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  1. Football Gods

    The Rory Sloane article in The Age gave me a moment of sympathy for Adelaide. But only a moment. Over the years we have been back-doored more than once losing top-line players when were in a high ladder position. We could have done with a Healey, a Thompson, a Farmer, even a Barassi over many a suffering season. So who cares if Jake Lever comes our way and helps to break this decades long pattern of losing top players when it counts. Perhaps it is a sign of the smartness of our new administrators that this failure has finally been recognised and acted upon. The article: http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/rory-sloane-in-no-rush-to-enter-contract-talks-with-adelaide-ahead-of-2018-free-agency-20171102-gzduf1.html
  2. Mindfulness and the mental game

    Sometimes you need to switch off in order to calibrate, and to assess the strength of your opponent. Witness Floyd Mayweather, and Carlton in the '70 grand final. You can't be 'mindful' the whole game it's just a buzzword.
  3. David Schwarz

    What a place to 'do the dirty' on us.
  4. The Fixture Poll: 2018 Edition

    Sunday, bloody Sunday.

    We'll never know. Norm was gifted some magnificent playing lists in the 50s, his time with Fitzroy and later with post Barassi teams it was a different story. Fire and brimstone less effective. Norm's genius with Barassi was finding a unique onfield playing position (ruckrover) where Barassi's eccentric talents could become effective. So I would see Watts becoming some kind of lead up/ decoy forward who the midfield would PASS to. Let the opposition worry when Watts was the go to man or the Norm Smith decoy. Watts would get his bags if 4 and 5 in his good days because Watts is a dead eye dick. Smith would be smart enough to know when Watts was having an off day and move him back to a wing where he could play his link man role setting up the forwards. Good luck to him at his new club and Jesse learn to kick.
  6. Farewell Jack Watts

    A charming, charismatic guy. A wonderful sportsman and good bloke. Earning top $$$ doing what he loves. But the $$$ stops with Goodwin and he has made a judgement call, that's what he's paid to do. Good luck to Jack,will always remember you icing it v. The pies, erasing the memory of your first game where you were put in before you were ready.
  7. Tim Watson's outrageous faux pas

    I once saw Tim ordering junk food at Longwarry servo. That's substance abuse.
  8. Will Brodie

    Will Qatar keep the World Cup? Will Suncorp stadium revert to sanddunes and tumbleweeds? The AFL needs to address Queensland football bigtime and merge the two Queensland clubs. That will free up Vic players to come home and allow all the remaining 'Fitzroy' players of these two clubs to have some dignity in their playing careers. What was Brodie's favourite Melbourne player, I wonder. Yes, I would take him.
  9. Totally agree. Thompson was jet in 2004 when we were charting.
  10. Trade rumours

    Not Diamond Jim?
  11. Feeling low but starving for Success

    When you have followed the dashing demons for decades in my case since the early 60s you have every right to feel negative!
  12. Feeling low but starving for Success

    Ditto ditto ditto. it is galling that we whipped Adelaide in 98 and this year but they look like slipping right past us (again) to pinch another flag. We continue to improve ladder position but there is the nagging feeling that we are mark 2 version of the MFC that was supposed to be bound for glory when Scully played for us. Getting beaten by North and Collingwood shows how badly we flatlined.
  13. Farewell Jack Watts

    Very fair comment, but on the lead he doesn't get the yips, it's when he's in a pack. His lack of confidence in this area has become entrenched. Noone better to dob the goal from a set shot a la Peter Mckenna.
  14. Farewell Jack Watts

    Jack Watts is a fantastic finisher and sets up play beautifully in the forward 50. His ice cool finishing goal v Colllingwood earlier in the year shows just what he can do. The chink in his armour are the numbers of would-be marks which still bounce off his chest. He may well go on to become a great player at Port Adelaide where teammates will look for him and let him beThe Distributor. He does not get this grace at Melbourne, as years of un-honoured leads on the forward line would attest to.
  15. Trade rumours

    Ditto Ron Barassi. All we got was Vin Catoggiio, about twenty years later.
  16. Trade rumours

    Don't need to Weed a man out just because he wants to go to the woods.
  17. Trade rumours

    Howe did that happen and Watt are we going to do about it.
  18. We've leaked Frawley and Howe, so about of leverage would be appropriate.
  19. Let's be frank about GWS

    Since this is a Melbourne website you should be saying Scott Thompson.

    The only clash is that between the AFL and common sense. Let the AFL administrators spend their lives in AFL approved garb if they wish. Let Gil wear AFL approved canary jocks round his head for the week.The so called jumper clash is a complete furphy. Richmond should just wear their club jumper and donate the canary top to Gil. The AFL need Richmond, Richmond don't need the AFL. Another piece of b******t is the AFL approved record crowd for yesterday. Prelim crowds have topped the 94k mark in past years and we don't have to wipe another piece of Victorian football history just to sign-off on more AFL propaganda.

    It's all about branding. The AFL want AFL jumpers, not football jumpers.
  22. It was 53 years ago today ...

    Barassi's SECOND last game. He played for Dee's against South Adelaide two weeks later. Dee's, champions of Australia!
  23. Essay Question (500 words max)

    This is the puzzle which hamstrings our club. The past does matter. IMO we have never got over our winning spree (1938 to mid '65) and certainly have never got over our losing mentality (post '65). How to explain the easy shots which could have put us into the '87 grand final. An ardent dee down this way maintained - on inside knowledge - that Melbourne 'were not worried' about carlton in '87 and would have put them to the sword. We choked then, as we have EVERY time we have started to climb the ladder since norm smith and barassi's departure. i have lived through every one of these false dawns. can remember us climbing up the table in '67, '71, '76 and then our golden years of 1987-1991, when we hit a wall in most of those years ruining our home and away ladder finish and hence our shot at another flag. Smith may have been an excellent coach but - like the queen, the royal familly rebecca judd and tarax lemonade he was not the messiah or the panacea, and certainly - i digress here - had a lot of personal business attached with the barassi disaster. i mean if smith wanted the mfc to defend him against an umpire's libel suit why did he feel free to then slander the melbourne committee on live television? in defence of this year, we have continued to improve our ladder finish four years running, and have the lowest maximum points loss for a season in at least fifty years. ( i couldn't be bothered going back further, but footscray beat us by 40 points in our premiership year, and this year i think our max. points loss was 46 to adelaide, someone can correct me. we are a couple of elite players short of being able to win games we should be winning. we can't rely on our current best 18 to perform to their max through a whole season. we need to maximise the 'melbourne' in our club name by not playing in the backblocks and not playing late Sunday games and then playing the occcasional friday game (instead of watching sydney etc all the time). How we get to that position may rely on the improvement available in players like petracca, clayton, viney, gawn and others. i have invested my two children in the red and blue i hope they aren't memorising players numbers into the distant future like i did.
  24. Soft Underbelly MUST become extinct.

    It's a national competition that's why melbourne play in Alice springs and melbourne storm play in melbourne. That's why Rabbitohs get smashed and Sydney swans never play in darwin. Been reliving this same old garbage since norm smith handballed barassi to Carl.
  25. Collingwood V Melbourne Round 22. 1976

    First visit to Victoria Park and we stood on beer cans. Colin Graham played a great game but we relied on another game' results which didn't go our way. Ten years of darkness followed.