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  1. Macca

    NFL

    Just the 1 point on offer this week but what a vital point it could turn out to be! A reminder that week 17 carries 3 points. The Rams look like certainties but finding 2 more looks tricky. A number of divisional games and they're often close. Anyway, good luck all. Leaderboard in the Comp 6 - JV7, Dr. Gonzo, DeeSpencer 5 - layzie, Dappa Dan 4 - Go the Biff, Clintosaurus, Dee Zephyr 3 - titan_uranus, Gorgoroth, Macca 2 - Demon Dave
  2. Macca

    NFL

    Ha ha! Just a gut feel Dappa ... Foles and all that. Home field, trap game for the Texans. Everything on the line for Philadelphia. And in this unpredictable season, most of the games are more line-ball than we've realised. The Vegas lines have often been way off-beam. More so than I can ever remember. We've seen a lot of upset wins so we could expect more of the same. Didn't Foles take over at the exact same time last season? And then ...
  3. Macca

    NFL

    @Dappa Dan and others ... I had a go at the Playoff Machine and came up with the following notable results. Of course, they all have to happen for my final standings to be accurate. And what are the chances of that happening? Especially the road win projections! Regardless, we are heading for a colossal last 2 weeks. Week 16 KC loss @ Seattle Saints win vs Steelers Eagles win vs Houston Chargers win vs Baltimore Week 17 Colts loss @ Titans Bears win @ Minnesota Chargers win @ Denver Eagles win @ Washington
  4. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    I reckon we'll know a lot more after viewing year 2 of the concept with the different logo's, names and all the rest of it. But I won't be watching it in terms of the excitement of winning. More so as an entertainment package and whether it could gain traction with a younger audience as the mainstay. We watch footy with one aim in mind - winning. Take that aspect away and AFLX has to be viewed differently. And if that different viewership attracts good numbers, they may be on to a winner. Time will tell. I'm about as old school as it gets with some sports (AFL, Test Cricket, the Horses, Soccer) but I see AFLX as Sports Entertainment or as pure entertainment that has an appeal to certain demographics. Much like Big Bash, WWE or ESports. And those 3 forms of entertainment alone bring in the big $$$$'s.
  5. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    When it is all said and done there is not much more that the AFL can do here in this country ... others may disagree especially those looking at grass roots level but to grow the game in a major way we have to go international. You make some very good points on the potential benefits that may come about so why not take the game to the world in AFLX form. The fantastic stadiums are all there so it's just a matter of sticking up the goal posts and away you go. It's a very clever concept if you think about it. I don't believe the long term focus is local anyway but they have to start somewhere.
  6. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    There are a few major differences between both the BBL & AFLX though BM. t20 was already successful on the world stage when the Big Bash was launched so it was always going to get a captive audience. AFLX is starting from ground zero so it needs the stars playing to have a good chance of succeeding. The comparisons for me lay with the demographics that both forms of sport are vying for ... and that's why there is so much opposition - especially here on this site. Old school, old ideals and old values vs New Age. That's why the debate rages and will continue to rage. Seen it before a stack of times in various sports including cricket and horse racing. On that, NSW racing is aggressively challenging the Victorian stronghold and a lot in Victoria don't like it. Bring it on I say. The more competition, the better.
  7. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    The injury risk is overplayed considering that any player can get injured anytime, anywhere. The AFLX games are as much an injury risk as simulated training and way less a risk than practice games or the real stuff. And we play less practice games these days so the overall injury risk has lessened anyway. Did you watch AFLX last year rjay? I did and the games were like touch football with very little tackling and almost zero congestion. And there was very little chance of fatigue injuries when considering how short & sharp the contests were As for the appeal of the concept, whatever floats your boat I say so if AFLX gains a large audience, so be it.
  8. Macca

    NFL

    That is a costly fumble by the Rams
  9. Macca

    NFL

    And there will almost certainly be a stack of road winners this week as well JV - maybe up to 7 in all ... it's turned out to be a more interesting comp than I had ever envisaged. And more so this season with 12 participants. Duck eggs all round again this week so you are still joint leader along with Gonzo & DS. And everyone is still in contention. We allow for joint winners. Leaderboard in the Comp 6 - JV7, Dr. Gonzo, DeeSpencer 5 - layzie, Dappa Dan 4 - Go the Biff, Clintosaurus, Dee Zephyr 3 - titan_uranus, Gorgoroth, Macca 2 - Demon Dave
  10. Macca

    NFL

    I'm assuming none of those 3 games had started when you posted up your tips so no problem TU
  11. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    For the concept to have a chance of working the stars need to be front and centre. Agree on the stadiums but the AFL now own Docklands with that whole 'Marvel' thing to boot. We play less practice games now and there is no longer a pre-season cup so these tackle-free AFLX games are in some ways replacement games. A chance for the stars to show off their skills without all the congestion.
  12. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    The other bit is why so many are so surprised. This is what the AFL do ... we've got footy in every State & Territory and now they are looking at expanding their horizons. First tried in the 60's with the Galahs and then at various times in Canada, the UK and elsewhere. That didn't work so they've embarked on a totally new concept. Those opposed can please themselves.
  13. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    Given time, AFLX will find its target audience and could well be a going concern. I may be wrong but I've already come across a number of people that like the concept (no wrinklies) So prepare yourself Wyl ... your worst nightmare may come to fruition.
  14. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    The hybrid version would be better for me if it were 9 a side ... more tackling would result. And therefore more injuries. So it will stay as 7 a side. But it is not about me nor should it be about me ... or you for that matter. We are not the target audience. And that is what I am trying to point out ... once you realise what the concept is all about, you'll understand it all.
  15. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    Some people = Hundreds of Millions and counting. That is a lot of 'Some People'. As for the money earned, good luck to anyone who can earn vast sums I say. Sport is also all about entertainment these days so if a decent audience is gained, the money is sure to flow. In fact, sport has changed to such a vast degree that I now choose to embrace 'New Sport' with all the add-ons because to not do so is pointless. Who wants to live in the past? With AFLX, we may look back and ask why someone didn't think of the concept decades earlier as many do with t20. Or it may fail. It's worth a go even if people like you and I don't care for it. The potential audience could well exclude a number of certain demographics and still have a vast audience. They aren't necessarily aiming at the over 45's but that demographic and the oldies could well jump on later as has what has happened with t20. Footy is all about the winning & losing so AFLX probably needs to have that factor ... by contrast, t20 flourishes as pure entertainment (4's & 6's being the mainstays) I thought t20 might have needed rivalries, tribalism et al but it doesn't seem like it needs those aspects as a primary driver of the sport. It is immensely popular so acts as a good pointer to the future of sport. Especially here in Australia. Entertainment comes in many forms these days and because you work in that environment Wyl, you should have no need to be convinced about what can work. Where as many see t20 as a threat to Test cricket (I don't), there should be no such concern with AFLX vs AFL. It's just a different version with a potential new audience. And injuries can happen at training and often do. AFLX was virtually tackle-free last year so the risk of injury is low anyway. Simulated match practice has the same sort of injury risk.
  16. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    I never called AFLX a 'New Brilliant Marketing Option' ... and I neither personally support the new concept nor do I condemn it either. If the AFL wants to expand their interests, that is entirely up to them. It might work, it may not. But if it does work, the sky is the limit. You've convinced yourself that it will fail based on your intense dislike of the concept - which is the wrong way to view things. Get with the times and get with the program Wyl - you are getting left behind. Embrace the new and broaden your horizons.
  17. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    AFLX is way different to State of Origin - chalk & cheese. The public had lost interest in State of Origin once the competition became National. The injury factor came to the fore once the interest started to wane. If hundreds of millions of $$$'s are generated from overseas interest in AFLX then having players injured will just become part of the new version of the sport. Now, that interest may not ever eventuate but that is why the idea is being put forth in my opinion. It will either work or it won't work - nothing ventured, nothing gained. And the one thing I will always give credit to the AFL is their marketing of the sport ... in terms of general interest, crowds, stadiums, TV viewers, Media rights and all the rest of it, they are brilliant. I believe as custodians of the way the sport is played that they leave a lot to be desired but as marketers of the sport, they are king when considering the sport is indigenous to Australia. So, they'll market AFLX, that is a given. And they may well market the hybrid version very well - they are extremely cashed-up so they'll give it a good go. Same as they'll keep throwing 10's of Millions at GWS & GCS until those 2 markets prosper. It's grow or perish these days. Let's just see how it all plays out ... 5 years hence we might all have different opinions.
  18. Macca

    Anyone for cricket?

    The consensus is 50/50 on the decision though Jack and it can often go the other way so you take the good with the bad. There is likely to be another decision that squares the ledger and that might happen sooner rather than later. The rub of the green works both ways. That type of decision is given out if the 3rd umpire believes that the player has his fingers under the ball even if the players fingers are on the ground or adjacent to the ground. That is the ruling as I understand it. So, what might look like a poor decision is actually a good decision by the letter of the law. Grey area though, all the same. I'm happy with the decision and I'd hold the same opinion if it was one of the Australian batsman. The ruling could be altered but it's been that way for years now.
  19. Macca

    Monkey Business

    Our 4 collated picks adds up to a handy 27-1 (boosted) which is quite reasonable considering all 4 potential winning teams are strongly favoured. Good luck. EPL Monday 12.30am Southampton vs Arsenal Win & +2.5 Goals Match Score $2.70 EPL Mpnday 3.00am Liverpool Win & +2.5 Goals Match Score $2.25 vs Manchester United Italian Serie A Monday at 04:00 Cagliari v Napoli Napoli Win/Over 2.5 goals $2.10 Monday at 06:30 AS Roma v Genoa Roma Win/Over 2.5 goals $2.00
  20. Macca

    Monkey Business

    So sports fans, feel like nominating your sure thing for the weekend? Pick any sporting event in any sport ... whether it be Footy, Soccer, Rugby League, Union, NBA, NFL, Baseball, Ice Hockey, Cricket or whatever takes your fancy. Just your best sports outcome ... 1 pick only will do but if you've got 2, go for it. Depending on how many outcomes are put forward we can collate them all together and perhaps scoop the pool. With these types of things there's always one sure thing that can jump out at us. And by combining our thoughts, we might just do ok. *Always remember to gamble responsibly
  21. Macca

    NFL

    The Browns aren't all that far away from a playoff berth Gorg ... they finish off with vs Cinci & then at Baltimore and could win both the way they're playing. Steelers are at home to the Pats tomorrow then at Saints and then home to Cinci. Steelers hold the tie-break advantage over Cleveland so a wild-card berth is probably the best outcome for the Browns.
  22. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    Again, it comes down to what people like and what they don't like Wyl ... and there isn't or can't be any legislation on what people prefer to watch. Aussies love t20 as well but our 25 Million population doesn't match India's 1.3Billion. Weight of numbers with the same levels of interest. Certain circumstances can create opportunity and high interest. That's life. There are a whole host of entertainment forms that I don't care for that are hugely successful - UFC, WWE, t20 and many forms of TV entertainment. But my vote amounts to zero and I've always known that. And whether you like it or not we live in a money-driven sporting world and it's been that way for quite some time. Adapt or die. A lot of new ideas come from outside the square thinking and this hybrid version of footy certainly falls into that category. The important bit is that the players are still playing the same version of footy in both forms (kicking, marking, handballing, tackling etc etc) And you've got to wonder why a 3 hour version of cricket wasn't brought forth in the 19 century instead of the 21st century ... came about 100 years late in terms of a much larger interest in the sport.
  23. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    Well, if an overseas market is created and decent money generated, get ready for change Wyl. It isn't going to happen in a hurry but you never know. It is unchartered territory but there may well be a big market somewhere. Let's face it, the world has had a chance to embrace AFL and there is clearly no interest. But a hybrid version played on a rectangular surface in huge stadiums that already exist is worth a punt. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Meanwhile, the AFL goes from strength to strength here in Oz. t20 cricket was invented in England but India took to the version of the sport immediately ... as a result, a huge market was created and then followed the big big money. Took 5 years. Dhoni's annual salary went from a few million to $30Million virtually overnight. I wouldn't rule anything out including certain Countries taking an instant liking to the hybrid version of footy. Thinking about it, there are a stack of sports that have hybrid versions of themselves that exist side-by-side with the original versions. Rugby 7's, League 7's, t20 cricket, keirin cycling in Japan, Arena Football (NFL) the 2 hour Diamond events in Athletics and numerous other varieties. Soccer hasn't really got another version but it is far and away the biggest sport in the World so where's the need?
  24. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    If AFLX takes off, it takes off. I don't believe it will here in OZ but it might. More importantly, the hybrid version could gain an overseas audience long term. And that is what the AFL is aiming at by the looks of it. A new audience that may not have any idea that AFL even exists. We may think AFLX is 'Mickey-Mouse' but an overseas audience may not know any better. The game could only really be played on rectangular stadiums overseas so the hybrid version has to be adapted that way ... so, if that's the aim, where's the harm? Why the grief? What are you worried about? The sky isn't about to fall.
  25. Macca

    AFLX Revamped

    No, not at all. Hey, why are we even arguing the point? As I said, you and I don't matter - the masses matter and that's all that does matter. AFLX will be put out there and it may or may not gain a large audience. I made the bold prediction over a decade ago that t20 will eventually rule and that has happened already ... progress is progress and you can't legislate of what people can 'like' or not like. Wishing it all away is the sort of thinking reserved for dinosaurs. And that ain't me. What are you going to say if AFLX does gain a large audience? Stick to your guns? By the way, I don't care for AFLX but again, who cares?
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