Go away, Gary Ablett!

Two days ago we saw one of the most incredible games in World Cup history, with Germany annihilating Brazil 7-1 in the Semi Final.

The game and its implications will reverberate for years to come. People will remember where they were when the Brazilians were humbled. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a German team with cliche-levels of efficiency completely dismantled the home nation on one of the biggest stages possible.

Cheer up kid. Maybe you’ve got some German *ahem* ancestry…

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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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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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As the first bounce of the new AFL season draws nearer, we cast our eye over each team’s crystal ball to bring you our definitive season preview for all 18 teams over 4 packed editions!

In Part 1, we start in the doldrums with our predictions for the teams that will occupy the bottom 5 spots on the ladder. Sadly for these teams, we here at Mike or The Don think their chances for the flag are about as good as Brendan Fevola playing in the AFL ever again.

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