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1. Joel Selwood may be a tough player, but he loses a bit of that tag by the way he blatantly manipulates the rules with his ducking and shrugging. It must be a family trait, because brother Scott also plays with the same cheating like action. We have said it once and we will say it again, umpires have as tough a job as any, stop making it even harder for them to adjudicate.
2. Ben Brown went down concussed in what Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley called the ‘perfect tackle’ performed by Magpie Brody Grundy in the Pies win over North Melbourne on Saturday Night. Sure, the act was not one of thuggery or in any way malicious, but the outcome was that Brown ended up in hospital and yet somehow Grundy got the free kick. There is no simple answer, but this is an area of the game that needs clarity and fast.
I would also love to know whether there has been more concussions at Etihad Stadium than any other ground given the hardness of the surface. Is this becoming a big contributing factor?
— AFL (@AFL) August 5, 2017
3. Aussie quick James Pattinson has gone down again with back soreness. Will this bloke ever get a fair run at it? Fingers crossed he can get it right ahead of the upcoming Ashes Series. Every cricket lover (perhaps English fans aside) want to see a Test match featuring Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Will it happen?
1. The cricket pay dispute is over and it is not before time. Bring on the Test match tour of Bangladesh, the One Day International tour of India and the home Ashes Series this coming summer. Hopefully the next six or seven months can be about the action on the field rather than all the rubbish we have had to endure off it.
2. ESPN do AFL footy better than anybody. If you have not seen it, the American sport presenters trying to explain Aussie Rules is a highlight whenever it occurs. Paddy Ryder’s tap to Robbie Gray is another great edition of the American sporting media having no idea about analysing Australian sport, but giving it a fair crack anyway.
— Triple M Footy (@triplemfooty) August 3, 2017
3. The AFL Footy Show returns this week. Hasn’t it been refreshing not having it on our screens and creating rubbish content over the last couple of weeks? Expect a rating spike as Eddie McGuire takes the reins, but it will be short-lived, because this is one program that is well past it. There are plenty of good shows about AFL on television. This is not one of them.
How hard is it for Collingwood to come up with a guernsey that does not clash? A complete white or complete black kit would have been the way to go against North Melbourne on the weekend. No stripes.
— ABC Adelaide (@abcadelaide) August 7, 2017
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If your side has more players wearing long sleeve tops than the opposition, you are in for a dirty day. Replay to the start of Showdown 43 and you will see why. Harden up!
Another Showdown and yet another act of poor crowd behaviour. A Port Adelaide fan ran out onto the ground midway through the third term and has by all reports found himself with a $5000 fine and a three-month ban from the Adelaide Oval. Three months! That will teach him. In fact he was quoted as saying that he would happily do it all over again. Seems he has learnt his lesson then?
This idiot should be banned for life with no questions asked. We do not need people like him at the footy. It ruins it for everyone else and really is a dangerous scenario for players and officials out on the ground. He got awfully close to some players and you can imagine the outcry if he were to injure one or worse.
You will notice during Fox Footy’s broadcast yesterday that there were no images of this joker while the invasion was occurring. Vision of the two coaches boxes was displayed on-screen. Kudos. This is a lesson every other media outlet who this week has given this imbecile air time should be taking on board. This bloke wants publicity, so what do the media give him? Exactly that. Sure, the media have a role to report news, but they do not need to give a voice these types of people. It adds nothing. The same scenario occurred earlier this year when Channel Seven got an interview with two ignorant racist souls who showed no remorse whatsoever for their actions in the first Showdown of the 2017 season.
People who act in an unsociable way at sporting events have no place or right to be in attendance. The girl who threw a banana onto the ground last year, the jokers who racially vilified players at Showdown 42 and the idiot who brought a flare into the ground earlier this year should all never be allowed to step foot in a stadium again. Period.
Security have got enough to deal with at the present time without having to worry about absolute idiots. A life ban has to be the bare minimum given to these sort of characters when these incidents occur. Clearly the message is not getting through at the moment and something must be done before it ends in absolute disaster.
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