It’s usually around this time of the year – maybe a few weeks beforehand – where the media narrative briefly shifts from team performances, finals chances and costly injuries to every footy fan’s favourite debate: The state of the game.
One weekend of low-scoring, dour footy often prompts a thorough external dissection of how to fix the game. That usually includes a raft of radical rule change suggestions like zones, no marks from backwards kicks, last touch out of bounds, 16-a-side and further interchange cap rotation.
Notice, though, how we haven’t had one of these post-round crisis deep dive this year?
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