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Old 05-16-2011, 06:46 PM   #46
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I came up with a fake U2 world tour with wildly varied setlists when I was a teenager. They spent six months touring New Zealand, going to any town with a hall or sports ground that could possibly be a venue. That was just the first three legs of the tour (North Island, South Island, and a dedicated Kapiti Coast leg). I finally got bored around about the ninth leg, somewhere in west Africa.

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Oh geez, I still do that from time to time. Haven't done one for a few years, but it used to kill a lot of time at work back in the days where I could bludge more so than now

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Haha I did the same Cobbler, when I was about 7-9, for a few seasons, ran my own AFL in parallel with the real season. I remember the Grand Final in the first season in 93, somehow ended up being Hawthorn vs Richmond and Brett Allison won the Brownlow. I wasn't smart enough to work out a proper fixture back then, so I swear that there might have been a few instances of the same teams playing each other 4 times a season. I just threw any old matchup down on paper.

Used to play the matches with a balloon or soft Maccas footy in my room, or in the backyard concurrently with the real AFL matches on 7 or on 3LO. What my parents must have thought?
When we went on holidays over summer I'd always buy a note book (no kids not a laptopy-computer thing, an actual pen and paper) and write up a fixture then write out the scores, name all the goal kickers (I only had a running coleman medal, didn't do a brownlow) Did the same for Cricket as well. Would sit down and work out their batting and bowling averages at the end of the series.


Also did the kicking the footy around thing to Rex Hunt and 3AW. Dad often came up and asked if I wanted a kick, usually I'd refuse because I'd be in the middle of playing my own game of what was on the radio.

Best days ever.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:10 PM   #47
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Oh I totally did the playing-fake-footy thing ... mine was usually ostensibly rugby (sometimes AFL), though the rules were, well, questionable and owed a lot to both, plus soccer. Did you guys end up favouring some of your imaginary teams and hating others? Because 10 year old me was SO biased and always made sure certain ones won or lost.

Oh, and when I was still in New Zealand, aged around 7 or so, I came up with trampoline rugby. It was the most awesome thing ever.
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Cats legend Bob Davis dies | Herald Sun

What a legend he was.

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Very sad news. I'm so glad that we got two flags before he passed away.

Awesome stories re: childhood nerdiness, peeps.
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Sad news, a shame.

Oh yes, now I remember, when I was 10 I did the whole football fixture and how the games pan out and everything. Except I only did the games involving Adelaide and always wrote down the goalscorers and how many behinds they may or may not have had. It was a lot of fun. I had Scott Welsh kicking at least 5 a game (remember him? Used to be my favourite player back then, but he wasn't really even that good ).

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I'm just glad I'm not the only person who played sport against themselves.
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Thanks for giving me a snapshot of next year for me.
Oh enjoy 11 make sure you do i miss that year
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I spent more of year 12 on here than off.

Somehow topped four of my subjects despite that, so there's hope for all school-age Blue Crackheads yet.
hmm only a legend could do that haha yes lets hope so!
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Scott Welsh was an absolute spud

Same as Can't KicksleyKent Kingsley
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Some great stories here.. And I completely understand the preference to play by yourself! I made a concerted effort to have my team as mid-ladder, because it would be way too bias (like it was of any consequence anyway!)

I got tired with my own AFL league after two seasons and later recreated a VFA league; can't remember if it lasted a whole season though. I don't think it did.

I also did a weekly top 20 around the age of 10-11, was obsessed with charts and countdowns back then. Lasted about two or three years I think, and had end of year countdowns that were based on a points system, and potential hits. Was pretty awesome actually.
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I made a concerted effort to have my team as mid-ladder, because it would be way too bias (like it was of any consequence anyway!)
Hahahahahahaha me too man! For some ridiculous fucking reason I felt guilty if Geelong were too good hahaha
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Scott Welsh was an absolute spud

Same as Can't KicksleyKent Kingsley
I wouldn't really go that far. He lead our goalkicking numerous years (I know, bare cupboard etc etc) and bagged many bags during that time. But he effortlessly went missing during all those big games. What are they called again, flat track bullies? Yeah?

Oh god, if only we had a STRONG1!11!!!1! forward line in '05/'06. Now the memories of Ken McGregor (is a journalist for The Advertiser I'm sure) and Ian Perrie (terrific mark but godawful kick) come on back. Memories indeed.
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True to life, collingwood made plenty of grand finals, but didn't win many
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Very sad to hear of Bobby Davis' passing.

On World of Sport once:

Lou: Bobby you were celibate for 12 years!
Bob: Yes but then I turned 13!
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Tips because I'm studying late for the next two days:

Carlton vs Geelong
St. Kilda vs Melbourne
Port vs Freo
Brisbane vs North
Richmond vs Essendon
Collingwood vs Adelaide
Sydney vs Hawthorn
West Coast vs Dogs




... Why the fuck do I keep tipping the Saints?
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