The Knee-Jerk: Round 14
This weeks knee-jerk starts with a bombshell; I’ll never come out and say I’m the best DT’er there is, sure I’ve come in the top 300 the past few years but I’d expect no less for the amount of hours I put in. But there is one thing holding me back, one thing keeping me b-grade instead of elite. I’m addicted to trading.
This weeks knee-jerk starts with a bombshell; I’ll never come out and say I’m the best DT’er there is, sure I’ve come in the top 300 the past few years but I’d expect no less for the amount of hours I put in. But there is one thing holding me back, one thing keeping me b-grade instead of elite. I’m addicted to trading. There I said it! (That should keep the 10 step recovery people happy) To all my mates who say I’m stuffed because I’ve burnt too many trades but I always cockily reassure that I’ve got a plan…well… I don’t! I’m like a kid; I see and I want, I want the best team now! Not round 18…so there you have it, I’ve just bared my soul…but surely I’m not the only one with this sickness?
Jobe Watson (33)
Watson’s body is letting him down; if he’s in your side he needs to be out quicker than a drunken Warne Dawg out of the Crown Casino handcuffed. Do it now, don’t wait for Friday. Purge!
Shaun Higgins (53)
Higgins has gone cold again, colder than that last chip you find in the bottom of your McDonalds bag after your burger is finished. One would suspect he is sore in some way but I have no idea where we would get a crazy notion like that from
Alan Didak (26)
Although he was injured and subbed he still didn’t look like a player in form. No point selling now because you’d only get a cold half-eaten pie as a trade value.
A lot of noise has been made in DT circles about the hawks this year…more noise than the garbo makes under your front window at 5am. It’s hard to know who to add here so I’ll just use the ones who have a name starting with S. Smith (138), Shiels (134), Savage (128), Suckling (126), Sammy (128)….it’s a shame I couldn’t add Birchall but I could go on forever if I start. This team is a DT slut machine.
Gary Ablett (118)
For the first time I actually studied Boyd today; gee he is an average footballer, just like Swan, if there were prizes for tumble punts he’d be right up there. But of course he is DT gold; I have gone with Ablett today because the guy in my eyes has just rubber stamped champion status. He is not only DT gold but a joy to watch.
Dane Swan (125)
After what I just said I have to add this…He’s back and he sure did look fresher and full of life. Was it the drugs? Was it the high altitude? Or was it just a couple of weeks off and a recharge?. Whatever the reason it looks like we have our DT Swan back.
Grass is greener
They say you never really know somebody until you’ve lived with them. I’d never have guessed my missus could be annoying but now even the sound of her brushing her teeth sounds like someone scraping the barnacles off the side of a ship to me. But before we lived together I thought she had no faults. It’s the same in DT. I have admired Boyd’s scores from a far for many years but had never owned him, until this week. Well I can say that I’m not a fan already! Give me back Selwood any day! I love a player who is in everything all the time and on the TV every frame, not this player who I never see but just accumulates behind the scenes. Boydy, if you want to be my cup of tea please get amongst it this week and do something flashy, or dye your hair.
There are loads of things in life that go out of fashion, one of them is plate spinning; it used to be huge at the circus back in the day but it’s gone the way of the bearded lady and gratuitous abuse of animals. The new millenniums form of plate spinning is DT. You are running from side to side tending to issues before they flare, then running the other way to get to another before it’s too late. Heppell is leaking money! Quick trade, woops Selwood got a 4 weeker, needs work, woops Isaac Smith is on the bubble, must get…woops, Collingwoods bye, need cover…woops, Sandi still out, what to do, woops Adcock 4 weeks, needs attention… while you are running from side to side spinning the sticks to keep the plates up you are making rash decisions just to keep things going. Bugger it, I’ll just let a few plates fall and turn it into a comedy act.
This years changed rules have bred a new DT culture; overall vs. league is the buzz term this year. But it’s a cop out! Generally they aren’t mutually exclusive, if you play well both should take care of themselves. Whenever I see somebody in the forum saying they are playing for the league only my mind always thinks it’s because he has rooted up and lost sight of the car. Lets be honest, everyone starts out hoping for the car then readjust their goals when they find out they are rubbish. It’s a sneaky way of accepting mediocrity; like being a big fish in your small league pond. With all this being said I’m about to put my cue in the rack…go for the league win, the 2000 spot mountain is too far for me to climb, but I’m not going to lie and say I was never going for overall!
DT is fickle. When a cow is in your team they are like family, you follow all their fortunes, check how they are training – their average, their kick to handball ratio. You couldn’t take any more interest! Then he reaches maturity and needs to be traded out, he’s off and out of your life! Like dumping a GF and changing your number, never to receive another call. What’s his average now? how many kicks last week? Who cares! I don’t know you; you’re a stranger to me now. Heppell was a good one this year; when he was performing he was everyone’s 7th back keeper, then the tipping point came… some people got sentimental and kept him, those people are now cursing. Some people loved him and left him – they are now smiling. Don’t get soft people! Cull who needs to be culled, its dog eat dog out there.
So that’s it for this week…I’m eating a nice purple glazed donut thanks to Mzungu….unless Harper makes a late bid for a game tomorrow. Looks like a good scoring week anyway.
Any other knee-jerks out there?