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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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Bizarre that of all the inside mids Sydney have let walk in the last half a decade, Hewett might end up being the most impactful.

AFL Saturday Study: Cats and Tigers brilliant, but brutal Blues are Melbourne's biggest threat for the flag

I will die on the hill that Brett Ratten got absolutely shafted in 2012 and ruined a really good generation of Blues that could have really been something.

AFL Saturday Study: Cats and Tigers brilliant, but brutal Blues are Melbourne's biggest threat for the flag

This is far too nuanced and sensible a take for the AFL!

AFL Saturday Study: Cats and Tigers brilliant, but brutal Blues are Melbourne's biggest threat for the flag

Thanks DG- now whenever I see McCluggage I’m always going to be thinking of this nickname 😂 😂

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Petracca good, Oliver great, but Jack Viney the real hero as the Dees get back on track

Teams have become much smarter in dealing with Daniel Rich. Good teams don’t let him anywhere near the corridor much anymore; he still gets plenty of touches, but they’re mostly close to the boundary where it’s much harder to bite off a damaging kick.

Fully agree that he’s the only trustworthy distributor out of the Lions’ defence.

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Petracca good, Oliver great, but Jack Viney the real hero as the Dees get back on track

Lions’ lack of response was worrying, but I still reckon Melbourne won that game rather than Brisbane lost it.

Getting smashed in the middle by the standard-bearer isn’t the worst thing in the world this far out from finals, but it feels like they haven’t taken the next step to be an out and out great side rather than just a very good one.

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Petracca good, Oliver great, but Jack Viney the real hero as the Dees get back on track

Ooh good shout. Sorry, Libba- back to second.

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Petracca good, Oliver great, but Jack Viney the real hero as the Dees get back on track

May’s sheer presence just made the Dees look a lot sounder down there.

I’ve got nothing to back this up except the eye test, but boy did it look like they were more willing to take risks with their ball movement on the rebound with the May safety net behind them in case they stuffed up.

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Petracca good, Oliver great, but Jack Viney the real hero as the Dees get back on track

I remember the old split round days where you had half the teams play one week and half the other. I wouldn’t mind that. Alternatively, the NRL are having rep round next week with no games because of Origin. I’d love to see something similar, maybe with the U18s having their state championships then? Or maybe community footy round, where the AFL encourages everyone to go support their local team.

Six Points: Best season in decades takes another twist, and Pies must do something - anything - about De Goey

Thanks David! Made my evening.

Six Points: Best season in decades takes another twist, and Pies must do something - anything - about De Goey

Peter, in my view this is bigger than the woman in question. She was fine with it- others in that position wouldn’t be. Protecting them and their right to consent means saying what De Goey did isn’t okay.

Six Points: Best season in decades takes another twist, and Pies must do something - anything - about De Goey

Of all the rule changes that have been brought in in the last 10 years, this one makes the most sense.

I just don’t trust the AFL being able to handle it right, given their history with this sort of thing.

Six Points: Best season in decades takes another twist, and Pies must do something - anything - about De Goey

I’ve given Fox a lot of stick this year but they had the good sense to steer clear of that. Haven’t seen an injury as bad probably since Nathan Brown.

Six Points: Best season in decades takes another twist, and Pies must do something - anything - about De Goey

It was start on this or do the gutters earlier today. I’d like to think I made the right choice.

Six Points: Best season in decades takes another twist, and Pies must do something - anything - about De Goey

Still reckon Naitanui has another year or so left in him. Yes, he’s had injury issues, but was just about best on in his most recent game against a pretty decent ruck in Brodie Grundy.

Be handy as well if they do somehow land Luke Jackson to have them working in tandem.

AFL Saturday Study: Up off the canvas, the Eagles' rebuild starts now

Friendly reminder Richmond in 2014 were also 3-10 at this point…

AFL Friday Footy Fix: Stuff the 'worked harder' talk, Rutten's brave Bombers just plain outsmarted the Saints

Finding Tim Membrey’s role quite baffling at the moment. Good size, great kick for goal, excellent hands… and he’s roaming up the field while they’ve got Jack Higgins in one-on-ones near the goalsquare.

AFL Friday Footy Fix: Stuff the 'worked harder' talk, Rutten's brave Bombers just plain outsmarted the Saints

Be interesting to see whether he follows a Dusty role and goes fully into the midfield when he has the tank, or if this sort of 60/40 split with the occasional game as a perma-mid is who he is.

Love what he brings either way.

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Tigers reign in the rain as mud and grime(s) undoes the Blues by a fingertip

It’s a tough draw, but you could say that about most teams. Still reckon Carlton at their best can beat anyone (am sorely tempted to back them in against Freo next week- Marvel Stadium should help the ball movement and no monster key forward is handy for Young)!

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Tigers reign in the rain as mud and grime(s) undoes the Blues by a fingertip

Congratulations on becoming the first Bulldogs supporter I know who still reads Sliding Doors post-Tom Boyd!

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Tigers reign in the rain as mud and grime(s) undoes the Blues by a fingertip

I reckon the weather contributed to a bit of that- can’t remember the Blues playing too many matches this year in conditions like this. They’ll be fine.

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Tigers reign in the rain as mud and grime(s) undoes the Blues by a fingertip

Yeah I couldn’t see a touch either. I’ll back Broad for being adamant he touched it- but I also reckon Docherty probably touched his in the first quarter. Those two calls getting completely opposite outcomes seemed quite inconsistent to me.

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Tigers reign in the rain as mud and grime(s) undoes the Blues by a fingertip

Dew getting the Suns to click has been amazing this year, especially without Ben King.

AFL Saturday Study: Mitchell masterclass proves he's 2022's second-best coach... but Longmuir remains numero uno

Love what Craig McRae’s done at Collingwood- he’d be pushing top four (hint: there might be a coach power rankings piece coming soon!)

Just really like what Mitchell has done with a bottom-four list this year; reckon Fly’s had a bit more to work with at the Pies.

AFL Saturday Study: Mitchell masterclass proves he's 2022's second-best coach... but Longmuir remains numero uno

Unless there’s something patently wrong or massively controversial (like the Sydney-Richmond game) I’m pretty keen to avoid chat about the umps. Fact is they’ll get some things wrong and there’ll be other things they get right which people disagree with.

FWIW, there was nothing that made me think, ‘oh, if I supported one of these sides I’d be filthy’.

AFL Thursday Thought Bubble: Concussion controversy, the next Ginnivan and a 'pretty crappy' match for even the players

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