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Why everyone will slide in 2013

According to the punditry, everyone will do better in 2013. This rather extraordinary exercise in groupthink has occurred holistically but, basically, everyone seems to be suggesting this year is the most difficult to pick the eight finalists, how everyone is improved in 2012, all the while essentially picking the same

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Geelong and equalisation in their own words

Geelong did a strange thing in the footy world today. They were honest. While the AFL and Melbourne continued to spin around the “not tanking but fined and suspended” debacle, and Essendon briefed journos that ASADA turning up to tell players there was a loophole they might yet squeeze through

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The Melbourne tanking verdict: worst of all worlds

Just when you thought the AFL couldn’t get any better, or more accurately, worse, they manage to outdo themselves yet again. The official verdict from on high is that Melbourne didn’t tank.  But they have been fined $500,000, and former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey and then football chief Chris Connolly

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Innocence was lost a long time ago…

It has been called the blackest day in Australian sport. You have to admit it is a bit of a shocker. Revelations that the Australian Crime Commission has found evidence of widespread match fixing and use of illegally obtained and used performance enhancing substances has left the wider Australian sport-watching

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AFL summit sends wrong message on illicit drug use

By Craig Fry @ TheConversation.edu.au The AFL’s approach to illicit drugs was championed as a world leader of drugs-in-sport policy when it was implemented in 2005. It was fair, humane and had been effective in reducing match day and out-of-season positive test numbers, through better player education and frequency of

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Papers please, players!

I have this vision of Andrew Demetriou watching the coverage of the fighting in Gaza and thinking: “I wonder how you get hold of one of those drones …” While I doubt the AFL will ever be permitted to obtain a UAV capacity, I wouldn’t put it beyond their ambitions

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Razzle dazzle – thanks but no thanks

Paul Sergeant has just taken over as the head honcho at Etihad Stadium. And he wants to shake things up. As this article shows, Sergeant, wearing what appears to be one of Bill Cosby’s cast off crazy sweaters, wants there to be more razzle dazzle at games. He thinks this

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Judd: Deal or no deal?

Sympathy is not an emotion I often feel for Chris Judd. In fact, I really don’t like the bloke. He’s a sniper, he’s a hypocrite and he’s a bloody good footballer who has a habit of playing well against my mob. But I must say I do feel for Judd,

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Do good clubs lose good people?

Good clubs don’t lose great people. Whatever you think of Grant Thomas, it’s hard to argue with this contention as Brendon Goddard, 2002 #1 draft pick and life member of the St Kilda Football Club, prepares to finish his playing days at Essendon. However, the reality is a lot less

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4 reasons the Hawks can win, and why none of those reasons matter

Well, it’s here. Grand Final Day. It’s been a spectacular 2012 and there’s no reason to expect that isn’t going to stop now, with two closely matched sides poised to fight out what will hopefully be a cracker at the MCG this afternoon. But what will be the difference for

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The 2012 AFL Punter Awards

More eagerly awaited than a “WOWEE” from Brian Taylor… More wonderfully articulated than an elocution course conducted by Andrew Demetriou… Fairer than Adelaide’s fixture… It’s the 2012 edition of everyone’s favourite awards – The Punter Awards! The Aunty Jack Award for best ability to “Rip Your Bloody Arms Off” To Chris Judd,

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Congratulations Jobe! Now close this joke medal down

Jobe Watson is a worthy winner of the Brownlow medal. He plays hard but fair. He is courageous and he leads by example. And in the dog days of Essendon’s season, when his teammates looked liked they had given up the ghost, Jobe just kept on keeping on. So I

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Grand Final telecast: why no HD Mr Channel Seven?

Why is it that we can watch lawn bowls in high definition in this country but, unless you are willing to cough up for pay TV, you won’t be able to watch a live HD telecast of the Grand Final of the largest and most popular sport in the land?

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All Un-Australian – The Worst 22 in the AFL 2012

The criteria for this list of the worst possible footy team of 2012 players were no first year players and a minimum of 10 games played for the year. We mostly stuck with that, but a few special exceptions were made. Thanks to the dozens and dozens of people who

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Trololol or: Why sports stars need to toughen up

Trolling is all the rage these days. A woman called Charlotte Dawson, who whose existence I was blissfully unaware of until she managed to get herself in a “Twitter War” – there’s few lamer phrases going around – with a bunch of people, including someone who should know better. Dawson

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Western Bulldogs still shaky off the field

At the end of this month, one side will be celebrating the success of a premiership. Will it be Collingwood, West Coast, Hawthorn or Sydney? One thing for certain though, is obviously that it won’t be the Western Bulldogs. They’ve only won one premiership in their history; 1954. Their best

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Out, out damn Ratts!

One of the few things I learned in school is that behind all the awesome violence and rooting in Shakespeare, there’s often a Message to be had. The Scottish play, Macbeth, has a particularly easy to comprehend moral: naked ambition, when realised by bloodshed, rarely leads to happiness, indeed, usually

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Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. According to Michaelangelo Rucci – I know – the AFL is set to purchase the licenses for the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power from the SANFL. While a formal announcement has yet to be made, I think this will indeed come

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4 reasons Geelong should win the flag from outside the four

2012 is shaping as one of the most even and exciting premiership races in modern history. No one could doubt the current top five in Sydney, Hawthorn, Adelaide, Collingwood and West Coast all have legitimate claims to this year’s prize.  And of course history would suggest that they’re right….all have

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Leave Izzy Alone!

Israel Folau has become the AFL’s latest whipping boy after a shocking couple of games. We all know this. The media from both the AFL and the NRL, as well as ex-players have all lined up to kick him while he’s down. This article comes after a war of words

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There’s Something About Mary

Essendon are shit. I know this is a family website and all, but let’s be frank here. The Bombers aren’t worth the steam off a drunken donkey’s piss. Richmond – RICHMOND! – showed us that last night. Just like every other team in the second half of the season has.

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NRL playing catch up footy on TV rights

And so Stage 136,876,942 of the great AFL vs NRL pissing contest is underway. The NRL yesterday announced their TV/media/broadcasting deal and according to NRL types it is bigger and better than the AFL effort. Of course those living in civilisation are of a contrasting view. There’s enough toing and

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Forget East vs West. Bring back State of Origin #AFLnotNBA

If you’re a Twitter using knob like I am, inevitably you’ll find yourself following AFL players. There’s a couple of articles worth of material on the wider issue of players using Twitter – Is it a good way to engage with fans? Do we really want to know what our

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Boo – scared of going to the footy, Chris?

Chris Scott has had an eventful week. Not content with scaring Gerard Healy half to death on live television for dissing his brother, he also managed to annoy a good section of Western Australia. The West Coast supporting section in particular. Scott claimed after the match that elements – he

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Field of DreamTeams – time to improve the format

I managed to sneak into the final eight of my DreamTeam* league by beating a Swedish girl who has only been in the country for four years by the handsome margin of 27 points. That said, I will fully admit I’m not that great at DreamTeam, largely because I still,

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Memo Port – get Adam Simpson

If Port were a Melbourne club, they’d have been relocated by now. And nobody would bat an eyelid. Thus said a friend who works in the footy industry to me over a beer on Saturday arvo. And looking at the events of the last few days, it is hard to

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Greening

Godwin’s Law states that the longer an online discussion goes on, regardless of original topic, the chances that someone will mention the Nazis will eventually reach 1. On BigFooty, the greatest of all places where our native game is discussed, we have our own version, and this is the one

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Sure Melbourne tanked. They just didn’t do it right.

The first time I ever heard the word “tanking” in relation to sport was in the early 1990s referring to the then enfant terrible of tennis, Andre Agassi. The suggestion was that Agassi had developed a tactic whereby if he realised he was losing a set, he would effectively give

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AFL unable to act on McLean tanking claims

“[Bailey] was saying it was all in the category of development etc. – his players were always trying and [there was] never any intent to lose.” – Adrian Anderson, August 2011, following comments by former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey. Next minute, Melbourne charged with tanking because of Brock McLean’s comments?

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Grinners and Moaners Round 18

Grinners Geelong The chase is on. It could be scoffed at earlier in the year when it was suggested that a side could win the flag from outside the top 4, but who’s laughing now? Geelong, clearly, can never be counted out. Their run home sees a mega-blockbuster against Hawthorn

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Club PWLD%Pts
1 Fremantle Dockers Fremantle9900151.636
2 Sydney Swans Sydney9720134.528
3 Eagles West Coast8620158.224
4 GWS Giants GWS9630110.324
5 Hawthorn Hawks Hawthorn9540151.320
6 Collingwood Magpies Collingwood8530129.920
7 Adelaide Crows Adelaide9540113.420
8 Richmond Tigers Richmond9540108.920
9 Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs9540100.820
10 Essendon Bombers Essendon945099.916
11 Geelong Cats Geelong84409616
12 Port Adelaide Power Port Adelaide945095.616
13 North Melbourne Kangaroos North Melbourne844090.416
14 Melbourne Demons Melbourne936071.512
15 St. Kilda Saints St. Kilda826077.68
16 Brisbane Lions Brisbane826065.28
17 Gold Coast Suns Gold Coast918067.24
18 Carlton FC Carlton918063.34