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  1. About time some prestige was added to the jumper. We are a sleeping giant, with a small (comparative to the big clubs) support base, albeit a base that has a high purchase intent and attendance rate. This makes us exclusive. And will no doubt help in appealing to inner-city Chinese students and expats.

  2. On 2/6/2019 at 9:01 PM, Little Goffy said:

    Round 1 had a pattern of delivering some of the most miserable moments during our most miserable period, so I'm still a little wary of it.

    But... on the one hand I'm much more confident in our team's ability, and on the other hand I'm much more confident that our team has the resilience to carry on with a strong season even if we do stuff up round 1.

    It is a bit like, I'm looking forward to round one as a big deal, but only because it is the start of the season, not because I feel like it is any particularly crucial, tone-setting game.

    Interestingly we lost round 1 for a decade then managed 3 years in a row winning round 1. It took one last bout of round 1 misery last year before we could break through and play finals.

  3. I think it's important people remember back to Pederson's first season at Melbourne when he was seen as one of the worst recruits to the club in a long while. A lot can change in a preseason and speaking with certainty that Smith cant contribute is shockingly shortsighted. 

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  4. I visited Prague for the first time in 2007, and noticed "Praha" brandished everywhere, which, obviously, is Czech for "Prague". I always thought it would be a cool name for the bar I was going to open before I turned 30.

    Anyway I never opened the bar so thought I'd change my username to this. Prior to that it was "Cudi_420" which was just a joke name (Kid Cudi, 420, blaze it... ya know?), and before that, calabreseboy, which was a username I used online, dating back to my teenage years when I was a fully sick wog boy.

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  5. 15 hours ago, spirit of norm smith said:

    Saints.  Kangas. Bulldogs.  Demons. 

    We are in the mid 40s and cannot compete with Pies, Tigers, Hawks, Bombers.  

    We should set 50,000 plus as the 2020 target.  

    Putting us with those three is just silly. We didn't make finals for a decade, fielded one of the worst teams of all time during a part of that period,  and yet still managed more or thereabouts in terms of members than the Saints Bulldogs and North, all of whom had many years of success in that period, including one flag, Prelims and Grand Finals. Can you honestly see either of the Bulldogs or North ever pulling 90k for an Elim final, regardless of opponent? Maybe the Saints, but those teams have peaked and growth won't be anywhere near as sudden. 

    We have, what, 20k identified Melbourne supporters in the MCC that aren't Melbourne members. That's 20k people with high purchase intent. What club can claim to that sort of engagement level and purchase intent with non-members?

    50k should be 2019 target, with 55k-60k in 2020. It's completely reasonable given the space for growth.

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  6. 35 minutes ago, Bendigo Demon said:

    I have done 2 trips to the USA in the past 14 months, primarily to watch NBA basketball. The food in the stadiums is rubbish. The best food we had were the Mexican hot dogs sold illegally outside the Staples Center after each game. $5 for one with the lot, we loved them.

    I've been to LA like 10 times for work, to the same area to go to the Convention Centre. The street food around there was amazing. If you ever return, Tom's Urban just outside Staples also has good grub but it can get packed on game day.

  7. 11 hours ago, Wells 11 said:

    Well there’s little danger of us being Collingwood, Richmond or hawthorn atm. But, unlike Pert,  I’d love us to be like any of them lol. They all have recently won flags and have massive, and growing supporter bases.... and kick [censored] facilities. One can hope 

    You need an element of differentiation, and melbourne is certainly different to any of the aforementioned. I think our attachment to the MCG and Yarra Park has an element of romanticism rarely seen in sports the world over. We need to embrace that more especially if we're going to attract a younger and newer audience. I'd not only be targeting kids, I'd be targeting Indian and Chinese students/expats that either see the MCG as a church (Indians with cricket and association with the MCG), or as a cultural landmark of the city (Chinese looking to make this their home, and finding ways to assimilate). A more obvious presence in the CBD should also be considered, to be considered as somewhat of a "gateway" to our home in the MCG.

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  8. 6 hours ago, Bobby McKenzie said:

    Was that the year we were on top of the ladder and then lost the last three to finish 5th or 6th?

    It was the highest we had been that deep into the season since 1964.

    We back it up with a 12 goal loss to Port, and of course the infamous Elim Final loss against Essendon.

    In reality, 2004 probably should have been Daniher's last.

  9. 11 hours ago, Demonland said:

    Just incase anyone was interested in seeing Dom in his new kit. Best of luck Dom. 


    Suspect it was one of Carlton, Gold Coast or St Kilda. No half decent team is offering a depth midfielder 5 years.

  10. 1 hour ago, TeamPlayedFine39 said:

    I think Petracca is judged very harshly and is the victim of media hype and supporter expectation.

    24 disposals, a goal and 3 tackles a game plus making the AFLPA best 22 Under 22 team - all in a supposedly average season that saw him hospitalised with blood poisoning...


    At 22, he's still years off his peak and when compared to a player like Dustin Martin, his statistical output at this stage of their respective careers is comparable.


    I think he'd find life a lot easier on the field if he was able to shed 5kg, but while at times he looks laid back, he's never struck me as a 'lazy'.

    it truly blows my mind. he had a very solid season and because he didn't kick 50 goals people see it as a failure. 

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  11. 9 minutes ago, TeamPlayedFine39 said:

    I don't think it is an 'indigenous' issue. 

    He never looked settled, comfortable or happy out there this year.  There was no spark, no joy in his football.  He's a very, very talented player and when someone who was in All Australian contention for much of 2017, can't even get a game in 2018, we look to injury or private life for a possible reason.  As he played out the year in the 2s, and there was no apparent injury issue, that leaves one logical conclusion to allude to.

    IMHO he can get back into the team and have a huge impact on the side.  When he's 'on', he is a fast, agile, creative, one-touch player who can turn a match.  There's room in any side for a player of that quality.  However, we didn't see that player out there this year... 

    I agree. I am saying that whenever Indigenous players seem to go through form slumps there seems to be a narrative around it being related to personal issues.

  12. On 10/3/2018 at 7:19 PM, Satyriconhome said:

    So do you have any facts to back up this statement?

    As it is, your a completely wrong, it was mainly form based, and in an ever changing Casey forward line, he was having difficulty gaining consistency in performance, he won the prelim for Casey by nailing a kick in atrocious conditions

    makes me laugh how whenever an Indigenous player is out of form people automatically assume it's because of personal issues.

    He just had a crap season. His one-way running and one-arm, half-hearted tackles were always going to come undone in a finals team and finals-like intensity. I'm not surprised in the slightest. He needs to get his [censored] together.

  13. On 11/10/2018 at 9:38 AM, Fifty-5 said:

    The BS spouted in these reviews goes on:

    Lukosius: "The key forward is a ‘once in a generation’ prospect and is one of the best player we’ve seen in the Under 18 system for a long time."

    How long is a generation?  Has this guy ever seen Buddy Franklin or Nick Riewoldt?

    i'm dubious about "super draft" prognostication, I've seen it all before.

    Given the amount of players drafted each year and the number of highly ranked key forwards, I would take it as a figure of speech and treat it as a rare occurrence. How many star key forwards have been drafted since Hogan? Not many. If any.

  14. 2011 was a weird season. We would belt some teams by 14 goals and then get belted by 10 goals.

    I'm of the opinion that neither Bailey nor management could have avoided what eventually happened. I understand there were key drivers of the fued that led to 186, but we were a one-way, "bruise free" team that had it coming. Bailey was an attacking coach and he would have had to completely change his coaching style to make us a finals contender. Given he was in his 4th season I couldn't see that happening, especially with the crew we had.

    I knew we were done when we lost to Carlton by 50 odd points. I think that was the "bruise free" match. You could just smell it. We were comfortably a 10th-12th team, we a poor back office and resources. This led to division, poor management of injuries, no leadership, and low morale throughout the club.

    2011 really was the perfect storm. Fast, erratic change, new branding, the dumping of McDonald, and an expectation that a young brigade would lead to a flag. All with a bunch of yahoos managing the club, and no real long term vision.

  15. 2 hours ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

    I would expect he will now be noticed even more by the umpires in 2019 and benefit from that.

    He was already well noticed considering how well he polled despite missing a large chunk of games at the start of the year. Had he played to start the season and played to the standard he did for the rest of the reason, he'd have won by a mile.