Don The Stat Podcast Thread - Round 18 Preview vs Melbourne Out Now!

Can the Bombers break through for their first ANZAC day win since 2021? Find out how it can happen with this week’s Don The Stat Preview

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It’s a surprise DonTheStat Episode!

Jono and Ian were fortunate enough to be joined by the Godfather of the Pod Robert Shaw for an unfiltered look at how the #GoDons are travelling so far this year

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impressive mental gymnastics by shawy to lament zach winning anzac medal

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Thank you for having Shaw on your pod this week. He loves talking about Essendon doesn’t he? I hope he’s wrong about Bryan going to St Kilda next year if he doesn’t get games with us this season.

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The Don The Stat preview for the West Coast game is out now!

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Is anyone else having issues streaming the episode through iTunes? I keep getting disconnected after 5-6 minutes. I’ll have to try on my phone, could be due to the fact iTunes is utter trash.

Interesting, I played it now and it worked fine

It’s weird because I stream music all the time on my PC with no issues, just seems to be podcasts? I’ll try a couple more and see if I get the same behavior.

Great episode by the way, love the deep dive into our performance.

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The Don The Stat preview for the game against the Giants is out now!

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The Don The Stat preview for the game against North Melbourne is out now!

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The Don the Stat preview for the Dreamtime game is out now!

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Thank you very much for another smooth, cool, analytical look at the game of football Essendon is currently playing.

Liked the homage to Norm McDonald too, so searched for some information about him and found the following article published in the Sporting Globe on 31 May 1952.

"Lissom-limbed Norm McDonald, who played his 100th game with Essendon today, was . . .
A GIFT FROM THE GODS By BEN KERVILLE

When you think of the amount of time, energy, and hard cash expended by League football officials in trying to find champions in the country or interstateit is laughable to recall that NormMcDonald, a “dream” footballer, went along to Essendon and ASKED to be signed up. Geelong probably are still kicking themselves that they relinquished their residential claim on “Macka” without seeing him in action. For McDonald today is League football’s best halfback flanker; a veritable Mandrake at the business of befuddling and bewitching rival half-forwards.

Football becomes ballet when interpreted by this fleet - footed will-o’-the wisp. There’s the rhythm and trace of the ballerina in his weaving evasive manoeuvres. Probably not since Haydn Bunton has there been a better “mover”, on a football field. Perhaps the nearest approach to him today is Bill Twomey. Yet, despite this downright elegance, McDonald is a positive red-blooded, and essentially masculine footballer.

His approach to the problem of defence is rather original. Not always does he stick religiously to his man accordance with the catchcry of coaches since grandpa wore tights.Rather does he prefer to give his opponent a little latitude — sufficient ground in which to bury himself, as it were.

Not for “Macka” this negative spoiling or bash- 'em-down stuff. He prefers to pit skill — or is it black magic? — against skill and let the winner take all. A veritable Mandrake."

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The Preview for the clash against the Suns is out now!

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F*** Carlton

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Don the Stat will be back this Friday with the West Coast Preview

Until then, Ian put out a video on the Don The Stat Patreon going over the Centre Bounce data he’s been tracking this season. We’ve made it free for all to view - you can check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXSAjPU526w

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No Jono this week due to travel issues, so Ian is joined by friend of the show Rick Edwards to preview the Eagles game

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Jono returns this week as the Don The Stat boys preview the Cats clash

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The Don The Stat Preview for the Collingwood game is out now!

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Ian was fortunate enough to be joined by Essendon Assistant coach Dale Tapping. Interview is out now on the Don The Stat pod feed

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The Don the Stat Preview for the Demons game is out now!

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