Friday, 21 June 2013

13- ...And You Thought Last Week Was Bad

Brace yourselves for more "ho-hum" games, as Robbo described this week on SEN radio in Melbourne.

But you know what...? Stuff Robbo and his over inflated sense of self importance.
Not every week can, or should be, a blockbuster match-up.
Not every week can the public stomach another cliche-addled Essendon v Collingwood v Carlton v Richmond v Showdown v DerbyDarby series of matches.

Variety is what life is all about. We should be involving ourselves in all the football that we are presented with. Involving and inclusive of all the clubs that are embraced by the AFL. For without them, we have a homogenized game.

Already, it has become somewhat homogenized. No longer do we have the characters and personalities in the game, the variety that was travelling to different grounds.
Image a footballing landscape with only a few teams.

No, we prefer the Ghandi approach* to life:
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stifled. I want all the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.
But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.
Mohandas K. Gandhi
* Possibly the first and last time we use a non-football related 'dial-a-quote' to emphasize a point.

On a completely side issue, we sat through the Australia v Iraq football game on Tuesday night, watching the SBS replay on delay, without reading twitter but posting comments about it using a twitter 'compose' widget on the Android phone.
Pretty happy to have received this comment from Fantasy football guru @m0nty:

At least last week we thought there was a best match-up of Richmond v Adelaide as a 2 goal margin. This week... sheesh!

Closest game of the round tipped is just under a 4 goal win to Fremantle over North Melbourne. And that is assuming the North we know from last year play, and not the Nervous North of 2013.

Last week we tipped and average margin of 37 points and the league games delivered a 40 point average margin. This week we calculate our average margins to be 35 points per game.

Interestingly, we expect no blowouts this week, as we expected last week.

A very interesting index this week.

We tip the Saints this week over the Demons, despite Melbourne having a better run of form over the last 5 weeks. Could be the upset of the week.
Similarly with Hawthorn and the Eagles, but to a lesser extent. Not likely to go against the tip.
Most other match-ups appear about even on recent exposed form so we suggest following the longer trend and retain the tips as above.

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