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realbez
Mar 23, 2005



Fun Shoe

Solemn Sloth posted:

If anything itíll be worse with Whateley there

Shmoses posted:

This will only get worse with Gerard there

:sigh:

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MysticalMachineGun
Apr 5, 2005



I really, really don't get horse racing. Is it like the appeal of the Sydney to Hobart? People who think it's the sport of kings are temporarily embarrassed millionaires or just have gambling problems?

Periphery
Jul 27, 2003
...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPFWL1QFLdQ

Not sure the rivalry is as big as they make it out to be, but I always enjoy seeing Americans talk about footy.

Robodog
Oct 22, 2004

...how does that work?


Periphery posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPFWL1QFLdQ

Not sure the rivalry is as big as they make it out to be, but I always enjoy seeing Americans talk about footy.

So this is only a thing because Cox is still playing for Collingwood, good to know.

But loving hell, that Texan/kinda halfway Aussie accent is something else.

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

Let's get a little crazy. Let's have some fun.

Considering some of the other rivalries Vice Sports has covered (the Belgrade one :stare:) the Blues-Pies one is pretty tame in comparison. I always laugh at the "they don't wear pads?! or helmets?!" thing because neither do we have 150kg linebackers deliberately running into each other at 100m dash pace several times per game.

Solemn Sloth
Jul 11, 2015

Baby you can shout at me,
But you can't need my eyes.

Any word yet on which Melbourne player is a scumbag rapist or do I just have to hate the whole team (moreso than usual)?

BrigadierSensible
Feb 16, 2012

I've got a pocket full of cheese🧀, and a garden full of trees🌴.



MysticalMachineGun posted:

I really, really don't get horse racing. Is it like the appeal of the Sydney to Hobart? People who think it's the sport of kings are temporarily embarrassed millionaires or just have gambling problems?

Yes, and yes.

It's a "sport", so one can gamble on it without it being totally luck, (like roulette or blackjack), there is the promise of wealth, (both through betting and by being an owner), the veneer of glamour, (look at all the pretty ladies in their pretty dresses at cup time), but at the same time is a pastime of the 'common man', (look at the bogans in their cheap suits at cup time).

Also, nowadays, there is always a race going on somewhere in the world that one can bet on, and pre pokies, the TAB was the place that gambling addicts went. When I worked at the casino, as well as the sad sad people on teh pokies, the big screen was continually showing horse racing, and there was always at least one person watching/betting on it.

SEN's obsession with it? I'd put that down to the fact that there is only so much footy news that one can talk about, even during the season. And in the off season the same goes for cricket etc. They can do what they can with A-League news and/or rugby news and the like, but no-one cares. And as said above, there is always a race on, so the horses are a good bit of "Sports Entertainment News" to fill the spare hours during the non footy times. But this is all my half-arsed opinion, and it could be as simple as the VRC pays them well for the advertising time.

Solemn Sloth
Jul 11, 2015

Baby you can shout at me,
But you can't need my eyes.

I always thought at least part of the reason for its popularity is that you can blame poo poo on the horse and know they wonít squeal when the cops come at you for race fixing.

ewe2
Jul 1, 2009

TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP

put clinton in prison imo




Saints haven't lost a game yet woohoo :woop:

Schlesische
Jul 4, 2012



I haven't seen a Jaeger O'meara injury report yet either.

monolithburger
Sep 7, 2011


Toby Greene hasn't tried to injure anyone. (that we know of)

Testekill
Nov 1, 2012

I demand to be taken seriously

:aronrex:



monolithburger posted:

Toby Greene hasn't tried to injure anyone. (that we know of)

Haven't gotten the whole fallout from New Years yet

Solemn Sloth
Jul 11, 2015

Baby you can shout at me,
But you can't need my eyes.

monolithburger posted:

Toby Greene hasn't tried to injure anyone. (that we know of)

Heís just learnt not to leave any witnesses breathing

drunkill
Sep 25, 2007

me @ ur posting


Fallen Rib

1 month until AFLW begins.

:getin:

drunkill
Sep 25, 2007

me @ ur posting


Fallen Rib

also it is 2018.

Who is doing the new thread?

Solemn Sloth
Jul 11, 2015

Baby you can shout at me,
But you can't need my eyes.

I could do one pointing out all the ways in which existence generally and football specifically is the worst

Chapter 1) 0.5 per cent

The Deadly Hume
May 26, 2004

Let's get a little crazy. Let's have some fun.

I'm busy what with work and moving house and that. Could we get some confused American to do the OP again?

cmndstab
May 20, 2006

Huge Internet Celebrity!

The Deadly Hume posted:

I'm busy what with work and moving house and that. Could we get some confused American to do the OP again?

Oh man, I forgot about him :3: What was his name again? He was great.

Sorry if you still post here and I just forgot, awesome confused American guy!


Edit: Oh that's right, he ended up supporting Gold Coast, didn't he? Awkward :(

Solemn Sloth
Jul 11, 2015

Baby you can shout at me,
But you can't need my eyes.

The Deadly Hume posted:

I'm busy what with work and moving house and that. Could we get some confused American to do the OP again?

Iím finishing painting our new place today in the 40 degree heat :negative:

Boonys Cut Shot
Nov 5, 2004

Elite athlete


Iím at work watching cricket in the air-conditioning :cool:

hiddenmovement
Sep 29, 2011

"Most mornings I'll apologise in advance to my wife."

OysterToadFish. Came in and decided to support the Saints in 2009 iirc. Yeah he was delightful.

drunkill
Sep 25, 2007

me @ ur posting


Fallen Rib



And this: http://footyindustry.com/files/html/AFL_Club_Memberships_Revenue_1992_2017.html

drunkill fucked around with this message at 04:19 on Jan 6, 2018

You Am I
May 20, 2001

Me @ your poasting



Shmoses posted:

Iím at work watching cricket in the air-conditioning :cool:

I'm at home watching the cricket in air-conditioning :c00l:

Schlesische
Jul 4, 2012




I like how you can tell when the Hawthorn/Melbourne merger would've happened based on Hawthorn's member base doubling and Melbourne's slight growth.

Also the numbers of "non-access members" Essendon and Collingwood have.
I understand West Coast's numbers - there's no point buying an access membership if you're going on a waiting list anyway - but what's going on with those two?

thepokey
Jul 20, 2004

Let me start off with a basket of chips. Then move on to the pollo asado taco.

cmndstab posted:

Oh man, I forgot about him :3: What was his name again? He was great.

Sorry if you still post here and I just forgot, awesome confused American guy!


Edit: Oh that's right, he ended up supporting Gold Coast, didn't he? Awkward :(

Oh man I forgot we got an American to do the OP ... was it OysterToadFish? Volkerball still pops in and out who was the Gold Coast fan ... poor dude.

Who was it that came up with Main/Side Eggs though? That wasn't either of them from memory...

hiddenmovement
Sep 29, 2011

"Most mornings I'll apologise in advance to my wife."

Volker is the suns fan

Lmao I remember we collectively talked him into that.

'Oh yeah they have the best player in the comp and a pile of great draft picks, they will win every flag from 2015 onwards. Maybe GWS will snatch 1 or 2 but seriously Israel Folau and Tom Scully :rolleyes:'

cmndstab
May 20, 2006

Huge Internet Celebrity!

That's right, Volker and otf are different people, my bad!

I tried to talk Volkerball into being a Crows fan, but he'd already committed to GC apparently. Not that we have any more flags than Gold Coast since Volker started but I think we've been a bit more fun to watch...

Schlesische
Jul 4, 2012



cmndstab posted:

That's right, Volker and otf are different people, my bad!

I tried to talk Volkerball into being a Crows fan, but he'd already committed to GC apparently. Not that we have any more flags than Gold Coast since Volker started but I think we've been a bit more fun to watch...

At the time it was perceived to be injuries and bad luck that had kept the Suns from being successful, when it was actually the presence of two diametrically opposed mega-cancers and one of the most dysfunctional offices since... oh hey Brisbane, didn't see you there.

Volkerball
Oct 15, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


It was my idea to support the suns because I wanted to pick a new team, and GWS didn't have Ablett. It worked out real well for me. Oh well, it's been fun in its own way. I was inspired to pick up a cocaine habit by following the suns, and that's been really good.

Looking up the timeline, I would've picked up the Suns at the end of 2013. So Jaeger O'Meara was the rising star and Jack Martin was coming in the next season and was probably going to be the rising star then. Loaded young team with the best player in the game as their captain. :sigh: Ablett's 2014 ruled at least. Nothing else really panned out except Lynch. Oh well, I already forced myself to hate GWS so there's no going back now. In for a penny, in for a pound.

Volkerball fucked around with this message at 14:59 on Jan 6, 2018

Diet Crack
Jan 15, 2001



It always amazes me that the entire salary payout for every single player is only 4x as much as Jon Gruden getting signed for $100mil x 10 years as an NFL coach.

Testekill
Nov 1, 2012

I demand to be taken seriously

:aronrex:



Volkerball posted:

It was my idea to support the suns because I wanted to pick a new team, and GWS didn't have Ablett. It worked out real well for me. Oh well, it's been fun in its own way. I was inspired to pick up a cocaine habit by following the suns, and that's been really good.

Looking up the timeline, I would've picked up the Suns at the end of 2013. So Jaeger O'Meara was the rising star and Jack Martin was coming in the next season and was probably going to be the rising star then. Loaded young team with the best player in the game as their captain. :sigh: Ablett's 2014 ruled at least. Nothing else really panned out except Lynch. Oh well, I already forced myself to hate GWS so there's no going back now. In for a penny, in for a pound.


GWS has Toby Greene so it's pretty easy to hate them and their team is full of faux-tough guys that crumble under pressure.


Just like Adelaide with their staredown poo poo during the national anthem

Schlesische
Jul 4, 2012



Volkerball posted:

It was my idea to support the suns because I wanted to pick a new team, and GWS didn't have Ablett. It worked out real well for me. Oh well, it's been fun in its own way. I was inspired to pick up a cocaine habit by following the suns, and that's been really good.

Looking up the timeline, I would've picked up the Suns at the end of 2013. So Jaeger O'Meara was the rising star and Jack Martin was coming in the next season and was probably going to be the rising star then. Loaded young team with the best player in the game as their captain. :sigh: Ablett's 2014 ruled at least. Nothing else really panned out except Lynch. Oh well, I already forced myself to hate GWS so there's no going back now. In for a penny, in for a pound.

*brings up Muybs SAS posting history*
Makes sense.

harperdc
Jul 24, 2007



The other thing is otf is the American who got into cricket and Iím the American that couldnít give a poo poo.

I could write up a beginnerís/foreignerís guide if youíd like, but I think Iíve digested too much to be as confusing and funny as some would want.

Testro
May 2, 2009


Yeah, I think I am the only UK poster here(?) and my efforts back in 2003/4 when I started following would be far more amusing than now.

(Not least because I used to have to wait until my mate posted me video tapes of the games. The horror when they accidentally ended up coming by surface mail instead of air..!)

snaeksikn
Feb 28, 2010

:qq::qq::qq::qq::qq::qq::qq:

snaeksikn posted:

Who's doing the new thread? I am happy to do it, not sure what sort of time frame would be best

literally posted this a week ago. taking ideas for thread titles.

thepokey
Jul 20, 2004

Let me start off with a basket of chips. Then move on to the pollo asado taco.

AFLX 2018 - Step aside Big Bash, footy is about to get XTREME!

thepokey fucked around with this message at 15:56 on Jan 7, 2018

mactheknife
Jul 20, 2004

THE JOLLY CANDY-LIKE BUTTON


I'm another American, though I pretty much never post because of time zones and Fox moving AFL from a network very few people get to a network no one gets. Between that and not finding anywhere download matches, I missed this entire last season. How's the official streaming service, worth the money?

Oh, and I'm a Collingwood fan. Picked them since I grew up off of Collingwood Drive as a kid, seemed as good a reason as any.

Testro
May 2, 2009


Official streaming service is excellent, and well worth the money. The only negative is that you can't download the match to watch offline (only stream), which means I can't watch it on my boring commute - but otherwise, yes, top tier. I'm super happy with it.

Brown Paper Bag
Nov 3, 2012



https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/vi...254783123e1feaa

If we needed any further evidence of Bomber going off the rails

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Solemn Sloth
Jul 11, 2015

Baby you can shout at me,
But you can't need my eyes.

ďI donít like the game anymore, I donít want to work in the AFL system, I donít want to associate with people. Iím sorry, but thatís the way it is.Ē

He said, while collecting a paycheque from fox footy to talk about football.

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