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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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Grinners and Moaners – Round 17

As the writing super sub, I’m coming in this week with my look at who were the big winners and big losers from this round of footy. Grinners Hawthorn Certainly did all they could on Saturday against Collingwood to remove any doubts about their premiership credentials. Despite not having any

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The Ziebell conundrum – how to keep the AFL physical but safe

The AFL has a love/hate relationship with Jack Ziebell. Please keep reading! This isn’t a whinge about Ziebell’s suspension last week. The case has been tried and he’s already served one week. He’s in Utah now preparing for his return. That matter is done and dusted. There’s a wider issue

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Ziebell, Wellingham not the same penalty

Everyone screaming about the Jack Ziebell decision being unfair when compared to Sharrod Wellingham’s needs to take a deep breath. And learn how to do maths. Predictably, the twittersphere exploded in the wake of Tuesday night’s tribunal hearing, with tweets screaming that they “don’t care about discounts … Ziebell gets

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Grinners and Moaners Round 16

Grinners Gold Coast Ultimately, despite all the vitriol targeted at Richmond for deciding to sell the game to Cairns, there are still two sides playing footy. The Suns exposed Richmond’s lack of depth and got themselves the chocolates and deservedly so after a season of near-wins against good sides. Sydney

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Hard Line on Salary Cap

This week, the Herald Sun carried a back-page article (read here on Fox Sports) revealing a desire in some player circles, such as player agents and the Players’ Association, for the consideration of a soft salary cap. This would mirror the cap in the American National Basketball Association and help teams

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AFLPA proposals a risk to the good of the game

It’s like Dr Pepper. It might work in America, but it won’t necessarily be popular here. The “luxury tax” idea put forward by the AFL Player’s Association does have some merit in the National Basketball Association in the United States. The luxury tax means that a team is allowed to

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Rating the Irish Players – 2012 Season to date

We are now well over the halfway point of another exciting and unpredictable AFL season. The fortunes of the eight Irish players playing with AFL clubs have been mixed but overall their impact has been significantly more positive than negative. The players are rated below on their performance relative to

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Reviewing the match review panel

The AFL’s match review panel has always been contentious among the AFL community. After introducing the point-based system in 2005 to establish a consistency amongst findings, the panel has only succeeded in consistently producing inconsistency. Match review panel decisions will always bear some levels of controversy, though the means exist

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The case for the clash jumper

When Essendon fans are angry, they make sure that you hear it. That is what many are due to the unveiling of the club’s new ‘Heritage guernsey’ honouring club legend John Coleman. The funny thing is that the heritage guernsey has never been worn by the club in it’s 140-year

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Grinners and Moaners Round 15

Grinners Carlton Finally, a win! Despite still lacking Marc Murphy, the Blues pulled it off against Collingwood. Let’s just hope they don’t react the same way as they did last time, only winning a couple more games. West Coast Sneaking their way home against North saw them level up once

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Video review requires its own review

The farce of the video review system was plain to see on Saturday afternoon, during the Melbourne-Richmond clash. During a game noted for its return to ‘the good old days’ with a 2.10pm timeslot on a Saturday afternoon, the AFL’s latest update was plainly farcical. Two ‘goals’, by James Magner

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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet?

At its worst social media is like giving an idiot a megaphone and putting them in the middle of Federation Square. They will shout their every thought for everyone to hear whether they like it or not. Unfortunately for Brock McLean he experienced it at its worst and from multiple

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This is the way the Salary Cap is meant to work

Collingwood are facing a salary squeeze. While St Kilda keep annoucing the signing of some of their mid-range players, almost everyone expects Brendon Goddard to be left with nowhere to sit when the music stops at the end of this year. Carlton can’t afford to address their list needs because

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Scully Signage Should Stand Strong

Kevin Sheedy built this game up. The AFL website read ‘Melbourne 1, Scully 0′. The media constantly talked about the return of Scully, speculating on the kind of reception he’d get (clue: it was very poor). If you listened to the game, despite a low 20,000 in attendance, you could

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The End of Sledging?

If you had the DeLorean from Back to the Future, went back 30 years and asked your average footy fan whether he would live to see a player suspended by their own club for something that the player said to an opponent, the answer probably would have been no. Sledging

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There’s A Level of Hell Reserved For Footy Journos (And I Want To Join Them).

“To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.”  – ALLEN GINSBERG Football journalists, football fans and most importantly the next generation of journalists must take heed of the words by the great Beat Poet.  We must continue

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Club PWLD%Pts
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