Unpopular AFL Opinions

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Falcon3518

Club Legend
Mar 13, 2022
1,438
834
AFL Club
Richmond
Unpopular opinion, players shouldn’t be fined thousands of dollars by the MRO for minor infringements. I know it’s done this way cause they earn a lot but I still don’t think that’s right. If I got fined 2-3k for a head high tackle I’d literally feel sick, you pay less for speeding and parking fines which are illegal. Most of these things are accidental and can’t be avoided in footy.
 

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Wallaby

Brownlow Medallist
May 8, 2007
10,085
13,752
vic
AFL Club
Richmond
Not sure if unpopular but the AFL is not sport it’s contrived entertainment that has more in common with reality tv. Australian rules football that’s played most weekends throughout every part of Australia is sport.
That applies to every professional sport. Real sport is played by amateurs (preferably children).

When played as a money-making exercise it inevitably becomes a theatre experience.
 

janty

Team Captain
Jan 5, 2019
453
694
AFL Club
Brisbane Lions
Connor Rozee has the potential to be a better player than Sam Walsh.
 

BigPond101

Team Captain
Mar 18, 2020
504
917
AFL Club
Fremantle
The whining about gambling ads is hysterical and more annoying than the ads. The ads were out of control a few years back, constantly through the whole game but they have cut back hugely

I only see gambling mentioned now when Nathan Brown does his little schtick or if I leave halftime on while I cook dinner or something. If you are sitting there watching the half time ads and cant be bothered changing the channel you only have yourself to blame
 

matthew_s

Club Legend
Aug 19, 2013
1,862
3,985
AFL Club
West Coast
The whining about gambling ads is hysterical and more annoying than the ads. The ads were out of control a few years back, constantly through the whole game but they have cut back hugely

I only see gambling mentioned now when Nathan Brown does his little schtick or if I leave halftime on while I cook dinner or something. If you are sitting there watching the half time ads and cant be bothered changing the channel you only have yourself to blame

At least half of the ads on fox footy are gambling ads.
 

PhatBoy

Hall of Famer
May 5, 2016
32,917
35,842
AFL Club
Geelong
The whining about gambling ads is hysterical and more annoying than the ads. The ads were out of control a few years back, constantly through the whole game but they have cut back hugely

I only see gambling mentioned now when Nathan Brown does his little schtick or if I leave halftime on while I cook dinner or something. If you are sitting there watching the half time ads and cant be bothered changing the channel you only have yourself to blame


If this is your serious take you literally don’t watch football on tv
 

PhatBoy

Hall of Famer
May 5, 2016
32,917
35,842
AFL Club
Geelong
Maybe it’s worse on Fox. I don’t see that it’s too terrible on FTA but then again I ignore all ads on telly. Unless they are funny… but even then I pay little attention to what they are selling


I actually like, or liked, a punt.

The volume of gambling ads on Fox is utterly disgraceful.
My son is 12 and he walks around mimicking Dale Thomas’ spiel for the points bet app or whatever the f*** it is.
 

Timmy from Thomastown

TheBrownDog
May 25, 2006
59,336
36,305
Beach
AFL Club
Collingwood
I actually like, or liked, a punt.

The volume of gambling ads on Fox is utterly disgraceful.
My son is 12 and he walks around mimicking Dale Thomas’ spiel for the points bet app or whatever the f*** it is.

I don’t have fox so I spared the Daisy rubbish. Reason itself to not bother.
 

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Aristotle Pickett

Premium Platinum
Oct 19, 2020
8,650
15,517
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Richmond
Docklands and the MCG are just big concrete holes designed to display advertising and they lack atmosphere .
There's no grassed area or trees like in Adelaide and no historical granstands , just concrete and small seats.
Local footy is more enjoyable .
 

hamohawk1

Premiership Player
Feb 18, 2011
4,147
4,112
AFL Club
Hawthorn
The AFL illicit drugs policy is stupid but not for the commonly thought reason.

Recreational drugs are so commonplace within wider society, particularly within the < 35 age bracket, hence why you hear some commentators seem so miffed at it as things have definitely changed.

Society needs to accept that drugs are and will continue to be present and used. Go to any bar, club on a Friday/ Saturday night and the place will be swimming in the stuff.

Just seems a little silly a player could have 20 + beers and there would be little/ no issues yet an activity a lot of people now regularly partake in is considered blasphemy.

It's inconsequential to continue to think we can try surpress/ stop drugs within society. Focus needs to be moved to education and harm minimisation.

Get rid of the policy and let clubs deal with it similar to how they deal with players getting out of line out of 'club' rules i.e. Ginnivan drinking post Anzac Day.

Obviously the AFL's hands are tied as they can't go full rogue on these issues but the league/ society is kidding themselves if they think these issues won't keep popping up.
 

Quivorir

Premium Platinum
Mar 29, 2010
55,734
70,541
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North Melbourne
Other Teams
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The whining about gambling ads is hysterical and more annoying than the ads. The ads were out of control a few years back, constantly through the whole game but they have cut back hugely

I only see gambling mentioned now when Nathan Brown does his little schtick or if I leave halftime on while I cook dinner or something. If you are sitting there watching the half time ads and cant be bothered changing the channel you only have yourself to blame
Sorry to be the one to tell you this but it appears you have lost your eyesight.
 

Scotland

TheBrownDog
May 5, 2006
61,966
68,571
AFL Club
West Coast
Not sure if unpopular or conspiratorial but the AFL don't want a team in Tassie.

They don't want a relocation or a 19th license and will just make the license conditions more and more onerous until it dies a slow death.
 

p4p1

Senior List
Apr 24, 2020
191
199
AFL Club
Brisbane Lions
I actually like, or liked, a punt.

The volume of gambling ads on Fox is utterly disgraceful.
My son is 12 and he walks around mimicking Dale Thomas’ spiel for the points bet app or whatever the f*** it is.
I've never been a gambler but I listen to Brownies podcast. Most of the ads are gambling ads and it does make me think about having a punt. I think they have a huge impact on viewers.
 

p4p1

Senior List
Apr 24, 2020
191
199
AFL Club
Brisbane Lions
Not sure if unpopular or conspiratorial but the AFL don't want a team in Tassie.

They don't want a relocation or a 19th license and will just make the license conditions more and more onerous until it dies a slow death.
While I don't agree that the talent isn't there to justify a 19/20th team (I think there is plenty of guys in state leagues etc who just never get the chance due to maturing later etc) I'm not sure that the AFL sees teams in Tasmania or the NT as sustainable if for no other reason than what might be huge player retention issues. I'm not sure how many players would want to stay in those two places when an opportunity to leave presents itself.
 

Minka Beaver

Club Legend
Feb 5, 2004
1,311
2,187
Melbourne
AFL Club
Melbourne
Not sure if unpopular or conspiratorial but the AFL don't want a team in Tassie.

They don't want a relocation or a 19th license and will just make the license conditions more and more onerous until it dies a slow death.

The issue isn't the 19th license; the issue is that a 19th license requires a 20th license and that's where the problems lie.
 

Minka Beaver

Club Legend
Feb 5, 2004
1,311
2,187
Melbourne
AFL Club
Melbourne
There are just two things wrong with the Australian Football Hall of Fame: there's no actual hall (thanks, Hamish) and many of the inductees aren't famous.
 

PhatBoy

Hall of Famer
May 5, 2016
32,917
35,842
AFL Club
Geelong
I've never been a gambler but I listen to Brownies podcast. Most of the ads are gambling ads and it does make me think about having a punt. I think they have a huge impact on viewers.

Absolutely they do, the Matty Johns show is my favourite hour of tv every week and it finishes with Laurie Daley creating a multi with a value price and every week it makes me contemplate opening an account and having a go at it.
 

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