The state of the game

Discussion in 'AFL - The Australian Football League' started by Macpotata, Apr 14, 2018 at 7:10 PM.

Put it out there
  1. Macpotata

    Macpotata Club Legend

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    is pretty average at best these days. This round alone barring Richmond and Collingwood thus far the skill level and standard of play is absolutely horrendous. There hasn't been that many good games 4 rounds in.

    Footys going backwards. It's just about pace and clogging up the field rather than skill. The dogs-swans game was close but frantic. Nothing else. Just frantic. Even arguably the games best player was kicking like shit.
     

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  2. BallaratBulldog

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    Should not have expanded the last two teams.
     
  3. DrEvil_

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    Conditions were bad
     
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  4. Macpotata

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    Yeah, the roof was hungover at Etihad.
     
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  5. Mr Mister

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    The skills have been declining for years. Merging the Gold Coast/Brisbane and North/St. Kilda will somewhat improve the highlights, the talent pool requires compression.
     
  6. TOJ No 1

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    Is slipping away from the Cats for sure.
     
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  7. MUPPETSMASHER

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    Rules need to be fixed. Grey, broad, inconsistent and paid adhoc.

    Nothing more frustrating for fans.

    Professional full time umpiring is absolutely necessary.
     
  8. BF Tiger

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    The state of the game is clearly Vicco.
     
  9. Max Baker

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    Richmond will be happy with the state of the game.
     
  10. The King!

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    Lot of players who cant kick

    Fair few on our team sadly
     
  11. Hawkie_McHawkHawk

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    I don’t like the fact that it’s moving away from strength/contest to a uncontested running game with whoever applies the most pressure wins.
    Players like Sam Mitchell would have a really hard time being drafted these days, and stick figures/ Ethiopian running machines like billy hartung and Zac Guthrie are playing best 22 then it has swung too far in my opinion.
    Simplify the rules and bring back the physical contest.
     

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    And clear rules for the umpires to follow. A lot of the rules now are very wishy washy
     
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    These shit threads get made every year. The game is fine, first few rounds always are up and down as players are still a tad rusty.
     
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    simple. Take out both wings and limit the interchange to 2 players. This'll reduce congestion and reduce the overall AFL lists by 72 players
     
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    You bet.

    Nix the interchange bench. Just have 2 reserves so as to reduce the 3 minute hamster-on-acid cameos, thus ensuring the skilled players have time and space to showcase their football skills.

    Recruit footballers with aussie rules (not AFL) football skills and nous - not marathon runners/basketballers. Would Des Tuddenham/Rene Kink/Paul van der Haar/ Peter Hudson/ the Jarman bros et al. get recruited these days? Answer - No. Were they consummate aussie rules footy players? Answer - yes.

    You never heard about 'congestion' back when aussie rules footy was played - I mean, 'congestion' is a medical term. Nor 'stoppages' - which describes what should only happen in an under 10's game.

    But sell your soul to the TV devil like the AFL has (70% of revenue) and you get Helter Skelter - the murder of aussie rules football.
     
  16. Surely Paul

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    Yes, we're happy that we're a cut above everyone else.
     
  17. Power Raid

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    merge a couple of vic sides with the expansion teams and reduce the comp to 16 teams
     
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    You can usually tell by watching highlights and clips of the games how good (skillful) they are and very rare to see AFL up there.
     
  19. Captivating

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    The game needs another field umpire and more free kicks to be paid.
     
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    Every disposal should be determined by the roll of a dice.

    Even number - home team advantage.

    Odd number - away team advantage.
     
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    The below the knees rule has made the game a bit urghhhhhh (if that’s a word). it encourages players to be second to the contest and then just tackle to get a quick holding the ball free kick, however that rarely happens as the umpire just lets it go and the game becomes scrappy. Also the interchange needs to go ASAP so we can have 18 vs 18 spectacle again


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  22. Jimmybob

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    That's what happens when athletes are drafted instead of skilled football players.
     
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    The game is in terrif shape and modern players have exceptional skills speed power, and the team strategies are fascinating. Not that previous eras were better or worse...I like the evolution and surprising turns the game style takes.
     
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    Yep, never seen the likes of you before, to be 3 and 1 after 4 rounds is unprecedented.
     
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    It's a shit sport compared to what it used to be. It's either repeat entries into a clogged 50 until a free kick or a scrappy snap or the team rebounds and has a 3-1 at the other end where a running race occurs before someone dribbles it over like from the goalsquare with no one within 50m.

    It's easily fixed, remove the bench and only have 'subs'. If you come off you are done for the day. Players will get tired and players get slower when they are tired but not shorter. It will encourage forwards to spend more time in the 50.

    I hate watching modern footy, Melbourne draft this guy Hogan and all we wanna do is build his tank so he can play midfield. Same with Petracca same with Riewoldt and Franklin etc.
    Forward craft is at an all time low. If Plugger was playing now he would be playing as a big bodied midfielder being asked to strip weight and run around more.