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16 hours ago, jnrmac said:

Only 31 missing.....

I'm beginning to think that 31 needs to be rested for a long while. Since Barassi left, the number seems to have been jinxed with most wearers never achieving their full potential or lasting as long as might have been expected. I suppose that Paul Wheatley might be considered as the exception to the rule in a way but some might argue that even he didn't live up to the promise he showed at the very early stages of his career.

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1 hour ago, Elwood 3184 said:

I'm beginning to think that 31 needs to be rested for a long while. Since Barassi left, the number seems to have been jinxed with most wearers never achieving their full potential or lasting as long as might have been expected. I suppose that Paul Wheatley might be considered as the exception to the rule in a way but some might argue that even he didn't live up to the promise he showed at the very early stages of his career.

IMO we should just allocate it to the next available player next year and let them create their own story in it. I think resting 31 just increases the burden.

Look at 1, it has had the least auspiscious journey, but now it's in good hands and may have it's time.

The fortunes of numbers will ebb and flow as they should.

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2 hours ago, Elwood 3184 said:

I'm beginning to think that 31 needs to be rested for a long while. Since Barassi left, the number seems to have been jinxed with most wearers never achieving their full potential or lasting as long as might have been expected. I suppose that Paul Wheatley might be considered as the exception to the rule in a way but some might argue that even he didn't live up to the promise he showed at the very early stages of his career.

How about we just don't make a stupid big deal over it? Wheaters didn't appear to be crushed under the terrible burden of #31 - probably because nobody at the time was trying to turn him in to Ron Barassi.

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6 minutes ago, Nasher said:

How about we just don't make a stupid big deal over it? Wheaters didn't appear to be crushed under the terrible burden of #31 - probably because nobody at the time was trying to turn him in to Ron Barassi.

Agree and it is a player from 50 years ago. 

I must say I feel differently about 2, but it is in great hands ATM.

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6 minutes ago, Nasher said:

How about we just don't make a stupid big deal over it? Wheaters didn't appear to be crushed under the terrible burden of #31 - probably because nobody at the time was trying to turn him in to Ron Barassi.

Quite right but we all know the media these days.

Imagine how they would treat the story if say, Dion Johnstone was given #31?

I would rest it until we overcome the Norm Smith curse and win a flag. Only 12 months wait.

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I think the psychological effect of jumper numbers could be more problematic than we might think. It's quite clear that our earlier picks (eg, Hogan, Watts, Salem) and "glamour trades" such as Jordan Lewis get numbers closer to zero. So what impact does it have on a player like McKenna who is given #40?  It's almost like the club saying to the player, "Look, we're not convinced you'll make it, but why don't we just give it a shot and see what happens". I'd much rather a random distribution of jumper numbers.

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5 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I think the psychological effect of jumper numbers could be more problematic than we might think. It's quite clear that our earlier picks (eg, Hogan, Watts, Salem) and "glamour trades" such as Jordan Lewis get numbers closer to zero. So what impact does it have on a player like McKenna who is given #40?  It's almost like the club saying to the player, "Look, we're not convinced you'll make it, but why don't we just give it a shot and see what happens". I'd much rather a random distribution of jumper numbers.

While I agree with your post, I also think it acts a driver.  "Hey, we're not sure if you'll make it, lets see your drive and prove us wrong".  

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On 12/3/2016 at 8:59 AM, Nasher said:

How about we just don't make a stupid big deal over it? Wheaters didn't appear to be crushed under the terrible burden of #31 - probably because nobody at the time was trying to turn him in to Ron Barassi.

Speak for yourself. I thought Wheatley was Barassi reincarnated from the day he got the number. :rolleyes:

Barassi is a legend of the club but we need to move on and look forward. The most famous number at Melbourne will be our next Norm Smith medalist and I'm tipping it might be number 10.

 

 

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23 hours ago, Clint Bizkit said:

Is there any less interesting AFL news than players getting new numbers?

Some like me are fascinated by player numbers.  When I think of the list I always think in number order.  Without that reference I would leave players out.

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2 hours ago, Fifty-5 said:

Some like me are fascinated by player numbers.  When I think of the list I always think in number order.  Without that reference I would leave players out.

It's more just the way clubs announce it like it is actually a big deal (Melbourne have kept it pretty low key), I guess it's more a case of clubs struggling for content at this time of year than anything else.

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On 23/10/2016 at 0:43 PM, Petraccattack said:

 

Let us never forget what happened to the Wizard when he moved from number 33 to 8

Or Liam moving from 48 to 24.  Only half the player he was. 

On 02/12/2016 at 5:15 AM, Scythe said:

Potentially waiting for Lumumba's impending exit? Might be a bit of a shuffle as somebody could move up to the number 8 guernsey.

FCS 8 should be quarantined - don't want a repeat of that. 

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On 21/12/2016 at 5:03 PM, Rolling Stone said:

Well, now that Mr. Lumumba has left us, do we allocate the number 8 to another player - perhaps Joel Smith if we upgrade him?

I'm thinking of reviving our Book of Numbers series and for starters, I reckon it's time for a look at Number Eight.

My favourite player to wear the guernsey was the late  Bob "Tassie" Johnson who passed away last year.

Late AFL great Robert "Tassie" Johnson lives on in enduring love affair on the Sunshine Coast

Tassie was a great exponent of the drop kick and holds the club record for most games wearing the number 8 (202). He played mainly at full back where he was a true champion of the game but on the odd occasion would also go into the ruck and performed well there.

The list of players who wore the number from 1912 to the present day:

1912 Fred Harris  (also #29 in 1912, #7 in 1914, #28 in 1919)
1913 Jack A "Dodger" Evans
1914 A "Bert" Trahair
1915 Jack A ‘Dodger’ Evans (see 1913 above)
1919-1925 Charlie Lilley (also #6 in 1913 and 1915, #11 in 1914)
1926 Herbert White 
1931-1932 W ‘Bull’ Adams
1933 - 1941 Rowley Fischer
1942-1943 Don Hewson 
1945 Ralph Latham 
1946-1947 Roy Stabb (also #22 in 1945)
1948-1951 Doug Heywood  (also #25 in 1943, #26 in 1944)
1952 Ian Toyne 
1952 Maurie Lehmann 
1953 Don Cameron
1954 Geoff Collins  (also #3 1948 to 1952)
1955 Kevin Clarke 
1956 - 1957 Jim Sandral
1959-1969 Bob "Tassie" Johnson
1970-1975 Peter Keenan   (also #10 1981-1982)
1976-1978 Peter Johnston 
1979 Glenn Elliott 
1980-1982 Brent Crosswell
1983 Les Bamblett 
1984 Peter Thorne  (also #40 1978 to 1979)
1985-1995 Graeme Yeats  (also #45 in 1984)
1996 Craig Turley 
1999 Jeff Farmer  (also #33 1995 to 2001 and changed back to 33 during the 1999 season)
2000 James Cook 
2001-2006 Alistair Nicholson
 (also #44 1997 to 2000)
2007-2014 James Frawley
2015- 2016 Heritier Lumumba

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On 26/12/2016 at 7:56 AM, Whispering_Jack said:

I'm thinking of reviving our Book of Numbers series and for starters, I reckon it's time for a look at Number Eight.

My favourite player to wear the guernsey was the late  Bob "Tassie" Johnson who passed away last year.

Late AFL great Robert "Tassie" Johnson lives on in enduring love affair on the Sunshine Coast

Tassie was a great exponent of the drop kick and holds the club record for most games wearing the number 8 (202). He played mainly at full back where he was a true champion of the game but on the odd occasion would also go into the ruck and performed well there.

The list of players who wore the number from 1912 to the present day:

1912 Fred Harris  (also #29 in 1912, #7 in 1914, #28 in 1919)
1913 Jack A "Dodger" Evans
1914 A "Bert" Trahair
1915 Jack A ‘Dodger’ Evans (see 1913 above)
1919-1925 Charlie Lilley (also #6 in 1913 and 1915, #11 in 1914)
1926 Herbert White 
1931-1932 W ‘Bull’ Adams
1933 - 1941 Rowley Fischer
1942-1943 Don Hewson 
1945 Ralph Latham 
1946-1947 Roy Stabb (also #22 in 1945)
1948-1951 Doug Heywood  (also #25 in 1943, #26 in 1944)
1952 Ian Toyne 
1952 Maurie Lehmann 
1953 Don Cameron
1954 Geoff Collins  (also #3 1948 to 1952)
1955 Kevin Clarke 
1956 - 1957 Jim Sandral
1959-1969 Bob "Tassie" Johnson
1970-1975 Peter Keenan   (also #10 1981-1982)
1976-1978 Peter Johnston 
1979 Glenn Elliott 
1980-1982 Brent Crosswell
1983 Les Bamblett 
1984 Peter Thorne  (also #40 1978 to 1979)
1985-1995 Graeme Yeats  (also #45 in 1984)
1996 Craig Turley 
1999 Jeff Farmer  (also #33 1995 to 2001 and changed back to 33 during the 1999 season)
2000 James Cook 
2001-2006 Alistair Nicholson
 (also #44 1997 to 2000)
2007-2014 James Frawley
2015- 2016 Heritier Lumumba

Bring it on Jack.

How about No.6 next?

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On 27/12/2016 at 1:09 PM, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

Looking at that list, I think we should reserve number 8 for an "interesting personality" to join Crackers Keenan, Brent Crosswell and Heritier Lumumba.

Probably better to avoid "interesting personalities" altogether if that is the standard. 

Ah......Tassie Johnson.  Drop kicks from full back almost to the centre mud caked circle.  Cettainly my favorite #8.  

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On 26/12/2016 at 8:56 AM, Whispering_Jack said:

 

The list of players who wore the number from 1912 to the present day:

1970-1975 Peter Keenan   (also #10 1981-1982)
1976-1978 Peter Johnston 
1979 Glenn Elliott 
1980-1982 Brent Crosswell
1983 Les Bamblett 
1984 Peter Thorne  (also #40 1978 to 1979)
1985-1995 Graeme Yeats  (also #45 in 1984)
1996 Craig Turley 
1999 Jeff Farmer  (also #33 1995 to 2001 and changed back to 33 during the 1999 season)
2000 James Cook 
2001-2006 Alistair Nicholson
 (also #44 1997 to 2000)
2007-2014 James Frawley
2015- 2016 Heritier Lumumba

A very transitional number. By my count 10 of the last 13 were either from another club or on their way to one.

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