Brownlower than ever

I see some goober from the Weagles has won the AFL midfielders’ award (once known as the “Brownlow”). When do they announce the award for best player out of all the other positions on the field? What a pathetic joke the Brownlow has become. Mind you, I would have given it to Judd’s girlfriend without any hesitation at all. The award that is.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Scott Wickstein
2022 years ago

I dunno, Ken. Judd as the best player of the year seems fair enough to me.

John Quiggin
John Quiggin
2022 years ago

Given the points system, you want to be a star player in a weak team. That makes it very hard for a forward – if the team is weak you don’t see that much of the ball. If the team is strong other players will pick up the 3 points too often.

Yobbo
Yobbo
2022 years ago

Ken: That would be the AFL Player’s Association MVP award, which is voted by the players themselves. Unlike umpires, some of them actually know a bit about football.

Wayne Carey won it three times, for example, despite never winning a brownlow while being the undisputed best player in the league for about 6 years. Gary Ablett and Jason Dunstall are previous winners as well.

Expect Tredrea and Reiwoldt to figure prominently in this one.

I’m kind of ambivalent about Judd winning the award. One one hand, bloody eagles supporters won’t shut up about it for about 6 months. On the other hand, it will make it all the sweeter when he leaves them at the end of his contract next year.

Niall
Niall
2022 years ago

Dunno about aerial ping-pong, but she needs bigger tits, that much is certain.

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
2022 years ago

Niall

I can’t tell you how disturbed I am that the old sexist line just came back to me without any conscious effort at all. You don’t look at the mantel-piece while you’re stoking the fire.

chico o'farrill
chico o'farrill
2022 years ago

And to underline the mid-fielders, AND the AFL assistance issue in one post, which team was the only one with FIVE players polling in excess of 10 votes, well in excess of 10 votes. And all from the mid-field too…..

yobbo
2022 years ago

Maybe you can donate yours to her Niall.

Graham
2022 years ago

The late Jack Dyer once described it as being the award for the biggest milksop.

I thought Judd was out of contract now, hence the talk about him being traded to Hawthorn for Hay.

Robert
2022 years ago

The West Australian shares your sentiments, Ken. The news-stand posters for today’s issue read:

AND THE WINNER IS…
JUDD’S GIRLFRIEND

mark
2022 years ago

Wouldn’t kick her out of bed, Niall. (Though your wife would probably prefer if you did…)

dgj
dgj
2022 years ago

John it’s not such a big advantage being the star player for a weak team – the 3 points nearly always goes to a player from the winning team unless one of the losing team has an absolute blinder. This partly explains the success of Brisbane midfielders in recent years despite the fact that none of them is obviously better than the others – winning teams get more votes and this often outweighs the fact that there are more good players to share them.

PeterF
PeterF
2022 years ago

Generally speaking, votes go to more than proportionally to teams which exceed expectations, because umpires sub-consciously see their performances as better than they really are. This year that might be Geelong, Melbourne and, to some extent, St. Kilda. Teams on the slide, like Collingwood this year and maybe Fremantle get proportionally fewer votes. For the individual, then the key is to be an outstanding player in a side that is on the improve, as well as being in a playing position which brings him under notice (the mid-fielder bias). Brisbane has been so uniformly excellent in recent years, and their mid-fielders especially so, that they have dominated the voting at the expense of some of their excellent team-mates, as well as players from other teams.