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    Stories Behind The Numbers

    Australian cricketer Shane Warne wore number 23 in One Day and T20 matches because he was a big fan of Michael Jordan:
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    Player-Team-Uniform Similarities

    Greg Phillips played for Port Adelaide in the SANFL and Collingwood in the VFL wearing basically the same uniform in both competitions - black and white vertical stripes on the jumper/jersey.
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    Players in the "wrong" uniforms

    After playing 102 games for Fremantle in the AFL between 2011 and 2016, Tendai Mzungu played 4 games for Greater Western Sydney in 2017 before announcing his retirement.
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    Bizarre Athlete Endorsements

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    Quirkiest Jersey Elements

    The Glenelg Tigers of the SANFL have their main sponsors name running diagonally up the yellow sash on the front of their jersey. AFAIK, no other top level Australian rules football team with a sash in their uniform has the sponsors name running diagonally across the jersey,
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    Logos associated with failure.

    Reminds me of the Australian version of Radio Shack. Dick Smith electronics is now purely an online seller rather than a "bricks and mortar" retailer: I'll also show the logo of one of the biggest and most spectacular busts in recent Australian retail history:
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    Bad weather football games

    The thunderstorm that hit the 'Gabba in Brisbane during the 1998 cricket Test Match between Australia and England - mid-afternoon looks like the dead of night!
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    Tabletop sports game appreciation

    "Up There Cazaly", Australian rules football board game, circa 1980.
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    Bad weather football games

    The recent Austria v Netherlands women's football friendly was played in a heavy fog that made it impossible for the commentators and crowd to see much of the game:
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    Small Details (and quirks) that You Love

    The Bristol City team that competes in the English FA Womens Super League have their team name on the front and back of their socks:
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    Players in the "wrong" uniforms

    Magic Johnson makes a guest appearance for the Canberra Cannons against Michigan State in 2002 during the Australian team's tour of the United States:
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    Odd Names

    Orval Overall Allir Allir Danger Fourpence Kade Kolodjashnij Parris Duffus
  13. Richmond Tigers (VFL/AFL - 1908 to present) Melbourne Tigers (NBL 1979-2014) - club renamed as Melbourne United for 2014-15 season
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    Why root for the home team?

    sc49erfan15, National football competitions have only been around in Australia since the late 1970's, when the old NSL (National Soccer League) started, followed by the NRL and VFL in the early 1980's. Prior to that, all of the various leagues of all codes were based in each State, and with the capital city being the biggest city in each state, the teams were based in the various suburbs of those cities, eg the the Western Australian Football League has all of its teams in Perth, the South Australian National Football League has all of its teams based in Adelaide for example.
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    Why root for the home team?

    When I started following the VFL/AFL in the late 1970's, the league consisted of 11 teams in Melbourne and one team not in Melbourne - the Geelong Cats. I decided to follow them, being the only team not from Melbourne. Since then two teams from my home town of Sydney have entered the league (Sydney Swans and GWS Giants), but I still continue to follow the Cats.
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    Interesting Sports Facts and Statistics

    The highest Test match cricket batting averages of all time: Players 2-10 are separated by roughly three runs. The top player, Donald Bradman, is 38 runs ahead of the 2nd best player!
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    Pink Uniforms

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    Crazy Coincidences

    Robbie West played for the West Coast Eagles in the AFL between 1991 and 1993: West also played for West Perth in the WAFL - has there been any other footballer who has played for two different teams that share his surname?
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    Bizarre/Unusual Numbers on Jerseys

    The East Fremantle team that plays in the Western Australian Women's Football League features several players with very high numbers on their jerseys - #67, #70, #73 and #98. The #98 is the highest number that I have ever seen on an Australian rules jumper.
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    Crazy Coincidences

    For a brief period in the 1988-89 NHL season, the Vancouver Canucks had two players named Craig Adams on their roster - one a winger and the other a defenseman. The winger used the name "Gus" while the defenseman used "Charles" to avoid any confusion.
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    My first...

    AFL - Adelaide v North Melbourne, Football Park 1991 SANFL - Port Adelaide v Central Districts, Adelaide Oval, 1991 WAFL - East Fremantle v South Fremantle, Subiaco 1992 NRL - North Sydney v Manly-Warringah, North Sydney Oval, circa 1991 NBL - Sydney Supersonics versus team I can't remember, State Sports Centre, Sydney 1987 Netball - Sydney Swifts versus team I can't remember, State Sports Centre, Sydney 2000 Football - Australia v Ghana friendly, Sydney Football Stadium, 1995 Test match cricket - Australia v South Africa, Sydney Cricket Ground, January 1994 ABL - Sydney Blues versus team I can't remember, Parramatta Stadium, mid 1990's Speedway - Liverpool Speedway, circa 1972 Rallying - Telstra Rally Australia, Perth, 1994 Olympics - 2000 Paralympics, Sydney
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    All Purpose Stadium Thread

    Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane hosted today the Welterwight World Championship fight between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. The bought attracted a crowd of 55,000 spectators to a venue more associated with football and rugby league matches.
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    Players in the "wrong" uniforms

    Chris Judd played only 1 game for East Perth in the WAFL in 2002, before his 14 year career in the AFL with West Coast and Carlton between 2002 and 2015.