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Now, I can cop the criticism from Garry Lyon. Because he is a champion of the Melbourne Demons.

But to get insulted by a knuckle-dragging imbecile like Campbell Brown is beyond the pale.

He called the Melbourne Football Club "fragile" and "pathetic" for making up excuses.

Here is the link to the article: https://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/exafl-gun-unloads-on-fragile-dees-absolutely-pathetic-excuse/news-story/f4a53703b7ac54ec098740a3dee7c989

All I will say is that I hope the Melbourne Demons players stick this article to their locker doors in the change rooms.

They need to be motivated to seek redemption in season 2024 and beyond. Otherwise, insults from morons like Campbell Brown and other media snipers will continue!

This utter disrespect makes my blood boil! 🤬🤬🤬🤬

But unless we win those cut-throat finals at the MCG infront of huge crowds then this shadow of being "mentally weak" shall continue to follow the Melbourne Football Club. Time for a new mindset of stoicism and determination from both our players and our coaches.

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4 minutes ago, Supreme_Demon said:

Now, I can cop the criticism from Garry Lyon. Because he is a champion of the Melbourne Demons.

But to get insulted by a knuckle-dragging imbecile like Campbell Brown is beyond the pale.

He called the Melbourne Football Club "fragile" and "pathetic" for making up excuses.

Here is the link to the article: https://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/exafl-gun-unloads-on-fragile-dees-absolutely-pathetic-excuse/news-story/f4a53703b7ac54ec098740a3dee7c989

All I will say is that I hope the Melbourne Demons players stick this article to their locker doors in the change rooms.

They need to be motivated to seek redemption in season 2024 and beyond. Otherwise, insults from morons like Campbell Brown and other media snipers will continue!

I saw this and thought the same. What a jerk.

Is it me or are people really coming out of the woodwork to have a crack at us. I’m not sure I have ever seen this type of attack on a club before. I think about the Cats PF struggles, Sydney and GWS capitulation in GF and even the Doggies with that talented list missing out.

What am I missing here? Why is there so much disdain for our club?

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Let's be honest, Campbell Brown has skin in the game when it comes to insisting head injuries are no big deal.

Both on and off the field, if I recall correctly. With thanks to Reddit;

THE CAMPBELL BROWN RAP SHEET

Charges: 14
Guilty: 13
Matches suspended: 29
Fines: $6,400

Suspensions
One week for striking Brett Montgomery (Port), R3, 2004
Four weeks for striking Jason Winderlich (Ess), R11, 2004
Four weeks for striking Matthew Lloyd (Ess), R20, 2005
Two weeks for striking Lynden Dunn (Melb), NAB Cup 2007
Two weeks for charging Matthew Kreuzer (Carl), NAB Cup 2008
Two weeks for striking Nick Dal Santo (StK), R17, 2010
Two weeks for forceful front-on contact on Barry Hall (WB), R3, 2011
Two weeks for striking Callan Ward (WB), R3, 2011
Six weeks for forceful front-on contact on Aidan Riley (Adel), R23, 2012
Four weeks for unnecessary contact to the face of James Strauss (Melb), R20, 2013

Off-field issues
2005: Dropped for one week by Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson as punishment for breaking a convenience store window after Luke Hodge's 21st birthday party.
2007: Fined $15,000 for giving misleading evidence to the AFL Tribunal in a bid to help Chris Judd escape a misconduct charge.

2011: Stripped of leadership position at the Suns after being detained by police in Thailand following an altercation during an end-of-season trip. He was released without charge.
2013: Sacked after fracturing the jaw of teammate Steven May in an altercation in Los Angeles.

Oh, yes, here we go. Small world.

https://www.afl.com.au/news/58998/gold-coast-sacks-campbell-brown-after-assault-on-teammate-steven-may

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3 minutes ago, Little Goffy said:

Let's be honest, Campbell Brown has skin in the game when it comes to insisting head injuries are no big deal.

Both on and off the field, if I recall correctly. With thanks to Reddit;

THE CAMPBELL BROWN RAP SHEET

Charges: 14
Guilty: 13
Matches suspended: 29
Fines: $6,400

Suspensions
One week for striking Brett Montgomery (Port), R3, 2004
Four weeks for striking Jason Winderlich (Ess), R11, 2004
Four weeks for striking Matthew Lloyd (Ess), R20, 2005
Two weeks for striking Lynden Dunn (Melb), NAB Cup 2007
Two weeks for charging Matthew Kreuzer (Carl), NAB Cup 2008
Two weeks for striking Nick Dal Santo (StK), R17, 2010
Two weeks for forceful front-on contact on Barry Hall (WB), R3, 2011
Two weeks for striking Callan Ward (WB), R3, 2011
Six weeks for forceful front-on contact on Aidan Riley (Adel), R23, 2012
Four weeks for unnecessary contact to the face of James Strauss (Melb), R20, 2013

Off-field issues
2005: Dropped for one week by Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson as punishment for breaking a convenience store window after Luke Hodge's 21st birthday party.
2007: Fined $15,000 for giving misleading evidence to the AFL Tribunal in a bid to help Chris Judd escape a misconduct charge.

2011: Stripped of leadership position at the Suns after being detained by police in Thailand following an altercation during an end-of-season trip. He was released without charge.
2013: Sacked after fracturing the jaw of teammate Steven May in an altercation in Los Angeles.

Oh, yes, here we go. Small world.

https://www.afl.com.au/news/58998/gold-coast-sacks-campbell-brown-after-assault-on-teammate-steven-may

Solid citizen.

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This will be the new buzzword in the match and post-match threads when we are losing.

I would say that the club/fans just need to suck it up, we failed. But I'm confident we will be back and victory will be sweet.

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So if one of those three shots at goal that hit the post went through the goals, it would have been Carlton that’s fragile.

We lost to Collingwood, one of the premiership favourites, by 7 points and beat them the time before that in mid season. We also beat Brisbane, the other favourite. 

That doesn’t suggest fragility to me.

The only thing that’s fragile is the unhinged arguments put forward by this [censored].

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7 hours ago, spirit of norm smith said:

We are any easy target.  All the mob of morons are lining up 

Jon Ralph

Damien Barrett

Matthew Lloyd 

Caroline Wilson

Kane Cornes 

and now the beachball Campbell Brown 

Time to show the backbone throughout  ‘24. 

A general comment reading this entire thread.

My take at least is that I felt we did show backbone throughout the season, consistently.

Goodwin and co had to go back to the well numerous times to reinvent the forwardline due to injuries.

Outcomes are not a measure effort, or 'backbone' - but we are indoctrinated into a belief that those that work the hardest get the rewards. And outcomes are never guaranteed, doesnt mean its not painful though

In today's world of click-bait headlines and sound-byte journalism, our society, more than ever, thrives on the binary. It's a win-or-lose mentality, and nowhere is this more evident than in the world of AFL media. Too often, the media, in its pursuit for engagement, adopts an exceedingly simplistic approach to analyzing the complex dynamics of the game.

A team's performance on any given day is boiled down to mere outcomes – victory or defeat, heroics or blunders. The multifaceted nature of preparation, team dynamics, strategy, individual performances, and sheer unpredictability of the game often get lost in this binary view.

If a team wins, every decision leading up to that moment was right; if they lose, every choice was wrong. Players are lauded as invincible heroes one week, only to be derided athe next. There's little room for nuance.

Equating outcomes directly with success or failure is a dangerous misstep. I'll contrast it with parenting.. (not sure why, but it makes sense to me)

Imagine for a moment if parents adopted the same black-and-white thinking with their children as the AFL media does with the Dees (or whoever) If a child came home with a failed math test, would a supportive parent label them a failure outright? Or would they try to understand what went wrong, provide guidance, and encourage effort and improvement?

They face challenges, setbacks, and triumphs. A parent knows that defining a child's worth or potential based on one test or one moment is not only unfair but damaging. They understand that resilience, effort, perseverance, and learning  😀 are more critical indicators of long-term success than any single outcome. Of course this approach 'doesnt sell papers'.

As a society, we'd never tolerate such behavior towards children (humans???),  so I'd invite you to take a step back when reading things that are not nuanced and are black and white.

If you are feeling inflamed by Campbell (or whomever, at any given point in time) - just remember. You are the product.

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The guy if a [censored] of the highest order. However.....

Our last 4 finals results does suggest mental fragility IMO. The only way to stop it is by playing better football next September.

The club stuffed up two years in a row and now they have to cop a fair whack. I do conceed we seem to cop more of it than other clubs do however.

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8 hours ago, Little Goffy said:

Let's be honest, Campbell Brown has skin in the game when it comes to insisting head injuries are no big deal.

Both on and off the field, if I recall correctly. With thanks to Reddit;

THE CAMPBELL BROWN RAP SHEET

Charges: 14
Guilty: 13
Matches suspended: 29
Fines: $6,400

Suspensions
One week for striking Brett Montgomery (Port), R3, 2004
Four weeks for striking Jason Winderlich (Ess), R11, 2004
Four weeks for striking Matthew Lloyd (Ess), R20, 2005
Two weeks for striking Lynden Dunn (Melb), NAB Cup 2007
Two weeks for charging Matthew Kreuzer (Carl), NAB Cup 2008
Two weeks for striking Nick Dal Santo (StK), R17, 2010
Two weeks for forceful front-on contact on Barry Hall (WB), R3, 2011
Two weeks for striking Callan Ward (WB), R3, 2011
Six weeks for forceful front-on contact on Aidan Riley (Adel), R23, 2012
Four weeks for unnecessary contact to the face of James Strauss (Melb), R20, 2013

Off-field issues
2005: Dropped for one week by Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson as punishment for breaking a convenience store window after Luke Hodge's 21st birthday party.
2007: Fined $15,000 for giving misleading evidence to the AFL Tribunal in a bid to help Chris Judd escape a misconduct charge.

2011: Stripped of leadership position at the Suns after being detained by police in Thailand following an altercation during an end-of-season trip. He was released without charge.
2013: Sacked after fracturing the jaw of teammate Steven May in an altercation in Los Angeles.

Oh, yes, here we go. Small world.

https://www.afl.com.au/news/58998/gold-coast-sacks-campbell-brown-after-assault-on-teammate-steven-may

Other than Barry Hall and May out of season, all those blokes he hit weren’t really tough guys.

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Let’s be honest we are a soft target. Right now we deserve the criticism that is coming our way. We are also a very “nice club” that doesn’t like to rock the boat which also makes us an easy target. I would like for us to as a club openly stand up for ourselves and fly the flag a bit more than we do whether it be umpiring, tribunal decisions, facility funding. But honestly supporters getting precious or offended by people in the media criticising our Demons or Gary Lyon not sticking up for the club instead of calling them out is symptomatic of our soft underbelly. Honestly who gives a [censored] about the outside noise. It’s up to is as a club to change the narrative. 

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Entitled to his opinion but still, shots fired.

I don't recall anyone calling The Cats pathetic for the virus excuse, in fact they made that the narrative. 

The club does need to take stock though. Attitude can slip easily and while I doubt what Ralph reported was accurate it does make me wonder what was actually said.

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8 hours ago, spirit of norm smith said:

We are any easy target.  All the mob of morons are lining up 

Jon Ralph

Damien Barrett

Matthew Lloyd 

Caroline Wilson

Kane Cornes 

and now the beachball Campbell Brown 

Time to show the backbone throughout  ‘24. 

Guess what.. ?They are all correct!

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Not worried by this. His comments are glib, superficial and easy.

When any club is knocked out in consecutive finals they are fair game for "tough talk".

There's no nuance, no grey area allowed.

We here can note playing a man short, losing incredibly narrowly both times with a team that was already diminished by injury, rotten umpiring...dozens of small things that would have had us win, not lose against Carlton. That's all we need to know. Campbell Brown is  bit of a donkey. Care factor: zero.

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