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The Sports Desk / Wimbeldon 2021
So nice to see Tomljanovic call out the cheating injuries, if only a few more players would do this!

Ajla Tomljanovic took exception to Jelena Ostapenko taking a suspicious medical timeout, venting to the umpire. "'You know she's lying"

The crowd knows it, the viewers know it, the fans know it, the players know it, the officials know it, the commentators know it, and nobody does a damn thing about this abhorrent tennis player behaviour!

What the feck is wrong with Euro sport, did anyone see that dive the player took at the soccer last week, he hit the deck like he'd broken a leg, was glancing around to see if anybody noticed and then when they didn't react he got up and sprinted away! What a piece of crap player and crap human he must be!
Ladies Lounge / AFLW 2022
Have we heard anything official yet about dates for the next AFLW season?

I've heard some scuttlebutt it may be delayed to the 2nd half of 2022, that could play in our favour with a player like Mimi Hill.
The Sports Desk / Venus hands out media smackdown
When asked how she deals with media scrutiny, in light of the Naomi Osaka withdrawing form the French Open, this is how Venus Williams responded;

“For me personally how I deal with it was that I know every single person asking me a question can’t play as well as I can and never will,” she said.

“So no matter what you say or what you write, you’ll never light a candle to me.

“That’s how I deal with it. But each person deals with it differently.”

I hope our club and and all AFL players take note when being hounded by AFL Media like Flubbo, Caro, Barrett, Stevens, Nhial and / or various Social Media vloggers / bloggers!
Blah-Blah Bar / Did China sink an Indonesia Sub?
Well, I've heard some rumors, but this one seems to be right up there in QAnon class.

The claim is that Indonesian sub was sank by China to draw regional surveillance craft away from regular duties.

Apparently China wants to move some of it's own subs into close proximity to eavesdrop on us or some neighbours, and have done so by drawing craft capable of detecting them away as part of the search. Surely not!
Ladies Lounge / AFLW - Relationships
I notice the AFLW media covering the number of relationships that seem to exist in AFLW circles.

If it hasn't already stitched up clubs, for example us with Bri Davey leaving, it's only a matter of time before it bites some club. I'm very surprised it's allowed, within a team it's basically a workplace relationship, and when they go bad they often burn down the house!

It also comes across a tad unprofessional.
Blah-Blah Bar / Tolerance vs Exhibitionism
I've going to post this here, because while visiting hardware at the weekend I saw some Easter frivolity that just seemed misplaced. I hope I'm fairly tolerant and tend not to bother people much regarding sexuality and identity as long as it's not inappropriate.

But at the weekend I felt I saw children exposed to something that was deeply inappropriate, a Trans Easter Bunny!

I doubt this was official, it looked to be more of a spur of the moment, publicity or political stunt. A +6ft Trans Easter Bunny roaming around a hardware store property dressed more like a Rocky Horror Show hybrid. Now, in the evening in the CBD, around say the Comedy Festival, perhaps even through licensed food halls where children do not gather, it seems light-hearted in the appropriate environment, a bent version of a flower seller perhaps. But a +6ft Trans Easter Bunny giving kids eggs at a hardware store just seems to pail too far. The look on some of the little kids getting eggs was at a minimum bemusement, that's a nice way to put it, I saw some parents march kids off in the other direction. I had to empathise with those parents, because it didn't feel appropriate at all, it felt like political provocation if not a subtle form of conditioning/grooming. But who or what is being groomed, the kids or the public's tolerance?

It's highly unlikely there was any law being broken, I doubt any of the little kids reflected or determined on any identity despite appearing unsure, and I wonder if that in itself is a worry!

PS; I didn't quite describe this correctly, there was a Giant Easter Bunny, man/woman in suit type being guided/accompanied/assisted by a Trans Easter Bunny in a more Playboy Easter Bunny type outfit. A work associate believes he's seen them before, the assistant is dressed as Jessica Rabbit from the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Even so, perhaps I'm wrong but it still seems inappropriate.
Blah-Blah Bar / Round or Rectangular Pies
Never let it be said I don't bring the important subjects.

Getting ready to watch the footy from home today I got a hankering for a pie, footy food given it's near impossible to get a decent VFL style hamburger at the AFL.

But while preparing to heat a few party types, round and rectangle, I couldn't help but ponder if people have a preference for the shape.
( Assuming rectangular includes square. )

So lets put it to a vote and see if there is any bias! ;D
The Sports Desk / Is Papenhuyzen the man?
Well, perhaps we've just had a big indicator to the answer questioning who will be the Storms next long term leader.

The kid is no longer a kid, and he's just sensational!
Ladies Lounge / Loynes and Downie
This headline on the club website doesn't read like retirement to me! :o

Loynes and Downie to depart the Blues

It sounds more like a Simmo type retirement!

Not that I'm saying that the time isn't right, just do not like the slimy feeling this sort of spin leaves! If this has been on the cards for some time it perhaps explains some of the team's general body language, stuff like this can be quite divisive.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: 9/11 Debate
Interesting that the efficacy / economics of the Sinopharm vaccine is now being questioned, the politics of biomed heating up again?

I'm almost certain the vast bulk of this speculation, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, mRNA, etc., etc., will be more about dubious sales techniques than science, if you are having trouble getting a foot in the door spread an anonymous malicious rumour about the opposition! ;)
The Sports Desk / Acceleration
I hope some with athletics training might be able to verify this information for me, I'd like to share it with young players if it's true.

While discussing speed and agility with a sport keen scientist she shared a bit of information with me. It was in relation to acceleration and short sprints and reaction time. Apparently, the key to some people dominating short standing start sprint trials, is that they prepare differently. Most people brace their rear leg to push of aggressively as quickly as possible but have weight over the front leg, but those who are dominant in winning short standing start sprints, even if they do not have top speed, prepare for launch by taking as much weight off their front leg as possible. Apparently this delay in getting off the line is primarily related to the time it takes to lift and transfer weight off your front leg, which can be as much as a 1/10th from zero to motion.

Can anyone with an athletics / sprint background verify this concept, I realise most won't have an extensive standing start background?

For context, she made this comment when discussing the new "Stand" rule, she said those in the know will need to make a guess about the direction change, and as such they should be quite successful at pegging opponents when they guess correctly, but no better than 50/50 if their opponents behave randomly.

FWIW, I couldn't find much searching on the interwebs, I did find the average athlete reaction time to external stimulus is about 250mS +/- 50mS, so maybe that is where the 1/10th hides.
Robert Heatley Stand / Pre-Game 2021 AFL Rnd 1: Richmond vs Carlton.
Firstly, for those who hate the Carlton name being listed second, it's a Richmond home game and that has always been the convention at all levels of footy. So I've titled the thread Rnd 1 "Richmond vs Carlton." just like the draw/fixture. You can look at the title and know it's an "Away" game.

50,000 fans at this stage not a bad result, not really any different to an inclement weather result. I think if I recall correctly it doesn't affect us anyway because we killed off the shared gate deal a couple of years back.
The Sports Desk / AO 2021
While I'm not a big fan of tennis, as a sports fan I'm very interested to see what happens at the AO given the chaos COVID-19 has introduced to preparations.

As much as there are complaints, we might actually find new interest if some rank outsiders can get a run on.

Is it primed for some resilient kids to sweep away the old pros?