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Everything posted by Skuit

  1. Russell Robertson

    Thought this was going to be an announcement of our new offensive coach. Was strangely okay with the notion.
  2. The Jake Lever Thread

    Judd's Granny is an anagram of Grand Nu Sydj'. Grand New Sigil? A flag could be considered a type of sigil, right? Bam! The Riddler has been Scooby-Doo'd and we're still three weeks shy of Trade Week.
  3. The Jake Lever Thread

    Hey wait. How come you get to say [censored] and we can't?
  4. That's stone-cold dee-tox. You sound like you work in the financial sector.
  5. Trade rumours

    I saw Bruce McAvaney looking at real estate in Western Sydney so it must be true. He said the region was special but I think he was exaggerating a touch.
  6. For all those lauding Trenners for his perseverance and commitment to the club, Jake Spencer probably deserves a small mention too, no? Sentiment shouldn't be based solely on talent. The big guy gave ten years to the club and had his career cruelled by injury also, as well as the misfortune to get stuck behind a pair of AA rucks (without seeking better opportunities). Well done Jake, and thanks for your loyal service. And for those criticising Jake for injuring himself this year, while demonstrating his commitment to the contest; seriously?

    Do we get to learn the identity of the Riddler? I suspect Nasher is somehow in on it.
  8. Goodwin: Cats Must Play Menzel

    As said, it's my first time reading Doyle, but based on my supreme powers of deduction, I can best presume that beware of the 'damned waterfall' can only refer to this . . .
  9. Goodwin: Cats Must Play Menzel

    Articulate as always puntkick. But judging by your post I'm not sure if you're infuriated by a man named Dan or a toy called Troy?
  10. Goodwin: Cats Must Play Menzel

    I have a degree in literature but was just reading Conan-Doyle for the very first time in my life today. It has to be a sign, old Watson. Or a 'sign of four' (including Lever, Kelly and Motlop).
  11. Goodwin: Cats Must Play Menzel

    Surprised no-one has taken a reading between the lines. Not criticising Goody for opining openly, but it's a bit out of character for him to speak out of school where it concerns another coach's decision-making. Smacks of the Roos' playbook - sending a message through the airwaves that Daniel would be supported at the MFC (a la Melksham). I now firmly believe he may be a target; fits our game-style, would cost basically our Spencer compo, and a reasonable upgrade on a few of our forward-halfs as to finishing-skills. Happy for it to happen.

    Now that we're drawing toward the season finale I'm waiting for the twist that stevethe/ and bin/ are really the same man . . .
  13. Our inability to kick high scores

    Despite many blaming poor delivery, our midfielders don't contribute enough to the score from around the arc (Tyson and Bernie were two who went entirely missing this year in this regard) and our key forwards are lacking (sorry, but it's true). Also, poor delivery is a function of our game-plan on two fronts; with Simon's Tsunami, we're deliberately kicking to an undermanned forward-line with the hope of at least bringing it to ground and then trapping it in through a combination of forward pressure and an advancing high press. If this succeeds with the opposition struggling to clear, we then create an opposition flood against - ironic in the sense that Roos was at the helm when this game-plan was being devised - with the result that it's harder to pick and execute short targets. Note how we entirely dominate periods of play without adding much in the way of scoreboard pressure, but the opposition keeps in touch by occasionally getting through the line with a touch of luck and scoring easily out back. I trust in Simon, and part of this game-plan may have been a reaction to our our personnel (i.e - no genuine tall-playing forwards but a raft of mediums), but I would hope that there's a few tweaks being considered in the off-season.
  14. Draft Pick #27

    I'm sold on Petruccelle based on basically nothing. stevetheman - what's your opinion for where he will end up going in the draft? Is the late-20s range realistic in regards to his purported upside and the potential for other clubs to take a punt. Which other clubs do you think would be keen for his type?
  15. Draft Pick #27

    Balta to potentially slide? The sub-editors around the country are licking their lips in anticipation.
  16. The Great Deepression - a book

  17. Sam Frost signs on for two more years

    Rejected overtures from several clubs. The unique combination of weapons equals enormous upside.
  18. The Great Deepression - a book

    You should all get this book. 800 pages worth of sweat and tears. At the very least, it will make for a redemptive bucket-load of confetti on grand final day.
  19. The Curse of Norm Smith

    Godammit. Does that mean our next flag won't be until 2035 (AFLX)? I'm going to need to either drink less or drink more if I'm going to make it till then.
  20. Clarence Oliver

    A lot of what Clarry does is almost imperceptible in the thick of the action. Can't blame mortals for failing to recognise his brilliance.
  21. There are of course fluctuations in games, and ‘putting the cue in the rack’ to conserve energy or guard against injuries, but we just can’t seem to put our foot on the throat of the opposition when they’re down – a mark of a ruthless, champion team, and so important as to % with the competition evening out. And junk-time goals against are a serious %-killer. We also seem to have some strange 40-point barrier, and I know this well, as the only time I ever really have a flutter is when I have a sense we might unexpectedly dominate and take the big-odds 39+ option (it’s been killing me, although we got across the magical line against Adelaide with a last-minute goal to Kent). The past two seasons; lead progression points and final margins (I’ve left out 2015 but it’s a similar pattern in our wins). Outside of these matches, we only capitalised against GC and Brisbane to record larger winning margins, while the Bulldogs this season was a reasonable example of cue in the rack. 2017 Port 20.46 2nd – 43 / Final – 23 Western 25.24 2nd – 40 / 32.29 3rd – 50 / Final – 57 Gold Coast 18.37 4th – 34 / 25.22 4th – 41 / Final – 35 Adelaide 6.56 4th – 39 / Final – 41 Essendon 3.59 4th – 45 / Final – 38 Saints 8.33 3rd – 34 / 8.08 4th – 42 / Final – 30 2016 Port 17.53 2nd – 43 / Final – 40 Freo 16.20 2nd – 43 / 12.47 3rd – 50 / Final – 32 Collingwood 20.55 4th – 55 / Final – 46 Richmond 30.34 4th – 39 / Final – 33 Collingwood 10.26 2nd – 42 / 18.22 3rd – 39 / Final – 35
  22. Post Match Discussion - Round 23

    Sorry - I meant the DE% stat can be misleading but those with a poor DE% for this match really were horrible.
  23. Post Match Discussion - Round 23

    For all that the stat is worth, DE% culprits sub-66%: ANB 47.1% Brayshaw 65% Tyson 58.3% Gawn 37.5% Hannan 60% Harmes 60% And Tomald, Vince, and Hibberd with 6 clangers each. Stat passes the eye-test in this instance (except for it being actually worse). Story of the day.
  24. Post Match Discussion - Round 23

    Disposal by foot. The usual suspects. Outmarked when it counted and outnumbered at the contest early on. Provisos
  25. Trade rumours

    Any talk of Levi on the move? We need coverage for Pedo.