The Sunday evening knee-jerk. Round 9 edition.
Another round over.. another round closer to the byes. How did you go? good round or bad round? lets knee-jerk.
The Sunday evening knee-jerk. Round 9 edition.
Remember when the Millennium Falcon was flying towards the Death Star? Han thought it was just a small moon. It looked harmless until they got caught in its tractor beam and realised it was a space station full of evil. I reckon that’s how the byes have been. Early on in the piece we all thought it would be easy to negotiate, harmless!… but as we get closer and closer we can see how deadly it is going to be. We are caught in its tractor beam and there’s no way out… like it or lump it the byes are coming… are you ready to fight? Or will you just slink it and hide in the smuggling compartments til it’s over. I guess we still have a few weeks til then so we will just try to focus on this week for the moment. It was an OK week, not too much carnage but not many huge scores either, how did you go… good or bad?… Anything to knee jerk about? Let’s do it.
On Friday night Stevie j (148) had one of his party trick nights like only he can but he dosent make it as legend this week. This weeks legend has been bubbling along nicely all year but not getting much attention. I’ll start by saying pre-season, all we heard out of Carlton was Bryce Gibbs (111) this, Brice Gibbs that, superstar, breakout ect ect. At the same time this weeks legend Brett Deledio (141) had pulled his hammy and was making his way out of sides by the second. Fast forward to now and Gibbs has an average around 85 while Deledio has an average over 115 only dipping under the 100 once. Being a defender makes him doubly gold! For mine Lids is almost the complete player… can get the ball inside and out, great disposal, great overhead and can take a hit. He has become DT must have and now has a knee-jerk legend award to add to his pool room. Of the two number one draft picks i know who i prefer.
p.s i’d love to have Shane Tuck (152) as a legend but i just dont trust that ear blu tack.
The Sunday chop.
Where to start! I have put my squad on notice, they all now know that as soon as the byes hit nobody is safe. If you are sh*tting me you will go. Top of the list at the moment is Sam Jacobs (48) I picked him because he was Adelaide’s lone ruck man, and had shown great form late last year… i gave him the benefit of the doubt despite the red hair. But now as a stroke of bad luck Josh Jenkins (57) has forced his way into the side and halved Jacobs scoring! What complicates matters is I also have Matthew Kruezer(79) on the chopping block. He is now part of a dreaded 3 prong ruck attack at the blues, we all saw what that did to Ryder last year at Essendon. Giles(92) has been killing both of them so he stays, BigO (73) keeps the bench spot, it will be a fight to the death between Sauce and Kruuz to see who stays. I might put them on the back of horses so they can joust for the spot! In other chopping news Ol’ bionic knees Malceski (65) is on notice…. I would have thought if i were making the perfect bionic man I wouldn’t just stop at the knees.. id give him bionic arms, legs and muscles too… c’mon Eski, if it wasn’t for the ruck men dilemma you’d be a goner!
The clown is a pretty obvious one this week, again its Mark Neeld. As if he dosent already have enough to worry about without me badgering him but mate.. please.. Tom Couch? I guess things are looking up for us though…. they have been playing like rubbish and he can’t get a game, but they actually had an improved performace this week…. does that mean Couch gets in on a count of some form of bizzaro form turn around clause? I can just see Neeld each week saying, ‘i’d love to bring you in but it wouldnt be fair… lets wait til we are playing better first…
The this game sh*ts me.
Remember in primary school… they always had a ‘bush week’ when everyone would come in wearing check shirts and jeans. We would churn butter; make music with a lager phone and other such uncool pursuits… Then they would make us do that stupid square dance with the girls just to dispel the myth that touching a girl would give you cooties…. You would do the heel and toe, heel and toe, do-si-do, link arms go round in a circle then onto the next girl… then back again. You had to pretend not to enjoy it just incase your mates were watching. How many people in the last month have done the do-si-do with either Ablett ->Swan -> Ablett? Or the Ablett -> Murphy -> Ablett? I hate that dance and I hate these wasted trades! Unless of course you waited on Ablett… and you are waiting on Swan… in this case you are one legendary tantric DT trader! Well done…. I don’t have Swan, but I went Ablett to Murphy and back again… and that’s why DT sh*ts me.
The other bits and pieces.
A better dream team coach than me once said the test of a true DT manager is knowing when to take a donut. While most are trading away early donuts on a whim the astute managers are swallowing them and moving on. So this got me to thinking… maybe over the bye weeks is the time to taste a few donuts at a time when most Muppets will probably be devouring a 12 pack anyway. It’s all about damage limitation to your overall score…If the bulk of the rest of the competition is taking multiple donuts and you only take a few donuts, you still come out ahead… right? Hmmm So while I’m here forcing myself not to upgrade, or bringing in players I don’t quite love all because of the bye structure I’m starting to think that maybe racking up the points now but snacking on a few donuts in rd’s 12 and 13 may actually have the team coming out ahead anyway. In reality for the bye plans to work everything has to go right……When was the last time you had a full bench of players active? Plus at the moment injuries are throwing everything into jeopardy. How would you feel if you sacrificed everything to get your bye plan working then you had 3 LTI’s in rd. 10 and blew everything apart? You’d be behind on points and the mug who didn’t plan at all would probably be at an advantage over you because he already had guns in for the first 10 weeks. All those people would be like Steven Bradbury skating past all the better performing skaters and taking the gold medal. I see all this now but changing strategy now is like trying to turn the Queen Mary… or the Costa Concordia.. and we all saw how that ended up. Right now is the tipping point in the bye planning v head in sand mindsets… which are you?
So that’s about it for this Sunday night. Im going OK, look to be scoring just over 2200 depending on how the Derby goes in the second half. How about you, 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? Get it down now before we get rational again in time for Tbettas bullets!
Hit me up with any thoughts or nominations on twitter @adzman78