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Old 04-01-2017, 12:23 AM   #981
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Waiting for text from my rabid Hawthorn-supporting mate saying that the Hawks are this year's Freo.
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Old 04-01-2017, 12:30 AM   #982
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Sure Vlad.

Don't tell me Hawthorn are going to choke up another game?
Puopolo gets tackled in front of goal, has it for a long time, yet called in the back? Bloody hell, Ax, even the bloody commentators said it was the worst umpiring decision they'd ever seen!

Free kick count 21-11 and the AFL dared to let Nicholls umpire this game.

Thank god we were too good in the second half.
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To be fair to Vlad, the umpire would have had to have been on acid to give that free kick away.
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Old 04-01-2017, 12:46 AM   #984
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I mean this in the most sincere way possible, without any hyperbole, it was a diabolical free kick.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:05 AM   #986
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It's an appalling call. I just don't know why you always assume conspiracy rather than mistake.
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"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:09 AM   #987
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Because lopsided and poor umpiring in close Hawthorn home games are the norm rather than the exception.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:10 AM   #988
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Nope, I'm with Ax there. Not sure if it's a pisstake or not but you're too smart to think there's conspiracy or favourable umpiring afoot.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:20 AM   #989
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I don't think there's necessarily a conspiracy, but favourable - unconscious biases? Sure. If there's a better way to explain these trends I'm all ears.
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I call bullshit on that. You never hear from these people when the free kick count is stable or goes the other way.

I think they all balance out in the end.

The Puopolo decision was atrocious, and 21-11 is slanted, but there'll be games this year where it's 10 in favour of the Crows.

It's the reason why I never found the "free kick Hawthorn" meme remotely funny. It wasn't funny when it became free kick Sydney and it isn't funny now it's become free kick Bulldogs.

I think we can all (well not Ali) agree that watching Hawthorn lose is superb though.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:37 AM   #991
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I too am annoyed whenever we do get a good ride at home, for what it's worth. I'd just like better consistency and perhaps less 'blurry' rules.
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There's something to be said for having neutral umpires as in international sport, but I don't know how that would be workable. I couldn't tell you the origin or favoured team of any umpire.

In any case, unconscious biases cancel out in the end, as Cobbler says - there are enough on-field, boundary, and goal umpires that to suggest the entire umpiring squad is in cahoots is ludicrous. If there ever were a conspiracy to favour a side, it would get exposed pretty damn quickly. In any case, cheating and throwing results in sport in general seems to be perpetrated predominantly by players (think of how many cricket cheats you can name who are players versus umpires).

PS On this topic, the controversial deliberate rushed behind in the Sydney vs Doggies game? If you're going to be strict on deliberates, that one is a free any day of the week. The outrage over that is a joke.
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I don't think there should even be neutral umpires in cricket. It's dumb. And would be even dumber in footy. I honestly don't think it's an issue.

Essendon, goddamn.
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Old 04-01-2017, 06:19 AM   #994
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Wow, never ever expected to be 2-0 to start the season - though that surprise is more still from last week than this week. Brisbane came back unbelievably well, and ought not to be as shit this season as they were last week. But god I'm so happy about that win, and we've some great young talent. That McGrath boy, he's good. And for Brissie, how good does Hipwood look!

And why on earth shouldn't there be neutral umpires in cricket? I'd be outraged if we ended the neutral referee policy in rugby (and frankly I sometimes have my doubts about Aussies refereeing New Zealand games ).
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This feels more familiar...
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:44 AM   #996
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Hayden Kennedy defends the Puopolo decision. What a shambles.
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This feels more familiar...
Brisbane looked a fair degree better than last year. Should get a few more wins under their belt.
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I hope so. Last year was the great young hope, and that fizzled and died
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Paging Vlad: Footy Forensics Statistics what explains free kick counts 2017 AFL season
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Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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A nicely done article - although I've become more interested in baffling interpretations of rules in recent times, perhaps everything is made to be unnecessarily complicated.
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