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Stirling Coates started out as an AFL crowd contributor, and is now the producer of the Game of Codes podcast.

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9-4 on the season. Started 3-4 (largely thanks to two huge upset wins by Gold Coast) but in fine form since.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 14

Oops, that was a typo. Thanks for pointing out.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 14

You’re right about Mumford – he looked so far off the pace last Saturday night it wasn’t funny. Hard not to see the North mids getting first use every time.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 13

Potentially, but Geelong had some years of success prior to that and started ’06 pretty well before falling off a cliff. The Dees hadn’t made the finals for yonks prior to last season and haven’t looked anywhere near it this season.

I fear it could more be a case of 2018 being to the Demons what 2009 was to Brisbane…

The dazzling, dreadful Demons have no plan

Those vegan protests the other month were extremely irresponsible and totally unfair on the farmers – you won’t find any disagreement with me on that point.

However, that’s not at all what I was referring to. Lroy said disagreement with a vegan is considered hate speech and I was asking him to find an example of someone simply disagreeing with a vegan and a credible member of the community genuinely referring to that disagreement as hate speech.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

You raise a fair point about this coming out of nowhere Col. If it is the case that the AFL has decided to crack down on this (we don’t really know given it could just be stadium security stepping it up), they really needed to tell fans well in advance that it was happening.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

But if you’re the type that’s offended by the AFL cracking down on people who take umpire abuse too far then staying home makes you a noble protester, right?

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

Veganism and hate speech has precisely zero relevance to what’s being discussed but, for the record’s sake, are you able retrieve an example of harmless disagreement with a vegan being credibly labelled hate speech? Or is this just another example of the absurdum fallacy people opposed to any form of social change are so fond of?

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

Is leaving your seat to approach the umpire’s tunnel and single one out in particular really part of the game? Barracking and yelling from the stands certainly is, but I’m not sure what actually got the Carlton fan ejected is.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

I’ll tell you what, it’s incredible to see the motion for fans and the media to be more considerate of how they speak in relation to players (after Tom Boyd cited mental health as a reason for retirement) totally evaporate in the minds of some when it comes to umpires.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

He wasn’t ejected or suspended for saying what’s been said 1000 times, he was ejected for leaving his seat, seeking out the umpires as they left the ground for half time and delivering his barb personally.

As long as fans don’t do that I suspect they’ll be fine.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

I’m not sure about the ‘maggot’ case, but in the most recent one the fan in question actually left his seat and approached the umpire’s tunnel to deliver his barb.

I’d argue if you’re going to go that far to have a crack you absolutely run the risk of getting tossed.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

You’re entitled to your opinion but I’d strongly argue against approaching someone at the tunnel and calling them a ‘bald-headed flog’ being good-hearted banter.

Why the AFL is right to remove abusive spectators

Hey Flexis,

That’s not stupid at all mate. If it looks iffy on the default font size that’s still an issue.

I’ll see what can be done going forward to make it easier for everyone to read.

NRL Round 13 teams: Most Origin reps set to back up as coaches roll the dice

Thanks for letting us know. Happy to play around with things and see what works for our audience.

What specifically is making it harder to read?

NRL Round 13 teams: Most Origin reps set to back up as coaches roll the dice

Certainly looks that way. We’ve all been burned before this year though ):

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

Right you are! Thanks for the note.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

It’s just a bit of banter between myself and AdelaideDocker my good man. I have a few other club parodies stashed away if you’d like me to post one? Make your request!

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

That was a typographical error on his part (unfortunately – I wanted to catch up!) and has been amended.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

Brisbane did a number on the Dockers a season ago, it only stands to reason that, with an improved side, they can do the same again.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 10

No, calling an umpire that would likely result in a suspension too.

Lloyd wishes Blues had Mumford's aggro

As someone who used to umpire, the word ‘cheat’ is especially frowned upon in terms of umpire abuse as it questions their integrity. Clubs and players are well aware that term in particular will attract a sanction.

Lloyd wishes Blues had Mumford's aggro

If I’m on Sydney’s board, I’m taking notes right now…

Tom Boyd announces immediate retirement from AFL at 23

I can’t live with myself if I ignore a hunch that turns out to be correct. I’d much rather go with my gut and get it wrong than just play it safe all the time.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 9

Just the reporting the news mate. I’ve gone on record on several comment threads throughout the site claiming the umpires got it right in not calling the free kick.

Rampe issued two fines for Friday night incidents