium Sat arvo or evening and pay a lot of money to watch more sport. Easier to do it at home on the TV.

Fundamentally I don’t think most people who live on the coast are all that interested in professional sport.

Moreover I think the general disinterest of the fans attracts disinterested players. Relative to their peers that is. I think it’s impossible for even the most committed pro athlete on the coast to reach the heights of professionalism that players living in a fishbowl like Melbourne have to reach for, simply because the accountability isn’t there, and never will be.

I think both codes are in a race to the bottom – they can’t leave while the other remains, even if both are losing money hand over fist year on year.

Public transport on the coast is pretty dire to the stadiums – up and down the strip on the trams it’s great, but the stadiums are a fair way inland and not easily serviced. I don’t blame the people of the gold coast tho, this notion that somehow it’s a cultural wasteland (being pushed by people from Perth and Adelaide of all places) is just fanciful ignorance. Plenty of coasters support their local sides, and have plenty of other, better, things to do with their time than watch a bunch of pros put in lacklustre efforts on the field because they’re just here for the money and lifestyle too.

Why can't the Gold Coast commit to its sporting marriages?

If I was the Suns I’d go the King twins. Lions have shown the way forward, drafting a cluster of Vic youngsters all from the same patch in recent years, Mcluggage, Berry and Cox all from the North Ballarat rebels – bringing in McCarthy to keep Neale company – this is the path for retaining players.

As you say, if they have both Kings, it will be very difficult for other clubs to break them up. If they draft Lukosius and Rankine and have them walk in a few years, even for a huge draft pay-off, you have to question what is the point.

Bookend brothers to rise the Suns

Not a fan – unless academy players are specifically exempted and removed from the auction process. Hands off the local talent, they belong to QLD, and anyone objecting to this clearly hasn’t been paying attention to player movement in recent years.

So long as we're shaking up the AFL draft, why not make it an auction?