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  1. Will Jack Watts make us pay thread?

    Please. After all that's been written, give us a break. Its all been said, written about or thought about. We must have other things to discuss. Please.
  2. The Scrapping of the Bounce is Imminent

    Thanks Lucifer, always with a finger on the pulse. My post was a waste of time. Although that can probably be said for all of my posts. Still and all, great news. Got to say I am surprised, but for once we can say well done AFL.
  3. The Scrapping of the Bounce is Imminent

    Apologies if posted by others. In the distant past, we had one umpire bouncing the ball not only at every centre bounce but every ball-up, unless they were required to throw the ball-up when the conditions were exceptionally wet or muddy. From what I remember, when the latter occurred, the umpire threw the ball up a lot higher than the pathetic little ball-up practiced today. As others have said, a variable bounce was accepted by players, coaches and spectators. It became one of the variables that made the game interesting and when reading the bounce and the play became an important attribute of ruckmen and rovers (remember that term). The ""luck of the bounce" was a term commonly used by commentators and spectators. The same thing happens with boundary umps. In the old days, a crook throw-in was again part of the game. Now, if the ball is not centre metre perfect, back it goes and we try again. The attempt to perfect or standardize all manner of things obviously makes things more predictable and perhaps fairer, but as a result we lose some of the flow, spontaneity and unpredictability of the game. Talented and experienced players and coaches created opportunities out of the luck of the bounce. Even today, good players and good teams make the most from mistakes or an unpredictable bounce. Remember when the term "lucks a fortune" was commonly used by commentators. Changes often bring improvement, no doubt, but often the improvement comes at a cost. We always lose something and often that thing becomes lost forever.
  4. Preseason Training - Week commencing 20/11/17

    Spot on, very noticeable over the past season or two that Hawkins has become a liability for the Cats. Just as Hogan becomes a liability when he stands within the 50m arc and tries to arm wrestle his 2 or 3 opponents. He occasionally takes a grab but 9 times out of 10, it becomes a loose ball and there is a turnover. Occasionally, Garlett or a small might crumb the pill but not often enough for this to be a good offensive option.
  5. The No T$ No B$ Thread

    Wondered myself whether BB was referring to the dearly beloved or a pseudonym. I assumed given BB's credentials that it was the former. Lets face it, it is unlikely that one would be wearing "togs" if catching the sun with the pseudonym. Now if it was the good old Uncle, we would be assuming the opposite. I must admit, I am also surprised by your admission Redleg that you are acquainted with Wifey. Perhaps from your perusal of the evidence against a client. Or just research.
  6. The No T$ No B$ Thread

    Now BB, using the term "togs" is like carbon dating. Although not an archaeological dig, the picture tells the story. You are clearly a baby boomer who enjoys the beach in his togs. The phallic cactus design, however, suggests some retro togs recently bought. It also suggests a "middle aged man" making a last ditch attempt to establish .....err lets say tasteful masculinity. I am afraid that my togs are an old pair of rather thin speedos that do nothing for my shape and for some reason seems to draw looks of disgust or laughter from the fairer sex. I also seem to attract much attention from the men, particularly the male twosomes, who or some reason seem to approve the look, obviously preferring the retro speedos to the boardies.
  7. The No T$ No B$ Thread

    If you don't mind Uncle, you make two wrong assumptions, that I am both dead and an alcoholic. I prefer to be referred to as a "discerning dead alcoholic" I have had periods of abstinence but to borrow the lyrics from my old friend Leonard, "I fought against the bottle but I had to do it drunk." But that's no reason for a reprobate like you to be discourteous.
  8. Coaching Styles Negative v Postitive

    I suppose it's what we already discerned. The fact that Hinkley recruited both Watts and Trengove suggested he was looking at the positives rather than the deficiencies. Clearly Melbourne and all the other clubs looked at the deficiencies. Trengove's comments confirm the differences in coaching philosophy between Hinkley and the others. Taking a positive but realistic approach is more likely to build a players confidence to take on the game. In my modest sporting career, I experienced both coaching approaches and there was no doubt that the positive approach was far more effective for both the individual and the team in regard to both training and competition. We will see what happens in 2018. It will be interesting to see if the Hinkley approach translates into better outcomes for both players.
  9. The Scrapping of the Bounce is Imminent

    So many of the great features of the game are gone. The features that made our game unique. The bounce is a wonderful thing that helps to make our game what it is. How exciting to see that first bounce of the day and to a slightly lesser extent the bounce at the beginning of each quarter. To see this replaced by a limp throw-up that hardly goes above the umpires head will be sad thing to witness. It will be a tragedy to see it go, and once it goes, it will never come back. It is unbelievable how our game is being systematically ruined. Just think of all those things that have changed, eliminated or disappeared due to the misguided attitude that the changes are for the better of the game. If anyone thinks it is for the better, you have rocks in your head. The bounce is unique, it is an iconic part of the game that tells you "ladies and gentlemen we have a contest on our hands", and we see two ruck man going head for head. God help me. God help the game.
  10. Preseason Training - Week commencing 13/11/17

    You track watchers are unbelievable. Passion and dedication. Hats off to you. You deserve medallions of honour. The rest of us enjoy the fruits of your efforts.
  11. Preseason Training - Week commencing 6/11/17

    Agreed, maybe a lack of confidence this year influenced by the fact that not much confidence was shown in him by the coaching staff/Goodwin giving him regular games. We saw the difference in ANB as his confidence grew from being given game time. Hope the coaching staff invest in Billy.
  12. Trade rumours

    Often collision or contact injuries are unavoidable and bad luck but leg injuries such as calf, hamstring and also those of the foot are normally overuse injuries caused by training load and weekly matches. With running injuries, most athletes know when they are walking the line. Often a twinge or two can be the precursor of a more serious injury. Despite modern injury management techniques, more often than not, time is the only effective healer. It is difficult to cheat the body and its own natural repair mechanism. Given the competitiveness of players and their determination to continue to play irrespective of injury concerns, it is important that there are others that can tell a player to "take a break". This comes down to the club having the willingness to rest players during the season, particularly the hard trainers like Viney and those who are clocking up the kilometers each week. It is where the depth and quality of your list becomes important but also the strength of coaching staff to make the right call.
  13. Trade rumours

    Injury management always worry me, particularly the tendency to try and get players back on the park as soon as possible. There is certainly a case that Trengove was mismanaged until the Richmond medical staff discovered the full nature of his foot problem. The fact that our medical staff missed the diagnosis was embarrassing and pretty poor form. It could also be said to have ruined Jacks career. I agree that we appear to have a more professional show these days. However, the management of Viney's foot injury this season was questionable, particularly given the circumstances. We needed to be thinking of the long-term and not make decisions that could jeopardize his recovery. Jack has a further 7-10 years left if he looks after his body. It may be that other player injuries were well handled by the club, however, the Viney issue raised alarm bells for me. We will not progress if we do not learn lessons from the past. Injury management is so important these days that you need to have the very best people. However, you also need to be thinking of the long-term rather than be influenced by the pressures of the day. With all due respect to club doctors, the very best doctors do not become footy club doctors. And indeed, not always the best specialists are used by club doctors in the case of specialist referral. There is a case to be had that the long-term interest of the player and the club would see diagnosis and management at arms length to the club. That perhaps is unrealistic with an obvious downside, however, in certain circumstances, it would be prudent to have a second and independent assessment made by doctors, specialists and other health professionals that are not employed, contracted or commonly used by the club.
  14. Preseason Training - Week commencing 6/11/17

    Not sure Its a great idea for the Captain to be signaling a break out year for one player. Let Salem's footy do the talking. If the kid does not realize that 2018 is vitally important to his team and his own footy career, then nothing will. He has to want it, and want it hard. We want a break out year for many players, indeed " the team." Jones is "first among equals" and like Richmond, it is all about the team, not individuals.