Welcome to the round 8 knee jerk. This weeks knee jerk is brought to you in the voice of the great John Deekes doing his best JB HIFI commercial tone…DT you’ve done it again! What a week it was last week, I could not believe the carnage; Grimes, Curnow, Johnson, Higgins but to name a few. This season feels to me like a scene from Monty Pythons Holy Grail. I’m that knight in the sword battle with no arms and legs saying “Is that the best you’ve got? Come at me!” I’ll be honest…I’m teetering on the brink…I’m holding onto the leaders for dear life while DT smashes my fingers with a hammer one at a time. But that’s DT, that’s why I love this game! Nothing easy in life is worthwhile; except for that blonde slapper sitting by the bar…..
This guy has taken a successful club to its knees. He thought he was close to a premiership so he topped up with rejects, but it has sent the club spiralling out of control. In a time when the drafts have been pillaged and plundered by the new franchises the only light at the end of their tunnel will be a train. The worst thing of all about the situation is that he is a club legend, so even though he isn’t a coach’s arsehole…he will not get the sack until the very bitter end. RIP Brisbane Lions success, it was a great run you had but it’s dead and buried.
Alan Didak (60)
I don’t know what’s happened to Dids but he is a shadow of his former DT self. He just looks unfit and sluggish. He must be up all night riding in cars with shotgun toting murderers too frequently – it can’t have been his pre-season injury, it was a shoulder wasn’t it? Surely you can still keep a fitness base up with a dinged up shoulder. Whatever it is he is becoming a liability for people that own him expecting a premium.
Drew Petrie (59)
OK I had this guy in the shockers a few weeks back and got flamed but he has made his way back in with a pitiful score. Once again he got on his bike in the last to make it look semi respectable but the dish didn’t even make his b.e this time so it’s nearly curtains. A bargain that promised so much yet delivered…Well delivered about 80k. Was it worth the ride?
Jobe Watson (71)
When you sleep with dogs you wake up with fleas…….that’s exactly what happened to the bombers tonight, the Lions dragged them down to their horrible level. There was only one spectale in Brissy today worth watching and that was Black Caviar making the field look like a pack of Mr Ed’s…again. It may be a bit tough on Watson, after having been subbed for a tight hammy but he just couldn’t get into the game tonight and had a bit of a shocker for his many fantasy owners.
Heath Shaw (124)
A lot of people would have taken the opportunity to jump on his wagon this week for the Grimey LTI and I’m sure each and every one of them are grinning from ear to ear. He has a history of being a bit Katy Perry but it does seem he has matured this year into a prime rebounder again. It’s possible with the way the pies set up that it’s not viable to forward tag him anymore; if that’s the case this guy will shoot to the top of the defender rankings once more.
Zac Smith (106)
Everybodies set and forget 3rd ruckman is fast becoming a candidate for a spot on the ground. (When fixtures are favourable) I haven’t yet had the balls to start him but I’m sure this man mountain would not let me down. Surely everybody in DT has this guy but if anyone doesn’t and needs a reliable ruckman who won’t cost a bomb, jump on this guy before he turns into the next Dean Cox.
David Zaharakis (126)
A lot of talk pre-season about this guy, he was going to get a run in the middle and have a break out year. It hasn’t happened yet but I have a feeling as the year progresses he will start to have more time in the guts and he will boost those scores. He has scored three tons already and is building into a nice player; I think he has a bit of Marc Murphy about him.
Tom Rockliff (121)
He keeps going on his merry way, just racking them up. He has left Redden in his wake and proved once and for all he is the best ‘r’ in the Brisbane midfield. This guy is a Gold star premium and could be a good differential if needed.
I don’t really care what he scored he is a band wagoner because he finally gives us an excuse to buy a port player and it finally gives us a reason to watch a port game and get excited by something…anything!
I woke up this morning with a smile on my face, I went out to the car and sat in there for a while re-smelling in last night’s pizza delivery and had a little bit more joy. I’m smiling because I ran the captain gauntlet last night and won. Last night we had any number of options but only a few came through. My choice Selwood snagged 121, Swan got 115 but Chapman (83), Pendlebury (89) and Bartel (96) were slightly on the nose. In a game that looked a bit like a full ground drill at footy training I’d have expected higher scores than that. I hope you picked the right one and were smiling this morning too.
I’m probably going to sound like a bit of a sadist but I like season ending injuries. Well I don’t like them, obviously I’d rather have everyone fit but if I’m going to get an injury I like it to be final. Why? Because I love to trade, and I love having a reason to trade. So when Grimes went down my major feeling wasn’t ‘oh crap, FMDT’…my main feeling was ‘cool, who can I get in?’ This is classic addict behaviour. A junkie will make any excuse to have a hit, and I’ll make any excuse to make a trade. This bitter sweet feeling when a player goes down reminds me of breaking up with a girlfriend….. The first initial thought is ‘oh crap’….then it quickly progresses to ‘cool…who can I go out and shag? The hunt begins….this is followed by hooking up with a new GF…closely followed by ‘meh, this isn’t much better than before. It’s going to be the same this week…oh crap Grimes is out…the hunt begins for a new defender for my team, oh the possibilities!…..OK Shaw looks good, I’ll take him!…then he scores a 60 and I’m back to square one waiting for my next trade.
I’m glad Izzy and Khunt are failing…why? Not because I don’t like them, it’s a far more self centred reason than that. I wanted them to fail because all of my Muppet friends from north of the border, those with the yellow number plates always told me that Rugby league is a skilful sport, they always told me our game is for pansies and their players could play it any day. I argued that trained gorillas could play their game, and they probably don’t even have to be trained! Anyway, imagine how bad we would look if two league players just waltzed into our sport and took it by storm, we would never live that shit down. I feel happier knowing that the two most likely league guys to succeed haven’t even been able to come close, so I can finally put the argument to bed. Our game is a game of skill, a game for athletes, athletes with a brain. Their game is for large blocks of flesh. If there is one good thing to come from this it’s that we get to see a DT player actually losing money every week from a rookie price, the record books needed a bottom point. For ever now we can say….”well at least he isn’t as bad as Khunt.
Hey big spender.
Tkol’s rhetoric this week has got me to thinking. He mentioned in a rant that all good coaches already have Chappy and Swan. But I am a bargain hunter at heart…. I love raiding the discounted shelf at Coles for cheap meat and out of date chips…. It’s stamped best before …that means they are still edible! Anyway what I am trying to analyse is by me waiting this long to buy Swan and Chappy, I will be saving myself money but how many points will I have lost in the process? Is it a worth while trade off? Firstly 150k doesn’t sound like much in the grand scheme of our initial salary caps but when you measure it against what a cash cow will get you it is a lot of free money.
At the start of the year I chose Pendles ahead of Swan. This saved me about 75k which I was able to use beefing another mid range player into a premium. Now I should be able to pick Swan up for about 450k next week which represents another 60k saved…so in the most basic of terms I have saved about 150k. I have saved money, but how many points have I lost on this deal? Well prior to this week Pendles was sitting on 731 and Swan on 746. So I have lost 15 points. I know I am over simplifying the issue and a lot of people have both Swan and Pendles but what I am trying to get to the bottom of is what is the better way to go about this? Buy your premium at top price and stack on the points or wait till they are cheaper? Or have i just totally misread this situation and messed up all the maths?
A lot of bitching and moaning has been had this week by the punters complaining about the game being soft. The whole Trengrove tackle saga has had the SEN phone lines going into meltdown saying netball is tougher and what not. Well those who saw Toovey go head long into Hawkins marauding knees and thighs in that sickening collusion last night might beg to differ. Even if Toovs was only trying to lose a few teeth to fit in with the Collingwood faithful it was still a tough courageous act in a tough brutal game. Speaking of the faithful, The MCC actually closed down the car park last night so the faithful would have no hubcaps to steal so it was doubly bad for the toothless army after their loss. All this after they posted a membership count of 70.000, but I’m not sure how many dogs and cats actually use their memberships. Bit of number padding maybe? In all seriousness though I hope the lad Toovey is OK, nobody likes to see guys go down like that.
It’s not all bad
For those of you like me who have EVERY injured or omitted player at the moment try not to panic. Even if you feel like you are in a rip getting dragged out to sea don’t panic trade! The best thing to do is stay calm, let it take you out then come back in a few rounds later full of energy…and trades. That’s the parting words of wisdom from a man whose team is flailing….
Any other knee jerks or weekend football thoughts out there?