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]

Fearless, Round 9: Melbourne has copped enough! Focus elsewhere please…seriously it’s like shooting fish in a barrel

Having set a dubious precedent (players with sleeve tatts don’t squib, do they?), Josh Hunt and his Cats took on the Dogs in the Little River Hoon Cup. Weather jibes aside, a reasonably tight game saw Stevie J put on a clinic to assist the Cats get home by 20pts. The Cats’ cream rose but [Read more]

I didn’t know ducks had a team in the AFL…

FEARLESS (6) – Didn’t know ducks had a team in the AFL… Collingwood was staring down the barrel of defeat against a spirited Bulldogs outfit as the round got underway on Friday Night at Etihad. The Dogs had got off to a flyer before the Pies had pegged them back. Ryan Griffen had the ball [Read more]

Lest we forget ANZAC Day – timeless lessons for all

Collingwood v Essendon – surprise – kicked off the round on Wednesday as The Last Post gave way to a 90,000+ roar. Anyone who doubts the rationale of the AFL – $$$ maximisation – will continue to question why these two teams get the gig. The rest sit back, watch and enjoy or dismiss. This [Read more]

Rd 4 2012 FEARLESS – Bad injuries weekend. A couple of broken legs etc…

Ross Lyon returned to Etihad Stadium as the Fremantle coach on Friday night against the Saints. The boos were there from the St.Kilda faithful but Ross remained calm enough to plot a purple victory. Stephen Hill played his first blinder in Melbourne after promising for a while. A tight contest all night saw the Dockers [Read more]

The Blues might be the real deal

  Rd 3 2012 FEARLESS – The Blues might be the real deal..February woes -what?  by Paul Thomson Carlton inflicted Friday 13th woes on Collingwood from the start until the end, in a game that was supposed to confirm whether the Blues were the real deal. A 1o goal win saw Eddie Betts led the [Read more]

All hail the Ross scallop pie, especially en route to the footy in Hobart

FEARLESS – Could it get any worse for the Demons? We hope not…   Carlton headed north to the Gabba confident that the preseason woes were behind them. As if to emphasise this, Eddie Betts took two screamers, both requiring Air Traffic Control’s permission to land. After an even first half, the Murphy-led Blues exercised [Read more]