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Touch of the Fumbles

Touch of the Fumbles

Touch Of The Fumbles: Power outage

Disappointingly, the Crows had a win yesterday, potentially derailing their 2018 strategy of chasing high draft picks. But our Fumbles correspondent is mightily consoled by the curious case of Port Adelaide, whose swift fall from flag fancy to flop has quickly become the season’s great feelgood story.

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Touch Of The Fumbles: Post mortem

It was the perfect Showdown finale: a contentious goal, a Crows win and Port throwing their toys out of the proverbial cot. For our long-suffering Fumbles correspondent, what loomed as a scant consolation for a wasted year has instead become the undisputed highlight of Adelaide’s season – one that could yet have a major bearing on Port’s 2018 fortunes.

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Touch Of The Fumbles: The Crows canon

Few gave the Crows any chance to win this one, least of all our Fumbles correspondent. But in the end, a narrow against-the-odds win on the road – led by a four-goal captain’s haul – felt like a little bit of history repeating. Much like yet another Port loss to Geelong.

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Touch Of The Fumbles: The draw we had to have?

So where do we start? Adelaide’s crazy comeback draw? Port’s insane hijack win? The perpetual annoyance that is Paddy Dangerfield? Ahead of a ladder-shaping Showdown, this was a weekend that captured the best and the worst of both the Crows and the Power – which somehow leaves our Fumbles correspondent none the wiser.

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Touch Of The Fumbles: Three times a charm

This could have been a Crows supporter’s ultimate football weekend: Adelaide won, Port lost and Richmond obligingly put a two-game break between us and the decreasingly-ominous GWS, while also bundling the Power out of the top four. Only an unexpected bout of appendicitis could stop us now…

CHEERS, BERNIE! Former Crows favourite Vince proudly wears the Number 23 on his back, presumably to signify the draft selection we got for trading him. Photo: Michael Errey / InDaily
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Touch Of The Fumbles: From invincibles to Vinced

As Oscar Wilde would have probably written if he’d had the misfortune to be an Adelaide Crows supporter: To lose one game against a middle-rung opponent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

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Touch Of The Fumbles: Stockholm Syndrome

Normal service was resumed on the weekend, as the Crows reverted to type by failing spectacularly to live up to the hype. Fortunately, so did almost every other contender – including Port. And despite the crushing disappointment, our Fumbles correspondent is, perversely, looking on the bright side.

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Touch Of The Fumbles: On The Nong Nang Ning

It’s a noisy place to belong – on the Crows’ bandwagon, where the revellers sing and the hamstrings ‘ping’. But even more frightening for our Fumbles correspondent than a burgeoning injury list and Rory Atkins’ hair is the ominous prospect that Port Adelaide appear finals-bound…

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Touch Of The Fumbles: Powerless and Paddy-whacked

There seems to have been some confusion about a few things. No-one said Paddy Dangerfield wasn’t a great player and a good bloke. It’s just that Tom Richardson doesn’t like him very much. And he also wants to clear up this misconception about how much the Crows have improved this year. But at least he’s still got Port to make him feel better.