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American-born, Geelong- and Melbourne-based freelance journalist on a variety of topics, from politics and public affairs to unions and industrial relations, and to sport and culture as well. Hope to contribute to The Roar often. Freelance journalist again after having done it from 1990-2004 (hospitality professional since then, otherwise). Husband to Jennifer and "Dadda" to Keira, a very naughty tortoiseshell cat in her terrible two's. Confessed tragic of Geelong, San Jose Earthquakes, Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, and the San Jose Sharks.

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Indeed. Gruden wears the “Chucky” nickname like a badge of honor — he really is an evil genius, in a lot of ways! He knows what he is doing with this team, with all the young players, and especially with Derek Carr at quarterback. Touch wood if you agree with me! :stoked:

The check down: NFL Week 1

Agree with you that the Raiders could be a surprise package in the AFC West. How they do against the Chiefs and “Showtime” Mahomes will serve as a proper yardstick on where they stand. But let’s never mention Vegas again this season, shall we? :happy:

The check down: NFL Week 1

Ben does great satire.

Did Australia really win the Ashes?

I’d prefer that this one didn’t. I certainly won’t. Doesn’t change the fact that he’s no longer with us.

Remembering Danny Frawley

First of all, can we have a (virtual) round of applause for the editors on this site for an amazing job of editing, layout, and above all else, the picks of the photos for this article? Great work, guys… I keep getting blown away by your amazing work with each and every article I submit.

It's do or die for AFL’s top-two finishers

Here, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook… no matter the medium, always a pleasure to engage with you and your content, Mary. And I am new to this site and its community, so I’m eager to keep providing content myself.

What you need to know about the Aussie women's tour of the West Indies

Great work, Mary K! Love it! And moreover, thank you for spreading awareness and coverage of women’s sport.

What you need to know about the Aussie women's tour of the West Indies

Also, for my wonderful editors here… great job editing my articles. Love the work you’re doing. And on this particular article, love the photo you chose of Chris Scott. His expression in this photo really fits the tone of the article, and his frustrations of dealing with AFL House on the issue of a Geelong home final hosting rights. Ideally, I’d like to keep writing 2-3 articles a week for The Roar, although it may only wind up being 1-2, given the demands on my time and schedule.

Why Geelong deserve proper home finals

Hello, it’s your article author/journalist here. :stoked: I just wanted to say, while I’m new to The Roar, thank you for all the great comments on the two pieces I’ve posted so far. I am absolutely blown away by the great constructive comments — both in favor and in opposition to my positions. To get 77 comments within the first 12 hours of this article, so far, says something about the passions of the fans on this site, and I am grateful that you share your opinions with me. I will try to reply to each of the comments (especially the reasonable ones, positive or negative in nature), although it may not be possible to do so. This community, so far, looks like a great community to write for, and engage with.

Why Geelong deserve proper home finals

I keep saying about the AFL: Aussie Rules is a great game, but the modern AFL House hierarchy sometimes still rules with the mentality of the 1970s and ’80s VFL.

Why Geelong deserve proper home finals

Hello, o,

Why Geelong deserve proper home finals

Thank you for the feedback, it’s greatly appreciated. (And I’m going to attempt to interact with everyone who comments reasonably on my stories, incidentally.)

Another way of examining the “no way, too many teams cannot win it” argument is that whether via parity or attrition, it makes the finals equation just as volatile as ever, and anyone can actually win it, given the right set of breaks and conditions.

I still think Geelong can find its early-season form again, Richmond could be the team to beat but may be only as good as Dusty can influence them, and the Bulldogs’ playing themselves into late-season form — albeit with the effects of a nuclear reactor — cannot be discounted. Of the eight, perhaps GWS and Essendon are the least likely to win it.

The AFL finals are wide open and anyone can win (for a change)

Agreed, Mark. I kept having that impression reinforced as I was researching and writing the article. Not so much about running into a red-hot Western Bulldogs team, which is true, but I’m not reading or hearing anything about GWS that makes me sway my opinion that their Premiership window is closing. Maybe even faster than St Kilda’s did several years ago.

The AFL finals are wide open and anyone can win (for a change)