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Old Blog Revisited: How I Became A Footy Fan
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Another entry from my old blog.  Changes are in color. 

September 02, 2003

How I Became A Footy Addict

Another thing I get asked a lot is how I became a fan of Australian football.  I was born and raised in the USA (though about 10 different places in the USA!) but I didn't make my first trip to Australia until 1986, when I was 27 years young.

Way back in 1980, I was going to "uni" during the day and working during the evening to pay for it.  Ditto with my roommate, George.  He was a bit of an electronics wiz and had come upon an abandoned color TV.  Which he promptly fixed up and we got it hooked up to this new thing called "cable TV".   Not long after that we both came home one fine evening about 11 or so and turned on the TV.  We figured we'd watch some sports while we drank a few brews.  

AFANA Members Tipping Contest Weekly Update - Round 20
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Greetings AFANA Tipsters,
 
This is the weekly update on the AFANA Members Tipping Competition for Round 20.

Round 20 saw many members with better scores for the week, however another spate of unexpected results on Saturday stopped anyone from excelling. Only three, four and four members correctly tipped Geelong, Bulldogs and Hawthorn, respectively.

Bryan and Tricia (who is out of the country!) managed the best results for the week, both getting six winners. Congrats to you both. Seven more members tipped 5 winners correctly.  No bonus points this week.

Old Blog Revisited: My ESPN Time Machine
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Another entry from my blog on the old AFANA site with some updates.  This one, written during our last fan survey seems particularly appropriate:  (updates in color):

August 29, 2003

ESPN and My Time Machine

As noted at the end of the previous blog, AFANA has a survey of footy fans in the USA and Canada underway at the moment.  (The current survey is at: 
http://www.afana.com/phpESP/public/survey.php?name=tv2006 )
If you haven't taken the survey yet and you live in the US or Canada at present, do it as soon as you finish reading this blog.

Old Blog Revisited and Updated: West Coast Member
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Over the next few weeks and maybe months, I will be reposting (with updates) some of my columns from my blog on the old AFANA site.  Some of that material is dated and no longer relevant, and some is still useful.  So beginning near the beginning, here we go (updates in color):

August 27, 2003

West Coast Member #54287

Every once in a while, someone gets up the gumption to e-mail me and ask me just which AFL club I follow.  As chairman of AFANA, I try very hard to be impartial when it comes to "company" business.  After all, we represent fans of every footy club, cover 2 countries in detail [the web reaches the entire planet however], and have to deal with the AFL and all 16 clubs at one time or another.  

AFANA Members Tipping Contest Weekly Update - Round 19
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Greetings AFANA Tipsters,
 
This is the weekly update on the AFANA Members Tipping Competition for Round 19.

Round 19 was another pretty unpleasant round for most members. A whole spate of upsets caught most of us off guard. Nigel was the only member to tip  Essendon's shock win over Collingwood. Nigel picks up a bonus point for that - Congrats! For another week, not a single member tipped a given winner - Port Adelaide in  their win over the Bulldogs. Also, only three members (Chris, Bryan and Fred)  were correct with Fremantle over Adelaide.

As a result, the best scores for the round were 5 out of eight, which was achieved by Nigel, Bryan and Karl. Nigel's bonus point elevated him to 6 points for the week. 4 or 3 winners was more the norm for the rest of us.

AFANA Members Tipping Contest Weekly Update - Round 18
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Greetings AFANA Tipsters,
 
This is the weekly update on the AFANA Members Tipping Competition for Round 18. Again, I apologize for my tardiness with this update. With a job interview yesterday and the house purchase closing tomorrow, I'm doing my best! Please bear with me through the next few weeks.

Round 18 got off to a pretty ugly start for most members. Only three members (Lisa, Rob and Bryan) correctly tipped West Coast for their win over St Kilda. The next day produced another winner tipped by zero members - Carlton's upset over Melbourne. On Sunday, Bryan was the only member who correctly tipped Geelong for their win over Brisbane. Bryan picks up a bonus point for that effort - congrats!

Misc Sources of Audio
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Here is some odds and ends about audio I wanted to pass along:

From my own notes:

A source of Radio Australia is via World Radio Network.  However the "international" feed is limited to an hour or so a day and doesn't include sports except for the odd sports new summary.  You can get WRN via a variety of sources.  See the WRN site:
http://www.wrn.org/listeners/#home-listeners

AFANA Members Tipping Contest Weekly Update - Round 17
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Greetings AFANA Tipsters,
 
This is the weekly update on the AFANA Members Tipping Competition for Round 17.

Round 17 saw a wider spread in members tips than we've seen for some time, and the end result was middle-of-the-road scores for most members. Fred and Tricia both managed six correct tips for the week, and are the best performers of  Round 17. Congrats. Behind them, eight other members came in with 5 winners for the week.

Such uniform results made for little change at the top of the overall standings. Gerry is starting to look very safe on top, with a lead of 5 points with 5 weeks left in the season. Rob remains in second, with Nigel one point back in third, and myself another point back in fourth. Four other members are within 5 points of me. Remember that chairman Rob is ineligible for prizes, so second and possible third-place prizes may go further down the standings.  We hope to announce the prizes soon.

AFANA Members Tipping Contest Weekly Update - Round 16
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Greetings AFANA Tipsters,
 
This is the weekly update on the AFANA Members Tipping Competition for Round 16.

Round 16 was another good week for most members, with a high success rate of tipping in each game. All those of us who picked the Bombers to end their 14 game losing streak against Carlton were helped out when Carlton stormed back from behind, but the game ended in a draw. So, everyone gets one point for that result. Geelong was the only "upset" result which was tipped by only three members to defeat the Bulldogs.

As a result, there was a lot of high scores, with Gerry, Rob, Brody and Karl all pulling in seven correct tips, including the draw. Congrats, guys. Four more  members had six correct tips.

Where Are You Ladies? And Anybody Awake Up North?
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So far response to AFANA's survey has been excellent.  We are on track to a record number of responses and most extensive survey of Australian football fans in the USA and Canada ever.   So far, the data is already telling us things we didn't know or didn't expect, which is always good.  When the survey is completed in early September, we will be publishing extensive summaries of the results.   So I can't say more about what we are seeing at this point, because I don't want to bias the results.

What we aren't seeing, in contrast to earlier surveys, is as many women and Canadians participating.  Not sure why but the female participation is lagging.   Not as many fans up in North America, that is Canada, have taken the survey as we expected either.  So tell all your female footy fans to get to it and remind your friends in Ontario, BC, and PEI, etc. to participate, too.

For those who are interested, we are using the free form responses at the end of the survey as a way to see what we need to add to our TV FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).   We have quite a bit of new material you can read at:

http://www.afana.com/drupal/tvfaq

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