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  1. Round 1 Non MFC games

    Yep. We get it.
  2. Round 1 Non MFC games

    Carlton didn't kick 5 goals in the first quarter of any game, at all, in 2017. Took them 11 minutes to do that this year. If they score just one more point, they'll have their best first quarter since Round 23, 2015.
  3. Is Viney’s foot worse than we think?

    I understand why people would immediately answer the OP with a resounding "no", given there's no evidence to suggest anything other than a Round 3-4 return. However, would it really be that surprising if the injury was actually worse than that, or that his recovery has been worse/slower than usual? It's probably just good old fashioned MFCSS, but I wouldn't be surprised, at all, if Viney's return is a matter of months, not weeks, away.
  4. Injury List - Season 2018

    Has to be a concern. If Dangerfield doesn't play though, it lessens the impact.
  5. The pre-game warmup is dead

    The Fox Footy article mentions, in addition to curtain raisers, "fan activation initiatives" as a reason why the pre-game warm up is gone. "Fan activation initiatives". Classic AFL. More, what, music? Sponsor events? Do we need more "Where in the Warehouse" or "Dance Cam" which no one likes?
  6. Every theme song will be re-done by AFL

  7. Every theme song will be re-done by AFL

    None of them sound better than the old version.
  8. Every theme song will be re-done by AFL

    I don't like it. It's not that important. In fact, it's almost completely unimportant. But I don't like it.
  9. Post Match Discussion: JLT #1 vs North Melbourne

    I agree with STMJ that there are plenty of useful things to take out of any JLT match. But in a JLT game against the current wooden spoon favourite, conclusions drawn out of the game (whether positive or negative) can be overblown. What I'm enjoying at the moment is the shape of our forward line. We are developing a group of mid-sized forwards who can each take a strong mark (Melksham, Harmes, Petracca, Hannan, now Fritsch too, Brayshaw's a good mark as well). If we can find multiple avenues to goal through marks inside 50 that aren't just Hogan, that should hopefully assist in one of our biggest 2017 problems, which was converting inside 50s to scores.
  10. The Clash Jumper Poll 2018

    Agreed. I like the royal blue and I think it's an improvement on the white jumper we've been wearing in the past. But according to the article on our website we'll be wearing six out of our 11 away games, with a further two games in the red-back. We only properly "clash" with about two clubs.
  11. Boot Camp 2017 cancelled by Players

    As to the camp itself, I'm unsure as to whether it was beneficial and should have gone ahead or it's a waste of time and pointless. But the way in which things have played out is just no good from a PR perspective. The coaches look like they have (not saying they have) lost the players. The players look (not saying they are) self-entitled and like they know what is best despite choking this year and having achieved two-tenths of stuff all in their careers to date.
  12. Jumper Numbers 2018

    Agree entirely, LDC. I can't stand players changing numbers as if the lower ones are "better".
  13. The 2018 Fixture Thread

    I quoted you because I agree with you - every game is winnable (as we sit here in October). But the consequence of that is that analysing the draw based on difficulty is less meangingful as inevitably we’ll be wrong about teams (eg 2017 Richmond or 2017 Dogs). And because of that, I think analysing any club’s draw at this point is more about those other factors and less about the 5 repeat match ups each team gets.
  14. The 2018 Fixture Thread

    It always ends up being futile trying to analyse a fixture in October based on the previous season. There’ll be at least one bottom 10 side who becomes much more difficult next year (Saints? Pies? Lions even?) and at least one finalist who slumps (Swans? Eagles?). It’s easier at this point to analyse based on commerciality, timeslots, prime time and things like six-day breaks. And on those metrics we’ve been handed a pretty average draw IMO. I reckon that hurts us too. I don’t know if there is any correlation at all but I reckon home games earlier in the year help build membership momentum (more people seeing our branding, advertising, messages at the ground and more opportunities to sell memberships).
  15. The 2018 Fixture Thread

    It’s the usual “MFC fixture”. Generaly provides good opportunities on field but horrendous off field. Only one Friday night game and it’s away. No Saturday night games (home or away) in Melbourne. 6 Sunday 3.20pm games (rubbish timeslot that the big clubs routinely get to avoid). I generally agree. However, it’s harder to accept when Carlton, who won 6 games for the year with a percentage of 78% playing some pretty boring football and finishing 16th, gets four Friday night games. And when St Kilda, who finished two spots below us on the ladder with one fewer win and 10% less, and whose average home crowd was 3,500 less than us (despite us having the two NT home crowds dragging our figure down) and whose average overall attendance was 4,000 less than us (despite them having four Friday night games compared to our one) get three Friday night games plus Good Friday. I believe in clubs earning their fixtures but I’m not convinced that, if we’d made the finals, we’d have received a better fixture. Interesting analysis of the comparative rest breaks leading into games - do you know if this is better/worse than 2017? I’m not sure the 3 road trips in the first 13 games thing is good. It means 5 of our last 10 games are interstate or in Geelong. When coupled with the fact that, based on 2017, our back half of the year features harder teams, that again puts us under enormous pressure to bank early season wins.