Thursday, 25 May 2017

10. NEW AND OLD... MEDIA

Blogging for fun and ZERO profit is always fun (he says through gritted teeth).

Last week in some cheap FMI content surfacing, this blog linked you to Josh Pinn's article on where footy media content is letting us down.

This week - here is some more content surfacing. This time from a debut footy blogger, whose words are cutting, acerbic and visceral.
Get amongst it, in three blog posts of fire (for now at least), from a person who works in PR. Perspective from inside the media camp. Go and read
Happy With The Four Points.

Far too many highlights to mention, but here is two that will prime you for the rush.

In the brief, fleeting moments when “The Sounding Board” podcast threatened to be interesting, before it disappeared up its own ass, Craig Hutchison, in a strangely honest moment, laid the game out. There’s no money in news. The masquerade that journalism exists? Forget it, it’s gone. Hutchison spelled the game out – opinion is where the money is.
Barrett and Lyon have seen better days, but they have one competitive advantage – they are first. Not first with news, or anything that matters, or anything worth listening to. Just first. The earliest of the parade of agenda shapers. Their only rival, Mark Robinsons “The Tackle” is hidden behind a paywall, and by the time it gets into print, well, no one reads newspapers anyway.

Certainly on my 'must read' list.


The Wash-up

An 'against the trend' seven from the 8 games played this week. Good to see. Only Essendon upsetting the apple cart, but this was always a possibility because the Eagles are just... well there is something about Melbourne.

PREDICTED RESULTACTUAL RESULTRATINGS ADJUSTMENTS
Geelongby14pts61Geelongby23Geelong+3W Bulldogs/FFC-7
Sydney/SMFCby4pts47Sydney/SMFCby50St Kilda-18Sydney/SMFC+15
GWSby48pts83GWSby3GWS-22Richmond+13
Adelaideby65pts10Adelaideby80Brisbane Lions-6Adelaide+5
Collingwoodby5pts53Collingwoodby18Collingwood+7Hawthorn-22
West Coastby33pts25Essendonby61Essendon+39West Coast-28
North Melbourneby7pts44North Melbourneby14Melbourne-3North Melbourne+2
Fremantleby20pts65Fremantleby35Fremantle+15Carlton-6

And speaking of Melbourne, there was 4 points let go. And GWS got out of jail against Richmond. Should have won by 8 goals, almost lost by 9 points.


To the table and there were a few changes of note, most important would be the continued rise of Essendon, now 16th.

RANKINGSPre:R 10
TEAMPTSΔPTSΔRK
1Adelaide13745
2GWS1336-22
3Port Adelaide12710
4Geelong12514+1
5West Coast1241-27-1
6W Bulldogs/FFC1234-7
7Sydney/SMFC123016
8North Melbourne10952
9Collingwood10837
10St Kilda1039-17
11Richmond103514+2
12Melbourne1024-3
13Hawthorn1014-22-2
14Fremantle92715
15Gold Coast8770
16Essendon87440+1
17Carlton840-6-1
18Brisbane Lions629-6


Richmond again climb after a loss, purely because they should have lost by a whole mess more. And Hawthorn continue to tumble.
West Coast also drift a place... and rightfully so.

The Round Ahead

Thursday night footy maybe good for most, but... yeah nah.


HOMEAWAYVENUEPREDICTED RESULT
R 10
Geelong-34v18Port AdelaideKardGeelongby11pts58
Sydney/SMFC-17v-57HawthornSCGSydney/SMFCby36pts76
W Bulldogs/FFC-7v21St KildaDockW Bulldogs/FFCby21pts66
Melbourne16v13Gold CoastTraeMelbourneby16pts62
Richmond2v26EssendonMCGRichmondby17pts63
Adelaide-17v21FremantleAdelAdelaideby60pts88
Collingwood11v-1Brisbane LionsMCGCollingwoodby61pts89
Carlton22v-3North MelbourneDockNorth Melbourneby27pts30
West Coast-15v-30GWSSubiWest Coastby3pts52

Cases for the negative via the form lines:
  • Port, if they can be not like West Coast and scared of Victorian things, could get a sneaky road win.
  • Saints playing nominally away at their shared home ground... if that matters also have better form than the Dogs.
  • Essendon, maybe, if they can get some consistency for 3 in a row. Big if.
  • Adelaide surely should right their ship at home, even though Fremantle are huge improvers in the last few weeks. But you never know.

Which is what is good about this year... you never know.