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American Dream: The search for future footy talent in the US

Discussion in 'International Footy' started by VikingSven, May 20, 2010.

Put it out there
  1. VikingSven

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    [YOUTUBE]6_hYPspAo6M[/YOUTUBE]

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    Thanks for putting up the clip - interesting developments.
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    Surprised to see this not receive much coverage on this forum. I will be very interested to see what happens. And if they have a 'camp' here in Atlanta I might even venture down for a look-see if I can manage it.

    Hope they can get the TV venture going - that would be massive for the AFL's exposure here in the US.

    One thing I find very odd about the US is that, unless you get a college athletic scholarship, your sporting career is basically over. There are no suburban leagues, no country leagues, nothing, except for soft-pitch baseball (pfft) and the odd church scrubber league, which isn't really anything competitive. So there are a ridiculous amount of really decent athletes here who quit playing sport in any real sense after high school. I reckon the AFL could, if they put in the time and effort, get a pretty good return from athletes in the short term, and if they can set up some sort of academy or if the league here gets larger, then perhaps we'll get more skilled players who would need less training to step in the AFL. That's very long term though.
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    I've heard this mentioned a few times, from a variety of sources, and sounds like the sort of thing that is worth putting resources into.
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    Absolutely. The US has so much untapped athletic talent it is unbelievable. Plenty of guys who don't have the skills to make it to the top rung in gridiron, baseball and basketball, but have all or most of the requisite athletic ability. It's really a massive waste when you think about it.
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    Whats the go with this? Has it bombed? No update on the website since October or so last year. One would of thought he would try to conduct the clinics soon after the initial blaze of publicity. Probably didn't get enough interest.

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    Has this show disappeared?
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    Same question I had.
    Is this show actually going ahead or did it bomb? website still up but no updates for ages.

    Further to this they were going to have a dvd available for purchase called "footy 101"
    currently not available but also listed on amazon ... http://www.amazon.com/Footy-101/dp/B004JHA8O8

    this dvd would be handy for all international AFL clubs trying to introduce the game to locals. Does anyone know if copies of this dvd were ever made available and where you can get them from?
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    Very interesting... as mentioned before... Social leagues arent as common as somewhere like straya... If you dont make the NFL then the only other option for a player is to go and play in the Canadian league... need to tap into this market...
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    There is an amazing amount of athletic talent that is discarded in the US.

    For example, this bloke - Jeff Lindsay. An unemployed six foot three tight end with a standing vertical jump that would have had him second at the AFL draft camp last year.

    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=65723&draftyear=2011&genpos=TE

    http://www.afl.com.au/Offseason/DraftCombine/2010Results/tabid/18439/Default.aspx

    Can he catch ? Yes, he's a tight end. Can he go body on body ? Sure. Can he kick ? Nope. Does he have any bad kicking habits ? Nope.

    Could he be a full forward ? Possibly.
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    best mention it to Sheeds next time you see him out your way.