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Andrew Lewis

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A man who has an idea or two about things. He will tell you some.

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When I was growing up, shepherding was something you did when your team had their hands on the ball. Happens more now in marking contests (when the ball is in the air rather than in a team’s possession) than in general play.

Eight simple rules (to change) to make the AFL better

Personally, I like treating posts like they are in all the other sports (in off the post and all that) but didn’t want to change the nature of the game that much, which I think your suggested change would do as well.

Eight simple rules (to change) to make the AFL better

I loved Kenny too.

Time to change the Hall of the Very Good

So in your opinion the Hall of Fame would just be the Team of the Century? I wouldn’t have Nick Riewoldt in my AFL Team of the Century, because Wayne Carey would be the CHF.

On a matter of accuracy, Riewoldt averaged 2.14 goals per game through his career. But then again, over the course of your posts, you said he wasn’t the best stats wise, had stats shown to you, then said stats (marks) didn’t matter. Again, on accuracy.

St Kilda won 7 finals Riewoldt played in. He was BOG in 5 of them (2004 SF, 2008 SF, 2009 QF, 2009 PF, 2010 PF).

Anyway, I’m going to leave it there so you can have the last word if you want it, but the only reason I mentioned him was to stress the point that not many players should make the Hall of Fame, including those from my club.

Time to change the Hall of the Very Good

I don’t think the “stats” argument washes with Riewoldt. As far as marks are concerned, he was at least 30% better than anyone else during his era who played at least 250 games (Riewoldt played 336). His disappearance in the 2010 finals looked like 19 disposals per game, 8 marks and 2 goals per game.

He was also the league MVP in 2004 and should have been in 2009, when he was also clearly the league’s Most Valuable Player (not best, different award).

And the “league’s best player in that position” argument would eliminate the following players from consideration: Doug Wade, Jason Dunstall, Gary Ablett Senior, Kevin Bartlett & John Nicholls.

But I suspect the Hardie comment belies your real intent.

Time to change the Hall of the Very Good

My article pretty much just relates to those inducted as players.

Time to change the Hall of the Very Good

BTW, I wrote about this on this site last year.

Free agency needs refining to bring equity to the AFL

Four practical ways to improve player movement in the AFL

Lowering the age for free agency to kick in is paramount because players will have longer in their careers to see success post free agency.

But player wages need to keep rising to the point where financial concerns are the primary concern for players looking to change clubs, otherwise the salary cap as a talent cap is redundant. See Dylan Shiel leaving half a million on the table to chase “success” – the money difference is not great enough to ensure he goes to a bottom club with money to spare.

Four practical ways to improve player movement in the AFL

This is a benefit of the college system for American sporting franchises – athletes have already left home for a year (at least) before they are drafted.

Free agency needs refining to bring equity to the AFL

Battier was one the NBA’s best citizens – he’s an outlier. NBA players repeatedly turn down offers for $20 million per so they can get $25 million per somewhere else, because $5 million is a lot of money. $100,000 per year for a footballer isn’t really a lot of money.

If we continue to bastardize the system, then we may just as well go back to recruiting, transfers and academies, but as a GWS supporter I understand why you would like that.

The Giants were able to sign good players when they had no players but cap room. Imagine if all the poor clubs with no players had the extra cap room to do this.

GWS have too much talent and should be losing it, but you’ll keep trading it out for more early draft picks. I don’t see a foreseeable future AFL where GWS aren’t more than competitive.

Free agency needs refining to bring equity to the AFL

The current salaries don’t provide enough incentive for players to move for purely financial reasons. So they take slightly less to do what Lebron and Kevin Durant did in the NBA. This means that the salary cap as a “talent cap” doesn’t work.

If you take the money to a level where it is head turning – like it was for Gary Ablett and Tom Scully – then the salary cap will act more like a talent cap. Gary Ablett went from a team that had dominated the league for four years to a team just starting. This is exactly what the salary cap is meant to do – act as a mechanism to prevent teams collecting a prohibitively noncompetitive amount ot talent and send it to the teams that don’t have talent, but because of this, have room in their salary cap.

But considering what Robbo tweeted yesterday, I appreciate the comparison.

Free agency needs refining to bring equity to the AFL

I actually wrote it Wednesday am, submitted it for publication, and while it was under consideration, Bartel annouced his retirement. Other than that nothing in the piece changes.

Are we seeing a new way of AFL players retiring?