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On the scale of things I never expected to do, reviewing a premiership season sat alongside climbing Mt. Everest and having the ARIA #1 single. The first two can get stuffed, staying alive long enough to see Melbourne win a flag is my greatest achievement.Some of you were privileged to… Read more
Published: 3 hours ago
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On the afternoon of Saturday 19 September 1964, 13-year-old old Melbourne fan John Gleeson was dragged from his seat during the last quarter of the Grand Final so his dad could beat the traffic. After listening to Neil Crompton's famous premiership winning kick on the radio, Gleeson's father said "Don't… Read more
Published: 28 days ago
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That's right, you heard me. Post premiership. Melbourne. 2021. 13th flag. First without some involvement from Norm Smith since 1926. The curse has been reversed, #fistedforever is dead, and we are – comprehensively as it turns out – the best team in the world at playing Australian rules football. Even a… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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It has, more than any other time in my supporting life, been a big week in football. Would like to say I was coping well with the idea of Melbourne in a Grand Final, but that would be a big, fat, lie. I've never clammed up and gone into denial… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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Other than people complaining about the Victorian premier 23 hours a day, there's not a lot to compare 1994 and 2021. The international villains are different, you can watch old TV shows without having to buy them three videos at a time from the ABC Shop, and on average you'll… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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Monday 13 SeptemberWatched the 12 minute clip of Gawn's goals with different commentary. By the time I'd seen Garry Lyon pissing himself laughing several times I was doing it too. Still hard to believe any of it happened.Added a placeholder page for the Grand Final to Demonwiki. Surreal feeling, considering… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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There's no time for a fancy introduction. It does what it says on the tin.Bill McIntyreMFC 1920 (3 games), Footscray 1925 (13 games)World War I veteran who found himself at Melbourne for three consecutive games in 1920. Cleared to play with then-VFA side Footscray in 1920 and remained there through… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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You might have heard that there's a big game against Footscray (never Western Bulldogs) coming up on the 25th. It continues a series that began in Round 4, 1925, went through a World War, a famous-for-the-wrong-reasons Grand Final, and survived multiple attempts to kill one or both clubs off.I can't… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, there was a world where Melbourne didn't make Grand Finals. That world sucked. This one is better. If I'm trapped in a virtual reality experiment, please cue up Melbourne d. Footscray.exe for Saturday 25 September and let me live the rest… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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Well bugger me, Melbourne is in a Grand Final. As much as I intended to go all night to get the post out if that's what it took, I'm not as young as I used to be and am caving in at 04:35hrs. I 100% guaran-damn-tee* you this post will… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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This is your brain on Preliminary Final tension:Mine anyway. You're welcome to be philosophical about Friday night, I'm considering taking horse medication.You may recall an exciting finish to our Round 23 game against Geelong. At that time I suggested Victoria's frazzled morale could only be salvaged by a Grand Final… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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Several weeks ago I offered to act as the town bike if this Melbourne side was a legitimate premiership contender. Good thing nobody's legally allowed to come to my house, or there'd have been a kilometre long line on Saturday night. At this rate, nobody will be able to extract… Read more
Published: 1 month ago
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Time flies when you're having glum, but it doesn't seem like five years since we finished the home and away season at Kardinia Park. You remember, where we'd just torched our minuscule finals hopes against a rubbish team, then farewelled Paul Roos with a 111 point loss. I described it as… Read more
Published: 2 months ago
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Even after a season where we've just collected more premiership points than any other in our history, that Adelaide game will still be talked about at length for years to come. Perhaps not by sensible people, but I won't shut up about it. Losing a near-unprecedented losing streak to a… Read more
Published: 2 months ago
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Given how many years we were awful anywhere west of the MCG, we've had some important recent wins in Perth. From the McSizzle McMiracle in 2017, to the much-loved finals sealer a year later, and now achieving the top four Bradbury Plan with two rounds to spare, we've done everything… Read more
Published: 2 months ago
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It's gone a bit Dr. Seuss at Melbourne. This game went from being played at Cararra, to Marrara, then a week after playing against Jamarra, it was back to Carrara. Oh the places you'll go – in a tightly controlled travel bubble. But not, as it turned out, Metricon Stadium. In… Read more
Published: 2 months ago
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It was a great Saturday for analysing the rules of minority sports. From working out what constituted 'ippon' in judo, to a sport that's harder to adjudicate than a Supreme Court trial.You wouldn't be hearing about umpires if we'd run over the top to win. And you still won't at… Read more
Published: 3 months ago
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I've never claimed mystical powers, but there might have been some foreshadowing in the Friday night dream where a stranger turned up at my door and said mean things about us losing to Hawthorn by kicking a pitifully low score in a game where Ben Brown had zero possessions. Sure,… Read more
Published: 3 months ago
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Whatever the historical legacy of Melbourne 2021 turns out to be, you can't say they weren't full of surprises. Sometimes the terrifying 'jumping out of the shadows with a chainsaw' type, but more often than not (so far) the pleasant ones. Like recovering from a loss to an injury-hit, fringe… Read more
Published: 3 months ago
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In 1975's Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, a group of unfortunates are gathered, horrifically tortured by representatives of the elite and forced to eat shit. Which bore a lot of similarities to Salo, or the 120 Games of Salem, our ill-fated attempt at staying a game clear on top… Read more
Published: 3 months ago
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Hard to imagine being12-2, basically sealing a finals spot before the end of June, sitting a game clear on top, beating one of the league's form teams and still not being happy, but here we are. It's not that the win wasn't greatly appreciated, but expectations are through the roof… Read more
Published: 3 months ago
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Last time we played Collingwood I stole the name of a popular reality program to call the review Million Dollar Fisting. And here we are a year (on the football calendar) later, having lost a mil being forced to play interstate, then conceding four premiership points by firmly whopping the… Read more
Published: 4 months ago
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Given that entire 100 game careers start and end within nine years, it's no great revelation to say that a lot can change in that time. It's been that long so I first planned to use this headline, as we were plummeting towards an 0-11 start in 2012. There was… Read more
Published: 4 months ago
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As somebody who won't trust a three quarter time lead under 47 points, it's no surprise that our first loss in 10 weeks left me in a dark place, scouring the fixture for enough wins to guarantee eighth place. It's an undignified way to live, but after 30+ year of… Read more
Published: 4 months ago
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Given we've only had three other 11 game winning streaks in history there's not much to compare this defeat to, but could there have been a better time to lose than the week ridiculously premature articles about 'daring to believe' started? It wasn't quite David King's telling us to stop… Read more
Published: 5 months ago
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To paraphrase Belinda Carlisle, "in this world we're just beginning, to understand the miracle of winning". The difference is that she's "not af-raid, any-more", while I was terrified of blowing a 26 point three-quarter time lead in the wet against a team that has usually falls over faster than a… Read more
Published: 5 months ago
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In 1999, when The Footy Show was still essential viewing there was a classic running gag where Eddie McGuire's intro would be interrupted by an update on how many games Collingwood had lost in a row. You had to be there. Now that you know he had to be in… Read more
Published: 5 months ago
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