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181. No More Unnecessary AFL Rule Changes!

Over the past few years the AFL has begun implementing a ridiculous amount of new rules and interpretations. These new rules are not all bad but many are poorly thought through, fail to achieve their objectives and negatively impact the game that we all love.

An example would be the rule relating to a player who dives on the football or drags the football into himself. All this rule has done is created a situation where the defensive player's number one goal is to hold the football in so he is rewarded with a free kick. In essence, this penalizes the player making a legitimate attempt to get the football and not only rewards, but encourages the tackling player to keep the ball from spilling clear of the contest. This rule goes against both the spirit of the game (rewarding and protecting the player who’s focus in the ball) as well as the purpose for which it was created, that being to keep the ball moving and reduce stoppages. The removal of this rule would see fewer stoppages and fewer frustrated players and fans. This rule achieves nothing positive. I have many more examples, as Im sure you do, of rules that have been implemented that do not achieve their purpose and erode the quality of our great game.

My biggest concern is just what this game will look like in 20 years if the rules continue to be changed at the current rate. Only three or four new rules or interpretations each year and we're looking at 70 or 80 new rules by 2030. Will our kids and our kids kids get to watch the game we know and love or will it have morphed into some kind of hybrid soccer / basketball combination that satisfies the AFLs goals of being very fast, very safe and very marketable?

In the near future, maybe we will see a reduced number of players on the ground to reduce the number of contests and collisions. Perhaps like netball, players wont be allowed out of their particular ‘zone’. A limited number of players within the 50m arc at kick ins? The banning of heavy bumps and recklessly flying into packs for a mark as the risk of head injuries is too great. These are potential changes that I fear the rules committee may see as ‘opportunities’ to legitimize their existence.

I love the sport of AFL and want it to remain the fair, tough, unique, exciting and entertaining spectacle it has been for over 150 years. I am asking for a call to arms. Please sign this petition so that we can bring an end to the endless stream of knee-jerk rule changes.

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182. Championship Manager 01/02 for Mac

Eidos have released a free version of seminal game Championship Manager 01/02 for download from the games' website. However, this download is incompatible with Mac OSX without downloading further software.

Given the large numbers of mac users requesting the game and the lack of second hand copies available to purchase, it would be foolish not to release a version for these dedicated fans of the greatest football management game ever.

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183. Encorage All Football Broadcasters To Implement The BBC Offside Flag Graphic

Watching a game on TV is in no way as good as actually being there at the ground yourself.

You are limited to what you can see, and in many cases are at the whim of a director who absolutely HAS to have that close up shot of Ronaldo running with the ball the second he lets one fly. Or when Steve Gerrard beats his man and puts a brilliant ball into the box for… as the camera quickly pans out… no-one. Or watching that super slo-mo of David Beckham wincing for no apparent reason and missing a huge penalty appeal in the meantime.

Not content with having to deal with someone who thinks he’s directing a live version of Eastenders, and attempting to squeeze as much emotion in as possible at the potential expense of MISSING THE GAME, we have to put up with the nature of the television screen itself.

Even when the camera has panned out as far back as possible you can only see perhaps a quarter of the pitch if you’re lucky. We all must remember on occasions getting excited following a quick break only to discover the linesman has had his flag up for several seconds (the commentator being as focussed on the ball as you are).

We became resigned to it happening. It was one of the downfalls of watching the game on TV. And as the game became a worldwide event, as every level started to receive more coverage, we became accustomed to watching the game from our living rooms.

After all, it might be much better to see the game from the stadium, but if that involves arranging travel to a stadium hundreds of miles from home to pay £50 for a ticket to a match you don’t really care who wins your warm inviting sofa is going to seem a lot more appealing.

But it still frustrates you that so much is going on that’s beyond the visual boundaries of televised football.

And then one glorious day…

You happen to be watching a game broadcast live on the BBC. As one team breaks a small icon appears in the corner of your screen. You notice it’s a small flag, like a linesman would carry. You think nothing of it, but then it happens again. The commentator hasn’t said anything, everything is going on as usual, but this flag keeps appearing whenever anyone strays offside, and before too long your loving it!

You’ve got phone calls from excited friends; text messages have been sent around the country… this is the most exciting innovation in televised sport since the Instant Replay!

You watch games on other channels, hoping they will introduce it, but no! Sky have the Red Button, HD broadcasts, every gimmick possible that you require to watch the game, and several others that are completely pointless, but use up a bit of time when you get a bit bored watching at home.

It’s been years now, and the other broadcasters haven’t taken it up! Are they jealous because the BBC beat them to it? Does the BBC have some kind of copywrite on its use? Well I’m prepared to be the one who gets these questions answered.

But not only that – I’m going to go further. I’m going to lobby that the TV companies compete to introduce any new innovations they have to expand our view of the game beyond the visual constraints of our TV sets!

And I hope you will join me. TV companies pay a lot of attention to petitions and the like. Remember, its OUR game, that for the time being they have control over but just because WE PAY FOR IT!

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184. Bring Back the Honey Bears

The Chicago Bears are among the few franchises that do not currently have cheerleaders. This has not always been the case. From 1977 to 1985 the official cheerleaders for the Chicago Bears were the Honey Bears. They cheered at all Bears home games and performed at halftime.

Papa Bear Halas was actually the one that came up with the "dancing girl", as he called them, and said that the Honey Bears would be around as long as he was alive. After his death in 1983 the McCaskey family decided to end their relationship with the Honey Bears, declining to renew their contract following the Bears' Superbowl XX Championship.

Isn't it time that one of the leagues original franchises have cheerleaders again, and return to glory? Its the way Papa Bear would have wanted.

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185. Save BBC Wales on Saturday

After 20 years, the BBC is proposing to end Wales on Saturday which covers domestic sports results in the principality, including football.

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186. Let Darren Fletcher play in the Champions League Final

Darren Fletcher was sent off wrongly against Arsenal on the 2nd leg of the Semi Final of the Champions League on the 05/05/09 after making a brilliant challenge to deny Arsenal a goal. He clearly got the ball and diverted it but the Referee still sent him off. The referee had a bad game.

Replays will confirm this.

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187. Football - 'A Man's Game'

This petition was created out of my frustration and that of lots of people I have spoken to and will be sent to the FA.....

SHORT VERSION - Let players tackle & stop players diving!!

LONG VERSION - Now, I’m 25 so have not watched a great deal of football from the 70's & 80's but I do know that the game was played by men and that it was also a contact sport !!
Now pretty much everything has improved since those days, Skill, Pace, ability etc.

Except 2 things....

1. These days players need only to look at someone and the Ref blows his whistle.

2. Then you have the players, not to name them but we all know who they are.....they spend half their time rolling around like they have been shot, only to get straight back up. With the amount of camera's watching them you would have thought they would be embarrassed, clearly not!

This can be cut out of the game by clamping down on those who dive and allowing a player to make a tackle with some enthusiasm & determination.

The aim of this petition is not to try and dictate the rules of the game but to try and have some impact on those making the decisions.

We hope to get as many names as possible to sign this petition and send it to the FA, this might give them some clue how US, the football fans are getting fed up with the state of the game.

Please sign.....

Thanks.

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188. Fox Sports to broadcast Leeds Utd FC playoff games LIVE

Leeds United FC are once again this year vying for a position to move up a division. Leeds currently play in the Coca Cola League 1 and are in the playoffs to move up to the Coca Cola Championship, a league in which Fox Sports already broadcast certain games through the Sky Sports (UK) feed.

Fox Sports have secured the rights for these playoffs but, currently, will not be showing the LEAGUE ONE games (which includes the dismissal of the mighty Leeds United). Leeds are widely supported in Australia and these playoff games would gain a MUCH bigger audience then the Championship games. Last year their highest audience in the playoffs was Leeds United vs Doncaster Rovers - even though this was delayed by an hour!!!!!!!!

Just to take a step back...Leeds United is a massively popular football club in Australia and all around the World and even though they currently play 3rd tier football, they are still arguably among the top 10 most popular football clubs from England and definitely one of the most popular clubs within Australia.

Australia has had a massive connection to Leeds United in the past, with Australian Players such as Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka, Paul Okon, Jacob Burns and Tony Dorigo, who all played for the club. They also have current Socceroo Neil Kilkenny playing for them at the moment who represented Australia at the 2008 Olympic games.

This time last year, Leeds United fans from all around Australia, swarmed to show their support for the club they love as they were in the same position as they are now. Unfortunately Leeds were unsuccessful in the play-off campaign. As Fox Sports are aware, alot of fans last year emailed Fox Sports to demand these matches be shown. To their credit, they did show the Play-off Final, even though it was delayed by 1 hour. As mentioned above, this game got a larger audience than ALL other playoff games from the Championship. Fox Sports have already said that if enough interest is shown then they may reconsider the matter!!! I think last year that we proved it was viable for these League One playoff matches (especially Leeds) to be shown in Australia, LIVE and DIRECT on Fox Sports. I am sure, it would be in the best interests of all Leeds United Fans and Football fans in general and yourselves as an entity for these matches to be shown Live and Direct.

It's a proven fact that these games broadcast live would be a big hit for Fox Sports and their customers will no doubt continue supporting them if they support us...

Im certain that when Leeds go up to the Championship, more Leeds United fans will be jumping on the Foxtel bandwagon, to watch the mighty Whites next year.

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189. Campaign To Get A Socceroos Match In Perth

CAMPAIGN TO GET A SOCCEROOS GAME IN PERTH

Perth has been a neglected city in terms of international football, and we think it is time that WA got another opportunity to show ourselves. The last time Perth hosted a Socceroos match was a pretty nondescript affair against Indonesia in 2005. Since then, 14 matches have been played in Australia, in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and even Canberra, but crucially - none in Perth.

A FEW REASONS WHY PERTH WOULD BE A GREAT VENUE
- We are proven supporters in a soccer state, forget Perth Glory's recent performances.
- We are capable of drawing a big crowd to a match of significance.
- Perth's location makes it easier for opposing nations to travel to Australia, particularly from Africa, West Asia and Europe.

It would be unrealistic to get Brazil out here and have the match in Perth, but we also think we deserve more than a Socceroos D-Grade team against Bhutan. There are a number of realistic options available for a game in Perth:

- Phase 1 World Cup Qualifying Match
- Asian Cup Qualifier
- High Profile Friendly

Get behind Perth's attempts to host a Socceroos match! As a soccer mad state, we deserve the opportunity to see our nation's finest, but we need your support to make it happen!

Once enough support has been gained, this petition will be sent to Ben Buckley, CEO of Football Federation Australia.

This petition brought to you by One Week At A Time - theoneweekatatime.blogspot.com

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190. Ryan Giggs should be awarded a Knighthood

The editors of MustBeRed are campaigning to have Ryan Giggs knighted. Hazel Blears MP (Lab) and Chris Grayling MP (Con) have given their support to the campaign.

Here are the 11 reasons why he deserves the honour:

1 Giggs is the most decorated player in English footballing history.

2 He is the only player to have played and scored in every Premiership season.

3 He has scored more than 100 league goals.

4 That FA Cup wonder goal against Arsenal.

5 Giggs has played more games for Man Utd than any other player.

6 The youngest footballer to have represented Wales.

7 Capped 64 times for Wales, and was made the team's captain.

8 A clean player who has NEVER been red-carded for Man Utd.

9 A role-model family man who has never been in the papers for the wrong reasons.

10 A fundraiser for charity and a campaigner against landmines and racism.

11 Admired by players and managers as the Premiership's "Best".

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191. Get rid of the delilberate rushed behind rule

Over the past years the AFL has brought in many rule changes to 'improve' the game.

Hand in the back
Chopping of the arms
Interchange Rule
4 boundary umpires

These are just some of the rules which have been spectacular fails. The rushed behind rule which penalises a defender for deliberately rushing a behind has been brought in for the 2009 Premiership Season. This petition's aim is to show Demetriou and Anderson that we, the supporters of the AFL, don't want this rule to be a part of our game.

By starting this petition I am not only hoping to get rid of this rule, but to show the AFL that we are sick of the rules changing every year.

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192. Cap Ticket Prices on eBay

As consumers, no one finds it fair and right that people can purcase tickets for shows, concerts and sports events and then sell the tickets on eBay to make a massive profit!

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193. Retain Ted Jackson as Head Coach at Dallas High School

Retain Ted Jackson as Head Coach of Football at Dallas High School.

MAKE SURE YOU FILL OUT THE CITY AND STATE BOXES ON SIGNATURE PAGE.

COMPLETED HIS 24TH SEASON AT DALLAS IN NOVEMBER 2008
OVERALL RECORD IS 201-71-3
73% CAREER WINNING PERCENTAGE
11 WVC TITLES
3 DISTRICT TITLES
4 EC TITLES
1993 PIAA CLASS AA STATE TITLE
13-TIME WVC COACH OF THE YEAR
19-4-1 CAREER RECORD VS. ARCHRIVAL LAKE LEHMAN (OLD SHOE GAME)
BIG 33 ASSISTANT COACH (PA - 1995)
EAST HEAD COACH (PFSCA EAST-WEST ALL STAR GAME 2001)
RETIRED FROM TEACHING IN 2008 FROM W-B AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT AFTER 35 YEARS OF SERVICE
CURRENTLY PART TIME EDUCATION PROFESSOR AT MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY
RESIDES IN SHAVERTOWN WITH WIFE SANDY & DAUGHTER JILL (18)
2 SONS - TED JR. (30) AND MATT (26)
PROUD GRANDFATHER - MAX (22 MONTHS) AND JARED (4 MONTHS) JACKSON

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194. Support the development of futsal courts at West Lindfield Sports and Recreation Club

West Lindfield Sport and Recreation Club is dedicated to supporting the community through the provision of sporting and recreation facilities. Currently, there are 1800 playing members of the Lindfield Football Club and no all-weather practice courts in Ku-ring-gai.

By providing futsal courts, Lindfield FC will be able to hold futsal competitions and offer the all-weather facilities to local schools and groups. There are 5000 children attending schools within a 5km radius of the Club in Highfield Road, Lindfield. WLS&RC supports the fitness of children and their families by providing local facilities through a not-for-profit community organisation.

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195. Back The Manager - Save NFFC from Relegation

Billy Davies has come out in the press saying that the board are not backing him with funds to get the necessary playing staff needed in the fight to maintain Championship status.

Fans have suspected for many years that the board is not fully backing managers with appropriate funds for both transfer fees and wages. This has to stop.

Fans have continued to support the club through nearly a decade of dismal performances culminating in 3 years in League One. Its time for Nigel Doughty to deliver on his promise of progress at the club.

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196. Too Much Money in Football

The amount of money in football is ridiculous.

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197. bring back strings for yasmin

bring back strings for yasmin at elland road before a game

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198. Put an end to the Fox robot

The Fox robot is an annoying distraction to football games and must be stopped by the start of next season.

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199. Return Michael Vick To The NFL

This petition is in opposition to the petition that is requesting that Michael Vick be banned from the NFL.

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200. Keep PES6 Servers Open!

Konami have announced they will be terminating the servers for Pro Evolution Soccer 6 on the 2/2/2009.

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201. Please Buy a Left Back Celtic!

Traditionally, Celtic will not play with a decent left back to make the league exciting.

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202. Reform the CSA

In view of our recent early departure from World Cup Qualifications we feel that changes need to be made at several levels.

1) The Organization Review report prepared by Deloitte & Touche for the Canadian Soccer Association has been in your possession for almost 3 years. Start implementing it immediately.

2) In consultation with the Men's National Team players decide who is the best person to lead Canada forward as a coach.

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203. Keep McNabb

Mcnabb > Kolb

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204. Stop section 27

This is a petition to register displeasure at police using unneccessary measures to send football fans home for no reason using section 27.

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205. Fair go for football

For years football has been the target of journalists with an obvious aim of putting the game down for the benefit of their own preferred sport of choice.

Now is the time we say enough is enough, we are Australians and deserve the same respect and treatment enjoyed by rival sports.

It is fair to criticise when based on FACT but when a clear anti football agenda exists and certain facts are ignored it shows blatant discrimination.

Firstly, rugby league and AFL journalists are in no position to comment on the world game. It should be left to those who are. The likes of Simon Hill, Michael Cockerill and others can comment from a position of truth and no hidden agendas.

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206. Get Liam Dickinson back to Derby

This petition is to encourage the management of Derby County Football Club to give their loanee striker Liam Dickinson a chance to prove himself when he returns to the club.

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207. Don't let Cousins back

There have been numerous petitions calling for the re-instatement of Ben Cousins to WCE, however I'm yet to see one for him not to return to WCE.

In the interest of not being biased I believe all those who don't want Cousins to return should have a voice as well.

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208. STAND UP FOR THE PARS

Football grounds have become sanitised by the introduction of all seater stadiums.

We want a safe standing area at East End Park to accommodate those fans who want to bring the atmosphere back to a stadium who once proudly had the title of Best Football Ground in Scotland. Let's put some life back into this grand old lady.

WE WANT THE CHOICE TO SIT / STAND AT EAST END PARK.

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209. Capital Letters On Football Shirts

I don't know if its just me, but as I sit here watching Fenerbache V Arsenal, I'm finding it very annoying that the Players names on the shirts don't start with a capital letter.

I'm not overly fussy about grammar but for some reason this really bugs me. I Mean just because there footballers and think there cool, doesn't mean they are allowed to become illiterate!

So anyone else who finds this annoying, or really loves grammar, please sign this petition!!

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210. Rob Styles out

The FA Premier League and Coca Cola Leagues for football in England have all seen a severe decline in the refereeing standard over the past few years and we are calling for the correct body to act as soon as possible to remove poor referees from the game – in particular Rob Styles whose actions over the past few years have caused outrage throughout football and embarrassment for the Referees’ Association and his colleagues.

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