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Pros and cons of an AFL wildcard round

The AFL and its clubs have signalled broad support for a wildcard weekend from 2018 onwards, to give clubs outside the eight a chance to play finals.

Here are the pros and cons of such an idea.


  • Will make AFL more money
  • Will make clubs more money
  • Will make broadcasters more money
  • Isn’t the 17-5 idea, which was worse, but that’s like saying being punched in the face is better than being shot


  • Is breathtakingly awful
  • Is a brazen cash grab, even for the AFL
  • Enables a club that shouldn’t be in the finals to potentially play finals
  • Is the exact moment we mark the end of civilisation and when it became clear that the future belongs to the machines

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Hoges 18 May 2017

Not sure even Richmond could handle being beaten by 9th in the finals again.

Distinguished guy 18 May 2017

We tried it a few years ago when we bumped Carlton up in lieu of Essendon and it was a spectacular success. Many of us are still laughing.

Lenny 18 May 2017

I just don't get what the big problem is with footy, that leads these monkeys to constantly try and mess with it

RhombusHatesYou 18 May 2017

Have you heard the term 'active stupid' before? Basically, it describes people who are 'hands on' but very much 'brain off'. I can't think of a more apt description of the AFL executive.

Richard 18 May 2017

Once again proof that the lunatics are running the Asylum! Personally i hope every club that flys in the next 6 months, the plane goes down. Then we Bomb AFL House and start again, giving the game bsck to the people who made it great. The fans.

RhombusHatesYou 18 May 2017

But will the shiny metal overlords get rid of the wildcard silliness and bring back 23 rounds, top 8 for the finals and shitcan the rest week between the regular season and the finals? If so they can take over now, as far as I care.

Scott 18 May 2017

When the AFL opted to start up against the League/Soccer stranglehold of Western Sydney, over rewarding the loyalty & history of a cultural stronghold like Tasmania, it was clear that the AFL would sell out for $$$ at any opportunity.

Mick 18 May 2017

Appatently Gil was 'suprised by the level of support'.
Translation: I thought it would be a good, jovial icebreaker but the dopey bastards just yawned and nodded. Now it's policy.

Phil 18 May 2017

You're 100% correct. I hate getting punched in the face, yet it is preferable to being shot.

The think progress party 19 May 2017

Our game won't be truly great until we have a super over shoot out from outside the 3 point line in the bottom of the 9th inning to determine which team breaks at the start of the fifth chucka in game seven of the wild card play off to decide the Eastern Pilbara Conference Champion.

Simplicity is beauty.

Nicko 19 May 2017

Must be a Carlton plot to torture Richmond fans!

Goffy 25 May 2017

That is the kind of Carlton plot everyone can get behind.

Jason 29 May 2017

Dan Patrick: With the first nine months of the Baseketball postseason out of the way, the playoff picture is starting to emerge.
Kenny Mayne: So, with last night's victory over Boston, next week the Milwaukee Beers must beat Indianapolis in order to advance to Charlotte. That's in an effort to reduce their magic number to three.
Dan Patrick: Right, and then the Beers can advance to the National Eastern Division North to play Tampa.
Kenny Mayne: So, if the Beers beat Detroit and Denver beats Atlanta in the American Southwestern Division East Northern, then Milwaukee goes to the Denslow Cup, unless Baltimore can upset Buffalo and Charlotte ties Toronto, then Oakland would play LA and Pittsburgh in a blind choice round robin. And if no clear winner emerges from all of this, a two-man sack race will be held on consecutive Sundays until a champion can be crowned.

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