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In the NFL there is a “taunting” offence: perhaps if the AFL had a viable version of this it would take some of the heat out of the game and lower expectations about what players think they can get away with re playing the man rather than the ball. Not to say that the old ‘human wrecking ball’ days are basically over.

New concussion protocols announced for grassroots sports with mandatory extended ban after head knocks

Good luck to the young man 🙂

'Rose that grew from concrete': Windies tyro's incredible 12 month rise from bouncer to Tests, Smith's 'mind whirring'

maybe just doing their job.

Oliver's off-season from hell continues as Dees star charged for driving with suspended licence

Question: For ODI do they finalize the 12 before or after the toss?

High-risk, ultimate reward: How Australia can deliver knockout blows to take down India in World Cup final

Thanks for the heads up as I avoid the sports sights talking heads: Just footy action and the front bar for me – unless FB is having one of its off nights.

'It's hard on your family': Goodwin hits back at drug rumours as CEO defends Oliver's 'personal challenges' in open letter

Seems like straight talk to clear the air. More please as it seems like many people prefer to trade gossip and rumors rather than facts: I’m looking at you, Front Bar. Yeah, I get that it’s a comedy show, but it sometimes goes too far in trying to find new laughs IMO.

'It's hard on your family': Goodwin hits back at drug rumours as CEO defends Oliver's 'personal challenges' in open letter

Yes, plenty of players need to take a big step forward for the team to do likewise, but they seem to have enough talent to probably do that given a good run with injury. Obrien would be the hardest to replace IMO.

The Adelaide Crows finished 2023 at the crossroads - which direction will they take next?

Not paying overs to keep McAdam and Doedee is a good start.

The Adelaide Crows finished 2023 at the crossroads - which direction will they take next?

Top effort – thanks 🙂

The Adelaide Crows finished 2023 at the crossroads - which direction will they take next?

No on e wants a bye for their team in round one!

Sydney Bound: Should the AFL raid rugby league's backyard while the NRL is away visiting Las Vegas?

Irrelevant: cheap shot

COMMENT: Virat Kohli just scored the most selfish hundred since Boycott - and he should be embarrassed

Let’s hope he can get the bouts to become a legend 🙂

'Charlo, where you at?': Tszyu calls out Jermell after masterful Mendoza takedown in epic Australian boxing farewell

Mrs. Gawn’s cooking perhaps ?

Mystery 'medical episode' lands Oliver in hospital as Demons investigate

Stiff to lose two effective spearheads, but hopefully May has no excuses next year – win or lose.

'Should have smoked them': May claims Dees 'so much better than Pies', says qualifying final loss 'f--king hurts'

The other side of the argument, as often voiced by Hodgey etc. is that the delay in sending the ball back for a free all to often allows the defence to get set up. Well. Hodgey should know – they changed the rules after his deliberate rushed tactic won the Hawks a flag. Ditto Hawthorn and the introduction of the centre diamond because the Hawks were putting up to 16 players around the centre bounce.

COMMENT: THAT advantage call wasn't a shocker - the rule is just completely broken, and the fix is simple

Definitely: Can’t have GF crowd numbers stagnating, can they – so get it up over 100k or people will be taking a more critical look at the performance of AFL executives. FFS all the AFL have to point out is that holding the line is a very good result given cost of living pressures etc. – e.g. the cancellation of the Com. Games. Having said that, cheap shots from the media – I’m looking at you, Mick Molloy – invite media spin in return.

Was there really a 'full house’ at the AFL grand final?

The Good: Crows primed for natural growth in 2024 from Thilthorpe, Soligo, Rachele, Pedlar, Michelaney, Scholl, Gollant, Nankervis, Borlase, etc.

The Bad: Doedee and Murray will be out for a while. Can Foggy blossom with Tex still there?

The Ugly: Seems to be not a good year for attracting established top talent to SA, but maybe that can be a positive for some looking for a fresh opportunity at a likely finalist.

AFL Trade Period state of play: Why this gun Crow is almost out the door - and destined for a grand finalist

Curnow with only 17 votes wasn’t even close, but then again the top 10 all played mostly as midfielders. The last key froward to win the Charlie was Plugger, 36 years ago.

COMMENT: Lachie Neale's baffling win proves it's time to take Brownlow voting off the umps

“Neale’s focus has long been not on his own performance, but on making his team better.
That often leads to his work being lost for the trees and bodies around him, camouflaged by a cacophony of athletes in motion. It could also be why the umpires have rated his impact higher than the All-Australian judges, given their close vantage point in these contests.”
By Cody Atkinson and Sean Lawson

COMMENT: Lachie Neale's baffling win proves it's time to take Brownlow voting off the umps

End of the road for banged-up Blues this weekend, and I fancy the Road Warriors to beat the Lions at the Gabba. So would that be the first GF without a Vic-based team ? If a flag doesn’t boost the Giants supporter base, then most of their games will lack crowd numbers, and some of their numbers are really low.

Why every team will win their AFL preliminary final... and why they'll lose

Any significant knee to the head or neck should be a free against – unless there is outside interference such as a shove by a third party. Clubs should be obliged to consider all such instances a potentially concussion inducing. If you choose to fly, consider the consequences.

COMMENT: The Tribunal are right - Brayden Maynard's act wasn't illegal... but from now on, it should be

Crows should bust a nut for Philipou – GF was Torrens captain when few ethnics played the game.

Crows robbery the latest in a long list of failures by Gill's arrogant AFL

If you jump, you are responsible, right? How about Cox putting the knee into Gawn at the first bounce?

COMMENT: The Tribunal are right - Brayden Maynard's act wasn't illegal... but from now on, it should be

Thanks for your clear analysis. I suspect that blows from players going for high marks – e.g. the old knee to the back of the head – will earn a free kick next year. Reportable would seem a step too far though.

COMMENT: The Tribunal are right - Brayden Maynard's act wasn't illegal... but from now on, it should be

The Crow’s McAdam should deservedly flourish at Freo, while allowing space for a more reliable, taller forward in Gollant to do likewise. I guess Doedee will stay, now that he will miss the first half of the season anyway. The young regulars will have to take a big step forward for the team to finish top 4. If there are any established top end talents likely to land, I havent heard of any. Will Day would have been the one IMO. Any more like him ?

What went wrong for AFL's 2023 also-rans?

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