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Superbowl LII Preview

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Another Superbowl, and like a bad rash, those Patriots just won’t go away. OK, that was a little cruel, but I think many people are waiting for this dynasty to end, and even predicting its downfall, yet time and again the Pats find ways to win, especially when it really matters. And that’s what goodgreat teams do. Having attended last year’s Superbowl, I was awestruck witnessing the most amazing comeback ever. Games like this affect…

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AFL Grand Final vs Yom Kippur

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In The Orthodox Jewish Guide to Following Australian Rules Football, David reflects on the history of Orthodox Jews’ efforts to follow the local sport that is played on Saturday/Sabbath. With the finals coinciding with the High Holydays in September each year, and this year the grand final taking place on Yom Kippur itself, the intensity is raised a notch or two. [Times of Israel and J-Wire] The follow-up article One Day, Two Grand Finals compares the…

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Superbowl LI Preview

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I know deep in my heart and in my mind that the Falcons can win. They have the offensive weapons to keep up in a shoot-out – watch out for some deep magic from Sanu since Julio Jones will certainly get a lot of attention from the Patriots secondary. More importantly, they have the running game and offensive line to keep hold of the ball for as long as possible, thus keeping the Patriots offence…

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Record-breaking Peter Mac Cup Breakfast

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A new record was set when the stars of Collingwood and Carlton football clubs came together on Wednesday 5 August to help Peter Mac defeat cancer at the Peter Mac Cup Breakfast. Together with more than 380 guests, the Pies and the Blues raised more than $167K for life-saving cancer research at the business breakfast, achieving the best result in the event’s 13 year history. David Werdiger is a member of the volunteer organising committee.

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Much a-tank about nothing

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The annual news cycle for the The Age AFL news probably looks something like this: Period Story Pre-season big player moves, who will and won’t do well this year Round 2-4 who might actually do well this year Round 5-9 coach sacking speculation Round 10-14 coach replacement & re-signing speculation Round 15-16 Caroline Wilson concocts a story about nothing Round 17-18 annual tanking controversy Round 19-22 focus on finals And so, again, we find ourselves…

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To refer, or not to refer

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The test series about to begin between South Africa and Australia looms as being significant not just because the winner will end up as the world number one ranked cricket team. The introduction of the new referral system (also here) promises to add further intrigue to an already absorbing contest. Over the recent home series, the Australians struggled to come to terms with tactics for the batting power play that was used in the one-day…

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Superbowl XLIII Preview

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For the last few years, there has been a two week break between the Championship games and the Superbowl. There might be a few reasons for this: to give players time to recover from injury, to allow for more preparation, or for still more interviews and media hype. I actually preferred the previous schedule, where Superbowl weekend and Australia Day weekend coincided, because here, the Superbowl is played on Monday at 10:30am. This year, I’ve…

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Tiger Ben

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The Ben Cousins story has done for sports columns what Princess Diana’s death did for trashy women’s magazines. The only difference is that the Cousins saga doesn’t have the same degree of finality to it. Let’s hope they have plenty of positive things to write about him, as he begins his career as a Richmond Tiger. It’s been great to see the energy that this has brought to the Tiger fans. As usual, the e-mails…

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Free Richo

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It should go down as ‘AFL coaching move of the year’. Richmond coach Terry Wallace‘s decision to shift Matthew Richardson away from his traditional role at full forward earlier this season was a stroke of brilliance, on so many fronts. During his time at full forward, Richo kicked goals at a rate of nearly 3 per game, and with an accuracy ratio over his career of nearly 60%, statistics which put him at the top…

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