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  1. I suspect you are querying why they are not full time, rather than commenting on them not being professional, given they are paid for doing this work. I suspect the answer might be along the lines of questioning what they would do to fill in the time between games. How much "training" and "coaching" would they need to do that they don't do now? Also, in my view, the problem is not with the umpires but with there being too many rules open to interpretation.
  2. Off topic, but reminds me of the Billy Ocean song "When the Going Gets Tough" from 1985 which so many people misheard as "You can go and get stuffed".
  3. It's a good strategic decision to wait and tackle if (1) the umpires are prone to pay a free kick for holding the ball/incorrect disposal or (2) data shows that your team is better than your opponents at clearances should the umpire throw the ball up instead of paying a free kick.
  4. Will it ruin AFL? I'm not so sure. Legal action against the AFL or the clubs for allowing avoidable concussions might ruin it, though. And therein lies the problem - was it avoidable? Physics isn't my strong suit, but isn't force measured as a combination of speed and mass? If so, because players are professional and fitter, bigger, stronger and faster than ever before, I would have thought the collision forces today have the potential to be greater than they have ever been before. We're not going to be able to make players smaller or weaker, but we might be able to slow them down. Perhap
  5. At least your birthday was on a public holiday! This was one of those games where the 21 votes on offer shouldn't be equal to the 21 on any other game played this year. Nevertheless: 6. Jackson 5. Jordon 4. Salem 3. Gawn 2. Harmes 1. Petracca
  6. Reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger's: He denies it was deliberate, but he was a politician at this stage, so like all AFL coaches, I'm not sure you can believe what he said.
  7. Well done, although you left out "for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee". Nevertheless, full marks. For anyone who's interested, here's the full work: For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne Next No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent,
  8. Nice try, but no. Hint: It's only one person and not a musical performer.
  9. Keep in mind that all coaches lie in public interviews. It may be that Melksham had a specific role that Goodwin doesn't want to discuss. However, if Goodwin was telling the truth I'd be most surprised if Melksham is in the starting 22 this week.
  10. Just a backline: Peter Dean Any St Kilda player Paul Prymke Lynden Dunne Andrew Ireland Peter Bell
  11. Most enjoyable. Any possibility of doing one with characters from Shakespeare or perhaps the metaphysical poets?
  12. I love the implied optimism in this post. Your only concern is that the Grand Final might not be at the MCG. You don't seem at all concerned that Melbourne might not make it. Good for you!
  13. To clarify, elections weren't held at Collingwood because they weren't necessary - there were never more people standing for Board membership than there were vacancies. If the membership were unhappy, they could have always proposed a slate of members to challenge the incumbent Board and wouldn't have needed an Extraordinary General Meeting to do so. In my view, that's not a dictatorship but a club which has a satsified membership. Should they have been satsified? That's a separate question.
  14. I'll play the devil's advocate. If you were one of the Government decision makers, which risk would you rather take? Be criticised from every direction for keeping Melburnians in lockdown but with case numbers of Covid kept low? Or praised for releasing the shackles but subsequently criticised should Covid case numbers rapidly increase?
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