Mega Thread Port Forum 'General AFL Talk' Thread Part 17

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philreich

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I still rate where a player runs inside the protected 10 metre zone and is clearly just trying to get back into a defensive position, getting pinged a 50 metre penalty as the worst rule.
One off season, they'll leave the rules alone for once, and many people will die of shock.
 

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Which teams will this rule most advantage?
Teams that use a larger ground?
Teams that have a more circular ground?

Which horses have they built this course for?
Whichever team the umpires like more.

Be prepared for the rule to be breached 50 times a game but be called extremely selectively.
 

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RussellEbertHandball

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Interesting article from the Washington Post re CTE - is it real? https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/sports/cte-bennet-omalu/
It's real, but you don't have to be a footballer or someone who has played professional contact sports to get CTE. Fall off your bike when you are 8 or 10 or 12 or 14 and get a good bang to the head and you will get CTE. The more knocks you get, the worse it gets.

Prof Gavin Davis was on Gerard Healy's show a couple of weeks ago, and explained CTE and his thoughts are in line with the Washington Post article. This interview is 2 weeks after the Post article.

The prof is a Melbourne neurosurgeon, an authority on concussion, brain injuries and its management. Gerard spends about 30 seconds introducing what he has done, including co-authoring the AFL concussion guidelines and working with the NFL. Audio of some of the interview and then discussion between Gerard Healy and Sam McClure, then back to the interview is embedded in the link. Apparently there is a long podcast coming out that has the discussion between Gerard and the prof.


A Melbourne neurosurgeon who has advised the AFL on concussion policy says there is an unhealthy “climate of fear” surrounding chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Professor Gavin Davis spent several hours speaking with Gerard Healy discussing the issue, some of which was cut into an interview for 3AW.

Professor Davis said evidence showed “30 to 75 per cent” of ALL people, regardless of how they lived their life, would present with some form of CTE if they had their brain dissected at autopsy.

“For example, every time you drive your car and put your brakes on, you have a transmitted force to your brain,” he explained.

Professor Davis said, to his knowledge, the findings of the case involving football great Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer – which sent shockwaves through the sport – had not been peer-reviewed.

“Unfortunately, the media hype around this topic has created a climate of fear,” he said.
 
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What problem are they trying to solve here?

Bizarre.
There is no problem. The rule is designed to purely be used at the umpires discretion at crucial times to manipulate the outcome of games. Basically another lever for corruption.


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Eddie Dingle

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So much this.

What issue has been plaguing the game that requires this significant rule change to rectify?
Everything these dullards try is to increase scoring. So far nothing they’ve come up with works so what’s the quickest way to move the ball forward that can beat any zone or cluster or team defence? 50 metre penalties, increased to 100 if you get in the way of the player scurrying to his new mark. It seems so simple and yet it is contrary to the spirit of the game and goes against every player’s natural instinct. They’ll consider it a success until a big Melbourne team loses a game and the outcry is to big to ignore.

I have a simple fix.

Abolish the rules committee or have them meet once every 5-10 years at the earliest.

These fu**heads at the AFL are supposed to be custodians of the game. To leave it in better shape than when they took over.

Gil’s team have been abject failures.
 

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I still rate where a player runs inside the protected 10 metre zone and is clearly just trying to get back into a defensive position, getting pinged a 50 metre penalty as the worst rule.
This is exceptionally stupid

and the no moving off the mark is exceptionally stupid

but I'm going to throw in an honourable mention for "nominating" in the ruck

Pete on Twitter: "Paddy Ryder puts hand up to nominate for Ruck Umpire then calls twice for Power Ruck Ryder contests Ruck Free Kick West Coast #Farcical https://t.co/wIhSmINaBA" / Twitter
 

philreich

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Everything these dullards try is to increase scoring. So far nothing they’ve come up with works so what’s the quickest way to move the ball forward that can beat any zone or cluster or team defence? 50 metre penalties, increased to 100 if you get in the way of the player scurrying to his new mark. It seems so simple and yet it is contrary to the spirit of the game and goes against every player’s natural instinct. They’ll consider it a success until a big Melbourne team loses a game and the outcry is to big to ignore.

I have a simple fix.

Abolish the rules committee or have them meet once every 5-10 years at the earliest.

These fu**heads at the AFL are supposed to be custodians of the game. To leave it in better shape than when they took over.

Gil’s team have been abject failures.
My question is, why is a 120 v 115 game better than an 80 v 75 game? Many of the best games have been low scoring affairs - why the obsession with trying to generate higher scores?
 

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