The Sunday evening knee-jerk. Round 15 edition
The DT world works in mysterious ways. All week we were dreading the Thursday night teams, we had finally passed all the carnage during the byes and we finally had a full squad to pick from but we thought we would be needing every little bit of that bench coverage to get us through this week. We had Goddard out, Martin out and the very real spectre of Buddy and Boyd being outs also but as the teams were read out on Thursday we were given respite! Not only were Buddy and Boyd named but everybody’s bench covers were named also… your Darleys, Shaws, Treloars, Gibsons… Even Kruezers main ruck enemy Warnock was dropped. Could it have been any better? Well Friday struck and our joy was short lived… out came Darley and Hargrave. Then Saturday comes, Waters is a late out, But Hargrave flies with the team. How are we supposed to keep up??? Best not to try….. Just worry about the things you can control, like knee-jerking, lets do it!
Those of you who follow me on Twitter would know i was in a corporate box last night. As the Bomber horror picture show was unfolding in front of me I felt compelled to drink.. a lot. When I woke up this morning I did the.. Hmmm am I hungover? My eyes are open, I feel OK…WooHoo! I think I’ve escaped it! Then I stood up and every drink immediately rushed straight back to my head, BOOM ahh there it is, hungover like a bitch. I got back into bed and checked last night scores… I thought i remembered Zorko having a big score but I May have been seeing the phone funny, better check. 140! I reckon that’s enough to make him legend this week. There was a slight doubt that he would fade off a bit after last weeks score but he did cop a head knock which may explain it, other than that he has done nothing but score tons for us. At a time when we need coverage for Martin, Zorko is not only delivering, but is staking a claim for his spot for good! Zorkos story is a good one, he was a bricklayer who got seen by a Lions scout while they were there to watch McKeever (42). Zorko pretty much won the game off his own boot that day and the scouts were advised to watch every one of his games after that…. the rest is history I guess. One week a bricklayer, the next a legend. Special mentions to Cox (148) and Goodes (137) for legend worthy scores and Priddis for handballing his way to 141. 24 handballs! That’s more than Bartlett, Lucas, Daicos and Ablett Snr made in their careers combined. We would run out of space if we wanted to start mentioning Hawthorn players decent scores, 11 of them topped the ton which must be close to a record, (12 if the buddy mercy rule wasn’t called) the best of them Cyril Rioli (158) would have his 25 000 owners rapt.
The Sunday Chop
First chop has to be the Essendon ‘Clash’ Strip. I know I was drunk but seriously it made it HARDER to see between the two sides! It was more of a clash! Not only were either side wearing white shorts but both sides had white numbers, its one big cock up really. Then you had Leroy Jetta (68) wearing the grey long sleeves.. it looked like a wetsuit! Which was handy really, for the way the saints flooded back into the bomber forward line, and for the Flood gates opening after the saints umpteenth goal in a row. Smart thinking Leroy. As far as real chops go if you are still hanging on to Magner (13) he has to go, he bled another $18k to $261k. Jack Reddens (66) on again off again season continued but still averages a tick over 100. Stanton (74) continues to slide from his early season highs but you could hardly chop him now, he’s there til the end one would think. Wellingham (89) deserves a chop for his dirty bump on Kade Simpson (46) He lined him up good and proper and could get any number of week.. 4? 5? more? In the end though, not a lot of chops this week.
I don’t often quote people verbatim in this column, its usually just a series of ad hock ranting’s but I heard an interview this week that really worried me. This is a transcript of what Scott Watters (Clown?) said; “One of the things we’ve really tried to challenge Brendon (Goddard) with is not to be a player that wins the ball across half back, and play that sweeping role, I think over three or four years a lot of players these days have the plus one role, that players sweep into, we want to get him out of that” Hang on…. hold up a bit there Scotty… so let me get this straight, you want him to be a worse DT’er? To not get free and mooch cheap ball for us? He continues; “He’s played wing, he’s played as a defender, he’s played as a high forward and he’s played as an inside mid because I want to challenge him to win contested ball and balance his game out.” So you want to turn a player who has a great knack of getting loose and distributing the ball 30+ times onto team mates chests into a player that has to scratch and scrape and work hard for every single possession? I can see that you are trying to build the perfect AFL player here but what about our perfect DT’er? If I had have known you wanted to re-build our DT star from the ground up like some kind of Frankenstein I wouldn’t have touched him with a ten foot pole! Which leads me on to why this game sh*ts me…….
The this game sh*ts me
I hate false advertising. Like when you put on an ‘adult’ movie and they have a girl in pigtails and cheerleader skirt who is supposed to be a college girl… but turns out to be about 35 and wider than the Sydney Harbour tunnel. In a DT sense the false advertising that has shat me is the faux premium. This week there were quite a few examples but i’ll focus on one guy in particular who didn’t even get on the park….. Brendan Goddard. I like many didn’t start with him; I had a feeling that he was going to wane this year. In reality he hasn’t been the same player since the drawn grand final, he seems angry and distracted. More to the point he is showing that demeanor that players have shown when they have a handshake deal somewhere else the next season. Anyway after he started the year with a few good scores I got spooked and bought him in….. Since then I have received nothing like the premium scores that were advertised.. In fact I’m getting zero in the next two weeks on account of a behind the play act. Is Goddard finished as a fantasy prospect? Is he too easily tagged? Is he too angry? Or is it the retraining from Watters? Whatever it is it wasn’t advertised when I bought him (or maybe it was and I chose to ignore it) either way that’s what sh*ts me about dream team.
So anyway that’s about it then for this set of hungover affected post round musings. Bit of a dodgy week with a few high scoring players but a lot of middle range scores. I’ve got captain Boyd still chopping away and closing in on 2200 with the Waters donut. How about you, happy with your score? Any legends, clowns, chops or angry thoughts to get out? Do it now before we get serious again in time for the bullets.
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