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Bluey's Dad

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  1. 3 hours ago, Redleg said:

    I believe we have our eyes on an assistant boot studder.

    I heard he won't come to us, so we've decided to recruit an injured nutritionist who we hope can be re-trained as an assistant boot studder.

    We'll have to pay overs, but it'll totally be worth it.

  2. 7 minutes ago, sue said:

    They won't change the rule mid-season. They'll just change the interpretation.  Will be intriguing to hear the AFL's  weasel-words.

    Not sure how they could possibly change the interpretation of something as simple as 6-6-6. I'm sure if enough advertising dollars are at stake they'll give it a bash though, you'r probably right. Maybe they'll increase the amount of warnings for violating the rule from 1 to unlimited. That way the rule stands, but teams can just ignore it. The fact that there's a warning system at all and not just a free kick is idiotic anyway, might as well extend the idiocy.


  3. This isn't really a free speech issue though is it?

    I mean, "free speech" is about the government making laws (or I guess the courts creating laws by rulings and precedent) that prevent people from saying certain things.

    The government isn't involved here. He's not being thrown in gaol or slapped with retraining orders.

    He can say whatever the hell he wants as long as it doesn't break the law, which I can't see that he's done. If he's [censored] off his employer on the other hand, that's a workplace/employment/contractual/code of conduct issue. If his sponsors don't like it, they can pull out. If society doesn't like it, they can ragetweet him. But the government and law enforcement hasn't taken action from what I've read, and that's a good thing.

    Free speech allows him to say what he wants without fear of government censure. It doesn't insulate him from the consequences brought on by people who disagree with him like his employer or his fans or a contract that stipulates he keep his trap shut. They can censure or reject him all they want. They're not the government. They don't make laws.

    I'm not overly riled up about this. There's a couple of Exclusive Brethren who bug me to accept Jesus every time I go for a walk at lunch who annoy me more. But they've got the right to tell me I'm a sinner as much as I have the right to boisterously laugh in their faces.

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  4. I can't wait to read all the 'journalists' speculating on what symbol means what.

    I bet the footy shows will have dedicated 'code-breakers' who'll outline in cringeworthy fashion exactly why they think X symbol means Y tactic.

    Then when some are worked out, the clubs will cry foul that they can no longer communicate to their players without the opposition knowing their moves, and request more symbols to be made available.

    Then we can all read about 'symbol-gate', and Gill will have to make a 'captains call' on 100 new symbols to make the codes harder to break.




    Can we just watch the [censored] footy please?

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  5. 25 minutes ago, Smokey said:

    Free kick starts at the centre square for 1 player in violation of the rule. Add an extra 25 metres toward goal for the non-offending team per other player in violation. 

    Problem solved ... I guess

    Gee footy is becoming convoluted when you need to think of mitigation strategies for new rules like this. 

    Given the way the ruck nomination rules have been exploited on occasion, it doesn't surprise me that these scenarios need to be thought about and planned for.

    It's better than just blindly flinging rules in every year and hoping they achieve the desired outcome.

    Of course they could just LEAVE IT ALONE, but that is perhaps the hardest thing for administration to achieve. 

    Personally I don't think congestion was that much of an issue this year, and even when it did bog down games occasionally I don't think it was heavy enough to warrant a rule change to 'fix' it.

  6. Looks like there's finally a product coming to market to fill the gap a lot of us have been complaining about:



    $25 per month, stream AFL, NRL, Cricket and a whole lot of other sports live and on demand. Chomecast compatible.

    Apparently it's owned by Foxtel. I'm amazed that they've brought this out.

    Even just watching every Dees game it'd work out at a $6.25 per game. Chromecast to a big screen and that's some good value.

    I'm seriously considering this, despite my distaste for the parent company. Subscribe during footy season, cancel, repeat.

    I've bashed Foxtel a lot over the years, but this right here is exactly the sort of service I've been looking for.




    Additional notes from Whirlpool thread (https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2763582), assuming their source there is reliable:

    - 1080p streaming and 4k where available
    - ability to watch live channels (I assume this means Foxsports)

    If those are true then this is phenomenal

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  7. Just now, hemingway said:

    Only Orwell book i enjoyed was Down and Out in Paris and London. 

    I could relate to it.

    "Bluey's Dad", now I wish I had thought of your nom de plume. Brilliant.


    Fair enough on the Orwell front, can't argue with that.

    It's likely this username is the cleverest thing I'll come up with in my lifetime. It's all downhill from here.

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  8. 1 hour ago, hemingway said:

    This has been hashed over for ever.

    We just have to accept that the AFL, the footy media, the clubs, the players, every tom, [censored] and harry, have common interests.

    Again, its marketing, revenue, commercial interests that control not only what happens but how it is presented. 

    The AFL and their apparatchiks have been re-branding Essendon and attempting to extinguish the past for the last 3 or 4 years. 

    Giving them a great fixture gets crowds back, TV ratings up, and an opportunity to talk about the new Essendon powerhouse.  

    And in time history will be rewritten consistent with common principles of revisionism 

    Its what history and effluxion of time tells us.

    Feel like changing your name to Orwell?

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  9. 21 minutes ago, sue said:

    Thanks.  My computer seems stuck on this thread.  Time to surface and breath.  But I see that poll is on what we want, not what we think will happen.

    Wait, are you saying there's a difference?

    If I close my eyes and wish really really super duper hard, everything I want will happen.

    Otherwise I've wasted a lot of money on 'The Secret' dvds.

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