2014 Predictions

It is an annual challenge for you to show that you know football. Preseason, it is a simple task. I ask you to place the eighteen AFL clubs into four bands - the top four, bottom of the eight, the five teams just missing out on finals, and the five teams wallowing in the mud at the bottom of the AFL ladder. And last year, you collectively predicted this…

Top four: Hawthorn, Freo, Sydney and Richmond.
Bottom of the top eight: Collingwood, Adelaide, Port Adelaide and Geelong.
Missing the finals: West Coast eGurls, North Melbourne, Carlton, Gold Coast and Essendon
Cellar dwellers: Western Bulldogs, Melbourne, Brisbane, St Kilda and Greater Western Sydney

You weren’t all that good, were you? In case you've forgotten, this is how 2014 panned out…

Top four: Hawthorn, Freo, Sydney and Geelong.
Bottom of the top eight: Port Adelaide, North Melbourne, Essendon and Richmond.
Missing the finals: West Coast eGurls, Adelaide, Carlton, Gold Coast and Collingwood
Cellar dwellers: Western Bulldogs, Melbourne, Brisbane, St Kilda and Greater Western Sydney

Whereas I can collective claim that you lot are as dumb as a brush, there are a few amongst you who deserve plaudits for demonstrating sound football knowledge. The best of these are FraDonJan who placed 16 teams correctly. Honourable nods of encouragement also go to McPheelings, Gerovich, Tropical and Stickers. These football scholars placed 14 teams correctly.

Unfortunately, the wisdom of crowds was adversely affected by these individuals, Chewyboot and Mercury. Mercury is such a doofus. Chewy and Mercury only placed 7 teams correctly. Sheesh! Just by flipping a coin you could have done better. And MattyT, don’t think that your pathetic attempt gets away without all due disparagement. You were one selection off the lowest rung.

You will have your opportunity to do better, soon. I hope you do!