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  1. John Who

    Player Watch Fischer McAsey - Steps Away from Football, Not Returning

    There’s a separate issue with mental resilience and how well you fit in your line of work. By and large, if you accept your mental fragility and open up to talk about it to others, that’s usually a sign of mental resilience and a willingness to help others. Fish quitting footy and seeking other...
  2. John Who

    Player Watch Fischer McAsey - Steps Away from Football, Not Returning

    You’re one of the very people on here I have no doubt come on for a good discussion and I respect your thoughts. Though I think there is some underlying misconception with your last paragraph. That is, giving up on footy doesn’t mean you’re giving up on life. In fact, giving up in general isn’t...
  3. John Who

    Make the 8 and anything can happen

    Last year, you could make the 8 with 11 wins and a good percentage (Sydney). So 11.5 wins might still be able to make it this year. Likely it will need around the 12 minimum, with us needing 12.5 if we were to make it. It’s looking unlikely currently, but another month of footy might change a...
  4. John Who

    Player Watch Fischer McAsey - Steps Away from Football, Not Returning

    You are judging someone on a superficial level. Mental illness can hit anyone from any job/field, and plenty of footballers have come out and told their stories, and some unfortunately have attempted or completed suicide. His early retirement and working in the mental health arena, supports...
  5. John Who

    Player Watch Daniel Curtin - Debut

    I think the issue of Curtin is that we’re expecting too much of the kid. When in reality, he’s playing “good enough to be selected at AFL level, but typical enough for a 2-gamer”. Has he got great potential? I absolutely believe he has. I liken him to Fog, will have some great moments in his...
  6. John Who

    Player Watch Jordan Dawson - Our New Captain!

    I specifically recall being frustrated with Dawson on his earlier games this year too. He shanked more kicks in those earlier games than he did for probably an entire season of last year! At least that’s what it genuinely feels like.
  7. John Who

    Player Watch Daniel Curtin - Debut

    The coach needs to manage players for their performance on the field as well as manage them for potential injuries. Subbing off a 1st gamer at 3-quarter time, I can’t imagine this to be an extraordinary tactic like you make it out to be.
  8. John Who

    Injury 2024 Crows Injury Update

    I like it how you do intermittent smear posts while not bothering to contribute to the thread itself. You even got a like, congrats!
  9. John Who

    Injury 2024 Crows Injury Update

    Yes it’s a myth. I’ve had injuries to multiple body parts in the past and most times, just plain rest is needed for a few days to a few weeks. The only time you would jump straight into surgery is when you know resting alone won’t help (like a displaced fracture or a significant tear to the...
  10. John Who

    Player Watch Daniel Curtin - Debut

    If you get a win, why does it really matter who gets subbed off?
  11. John Who

    Make the 8 and anything can happen

    Making the 8 is still possible, but…we need to win the shoulda’s and surprise with a few coulda’s. Momentum-wise, we have definitely gotten back to some semblance of the team of 2023. If we look at things in blocks of 3’s, it gives it more perspective: Rd 1-3: 3 losses (Suns, Cats, Freo) - 2...
  12. John Who

    Player Watch Daniel Curtin - Debut

    Maybe the thought “I don’t want a potential injury to a young potential star to mess up his season” might have crossed Nicks’ mind. Also like I said in the prior post, we don’t know if Curtin was having any niggles by the quarter break. In any case, for any player in a first AFL game, subbing...
  13. John Who

    Player Watch Daniel Curtin - Debut

    It’s a weird accusation to claim I’m only a fan when we win and hide when we lose. I mean, I’ve been on here for 7 years and have weathered strong abuse by BF crowd when we lose countless number of times over the years. You haven’t noticed? 😱 The only difference this year is that I have other...
  14. John Who

    Player Watch Daniel Curtin - Debut

    Honestly, the nitpicking of Nicks is starting to becoming an overkill. Is he meant to coach to win games or to please fans on when to sub or who to sub? Curtin looks promising for sure, but it wasn’t like he was blowing up fire to demand being kept on the field for a whole match. The other...
  15. John Who

    Player Watch Max Michalanney - Re-Signed to End of 2026

    This isn’t a thought about trying for the sake of blind trial and error. If you see a guy has a good balance of attack and defence (comfortable going both ways), has good use of the football, then it would be a waste not to be tried there. This isn’t to say it needs to be tried in a hurry...
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    Player Watch Max Michalanney - Re-Signed to End of 2026

    I’m starting to think he can do a Laird/Dawson - starts career being an excellent defender and shifting to the midfield where he can excel in both positions. He’s a pretty decent kick, has a good mix of attacking and defensive traits, and likes the contest. I can’t see why he can’t be tried in...
  17. John Who

    Player Watch Darcy Fogarty

    Thought Fog attacked the ball well all game and marking was good for the most part. The thing that stood out was the play where he had a shot at 50m out on a tight angle.. He went to dummied his kick on the right leg, then swerved to his left and kicking it on his left from around 48m out and...
  18. John Who

    Player Watch Rory Sloane - Retired

    I feel it’s unfortunate how a fair few on here are blinded by a player’s statistical output, that nothing else becomes important. Sloane is the epitome of why a player is more than just his stats for these various reasons: 1. One-club man from an interstate location. It’s likely a testament to...
  19. John Who

    Player Watch Brayden Cook

    That was a good update! I think a lot of BF regulars don’t watch much SANFL, myself included. He definitely looks better suited up forward as he’s got a good goal sense and can take some nice grabs too. I remember likening him to a Steve Johnson from the Cats. Similar sort of size with some...
  20. John Who

    Player Watch Brayden Cook

    It was a game of AFL standard. 3 goals is already a pass mark as a forward, but what stood out more in this particular game was his defensive pressure. I think at one stage, there were 3 consecutive pressure acts with the chasing and tackling of some opponents and he looked gassed after. That...
  21. John Who

    Review Good/Bad vs North Melbourne, R7 2024

    Good - solid win despite relatively weak opposition. - whole team effort - bare minimum for the rest of the season. Bad - poor kicking, particularly in the last quarter. - Tex being TOO unselfish; I don’t want to ever see Tex at 50m out passing to another bloke (Nankervis) at 49m out...
  22. John Who

    Player Watch Brayden Cook

    There’s nothing wrong with trying kids in various position. This is the nature of our game these days. The main thing is that you want to see continual improvement, and I think we’re seeing that in Cook. Sure the opposition wasn’t great, but he showed the confidence he belong this round. He’s a...
  23. John Who

    Player Watch Jake Soligo - Showdown Medalist!

    The thing I love most about this kid is that he rarely wastes a possession. Talent to burn with his disposals but rarely does he lairise with the ball. His improvement with each year, almost in a linear fashion, tells me he’s hungry to learn and improve his game continuously. Hopefully his...
  24. John Who

    Player Watch Jake Soligo - Showdown Medalist!

    Not every elite player needs to have elite speed though. They can make it up with more footy smarts and being more economical with their possessions. Players like Lachie Neale is probably a better comparison, although Soligo is a huge talent with his foot disposals which is more akin to Butters...
  25. John Who

    Player Watch Jake Soligo - Showdown Medalist!

    I think Soligo is tracking to be a Butters’ potential or thereabouts. Butters has a more kamikaze approach but both have similar attacking and defensive traits with very neat dual-sided skills with the feet. They look of a similar size too. Both extremely quick thinkers which allows them to...
  26. John Who

    Roast How diabolical is our midfield?

    I’ve not even listened to any of Nick’s pressers. Just talking from my observation. The current crop are much more dual-position gifted than the previous ones. The real question to me is how far can they improve in the midfield roles, which is needing more time to tell. You honestly want to...
  27. John Who

    Player Watch Darcy Fogarty

    Honestly, this is just a plain weird take after a good win. You literally showed stats that Fog has played better than Berg in their recent respective 22 games, and you want Berg to replace Fog? 🤪 I also think you’re downplaying the craft of forward involvements, as that is the primary role of...
  28. John Who

    Review Good vs Carlton

    I think it’s a bit of both. Nicks made some questionable selection and tactical decisions, which always looks worse in hindsight after a loss. Although the first round loss I consider it a fair effort considering no 2 full forwards and in an away game. Also poor kicking accuracy in the first 4...
  29. John Who

    Roast How diabolical is our midfield?

    I was talking potential if there is more improvement to come with our current midfield young guns. Not talking about the current midfield group compared with the prior group at their peak. Soligo, Pedlar, Rankine, Rachele, Dawson all are genuine threats when resting up forward (if assuming they...
  30. John Who

    Roast How diabolical is our midfield?

    The results currently aren’t showing, but I’m happy to see the midfield is evolving into a much more dynamic group. I think this has been the plan all along with the selection of Rachele and Soligo from the drafting and then playing them straight away in their first year, with some stints in the...
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