Gary Ablett Jr holds the all time record for the most Brownlow votes. Dangerfield, Selwood and Pendlebury are top 10.

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He won't be getting the 3 too often in his new role, but his impact on Geelong's forward entry efficiency is already telling. I still can't imagine anyone in the league I would rather with ball in hand within 70m of goal. If he doesn't kick it himself you know he's hitting someone in a better spot.
 

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Pendlebury and selwood are zero chance of getting anywhere near ablett. Danger is an outside chance.
Pendles and Danger have both broken into the top 10 all time now. Ablett has cracked 260 which seems massive but Dangerfield is still just 29 years old so you could easily argue he's a big chance to overtake Ablett by the end of his career. Pendles and Selwood are both 31yo now and are probably too far behind to catch Ablett. Still unbelievable to think 3 of the top 8 Brownlow vote getters of all time played in the same team this year.

 

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Pendles and Danger have both broken into the top 10 all time now. Ablett has cracked 260 which seems massive but Dangerfield is still just 29 years old so you could easily argue he's a big chance to overtake Ablett by the end of his career. Pendles and Selwood are both 31yo now and are probably too far behind to catch Ablett. Still unbelievable to think 3 of the top 8 Brownlow vote getters of all time played in the same team this year.

But in fairness your not comparing apples with apples, it wasn’t until the mid 2000’s that the umpires started getting the stat sheet after the games before placing their votes.
The older generations was done on the eye test and today’s votes are done on a mixture of both (mainly stats though).
Ever since Bartel won it in 07, the winning amount of votes has been really high so it’s no wonder that this era of players are getting more votes then the past.


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The umps turned the Brownlow into a joke by just chucking 3 votes everytime a big name mid has an ok game
I find it boring also. They should have a bunch of awards -
Most effective possessions
Fairest player (least amount of whinging, throwing arms out)
Best shut down of opposition star
Most electrifying half back play maker etc etc
 

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Saw it pointed out that there are also a lot more games now with the extra teams. So there is more votes going around as well
 

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I find it boring also. They should have a bunch of awards -
Most effective possessions
Fairest player (least amount of whinging, throwing arms out)
Best shut down of opposition star
Most electrifying half back play maker etc etc
Why, if its boring you dont watch it, I didnt.
Whats with the give everyone an award?
 

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The umps turned the Brownlow into a joke by just chucking 3 votes everytime a big name mid has an ok game
I agree with this which is why I didn't mind at all Fyfe winning it and receiving votes in games he didn't necessarily stuff the stat sheet in.
He and Walters played some games where they had 25 or so disposals but were always in the thick of it when the game needed to be won.

There are many midfielders who just accumulate 30, 35 touches but tend to be rather sub-par when games are hanging in the balance. These players also get glorified by super coach and fantasy points which also skewers the public's perception.
Ridiculous to judge any game on fantasy points anyway.
 

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Each individual still only has 22 games a season in which to poll.
It sort of matters though - they still play the same amount of games but a lot more players are playing that many games. Plus they are playing against each other less often (less double ups). I'm pretty sure the averages for the top 5 or so place-getters is higher than it was 10-20 years ago
 

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To get so many votes/get so close but never win it - Selwood is the St Kilda of players. At least he has 3 flags.
 

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Just in case anyone is wondering, here's the updated top 10 list:
  1. Gary Ablett Jr (Gee/GC) - 261 votes
  2. Gary Dempsey (WB/NM) - 246 votes
  3. Sam Mitchell (Haw/WC) - 227 votes
  4. Robert Harvey (StK) - 215 votes
  5. Chris Judd (WC/Car) - 210 votes
  6. Patrick Dangerfield (Ade/Gee) - 209 votes
  7. Leigh Matthews (Haw) - 202 votes
  8. Joel Selwood (Gee) - 198 votes
  9. Scott Pendlebury (Col) - 194 votes
  10. Brent Harvey (NM) - 191 votes
Active players in bold above. It's worth mentioning Dustin Martin (16th/176 votes), Nat Fyfe (18th/174 votes) and Lance Franklin (20th/170 votes) are also players which sit in the top 20 all-time Brownlow votes getters. It's probably fair to suggest 29-year-old Dangerfield is going to eventually break Gary Ablett Jr's Brownlow vote record given Gary will be retiring this year and Danger really only needs 2-3 more good seasons to catch him and he isn't even 30 yet.
 

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Just in case anyone is wondering, here's the updated top 10 list:
  1. Gary Ablett Jr (Gee/GC) - 261 votes
  2. Gary Dempsey (WB/NM) - 246 votes
  3. Sam Mitchell (Haw/WC) - 227 votes
  4. Robert Harvey (StK) - 215 votes
  5. Chris Judd (WC/Car) - 210 votes
  6. Patrick Dangerfield (Ade/Gee) - 209 votes
  7. Leigh Matthews (Haw) - 202 votes
  8. Joel Selwood (Gee) - 198 votes
  9. Scott Pendlebury (Col) - 194 votes
  10. Brent Harvey (NM) - 191 votes
Active players in bold above. It's worth mentioning Dustin Martin (16th/176 votes), Nat Fyfe (18th/174 votes) and Lance Franklin (20th/170 votes) are also players which sit in the top 20 all-time Brownlow votes getters. It's probably fair to suggest 29-year-old Dangerfield is going to eventually break Gary Ablett Jr's Brownlow vote record given Gary will be retiring this year and Danger really only needs 2-3 more good seasons to catch him and he isn't even 30 yet.
Fyfe and Martin are young enough to end up sitting 1/2 at the completion of their careers
 

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Haha bullshit. Not a single non geelong supporter would come close to agreeing with you.

Brent Harvey and Dane Swan are the only 2 you could argue. However Swan at his best was unstoppable and put up 40+ disposal games with goals.

Selwood doesn't even deserve to be mentioned alongside Sam Mitchell Simon Black Rob Harvey.

Judd was the best in the game for a few seasons. Selwood has arguably never been top 10 in his career for a single season
To be fair he said ‘equal or better’. I think Selwood sits about equal with Mitchell, Black etc. He’s been very consistent and had a few years where he was a consistent match winner, especially in crucial stages of big games. Reckon he’s underrated by many because he’s a bit of a flog and Duckwood
 

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