Buddy’s greatest crime

At the time of writing, it looks very much like Lance “Buddy” Franklin is going to accept a 9-year, $10million offer to play for the Sydney Swans.

This has, predictably, caused an outrage to seep through 17 other AFL clubs and their fans. We could have accepted Buddy leaving for Greater Western Sydney. That would have been OK since he would have toiled for a few unsuccessful years before having a chance at more success. Instead, he’s gone to the Swans and given them a new lease on life and a ridiculous level of talent on the books, marking them as consistent genuine contenders for the next half decade.

Buddy in Swans Jumper

Buddy’s outfit change in the final minutes of the 2012 GF should’ve been a giveaway.

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Bye Bye Buddy? The ongoing Hawthorn, GWS and Lance Franklin love triangle

It is becoming an annual occurrence in the AFL – the “will he or won’t he stay?” saga that surrounds at least one high profile player. Throughout 2010 it was Gary Ablett, in 2011 Tom Scully was put under the spotlight and throughout 2012 Travis Cloke and Kurt Tippett kept everyone wondering. This year one of the most electric and exciting players ever to grace our game is now in the same predicament. We’re going to break it down simply from both a player and club perspective.

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AFL players are not impressive athletes

There’s been a lot of love for AFL on MoTD recently, because the AFL season is upon us again. I don’t mind AFL. A good quality game is fun to watch, and I genuinely enjoy kicking the footy with mates.

However, I lack the ‘obsession’ gene that most Melburnians are born with. I lack that pathological fixation on all things AFL. I don’t live the months of March-through-October one weekend at a time. And when my team lose, I don’t take it personally (which is a good thing, since I support Richmond!)

Growing up, my preference for basketball over footy was met with pity, confusion or occasionally contempt. How could I pick a Yankee non-contact game for sissy beanpoles over the roughest, toughest, fastest and most exciting game on earth?

Say NBA to an Aussie, chances are good this is the mental image they come up with.

Well it’s time to burst some bubbles folks, so strap yourselves in… this could be a long one.

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AFL SEASON 2012 PREVIEW – Part 4

The final instalment of our AFL Season Preview is here! The Top 4 are finally unveiled as well as a few other predictions for the upcoming season. Thanks to all for reading, we hope you enjoyed our crystal ball findings and the very best of luck to your team for 2012!!

And a reminder to sign up to Mike or The Don’s AFL tipping competition – all details can be found on our Facebook page.

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Proof of Evolution

How humans got here is a touchy subject. People tend to subscribe either to Evolutionary Theory or Creationism.

In one corner you have people who blindly and dogmatically believe what they’re told because of some old man with a white beard supposedly wrote it in a special book many many years ago.

And in the other corner you have religious people.

Bazinga

But seriously… Adam, Eve, Gorillas, Hobbits, Aliens… whatever… Somehow we all managed to get here. We’re not going to judge anyone on what they believe.

But I think it’s worth highlighting the single most compelling evidence that evolution is real: The National Basketball Association.
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