||the Crows add Betts and Polec to their list ...||… you’d think they’d be back in the finals in 2014.|
||you look up “disarray” in the dictionary these days …||… you’ll see the Lions logo accompanying the definition.|
||Eddie Betts is in Blues colours in 2014 …||… it will surprise nearly everyone associated with this club. And if Dale Thomas isn’t in Blues colours, there will be equal levels of surprise.|
||the Magpies had won, as they fully expected to, their elimination final against Port Adelaide ...||… you wonder if Bucks would have raised the culture debate.|
||Carlton has politely declined the Bombers’ “invitation” to apologise for using the “cheat” word against it ...||… once again it’s back to you, Paul Little.|
||the Dockers can beat Geelong at Simonds Stadium ...
||… they will smash the Swans at Subi.|
||the Cats had won the 2008 Grand Final …||… would they have been as uncompromisingly driven to succeed in the seasons following that game? Maybe. But maybe not.
||Gary Ablett manages to get genuinely excited – wide-eyed sort of excited - when talking about a player …||… can’t wait to see Jack Martin strut his stuff next year.|
||Buddy and Dusty and Sammy are all with the Giants next year ...
||... the high-end Sydney nightspots will do roaring trades.|
||the Hawks don’t win against Geelong …||… there will be internal carnage. Watch this space if the Cats win again.|
||the Demons keep attempting to raid rivals of their assistant coaches, and keep offering those coaches way “overs” …||… fully expect 17 clubs to angrily ask the AFL why it has provided $2.7 million of emergency funding.|
|North Melbourne||the Roos don’t land a big name from a rival club after exploring all possibilities ...||… they will need to work very hard at ensuring that 2014 isn’t wasted like 2013.
||we are to rank the season’s best individual performances based on leadership …||… Travis Boak’s efforts in last week’s losing semi-final would be very prominent.|
||Dusty isn’t at Punt Rd in 2014 …||… hundreds and hundreds of man-hours will be freed up and able to be redistributed into other areas of player welfare.|
||the murmurings happen to play out in the player and draft-pick exchange in October ...||… there will be a LOT of action involving the Saints.|
||the Swans somehow get over the Dockers in Perth this week …||… it will be a miracle.|
||the Eagles don’t get angry at how their cross-city rival is soaking up all local attention …||... it would be an opportunity lost. But things are just not how they have been at this club. Almost going through the motions these days.
|Western Bulldogs||anyone predicted in March that Will Minson would be All-Australian by September …||... they would have been locked up. Credit to Will for how hard he has worked.
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