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    A rivalry steeped in blood and TV ratings

A rivalry steeped in blood and TV ratings

Of all the confected AFL attempts to create “event games” none is more nakedly transperant and thus treated with derision verging on contempt by fans than the so-called rivalry round. Carlton and Collingwood supporters do not need to be told that their clubs do not like one another and have

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    Final List Analysis: Brisbane Beamsing but Dogs and Carlton play the waiting game

Final List Analysis: Brisbane Beamsing but Dogs and Carlton play the waiting game

Alex Docherty reviews the list changes, from lowest to highest on the 2014 ladder. The trades have been made and free agents secured or lost. Draft picks, from the raw talented kids to mature age recruits, selected. Rookies have been added, some of them merely staying at the same club

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    Petracca catches fantasy eyes

Petracca catches fantasy eyes

On the back of the under-18 championships, it was unsurprising to see Christian Petracca drafted second overall by the Melbourne Demons, and the rookie can now expect to find himself selected by a host of fantasy managers ahead of the 2015 season. Petracca averaged a remarkable 99 points across five

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    DreamTeam prices and positions : Dees with possible bargains for the bold

DreamTeam prices and positions : Dees with possible bargains for the bold

The AFL has begun its staggered release of the prices and positions of players for next season’s fantasy football competitions and first cab off the rank is the Demons. Melbourne’s onfield woes are well documented but fantasy football is not about whether a team wins or loses, but the output

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    High picks, high expectations – now its time to deliver.

High picks, high expectations – now its time to deliver.

Alex Docherty reviews the list changes, from lowest to highest on the 2014 ladder. The trades have been made and free agents secured or lost. Draft picks, from the raw talented kids to mature age recruits, selected. Rookies have been added, some of them merely staying at the same club

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    NFL Week 14: That Start of the Business End Edition

NFL Week 14: That Start of the Business End Edition

It’s the final quarter of the season and by now the playoff teams are trying to fire on all cylinders and if you’re the Jags, Raiders, Bucs, Jets, Titans, Giants or Skins you’re simply just wanting the season to end. It was a week that saw some teams implode like

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    AFL Fantasy/DreamTeam: And so it begins

AFL Fantasy/DreamTeam: And so it begins

The AFL have released the first information about next year’s Fantasy/DreamTeam competition. The topline is that Dane Swan will be a MID/FWD, as will Brett Deledio and Jack Ziebell. Ziebell is the value pick for mine and Swan will disappoint a lot of people who leap on this news. »

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    Playing the long game, or going for the win, or both at once

Playing the long game, or going for the win, or both at once

What do the Palestinians and Ross Lyon have in common? Both have never understood the difference between tactics and strategy. They share a magnificent ability to get the win on the day but never take the ultimate prize. And after one of their campaigns, a term which we’ll come back

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    NFL Week 13: Thanksgiving Week Edition

NFL Week 13: Thanksgiving Week Edition

NFL Week 13: Thanksgiving Week Edition Yes it was Turkey Day in the US of A and that means a big day for the NFL as two key games took place on Thursday that could shape the play-off schedule. Week 13 also saw a potential Superbowl teaser with the Patriots

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    The rookie draft – where experience now counts most

The rookie draft – where experience now counts most

The evolution of the rookie draft in recent years shows that AFL coaches and military commanders understand one universal truth when it comes to combat, be it of the shooting or non shooting variety: nothing counts more than experience. That’s why the rookie draft is now as much about selecting

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    Back in time suits me fine

Back in time suits me fine

As the 2014 footy talk edge’s closer to closure with the draft just over two weeks away I thought it would be good to follow in the Podcast footsteps this week and reminisce. Before I do, I have one gripe, not sporting, but was involved in sporting discussion. There has

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    Essendon Draft Jake Long

Essendon Draft Jake Long

The Bombers have committed to rookie Jake Long the son of Essendon legend Michael Long after being overlooked in the national draft. Controversially because of the supplements scandal Essendon were wiped of all father-son access picks across the 2013/2014 drafts earlier in the year. So Jake Long had to be secured

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    The Draft-ermath 2014

The Draft-ermath 2014

After months of speculation, intrigue, trading, haggling and bartering, the 2014 AFL National Draft has been run. How did your team come out the other end? You can see the full draft results here on the main AFL Draft thread with every pick listed, in order and by club, in

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    NFL WEEK 12: The Raiders Win Edition

NFL WEEK 12: The Raiders Win Edition

As the title suggest the Oakland Raiders finally broke through for their maiden victory on the year. Yet that still wasn’t the most amazing thing to happen this week due thanks in part to an absolutely insane catch from Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The playoff picture is

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    War: a rich kid’s game these days

War: a rich kid’s game these days

The AFL National Draft will be held today and while there’s a wealth of other drafts these days – rookie, pre-season, Essendon list top up after drug cheating suspensions are handed down – this is the only show that really matters. We’re told that the draft, along with the salary

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    Alex Docherty’s Mock 1st Round Draft

Alex Docherty’s Mock 1st Round Draft

Alex Docherty’s Mock 1st Round Draft With the 2014 AFL draft just days away, So many football fans are asking questions such as: ‘Who is the best young, aspiring footballer in the land this year?’ and ‘who will my team look to pick up?’ I’ve done a fair amount of

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    Last Minute Draft Guides

Last Minute Draft Guides

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature. – Albert Einstein The top Phantom Drafters have finalised their drafts for 2014. » Join us on the AFL Main Board from

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    NFL Week 11: MVP Watt Edition Volume 2

NFL Week 11: MVP Watt Edition Volume 2

It’s pretty simple J.J. Watt is without a doubt the Most Valuable Player in the league. No other player comes close to recreating what he does on the football field. You can throw a blanket over Brady, Rodgers and Manning and all 3 would be the right answer, but what

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    Interstellar – Media Board opinion split

Interstellar – Media Board opinion split

Movie lovers on BigFooty’s Media Board are split between love and hate for director Christopher Nolan’s latest Sci-fi movie, Interstellar. The movie takes place in Earth’s future where resources are depleted and the population is suffocating in a massive Great Depression-era style dustbowl. With crops failing one by one, time

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    The Swans Move Back To The Sydney Cricket Ground

The Swans Move Back To The Sydney Cricket Ground

The Sydney Swans are on the move. They have packed their bags for the 20 kilometer hike from Homebush (ANZ Stadium) to the SCG. The contract, set to start in 2017, has set the venue for all of the Swan’s home games for the next 30 years. This has been met with

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    BigFooty AFL Draft Tipping Competition

BigFooty AFL Draft Tipping Competition

A BigFooty institution for nearly a decade, the BigFooty AFL Draft Tipping Comp is now taking entries for the 2014 National Draft. This year the grand prize is $2,500 for correctly tipping the entire first round of the AFL National Draft. Need some help? The Drafts, Trading and Free Agency

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    The Great G20 Swindle

The Great G20 Swindle

The G20 summit is the most patently moronic thing happening in Australia and I write this as the Essendon Football Club parts ways with dual premiership coach Bomber Thompson in favour of the Four Horsemen Of Finals Failure in James Hird, Mark Harvey, Neil Craig and Mark Neeld. Estimates on

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    Sporting code wars – It’s time to show the powerbrokers the red card.

Sporting code wars – It’s time to show the powerbrokers the red card.

Two weeks ago, there were two huge news stories and events that potentially will help alter the sporting landscape here in Australia dramatically in the months and years to come. One was a wonderful achievement and a testament to the Australian sporting psyche of an underdog rising to the occasion

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    NFL Week 10: Time To Get Serious

NFL Week 10: Time To Get Serious

Week 10 had it all; comebacks, fails and then there was the Bears. Depending on which side of the fence you sat it was either a great weekend or horrendous. Or if you’re Jay Cutler just another game against the Packers. The playoff race is starting to take shape and

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    NFL Week 9: The Official Halfway Edition

NFL Week 9: The Official Halfway Edition

Well it’s officially past the halfway mark of the season and we are about as close to finding out who the best teams are since the start of the season. The MVP award is still up in the air due to a resurgent Brady and Big Ben breaking all kinds

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    NFL Week 8: The Sort of Halfway Edition

NFL Week 8: The Sort of Halfway Edition

So it’s the sort of halfway mark of the NFL season and in my opinion it’s gone way too quick. This week saw MVP candidates turn the ball over and left Peyton standing all alone in the Most Valuable Peyton award. Sunday started off early with a trip to the

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    Winners And Losers Of The Exchange Period

Winners And Losers Of The Exchange Period

With Free Agency and Trade period done and dusted for another year, we have seen 29 players move to a new location for the 2015 season. I’ll be honest, there were a couple of names on here that I thought I’d never see leave their team. With that said, there

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    Enhancing the Fan Experience

Enhancing the Fan Experience

We have had many attempts over the years to enhance the fan experience on match day and it seems it is back on the agenda. Port Adelaide’s fanatical supporters singing “Never tear us Apart” has created a cauldron of excitement that has become the benchmark for all clubs. So what

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    NFL Week 7: Who’s Top Dog Edition

NFL Week 7: Who’s Top Dog Edition

Another week and which team is top dog is again no clearer. The Dallas Cowboys are the form team in the completion, but will they Romo it like always? The Patriots, Ravens, Packers, Lions, Eagles, Chargers, Cardinals, Colts and Broncos are all waiting to pounce. Speaking of pouncing Aaron Rodgers

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    NFL Week 6: MVP Watt Edition

NFL Week 6: MVP Watt Edition

Yes, folks as you’ve guessed this edition will centre on the great man himself. J.J. Watt has simply lifted to another level and in doing so gives the Texans a fighting chance in every match. Unfortunately the Texans offence doesn’t share my sentiments and are doing everything possible to lose

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1 Sydney Swans Sydney221750142.968
2 Hawthorn Hawks Hawthorn221750140.868
3 Geelong Cats Geelong221750113.868
4 Fremantle Dockers Fremantle221660130.464
5 Port Adelaide Power Port Adelaide221480129.956
6 North Melbourne Kangaroos North Melbourne22148011756
7 Essendon Bombers Essendon221291106.350
8 Richmond Tigers Richmond2212100105.848
9 Eagles West Coast2211110116.944
10 Adelaide Crows Adelaide2211110114.144
11 Collingwood Magpies Collingwood221111094.144
12 Gold Coast Suns Gold Coast221012093.740
13 Carlton FC Carlton22714189.830
14 Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs2271508228
15 Brisbane Lions Brisbane22715069.328
16 GWS Giants GWS22616076.724
17 Melbourne Demons Melbourne22418068.416
18 St. Kilda Saints St. Kilda22418060.816