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I love cricket so much I once had a dream I was timed out. It was the worst nightmare I've ever had. I also support the Western Bulldogs, which, much like dressing like clowns on the street and scaring people, was weird and depressing for a very long time, briefly became amazing in late 2016 and then swiftly went back to being weird and depressing. I also occasionally tweet about things at @timejmiller.

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“It’s important to be careful about what I have to say next, because to suggest the Melbourne doctors were derelict in their duties is a huge claim and an irresponsible one to make without knowing the full process behind what went on in the Demons rooms and on the interchange bench as Petracca was cleared to return.”

Thought I was pretty clear in giving the doctors the greatest benefit of the doubt – but either way, letting him back on with the injuries that he’s now confirmed to have sustained is a shocking look in my view.

COMMENT: The Dees failed Christian Petracca on King's Birthday - and questions must be answered

A player was clearly injured, sent back out there, was clearly and visibly troubled, and has now been hospitalised and needed surgery on major internal injuries.

How on earth is it unfounded to say that’s a horrendous look?

COMMENT: The Dees failed Christian Petracca on King's Birthday - and questions must be answered

That’s precisely my point, though – if the reason Petracca was sent back out there was because they weren’t aware his ribs were cracked, then that should be publicly disclosed.

Otherwise it remains a horrendous look to have sent him out there with such severe internal injuries.

COMMENT: The Dees failed Christian Petracca on King's Birthday - and questions must be answered

“It isn’t sacrilege to ask informed questions of the medical team but that won’t stop the media idly speculating about the course of events whether they have the full facts or not.”

If you read the article you’ll be aware that’s exactly what I want – informed questions of the medical team being answered openly and honestly by Melbourne.

If the AFL doesn’t demand it as they did with Port Adelaide, then they’ll hide behind the ‘we trust the doctors implicitly line’, and the Petracca incident will remain the horrendous look that it is.

COMMENT: The Dees failed Christian Petracca on King's Birthday - and questions must be answered

Big difference between a sore player going back out there and a player with four cracked ribs and a punctured lung, I’d have thought!

If there needs to be an ‘outrage line’, maybe it’s having literal broken bones protecting vital organs?

COMMENT: The Dees failed Christian Petracca on King's Birthday - and questions must be answered

“Especially when there has been no objective investigation to establish all the facts.”

Angela, that’s exactly what I’m calling for – the Dees need to be open and honest with exactly how they came to the conclusion that Petracca was right to go.

They’ve already been criticised by all and sundry for letting him back on, and the extent of his injuries today makes that decision a really, REALLY bad look – or would you disagree with that?

COMMENT: The Dees failed Christian Petracca on King's Birthday - and questions must be answered

Yeah I agree on the DV social media post point – I think it would have been better to ask all clubs to come up with something themselves, almost came off as them just reading from a script which defeated the purpose a little bit.

I have the argument on the suspension based on outcomes thing every week with my dad – his point (as a lawyer) is that the punishment is significantly bigger for any crime if someone is significantly hurt. I wish the AFL didn’t work that way, but I think we’re sort of stuck with it (& also think three weeks for Brown’s bump is probably about right which I expect won’t be a controversial take at all…)

Six Points: Bevo's Bulldogs reach breaking point, dangerous tackle loophole must be closed, and 2024's worst coach-killer

I think that’s a bit unfair to St Kilda and based on a Ross Lyon stereotype – the Saints moved the ball pretty quickly consistently against GWS, they were just let down by some wayward kicking inside 50 until the last quarter. It was a close game, but far from a low-scoring scrap that you’d associate with ‘defensive-minded coaching’ imo.

Six Points: Why Dogs' disaster isn't all Bevo's fault, Eagles on their way, and 2024's biggest beat-up

I think there’s reasonable criticism to be made of his tactics and team structure, and Kornes was really close to getting it when he questioned a disconnect between list management and coaching (Harmes being brought in as the defensive midfielder and then stuck playing VFL top of the list for me), but almost none of it is getting airtime beyond ‘why no play Macrae’ and ‘Sanders sub grr’

Six Points: Why Dogs' disaster isn't all Bevo's fault, Eagles on their way, and 2024's biggest beat-up

Hi guys, this has been fixed & correct points awarded for the weekend. Our tipping comp processor REALLY hates golden point!

Reds rue missed 'moments' as Hurricanes get up in golden point to deny Australia another Super Rugby win

Watch Nic Maddinson and Will Pucovski mow down 380 against Tasmania to get the Vics into the Shield final, Rabbitz!

Joy of six: Lyon dismembers Black Caps as Aussies surge to commanding win, 1-0 series lead

Honestly I think these days it’s less the AFL going soft at the pointy end of the season, and more clubs pulling out all the stops to try and clear their players and the laws not being strong enough to hold up to intense legal scrutiny.

The AFL were desperate enough for Maynard to get two weeks that they literally overruled Michael Christian on it, and the year before Carlton went to multiple appeals to get Cripps off.

At the same time, if the Powell-Pepper-Keane incident happened in the first week of the finals, there’s surely no way known Port would have started by pleading guilty and asking for ‘only’ three weeks.

Monster bump ban confirmed for Port forward - and won't include pre-season match - as Power cry 'scapegoat'

I love Marshall and I think it’s worth noting four of us experts had him in our top 50s quite happily.

Him missing out was more to do with my process than anything else, really – maybe I should make the cut-off three top-60 nominations instead of just the two in future years.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players, 10-1: Why the reigning Brownlow Medallist couldn't even crack the top five

This was my ‘so close! That’s a shape‘ moment and I refused to miss out on it

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest AFL 'speckies' of the 21st century - and #2 wasn't even Mark of the Year!

Missed out on account of being taken six years before the 21st century began 👍

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest AFL 'speckies' of the 21st century - and #2 wasn't even Mark of the Year!

Humour? How insulting to my ‘Ben Manenti to open for Australia’ campaign 😡

Every Australian Test opener option, ranked: Why sending Smith up is a recipe for disaster

Isn’t that the point though qwetzen? One gets the ‘a bit naughty’ defence and the other gets ‘serial grossness’ for their off-field stuff.

By any definition Warne’s indiscretions were every bit as serious as Warner’s, and yet one has his faults excused and the other not so.

And I would strongly dispute that anyone outside Australia thought we were ‘hard but fair’ by 2018 – the team was utterly despised as a bunch of whingeing hypocrites who dished it out but couldn’t take it even before the sandpaper scandal. Look at the glee with which the rest of the cricketing world ripped in when it all hit the fan!

David Warner: the most complicated legacy in Australian cricket history

Thanks Birthday Suit – perfectly summed up the point I’m trying to make. Everyone seems to have their own take on Warner’s career and a lot of it is binary – but like everyone to have ever played sport at the highest level for 15 years, it’s more nuanced than a lot of us give credit to.

David Warner: the most complicated legacy in Australian cricket history

Great comment, Sheek – but those are some pretty harsh markers! Not sure stats are a be all and end all here – I’d have Viv Richards and Ricky Ponting as legends despite averaging 50-55 (Tendulkar too!).

I don’t think anyone argues Warner’s in the all time great category as a Test player, but as an all-format player he’s definitely in our best ever team.

And hit the nail on the head with the Candice Falzon note 👍

David Warner: the most complicated legacy in Australian cricket history

Qwetzen, what if I told you there was a former Australian player who took money from bookmakers, was banned for 12 months for taking a banned substance, was verbally abusive on-field, engaged in countless extramarital affairs… and is the most beloved sporting figure in modern Australian history?

Not to say Warner’s off-field stuff hasn’t been shameful – but there are plenty of Australians, including some big names, who’ve done worse and been far more easily forgiven.

David Warner: the most complicated legacy in Australian cricket history

Sure, but no one would have been questioning any of that had he been making even 2/3 the runs he’s making this year.

The reason people were screaming nepotism, however wrong they were, was because it was the only logical explanation a guy averaging low 20s with the bat and high 30s with the ball was getting so many Tests.

COMMENT: Can we please stop rewriting history about Mitch Marsh just because everyone loves him now?

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COMMENT: Can we please stop rewriting history about Mitch Marsh just because everyone loves him now?

How I’d go as well – they’ll be tempted to go Stoinis over Labuschagne I reckon but like the extra batting and Stoin has been far from ideal with bat or ball this tournament. Plus Head at least showed today he can send a few down tidily enough as a sixth bowler.

Marsh clubs century as Aussies surge into WC semis on seven-win streak despite 'Herschelle Gibbs 2.0' drama

That’s fair and I’m probably in the minority in not liking the par scores.

I’d just rather see a match declared null and void rather than have someone like New Zealand be deemed to have lost it in the manner of Saturday – especially at the most prestigious tournament of all with a semi-final on the line.

COMMENT: It's great for the World Cup - but Pakistan's DLS-assisted win over NZ proves the system needs a rethink

DLS is fine – I just don’t like the par score part of it where a result can be decided from the dressing room.

The draw (or no result) is a time-honoured part of cricket when conditions intervene, and I’d rather see that than have a team undeservingly lose a game like New Zealand did.

COMMENT: It's great for the World Cup - but Pakistan's DLS-assisted win over NZ proves the system needs a rethink

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