Fearless on Round 1: Sliding rule silly and frivolous

Duty of care has his merits on the footy field but to use this rationale to prevent players from getting the ball as they would naturally seems silly and frivolous.

The Fearless pre-season wrap: Huey Lewis and the News said it best – I want a new drug!

Paul Thomson unveils his Fearless pre-season wrap.

AFL Grand Final: Like Otto the autopilot, Swans head into sunset

In another Fearless report, Paul Thomson hails the Swans and the Storm and suggests the AFL fix the free agency system quickly.

The Brownlow, finals and Matthew Knights

As we approach season’s end, it is good to see that Jobe Watson, Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell finished in that order in the Brownlow – humble champions all.

AFL Finals – Week 2: Start with guns ablazing and then fire blanks..

1st Semi Final: Adelaide v Fremantle – AAMI Stadium Friday Night With the fear of going out in straight sets resonating through the smaller than expected AAMI Stadium crowd of 31,000, Adelaide took to Footy Park to play Fremantle for the right to progress.  The silence was deafening as Fremantle, led by Docker look-a-like Chris [Read more]

AFL Finals Week 1: TV Ringside? Just Buddy and Taz

Nightclub veterans Tarrant and Franklin kicked off proceedings as the Hawks and Pies squared off on Friday Night. In moves reminiscent of TV Ringside, the AFL might look to this boxing as a form of pre-game entertainment.

AFL Round 23: Fearless – Drama, theatre and ultimate joy of September

That’s great – the face of the AFL’s This is Greatness ad campaign for the finals gets to ply his proper trade at the G on the big day. Hope it sounds ok for all to hear as do the Temper trap and Paul Kelly.

AFL Round 22: Freo, give song heave ho before finals

And Greatness Is upon us…the 8 teams are now left to jockey for positions in the last round and history is made when for the first time ever when 10 teams miss out. Make the most of the finals opportunity or waste it at your peril… Speaking of Timmy Rogers and greatness how about Zeus [Read more]

Tom Waterhouse and the AFL make an unpleasant combination

Geez, I never thought the presence of someone on the TV would give me the jimmy grits so much. 4 generations of betting knowledge in my blood…give me a break! It’s more than Tom though…everywhere I go, everything I listen to, every time I put my tips in, every footy game I go to – [Read more]

Rd20 2012 FEARLESS: Adios Olympics! After much ado, see you in Rio 2016!

It’s fair to say that MADNESS played well at the start of the Olympics closing ceremony. The ska/reggae/pop champions of the 80s haven’t been live on TV since an episode of The Young Ones when they played at the pub frequented rarely by the unruly 4 students. In keeping with the MADNESS theme…when a bloke [Read more]

Rd19 2012 FEARLESS: and the gold goes to that tubby guy from the iselect ads!

The Olympics and the footy – toss a coin in the air…it doesn’t really matter. It’s just a great time to be in couch potato heaven with your remote control in hand. Watching my eldest son learn about countries and events/sports that he’d never heard of prior to the opening ceremony. It’s great stuff….even have [Read more]

Fearless – Round 18: Faster, higher, stronger, “cleaner”: AFL vs Olympics…

I’m in the process of assessing my son using MRP (Match Review Panel) rationale. Head high contact to the head of dad – – no video of the incident – provocation earlier in the day from unrelated incident and different person – goes to state of mind – no notable signs of concussion, just a shocking [Read more]

From the NT to the MCG and back again

By Paul Thomson Whether we like it or not, the Melbourne Football Club’s decision to recruit Liam Jurrah has certainly not followed the paths that we are used to in the footy world. Regardless of the Demons’ results for the rest of 2012, the Jurrah story, as it unfolds, potentially has the capability to educate [Read more]

Fearless – Round 16: Judd on report? Like a school captain doing detention

I don’t know quite how to say this but tonight at the AFL Tribunal, Chris Judd is up on a charge. To be honest, it’s a bit like the school captain doing a detention. The club and supporters may suffer as a result of Juddy’s brainfade…time will tell…but it’d be fair to say that if there’s [Read more]

Rd15 2012 FEARLESS: The goal review system reduces human error or does it?

Interesting as we head towards finals action that the media seems well entrenched in their outlets and getting ready for a thrilling end to an interesting, tight and unpredictable season. The media firestorm associated with footy I think is actually too hot now…coverage is far too intense and results in players having to live in almost [Read more]

Rd 14 2012 FEARLESS: To Tweet or not to tweet – that is the question?

Meanwhile back to 9 games in this The Multicultural Round! Carlton hosted Hawthorn on Friday night at the G, meaning that the Hawks got to wear their best away uniform yet. Having said that, I didn’t realise that Navy and white clashed with brown and gold. The Hawks were well served by their forwards Gunston, [Read more]

Club colours – how very multicultural

Tweeting has become the new booing almost in that you know that tweeters are probably subjecting people to inane utterings. Tweeting reminds me of a great Denis Thatcher quote (and there weren’t that many!) that: it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool, rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt! Anyway it’s [Read more]

FEARLESS (Round 13) – BYE WK 3…Did channel 10 have to move Before The Game? Saturday nights will not be the same…what a stupid stupid decision!

The marketing genius of the Buddy Ball (aka BB23) is now out there in the shops and on the tv. When my wife returned home with one for our eldest boy I thought “oh great, you’ll be kicking 4.13 before you know it!” I know Buddy Franklin kicked 13.4 in Tassie recently and is a [Read more]

Fearless – Round 12: Can the Brayshaw knockers take a hike?

Glenn Archer said it best on Wednesday night’s Footy Show: people who don’t realise this need to know that without James Brayshaw, we (North Melbourne) would be on the Gold Coast. Pretty simple scenario really… At the Dallas Brooks Hall back in November 2007, I saw James Brayshaw take the podium and basically give the [Read more]

Rd 11 2012 FEARLESS – Bye week 1…the mid season draft does have appeal, your club’s list may need some work or top up players…

BYE: Adelaide, Brisbane, GWS, North Melbourne, West Coast, Western Bulldogs  (In racecalling mode…) Coming into the straight Corio Hoops is going neck and neck with the Navy Juddernaut; jockey Best Selwood cracks the whip on Corio Hoops after sliding head movements and Navy Juddernaut has fallen a neck behind. Trainers Scott Brother and Ratts Ears [Read more]