Universal Love #2 Nathan Jones - Second All Time Games Played

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rhaz

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Meds

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Respect to Biff for bumping his own thread and reversing his position.

Great Luke Williams reference on page 2 as well! Excellent read. 4 stars
 

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“When you put him on the field with Batram & Newton, you do not need to look at the scoreboard at the end of the game.”

I’m guessing Batram and Newton each came up just short of 300 games. I’m betting 275 though.
 

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Dory_77

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“When you put him on the field with Batram & Newton, you do not need to look at the scoreboard at the end of the game.”

I’m guessing Batram and Newton each came up just short of 300 games. I’m betting 275 though.
Something like that, however folks missed my astute drafting of both of them in the redraft thread! Must've been why they didn't instinctively pick me over Proper Gander
 

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Something like that, however folks missed my astute drafting of both of them in the redraft thread! Must've been why they didn't instinctively pick me over Proper Gander
Interesting. Sounds like bif should stay out of the player assessment game.

As for the other thing, PG is very popular. It’s all politics mate.
 

Imet Hassa

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Sure. Nathan was great value. He’s really nice. Maybe he’s had long enough now to get accustomed to these things.

He talked about the team standard and mindset being much better than 2018. Said playing the two finals matches in Melbourne was an amazing experience but that they were a bit lucky to make finals since their form over the season was so erratic and they were just fortunate that they got hot and went on a roll at the end of the season which eventually they couldn’t sustain. He reckons for the past year the team has been much better overall in spite of the Cairns losses during 2020.

On post football plans I couldn’t really draw him much (without sounding like I’m telling him to retire immediately) but he said he’s got some options in business interests etc that he will consider whether to up his involvement. He doesn’t see himself as a coach but would like to maintain some level of involvement if something is available. He’s also expecting twins and all so anticipates being pretty busy. Showed us lots of photos of the kids (I find children alarming and untrustworthy but tried to keep it to myself).

He has never read Bigfooty, so can’t specify his favourite poster. I got the impression he had heard of it though. Reckons he only uses social media for sharing family pictures. Mind you he was reading his phone the whole way through Robbo’s speech so I’m not sure how true that is. He has never listened to Gus and Gawn’s podcast, even the one he was guest on. Says he has to listen to them every day practically and they never shut up. He is the guest on their podcast again next week though - and he’s not planning to listen to that either.

He was talking to Ancient for a bit about the team back when he debuted which had some very good players. Adam Tomlinson was also at our table (it was a quasi sit down event because COVID but everyone kind of ignored it after the first 30 minutes and mingled as usual). Tomlinson said he was in Year 7 when Jones debuted - and he’s been an AFL player for 10 years.

I’m not certain how it got there, but Ancient was drivelling on about how he still calls Jones “Skip” or something - Nathan said everyone pretty much does and 2021 is the first season where the name has transitioned to Max on even a semi regular basis.

Jones’ favourite player around the club currently is Kozzy - says the stuff he manages to do on a regular basis just in training is unreal.

The formal speeches and stuff (Robbo, Leaver, Ben Brown, Trac and Gawn) referred to the upcoming 300th a fair bit. I asked Nathan how he was feeling about the milestone - he reckons he doesn’t really reflect on personal milestones or games played but that once the day approaches he’ll feel differently because there is so much lead up media to do, and family and friends coming on the day to mark the occasion.

He likes the sub being introduced to take some pressure off the team when there is an injury but reckons it’s a really hard role to perform to stay mentally and physically ready to go on at a moments notice.

I gave him Headless’ cryptic message and he said thank you. He also liked my new coat. So did Max Gawn. So that was exciting.

It was actually a fun evening. I went to a 2018 B&F and enjoyed this more. I also chatted to Tomlinson a fair bit. He was seated next to me. Actually he talked to me rather - his sponsors were some of the weirdest people you will find (the whole crowd was high level weirdo TBH) so he was probably taking a break. He’s lovely and a total golf nut. That got complicated quickly because he asked me if I play and I said “yes”. No idea why I said that because I have absolutely never played golf ever. Not even once. The next 5 minutes of conversation was tricky around my favourite courses etc and I was trying to redirect the conversation before Ancient reappeared and exposed me. His favourite footballer he has played with is Toby Greene. His best mate (probably another golf freak) is Phil Davis. He reckons he has the best football brain for a guy that doesn’t (apparently) have any standout elite traits - his awareness and positioning are his forte. Tomlinson reckons he was tried as a wing because he has great endurance but likes playing down back because he is naturally very strong. He also wanted to know whether I thought the pistachio sauce served with the canapé pies was weird. It was super weird. Tasted of aniseed and nothing much else.

Adam Tomlinson didn’t mind the hubs. Said it was good for him as a new MFC player because it forced everyone to bond quickly. He said that in Melbourne the players all have their own lives so disappear after training, whereas GWS everyone does everything together even outside the club.

The rest of the time I ran messages for Gus Brayshaw to Ed Langdon to build support for Langdon to come on the podcast. Langdon said “Absolutely not. Under no circumstances. Ever.” Langdon has very nice skin close up. I kind of wanted to pat his face but didn’t. So I recruited Ancient to do some more positive lingers messaging in case weight of numbers helps the podcast cause.

Other than that, I ran messages from Harmes back to Gawn and Gus - he wanted some noise petitioning to be a permanent member of the podcast. Max said he has to buy his own microphone.

No offence to our posters who are MCC members - I’m sure they’re all great - but my god there are some fruitcakes among that set. Half of them all know each other and congregate in big packs catching up on their orthopaedic surgeries and arthritis medications. Truly bizarre. I lost count of how many people asked me where my seats are - then look shocked when I said General Admission. And they are all called “Lloyd and Barbara” as far as I can make out.
I have to say this is the most brilliantly written post I have read on BF. Thank you! I also thought your coat to be quite beautifully cut and I was not even there.
To paraphrase Molly “Do yourself a favour” and watch the latest Gus and Gawny - the sincerity of respect for Nate is obvious and moving and supports much of what PG wrote.
 

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Blackas87

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Big milestone week this week for Nathan Jones as he looks to notch up his 100th win against the Kangaroos.

Should see him all over the media this week and a huge banner to run through on Sunday with his kids.

Currently on 99 wins, 198 losses and 3 draws.

The way things are looking I don’t think he’ll make it to 200 losses.
 

blitznu

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Big milestone week this week for Nathan Jones as he looks to notch up his 100th win against the Kangaroos.

Should see him all over the media this week and a huge banner to run through on Sunday with his kids.

Currently on 99 wins, 198 losses and 3 draws.

The way things are looking I don’t think he’ll make it to 200 losses.
undefeated all year baby
 

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Big milestone week this week for Nathan Jones as he looks to notch up his 100th win against the Kangaroos.

Should see him all over the media this week and a huge banner to run through on Sunday with his kids.

Currently on 99 wins, 198 losses and 3 draws.

The way things are looking I don’t think he’ll make it to 200 losses.
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Blackas87

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Big milestone week this week for Nathan Jones as he looks to notch up his 100th win against the Kangaroos.

Should see him all over the media this week and a huge banner to run through on Sunday with his kids.

Currently on 99 wins, 198 losses and 3 draws.

The way things are looking I don’t think he’ll make it to 200 losses.
Stuck on 99 but not out.
 

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