21 January 2021

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The Guide on supporting an AFL Team

Recently, the Australian Football League has received a fair amount of attention in the US due to former NFL punter, Pat McAfee raving about the sport for the past month. I (the author) am Australian and I love the sport with a strong passion. Considering that a fair amount of our viewers aren’t Aussie, I thought I’d give a guide on supporting an AFL team. We will rank teams in order (18 being awful to 1 being brilliant). The ranking is based on, how many premierships the team has won (premierships are much like Super Bowls), when the team started playing, describe what their fans are like, where they finished in the standings in the previous season, and we’ll also compare them to NBA teams. The teams past, present, and futures will all play a role in their rank. We are going to be ranking this from worst to best using all the considerations just listed. If you would like to know the rules of AFL, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMZYZcoAcU0 . Without further ado, let’s roll into the list.

18 – Gold Coast Suns

Premierships – 0

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Year they started playing – 2011

Amount of Fans – 18th in the league

Seed last year – 18th

NBA comparison – Minnesota Timberwolves

17 – Fremantle Dockers

Premierships – 0

Year they started playing – 1995

Amount of Fans – 12th in the league

Seed Last Year – 13th

NBA Comparison – Memphis Grizzlies

16 – Port Adelaide Power

Premierships – 1

Year they started playing – 1997

Amount of Fans – 11th in the league

Seed Last Year – 10th

NBA Comparison – Atlanta Hawks

15 – Adelaide Crows

Premierships – 2

Year they started playing – 1991

Amount of Fans – 7th in the league

Seed Last Year – 11th

NBA Comparison – Portland Trail Blazers

14 – Sydney Swans

Premierships – 5

Year they started playing – 1982 (Technically they started playing in 1897, but they relocated to Sydney in 1982)

Amount of Fans – 9th in the league

Seed Last Year: 15th

NBA Comparison – Golden State Warriors

13 – St Kilda Saints

Premierships – 1

Year they started playing – 1897

Amount of Fans: 14th in the league

Seed Last Year: 14th

NBA Comparison: Sacramento Kings

12 – Brisbane Lions

Premierships – 3

Year they started playing – 1997 (Technically they started playing in 1897, but the team formerly known as the Fitzroy Lions went bankrupt and merged with another bankrupt team called the Brisbane Bears)

Amount of Fans: 17th in the league

Seed Last Year: 2nd

NBA Comparison: Miami Heat

11 – North Melbourne Kangaroos

Premierships – 4

Year they started playing – 1925

Amount of Fans: 15th in the league

Seed Last Year: 12th

NBA Comparison: Houston Rockets

10 – Greater Western Sydney Giants

Premierships – 0

Year they started playing – 2012

Amount of Fans – 16th in the league

Seed Last Year – 6th

NBA Comparison – New Orleans Pelicans

9 – Melbourne Demons

Premierships – 12

Year they started playing – 1897

Amount of Fans – 10th in the league

Seed Last Year – 17th

NBA Comparison – Chicago Bulls

8 – Carlton Blues

Premierships – 16

Year they started playing – 1897

Amount of Fans – 8th in the league

Seed Last Year – 16th

NBA Comparison – Los Angeles Lakers

7 – Western Bulldogs

Premierships – 2

Year they started playing – 1925

Amount of Fans – 13th in the league

Seed Last Year – 7th

NBA Comparison – New York Knicks

6 – Geelong Cats

Premierships – 9

Year they started playing – 1897

Amount of Fans – 6th in the league

Seed Last Year: 1st

NBA Comparison: San Antonio Spurs

5 – Hawthorn Hawks

Premierships – 13

Year they started playing – 1925

Amount of Fans – 5th in the league

Seed Last Year – 9th

NBA Comparison – Philadelphia 76ers

4 – Essendon Bombers

Premierships – 16

Year they started playing – 1897

Amount of Fans – 4th in the league

Seed Last Year: 8th

NBA Comparison – Boston Celtics

3 – West Coast Eagles

Premierships: 4

Year they started playing – 1987

Amount of Fans – 2nd in the league

Seed Last Year: 5th

NBA Comparison: Los Angeles Clippers

2 – Collingwood Magpies

Premierships – 15

Year they started playing – 1897

Amount of Fans – 3rd in the league

Seed Last Year: 4th

NBA Comparison: Los Angeles Lakers (couldn’t come up with different team)

1 – Richmond Tigers

Premierships – 12 (They are the reigning champs this year)

Year they started playing – 1908

Amount of Fans – 1st in the league

Seed Last Year: 3rd

NBA Comparison: Golden State Warriors (couldn’t come up with different team)

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