Welcome. As you can probably surmise from the lovely banner image there, you know the beautiful graphic work done by Low Commander and then desecrated by me for past times when I sit in for Balls? Well, I’ll be sitting in for Balls for a while this season down under. And even though I am much less knowledgeable about all the details that I’m sure he’s able to rattle off in his sleep, I have promised I’d try to do a good job for him. And I meant it when I said it. Still do actually. But unfortunately this week I have run into a little issue which is going to keep me from doing an effective or thorough job for Round One this week.
Seems I woke up just before 3am on Saturday morning sick as a dog. I won’t go into graphic description here, but I couldn’t do anything but go back forth from the couch to the bathroom every five minutes or so for the next 12ish hours. And it was flying from both ends. That was fun. Then the chills and muscle aches began. Weirdly no fever though. So I figured maybe food poisoning. I did eat some questionable shrimp on Friday night. And I can tell you that even if it wasn’t the shrimp, I won’t be able to eat shrimp again for a while probably.
Weird thing is it’s only gotten worse since then. And I’ve only slept about 2 hours in the past 2 days. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I apologize to all of you, but especially to Balls, for the crap I’m about to write. I just don’t feel up to sitting at the computer for long periods at a time this weekend. No food and no sleep will do that I guess. And the chills and the muscle aches make it nearly impossible anyway.
I’ll try to do better next week. But…No Promises.
But FWIW, and that ain’t gonna be much…
Ball of Steel’s tWBS’ AFL Beat – 2020
Friday, February 7th
– Richmond Tigers v Carlton Blues –
The Blues imposed their will early and often, take the match 48-14.
Saturday, February 8th
– GWS Giants v Gold Coast Suns –
The Suns, looking for their first AFLW win ever came close, leading late. But a late goal by the Giants pushed them ahead to stay and edging the Suns by a point, 9-8, on a very VERY messy weather day.
– Melbourne v North Melbourne Kangaroos-
The’Roos had a shot in this one late but Melbourne slides in with the 22-20 victory.
– Brisbane Lions v Adelaide Crows-
Brisbane not only beat the defending premiers, the Adelaide Crows, but they did in fairly convincing fashion. The Crows are nursing some injuries and the Lions took full advantage, jumping out to an early lead and never looked back getting the 34-21 win.
Sunday, February 9th
– Collingwood Magpies v West Coast Eagles-
In a round with some lopsided scores, the was lopsidiest. And in spite of one of Magpies’ stars Bri Davey going down to injury, they had little trouble dispatching the Eagles, 38-11.
– St. Kilda Saints v Western Bulldogs –
This one wasn’t particularly close either. Bulldogs pound on St. Kilda for a while on Sunday and get the 39-14 win.
– Freemantle Dockers v Geelong Cats –
Probably the best match of the week. Well, for a little while anyway. It was tied with just a few minutes to go in the 3rd period. Then down the stretch The Cats got sloppy the Dockers made some amazing plays. Geelong would not score again and Freemantle would pull away for the 44-28 win.
So after Round One, the ladder looks like this.
Round Two Matches
*All Times EST
I’m sure Balls probably still has the tipping thing going. I don’t do the tipping thing so I don’t have a way to login and get the numbers. But if you are one of the big tippers, you can go here and login or sign up if you haven’t already.
Ooooops. Didn’t realize Balls uses ESPN instead of the AFL site for teh tipping.
So if you want to sign up go here instead.
But these are the Round One results.
And Balls would never forgive me if I didn’t say…
DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR TIPS IN!!
Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go throw up. See ya next week.