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The Sunday eve knee-jerk – Round 1

I thought my Dreamteam puzzle came out perfect….. Until the games went from being played in my head…to being played on the ground…my beautiful puzzle is now in pieces on the floor, and the cat has pissed on it…which can only lead to one thing; it’s time to knee-jerk people!



The Sunday eve knee-jerk. Round 1 edition

When I first saw that there would be 2 partial lockouts before the season started I thought…how tedious! Just start the thing already! But as the week panned out I liked it more and more. Think of your dream team as a jigsaw puzzle….you had spent all summer looking at those little pieces trying to get it perfect but it was doing your head in! After partial lock out 1 you got to step back and have a look at the bigger picture… and it worked! You had all the border pieces down and locked away, then you could go back to the puzzle and piece in a few more pieces before partial lock out 2 on Thursday. Step back, look at it again… Then go back in for one last hit to place in the remaining pieces. For me it worked perfectly…As the parts of the team were locked away… it became easier and easier to fill the gaps. I thought my puzzle came out perfect….. Until the games went from being played in my head…to being played on the ground…my beautiful puzzle is now in pieces on the floor, and the cat has pissed on it….which can only lead to one thing; it’s time to knee-jerk people!

The Legend.

An early nomination for legend of the round goes to the goal umpire from the Essendon V Kangaroos game. He copped a huge head shot and kept on like nothing had happened. I fear what would have happened if that had of been Chelsea! It’s a bit weird that if you brush past a midfield ump you get 2 weeks but you can smash a goal umpire and get nothing! Another brief nomination is Matthew Scarlett; he did to Ballantyne what we have always wanted to do…but this week’s legend will now be announced in the style of a boxing ring announcer. Introducing…. in the red and blue corner, the man from the VFL, its James… Magnet… Mitsubishi… Magner the Magnificent! OK let’s be honest, when you pay 85k you don’t expect much but let’s just say when he kicked two goals with his first 2 kicks I sensed movement below. As the game progressed he went on to rack up the stats in a Barlow like debut, however there was a small worry at the end as he hobbled off after registering a ton. Could be interesting to see how we go next week with Old Mac and Mags on the bench… could mean a start for fellow 85k man Couch? Let’s not worry about that yet…. Let’s just bask in Magnets legend status while we still can.

The Sunday chop.

On the knee-jerk chopping block this week is Steven Morris. There are some things in life that no matter how hard you try and be ready for, your brain won’t let you. Like when you are waiting for the toast to pop… You know it’s going to pop, you are ready for it but it still startles you when it happens. Or when you get to the escalator and it isn’t moving…you know it isn’t moving, but when you step on you always jerk back like you didn’t know. In much the same way is Morris. I kind of knew he was rubbish, but my brain wouldn’t let me accept it, so I picked him…..and now I suffer the consequences. He throws himself in giving it 100% but there are no stats or points at the end of it! In fact judging by the shakes of Hardwicks head I don’t know how long he will keep a spot at the tigers…. And that’s the most damning stat of all.  I feel an end of round 2 stuff up trade coming on!

The Clown.

There are a few clowns this week. Firstly I’d like to nominate the camera man who thought it would be a good idea to show Eddie Betts rolling in super slow-mo. I’m pretty sure his shorts have gone a size bigger this year; in fact I hear he covers his boat with them during the week. All I know is I didn’t need to see that super slow-mo with the flapping and the gaping in graphic detail. Next clown is Mitch Golby, originally when he was on 16 at half time he was a clown, but he went on to redeem himself and score a respectable 75. So in effect he scored 75 in 3 quarters which is on target for a ton! The clown nomination comes from injuring our man Magner the Magnificent….. I mean what the hell do you think you are doing? Going anywhere near our premium cash cow? Rhys Palmer destroyed the leg of our last rookie hope Barlow and people still haven’t forgiven him so Mitch, you’d want to hope The Magnet is ok.

The this game sh*ts me.

This week Dream team sh*ts me in many ways, but to narrow it down to one, this week Dream team sh*ts me because of one man…Ross Lyon. Never has a man’s name fitted his nature so perfectly, he has been lyon to us all pre-season! Broughton is a midfielder; he is training with the midfield group he says…. Sure enough he played in the middle during the NAB. He cried out pick me pick me! So of course me (and countless others) did so. As soon as we lose unlimited trades we learn that out man is just a spare parts player, including the dreaded lockdown….. Our PREMIUM defender goes on to scrape a 50 odd. If I could create in icon for a raised middle finger I would, but I don’t so I’ll just say up yours Lyon!

So that’s about it for this Sunday night. At the moment I’ve scored about 2130 with McCarthy still playing for port, not to sure how to feel really. There is always the inevitable let down after round one, our shiny new teams aren’t as perfect as we had thought. What knee-jerk thoughts do you have so far about the round just passed? Any nominations for Legend, Chop, Clown or why this game sh*ts you? Hows your score? Get it all down now before we get rational again in time for Tbettas bullets!

Tweet me over the weekends with your nominations or thoughts @adzman78



  1. swanlow36

    April 2, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Eek!!! What a f*ck of a joke you are Brian Lake. A lovely 29 points in three quarters and Heath Shaw, I’ll NEVER pick you again. FMDT. This is a round 1 I’ll never forget.

  2. graham allen

    April 2, 2012 at 7:29 am

    neeld is a definite clown, traded out the widolicker kid for bate friday arvo, gets the dreaded vest. dee’s get smashed all over the place and bate makes an appearance after 3/4 time and knocks out a respectable 30. neeld you are a nob

  3. Robbie

    April 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Ablett or Pendles for skipper this week? Both have a huge chance for massive scores. Went with Ablett in rd 1 which was the right choice, but not sure which way to go atm?

  4. Dezza

    April 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Has anyone used the new trade system? I had a quick look and it looks more confusing than last year. Im worried that if I try to swap deledio from midfield to backline it will put him down as that I traded him out.

  5. Brak


    April 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    just to clarify this week once PARTIAL lockout begins you can no longer reverse your trades for that week.

  6. joseph

    April 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Thinking of captain Gazza this week, who’s everyone else going???

    • joseph

      April 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      last 3 rounds against st kilda are, 118, 114, 115

      • Ingoes

        April 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

        well let’s be honest they are only just enough. So i’d be leaning to swan who pretty much always rapes the tigers. And is a little unique atm

  7. Murt

    April 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    My knee Jerk is in regards to my captain choice, i put Mumford as my VC planning on using the loophole but 2 weeks before the start of the season i decided i couldn’t be bothered worrying about it so i changed Gablett to my captain……or so i thought….after not paying any attention to it and concentrating on who else to pick i didn’t even realise i had actually made Mummy captain and Gablett VC…i realised on Sunday morning and needless to say it ruined my weekend!!!
    I can’t believe after all these years i could make a rookie mistake. FMDT!

  8. hatters

    April 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    What shits me – Tom Lynch ( the Adelaide one) has a great NAB cup and i’m looking for an unique forward, but i’m worried about his js- YES full squad to choose from and he’s named CHF – there’s my unique forward with reasonable js ——— Green Vest !!! —— That shits me.

  9. Harps

    April 3, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Okay my knee jerkoff is to the dreamteam creators. Firstly for making round 10/12 competitive rounds,2nd goes to the Afl for having way to many split rounds. 1 game the 1st week then a Thursday night game then 7 games after that . wankers.
    Does anyone think they will score above 14/1500 in rounds 10-12.
    people will have to have @ least 2 players from 4 teams, most I can see some1 fielding is 18 players for their DT. The stupid thing is these rounds are comp, rounds where as 1-3count for sh!t, This is the most Idiodic thing that a dreamteam comp could of done. 1&2 we split the rounds that don’t count & 10/12 we make people play each other F/WITS

    • deez go

      April 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      I agree, you’ll have to sacrifise one round to actually score more than 2000 for the others

  10. Harps

    April 3, 2012 at 4:21 am

    The clown. Me for getting my mrs into playing DT
    This game sh!ts me. The 4 pieces of A4 paper she uses every day to work out the team she wants after the 1st game” sorry game 2 NAB cup” to say who she wants 2 get “the fact she has made 2 trades already” the fact that she lost points on swapping players before stargate lockout 1,200,743 started(around 200) The FACT IT WAS MY LATE NIGHT OBSESSION & MINE ALONE”gone now.& last but not least the fact that I have to stop drinking because it is time for bed “damn you sleep for cutting into my drinking time”

    • Austin Pwrz

      April 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Very enjoyable reading Harps… trying not to laugh out loud at work…

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