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malpaso

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I think some people on here are underestimating how busy some of these blokes are. If you're a talking head like David King or Nick Dal Santo, fair enough you should be watching the vast majority of games. But someone like Ralph would be reporting on much more than just gameday and as such would be researching, writing and following up leads during the week moreso than watching five-day-old matches between 15th & 16th on the ladder...
It's his freaking job...
 

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I think some people on here are underestimating how busy some of these blokes are. If you're a talking head like David King or Nick Dal Santo, fair enough you should be watching the vast majority of games. But someone like Ralph would be reporting on much more than just gameday and as such would be researching, writing and following up leads during the week moreso than watching five-day-old matches between 15th & 16th on the ladder...
I think you're overestimating how busy they are, and the amount of research they actually do for their stories.
 

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I'd stop short of saying that they have to watch all 9 games over the weekend. 1 family event and you're pretty much screwed. If they're going on TV Monday or Tuesday night to talk about it though I'd expect them to watch replays during the day.
 

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Ralph is a muck raker so his job is not some much the footy.

I would expect that someone appearing on "On the Couch" each week should have watched every game by the time they appeared on the show
 

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I don’t think it is. I wouldn’t expect an NBA reporter for ESPN to have watched all 82 games for each team. Sure AFL is only 17 but IMO there isn’t the need to do so. Just my opinion.
82 game season versus 22 so not sure about the comparison. Ralph admitted that he's watched more Freo games this year largely because he's had no choice.

So you reckon Ralph watches as many Freo games as say Collingwood or Richmond games?

Do you think it's ok that there's still a high proportion of reporters and commentators who don't even know who our players are?
 

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I think you can be a good reporter and not watch every single min of every single game. Not watching every game isn’t the issue with Ralph.
I think if he comments/writes/tweets about a team/player/game and also has the label 'expert' then it should be an expectation to watch games and I'm sure his employers think the same.
 

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I don’t think it is. I wouldn’t expect an NBA reporter for ESPN to have watched all 82 games for each team. Sure AFL is only 17 but IMO there isn’t the need to do so. Just my opinion.
to be fair NBA is basically multiple games every night, what makes someone like Zach Lowe one of the best NBA reporters is that he makes the effort to watch at least some of each team every few weeks. slightly different dynamic with the AFL, but I don't think for a reporter it's unreasonable for them to watch some of each team every few weeks. although as someone who's started listening to the footyology podcast this year, what I like most about that is that Connoly and Fine do watch a decent chunk of each game.
 

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to be fair NBA is basically multiple games every night, what makes someone like Zach Lowe one of the best NBA reporters is that he makes the effort to watch at least some of each team every few weeks. slightly different dynamic with the AFL, but I don't think for a reporter it's unreasonable for them to watch some of each team every few weeks. although as someone who's started listening to the footyology podcast this year, what I like most about that is that Connoly and Fine do watch a decent chunk of each game.
Yeah that’s a fair request, I don’t think it’s necessary to watch every single min of all games though. Seems like a waste of time for a lot of the journos who don’t comment on game day stuff.

The AFL doesn’t have anyone that even comes close to Lowe regardless if they watch all games. The only person I know promotes the fact they watch every game is Terry Wallace and most of his job is analysing the lists so it makes sense.
 

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I think if he comments/writes/tweets about a team/player/game and also has the label 'expert' then it should be an expectation to watch games and I'm sure his employers think the same.
I bet they don’t. He would have better click bait things to write about than watching or writing about Freo v North.
 

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It's his freaking job...
No, it's one element of his job. Ralph primarily isn't paid to provide detailed gameday analysis. He's paid to break news and report on every aspect of the AFL (particularly with a Victorian focus, as it's a Victorian paper). Not saying he isn't a flog, just that it's not realistic to expert him to watch 600+ hours of footy on top of all his other work duties
 

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