Don’t pick him…. he’s rubbish!
It’s that time again, the time when we all move from being a friendly helpful part of the DT community into a snarling dog protecting his food bowl. He’s my Smokey..… All mine, you can’t have him!
Each day now every little task is a stressful exercise. Wake up, open the paper…. Please don’t unearth my Smokey; please don’t do a story on my unique…. Phew. Another day passes, only a few weeks to go.
Log onto the websites… Another article is up on DT Talk… slowly work the mouse down… hasn’t mentioned him yet, nothing yet…Yes! Another day passes and my Smokey stays Smokey.
Next day article, please don’t mention him, ple….. F%*k! He’s been mentioned!… OK, just wait, hopefully nobody takes any notice. There’s a reply, two, three… This is getting risky; the band wagon is leaving the station… He will be at 20% ownership soon! OK spin machine, time to kick into gear! I reply with “nah he’s injury prone as! I wouldn’t touch him… didn’t you see him last year? The other guy is going to take his spot…not even best 22…actually I want you to pick him, makes my job of winning the car easier”
First reply comes in…. “Oh yer, he’s rubbish that guy”. Phew, my self-preservation is ensured for another day. I feel like a pirate trying to protect the hidden treasure from all the savages, sending them all on bum chases for coconuts and rocks. The prospectus is the treasure map but do they know how to read it? …and all this treachery for what? Obviously he’s a Smokey for a reason, I mean if he was guaranteed to be a gun he would be in everyone’s team already. The truth is I’m stubborn, I want the glory! I wanna be the guy that picked the Smokey break out gun from the start! Even though I know at years end everybody is going to say they picked him anyway…..everyone’s a hindsight genius. But if this guy bombs and uses a burnt trade for a 100k loss he was mine and mine only.
Before you look down at me… I know you all do it, I know you all lie and cheat and manoeuvre around situations to keep your interests intact! Sometimes it’s worse than watching politicians… watching us lot trying to hustle and scam when a particular player gets mentioned.
Next weekend will be another round of NAB games and another chance for our Smokey’s to be smoked out for all to see. Can we possibly down grade a player’s great performances in a full length game? I mean the tried and true excuses from the short games like ‘pfft 40 mins of football ‘ or ‘mickey mouse rules’ won’t work this weekend, need another set of excuses to explain why my Smokey wasn’t as good as he looked.
So remember with a month to go… don’t trust anyone! Chook, Warnie, Roy, Calvin and co’ excepted… Or are they?