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Fan of the AFL, will watch most things though.

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Sports stadia are garbage, and here’s why

Usually, this is the time of year when people are enjoying the start of their preferred football code’s season – or looking forward to the finals in the case of the A-League – and the most common type of article is one concerning the season ahead.

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Checkside Round 1: Suns' God rises for Easter

Any other time I talk about Demons beating Giants I’m discussing a fantasy novel; if I bring up the time the Swans beat the Magpies I’m on about something illegal; and if I want to chat about Suns beating Bombers it’s usually about something I imagined after a late night out.

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The songs AFL clubs should adopt for their 'fanthem'

Early this year I spent a month in the United States, and experienced three of the most popular American sports. At each event I noticed that there were several times during the event that the crowd would join in the singing of ‘traditional’ popular songs, or ‘fanthems’.

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Randomly predicting the 2016 AFL Ladder

As at the start of every season, there are people who look carefully at the results of the pre-season, the last couple of seasons, scoring and defence trends, possession stats and team lists and use these to try and accurately predict just what the standings will be at the end of the season. (Although the […]

Hey AD. Yeah I am being hyperbolic intentionally. It might not play as well in other cities but in NSW recently the talk about stadia has been that without spending 2.5 billion every sports fan is just a big cheer away from being crushed. And I’m only slightly exaggerating here

Sports stadia are garbage, and here’s why

Glad you enjoyed it DKMAF. I’m still hoping that there’ll be one person who misses the joke but I’m glad everyone seems to have liked it.

I’ll see what I can do about the Dockers for next year

Why Brisbane will win the 2019 AFL premiership

Thanks Tom. You don’t need to justify your objectivity to me. I’ve never bothered to try myself.

Why Brisbane will win the 2019 AFL premiership

Much appreciated Carl. I can hear you warming up for the roaring in my own cell just down the hall.

Why Brisbane will win the 2019 AFL premiership

No worries AD.

Have to give credit to the editors for the headline. But of course this is a serious piece. Would a non-serious piece mention both the Second French Empire and Nobel Prize winning literature?

Why Brisbane will win the 2019 AFL premiership

I’d love for that to happen. It would really mess with the tipping

Why Brisbane will win the 2019 AFL premiership

I was surprised by the editors choice too but can’t say it doesn’t grab your attention.
Glad you like it. Sorry it couldn’t be as friendly to Essendon as it was to Carlton or the Lions.

Why Brisbane will win the 2019 AFL premiership

Thanks AD. That’s the thing with essentially rolling the dice. Sometimes you get snake eyes. Maybe they’ll even make me look the fool (more than usual).

Why Brisbane will win the 2019 AFL premiership

Thanks Gordon. Fair enough considering I put no thought into the order of my rankings. I had West Coast top 4 but Collingwood were 9th. Managed to get Melbourne in the top 4 though so I’ll claim that as a win.

Why Brisbane will win the 2019 AFL premiership

Those other sports all play significantly more games. If you look at average attendances, the NFL is tens of thousands above the other pro sports in the US.

How many rugby league clubs can fill a stadium with just their own fans?

Not exactly a long-term deal though.

Bontempelli rejects free agency; re-commits to Bulldogs until 2021

Bit awkward to be tagged as Hayne 2.0 today of all days.

Valentine Holmes eyes playing NFL: reports

Awesome. Glad to see they’re backing it further.

AFLW players score historic pay rise under new CBA

“ageing Swans”? Isn’t like half their main team barely in their 20s?

AFL ladder predictions: Round 2

If the Giants are under pressure then surely the Tigers would have to be pushing it by giving Lynch and Martin a million each to go with Reiwoldt, Rance and Cotchin being on high money.

A club-by-club guide to the 2018 AFL trade period

Was a very entertaining game. Now to relax during the offseason and use my weekends for more creative endeavours.

West Coast crowned 2018 AFL premiers in all-time classic grand final

At the front bar and into the booze already. Hopefully the game will be close. I’m tipping the Eagles and I reckon Masten or Redden might be a chance for Norm.

2018 AFL Grand Final forecast: West Coast vs Collingwood

It’s the same reason why NFL MVP is always won by a quarterback. So why not have “best defender” and “best forward” awards? Even if there’s a lot of overlap between positions nowadays there’s probably a way to do it if they manage to name an All-Australian team every year.

Mitchell was a worthy Brownlow winner - but the count was still worrisome

Gonna put on my tin foil hat for fun and say Richmond threw the game away so they could get Tom Lynch in the off-season and win multiple premierships in the next few years.

Nothing in the AFL makes sense anymore

Because it’s never not true that it shouldn’t be in the same place every year

West Coast join Collingwood in 2018 AFL Grand Final

This will make the fifth year in a row that a Melbourne team gets home ground advantage against an interstate team even though the interstate team was higher on the ladder than them. I hate archaic “traditions”

West Coast join Collingwood in 2018 AFL Grand Final

But a speccy is literally a knee in someone’s back. People have been knocked out from being on the bottom of a mark. I’m saying it would be hard to write a rule that bans what Greene does without also risking speccies being penalized if someone is hurt.

Five talking points from Sydney vs GWS

I’m not a fan of Greene’s marking style either but it’s like how we allow speccies even though having someone’s knee in your back isn’t exactly safe. I can remember at least five people being knocked out because of a speccy but no one would ever want those banned. It’s going to be hard to write a rule that bans lifting your feet when you jump but allows speccies to remain.

Five talking points from Sydney vs GWS

I didn’t think I’d see the misapplication of a political truism on here. Just as bad a point here.

To suggest that the automatic advantage of not needing to travel doesn’t mean anything because good teams should overcome it is already an admission that your point is wrong. If two teams are evenly matched then any advantage, however minor, can change the outcome.

If home ground advantage would have to be earned, there wouldn’t have been an MCG Grand Final since 2013. All have been between interstate and Victorian teams, all have gone to Victorian teams. In an even competition that says something. Plus even great teams have bad days. Otherwise the premier wouldn’t ever be defeated. Richmond lost by 8 goals in WA this year, if that were the GF does that mean Richmond obviously weren’t worthy premiers compared to the Eagles?

Grand Finals at the MCG are unfair? That's rubbish

Man wonder what all these Hawk fans were saying a few years back when they got all the friendly calls every week…

Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks: AFL live scores, blog