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Australian. Victorian. Sports Journalist. Currently living in London. Richmond supporter. "The role of the hero is to protect the innocent, to eradicate evil, to actuate the good."

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Hey all –

Big thank you to everyone who has left feedback on my article so far. I suspected when I gave the article a third proof before submitting it that I was coming across as a bitter Richmond supporter reeling from a bit of disrespect.

So far everyone’s feedback has confirmed that is very much the case. I still stand by every point made in the article, I don’t think I’m logically wrong in any of the cases I put forward – it’s just that none of it really matters from outside of a Richmond perspective.

Why would Fremantle fans, as an example, really care if Scott throws some undue shade in the direction of the Tigers? Beyond an odd thought they wouldn’t really. Richmond supporters on the other hand would probably read a lot into it.

Thanks again. Sam.

Deconstructing Chris Scott's bizarre post-match comments

Cats fired every cannonball they had on board on Friday night and couldn’t win against a Richmond side they barely moved out of third gear. Tigers won’t be bothered with a match up against Geelong come finals. They’d probably rather it to be honest.

Tigers more concerned about West Coast, Port Adelaide or a less injury riddled Collingwood. Collingwood in particular.

Believe it or not, the run home became even more exciting after a captivating Round 20

You always need to remember how sure everyone was that Lance Franklin was off to Greater Western Sydney, Josh! It was a done deal according to 99.87% of the footy world.

Lynch's Sun sets, now it's Tiger Tom time

So true Peter. The comparison between Richmond and Hawthorn really needs to cool off.

Hawks won the flag in 2008, cooled off for a few years, then went ballistic in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and a few of the years surrounding. They completely evolved as a team from year to year too.

Richmond has produced just under two years of dominance and has one flag so far. They’ve got about five or even six more years worth of elite level of finals footy before the comparison sticks in my mind.

That, and they need to deal with the list evolution too. Richmond is still using the same core group of Martin, Cotchin, Rance, Prestia, Reiwoldt and Caddy. They’ll need to deal with a few years of stars coming and going and the game changing before they’re really Hawks V2.

Lynch's Sun sets, now it's Tiger Tom time

So true Peter. The comparison between Richmond and Hawthorn really need to cool off.

Hawks won the flag in 2008, cooled off for a few years, then went ballistic in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and a few of the years surrounding. They completed evolved as a team from year to year too.

Richmond has produced just under two years of dominance and has one flag so far. They’ve got about five or even six more years worth of elite level of finals footy before the comparison sticks in my mind.

That, and they need to deal with the list evolution too. Richmond is still using the same core group of Martin, Cotchin, Rance, Prestia, Reiwoldt and Caddy. They’ll need to deal with a few years of stars coming and going and the game changing before they’re really Hawks V2.

Lynch's Sun sets, now it's Tiger Tom time

It’s a fair comparison but I think the maths behind the situation waters down the overall severity of the trade. Durant = Lynch.

Five players on the court in basketball. Durant heads to Golden State and now one fifth of the work load is occupied by a top three player in the NBA. 20 percent.

22 players on the field in footy. Lynch heads to Richmond and now just under five percent of the work load is occupied by a top ten (five ?) player in the AFL. 5 percent.

For the Durant = Lynch comparison to really work, Richmond would need to pick up Lynch, May, Sloane and McGovern all in one go and improve across 20 percent of the field at once.

I’m probably overthinking this. The maths in footy make it a situation a lot easier to swallow.

Lynch's Sun sets, now it's Tiger Tom time

Really good comparison, I agree entirely. Richmond in, 2013 (??) I think only just missed out on finals but lost more than a half dozen games by less than 10 points. Melbourne feels the same way now. That’s why I think it’s been important that Melbourne manage to scrape into the top four this year, so they can have at least two finals and really get a feel for it.

Richmond had to suffer three elimination final defeats and a year out of September just to get the hang of being in finals again. Hopefully for the sake of the Demons they don’t need the same sort of trial by fire to enjoy some success.

The powerful, fragile Demons can beat anyone on their day – especially themselves

I think you’re on the money here.

Melbourne was crushed after Jake Lever got injured and was rubbed out for the season for a very good reason. Without him down back, Melbourne concedes too much. It’s crazy to think that a side averaging 103+ points has dropped so many close ones. Melbourne would probably be top two with the Tigers if it wasn’t for Lever’s injury.

The powerful, fragile Demons can beat anyone on their day – especially themselves

Don I appreciate your desire to fly the flag for both Fremantle and Harley Bennell but I think implying that my comparison between HB and Chris Yarran was racially motivated and ‘disgusting’ is a step too far.

List of things Yarran and Bennell both have in common beyond being Indigenous:
Both two club players. Both traded as a Hail Mary pass to fix a struggling midfield.
Both lauded for leg speed and ability to navigate congestion.
Both struggled with drug issues away from football.
Both from Western Australia. Both weigh 85 kilograms.
Both struggled with low body injuries for years on end.
Both have played less than 125 games despite spending the better part of a decade in the system.
Both taken in the top 10 of the national draft.

‘History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme’ – Mark Twain.

Ross Lyon wants Harley Bennell to remain a Docker

“My position is clear. I’d give Harley a 10-year contract if it was up to me,” Lyon said.

How can anyone read that and not chuckle? Two games in three years. Lyon’s longevity as coach is staggering.

Harley Bennell = Chris Yarran

Ross Lyon wants Harley Bennell to remain a Docker

I’ve loved watch the evolution of this opinion from Sydney fans that they deserved the 2016 premiership. At first there was radio silence for a while, embarrassment from the loss. Then a few voices started to pop up on social media saying ‘we were robbed by the umpires’ and they were dismissed because that’s just bitterness. Over the 18 months those voices have grown stronger and stronger and it looks like folks are getting tired of dismissing it because now I’m seeing comments like this, more and more ”…many think the Swans were the best team of 2016. Umpires assisted the Bulldogs to make the 8 and then go all the way in that Grand Final.’

The only people who think that way are Sydney supporters and a handful of other onlookers who got tired of the praise the Bulldogs are receiving. The umpiring wasn’t that bad and it should never stop you from winning the flag. Richmond are 18th in free kicks against in both 2017 and 2018 and in a strong position to go back-to-back. John Longmire said it best, Sydney had too few contributors in that grand final and a number of Bulldogs played out of their skins. Let’s not change history and try to deprive the Bulldogs of their only flag in 60+ years.

GWS are on the march, but is their season already a waste?

Yeah spot on Rick well said.

From an AFL perspective it’s better for them to pay to keep the Gold Coast Sun in action. If they (admit they made a mistake) and scrap the club, they’ll lose a foot in the door of the Queensland market (thus leaving Brisbane the only territory owned in all of Queensland) and that’s unacceptable in such a huge state.

Scrap the Suns and other radical ideas to shake up the AFL

I love the idea of a regular season being 36 rounds so much. I always think of it like the AFL becoming closer to the NBA. Over the course of a much longer season you’re forced to use more of your full playing squad. Maybe even extend every list to 55 players or something. We’d see more and more young talent. That way in a regular home and away you’d be forced to use resources better, ie; a player like a Dangerfield or a Martin would only ever play 25 out of a possible 36 regular matches or something. The only problem is you’d have to deal with audience burnout. People are usually already pretty fatigued with footy by round 22. Especially if they aren’t going to watch their team play finals.

Aussie Rules is definitely more demanding than football (soccer) though. Longer game time. More physically demanding. Bigger playing area. If you make the grand final you’re playing 25 games v 40.

Scrap the Suns and other radical ideas to shake up the AFL

Peter! I thought we agreed that Brodie Grundy can’t win the Brownlow in 2018 because we’ve already given it to Steele Sidebottom! Hahaha.

Dees skipper pumps up Max Gawn's Brownlow chances

Tom Mitchell at Hawthorn?

Dees skipper pumps up Max Gawn's Brownlow chances

Good read Cameron. Succinct. I like it.

GWS are out of contention, although I do think they’ll make it to September. Richmond, West Coast, Collingwood, Sydney, Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Geelong, GWS.

GWS are a Ferrari for sure. But they’ve got a huge dint in the bonnet and someone’s stolen wheels. They can play killer football but can’t get a consistent 22 out on the park each week. Injury is mostly to blame of course but that hasn’t stopped Collingwood. A final between Melbourne and GWS would be great.

GWS are on the march, but is their season already a waste?

I’d love to see Big Max take home Charlie but it never seems to happen for the rucks.

I’m getting so much deja vu when it comes to Max Gawn and the Brownlow Medal in 2018. Reminds me so much of peak Todd Goldstein and how everyone was so sure he was going to win the top prize. Didn’t even come close.

Dees skipper pumps up Max Gawn's Brownlow chances

Really well said Peter – particularly with the idea of Steele being a worthy winner.

Like most Victorians I’ve spent my whole life biting my thumb in the direction of Collingwood but it’s really hard to not love the effort they’re bringing this season and Steele has been central to the whole campaign. I think he’s gone up another level entirely this season and a worthy winner is exactly what I’d call him if he did manage to get up.

Can Steele Sidebottom win the 2018 Brownlow Medal?

Hey Tony – appreciate the feedback.

Heeney was having a terrible game prior to the head knock. He came off late in the second quarter and returned in the third only to come off again late in the term and not return after that. He passed a concussion test at half time. In total he still managed to complete nearly 50 percent of the total game time and managed just five touches. He was really struggling before the drama even began.

You said the Swans had three on the bench at half time. I’m guessing you mean Heeney as one of them but he played most of the third quarter. The second would be Luke Parker – but he came off in the third after hurting his arm and then played the entirety of the fourth quarter. So he isn’t one of the three.

I don’t know who the third player on the Swans bench would be? But either way the Swans AFAIK were not down three at half time.

Tigers' fitness takes them to next level win over Swans

A pretty incendiary comment for sure Peter! Hahaha. But at this stage I think Richmond are 95% finishing on top. Richmond won’t have a problem dealing with Geelong after last week and are a class above Essendon. Likewise the Dogs, the Suns and the Saints.

The match against Collingwood will be the pick of the bunch I think! Wouldn’t be stunned if the Pies broke through for the first time in a while against the Tigers.

Swans, Tigers prepare for finals preview

What makes you think 15 years Rick? Sounds like a fascinating tight timeline you’ve already got worked out? Not to say that I disagree at all – 15 years just sounds so specific.

Trout out: Saints fishing in the wrong pond for a long-term solution

Positive energy Peter positive energy! Treloar wouldn’t miss it. He’ll be there in September.

The table is set for a two-month feast of high-stakes AFL football

I didn’t even touch on my possibly my favourite aspect of the whole hypothetical encounter – Adam Treloar v Trent Cotchin. Two kingly midfielders going head to head on a huge stage with so much back story. One more challenge to see who really did have the best list all those years ago. Hubris!

The table is set for a two-month feast of high-stakes AFL football

Out of all the possible match ups I can’t imagine anything bigger than Collingwood v Richmond in the finals this season.

So many different factors to think about, mostly the hubris of both. Richmond the current champions and back on top after a life time spent in the wilderness. Returning to the competition after winning a serious underdog fight. Collingwood – the biggest club in the land for so long – disappears after looking like they had a dynasty ready to go in 2010. Now they’re back. Richmond and Collingwood at the same time at the MCG with everything on the line. Huge.

Oh – and they’re both parked at opposite ends of the same road in Melbourne. Huge!

The table is set for a two-month feast of high-stakes AFL football

After losing to Port Adelaide and Collingwood I’d expect Melbourne to record three consecutive 65+ point wins against St Kilda, Fremantle and then the Western Bulldogs.

Melbourne has already shown this year that sticking a boot in the lowest sides is a real priority. After missing out on finals last year on less than a single percentage point I can’t say I blame them either.

The table is set for a two-month feast of high-stakes AFL football