My poor mate the mailman is desperately trying to conserve trades at the moment. Each Monday he says to me “I’m not trading this week”. I try and believe him and I actually think he believes it too, but then Friday rolls along and he comes out with the solid gold classic “Just one more and then I’m stopping”. How many times have I heard myself say that one…”just one more then I’m stopping…save the rest for LTI’s”. Before DT I used to use the ‘just one more, and then I’m stopping’ when I was eating BBQ shapes or lolly bananas and I didn’t want to demolish the entire bag. Sadly I’ve nearly demolished my whole bag of trades; I now wish I had the 20% extra free bag. Anyway, what’s been happening so far this round?
Gary Ablett (23)
He is the son of god, and for most he was their Jesus- i.e. nailed on for captain, but poor old Gazza came to grief this week with a knock to the knee. For people like me that don’t own him this is a blessing from above, for those that do…..god works in mysterious ways.
Mark LeCras (57)
You know on the cold winter day when you take your jeans out of the drier and put them on; it feels the best!, it is the warmest feeling ever. Then after a few minutes they cool down and you feel even colder than you did before, they may even still be wet. This is how it feels to have brought the Frenchman recently. He burst into my team with some nice scores making me feel all warm and fuzzy, but this week he was back deep forward leaving me cold and irritable.
Lance Franklin (109) Steve Johnson (94)
My mate at school used to offer you some of his twisties but when you would put your hand in there he would hold the bag so tight you would only be able to get one out. This kind of faux giving works well on the footy field too. I love it when Buddy and SJ get the ball inside 70m, they pretend to look for a pass when you know the whole time they are going for goal. I doubt many people don’t have this pair but if not, jump on board.
Matt Priddis (118)
I’ve always had a soft spot for Priddis ever since I had him in his breakout year. The guys tries his guts out, he tries harder than Aker at a charity game. He could be a handy differential come finals time.
Shane Mumford (108)
The big sausage eater from Bunyip could be another cure to peoples Sandi inflicted ruck woes, came back and looked like he hasn’t missed a beat, the bye is the only concern there.
Other bits and pieces
Everyone knows playing DT ruins your football watching, but there is another unhealthy trend that DT is responsible for. These days players are judged whether they played well or not solely on how many DT points they scored. Every Monday it’s the same thing, people saying things like; “Stanton played well on the weekend, He scored 130!” Well actually he played a shit game, turned it over twenty times but let’s not let facts get in the way of a good statement. “How shit was Picken on the weekend! He only got 50 points”…actually he tagged Hodge out of the game and probably close to BOG. Why not just change everything and give the Brownlow to the player with the most DT points at years end? …everybody knows it’s a midfielder’s medal anyway. Or maybe as Roy said in a live show…stuff the enterprise agreement, let’s just pay the players their DT value at years end. That will make them play well to keep the break even down. Works well for all of us.
DT is a constant series of forks in the road, like sliding doors every trade will totally change the direction and score of your team. You have to be on your toes because some opportunities only flash by for a second then they are gone. I was walking down DT Street about three weeks ago; it was a windy day. Between gusts I looked down to see two things on the ground, one was a $100 note named Boyd and one was a lotto ticket named Ablett. I had to think quick before they blew away so I snatched at the Boyd, thinking at least I knew what it was….the Ablett ticket blew away in the wind never again to be reached. I now know that ticket won the jackpot…making me feel even shitter. Each week I see what I could have had if I made the right choice. Even now as I’m typing I’m shaking my head. (edit – well well well, the injury now changes things, they do say winning the lotto is a poison chalice)
The worst thing you can see when you get home from work is a copy of Cosmo sitting on the table. Because every week they have the ‘how to turn your man into a real lover’ bit, which translated means ‘how to make your man give you hours of tedious foreplay before he gets any’. I don’t know about you but I only ever see footy players warm up for a few minutes before they play the game, they would be too tired if they warmed up for ages first…(there’s always that poor sod who pulls a hammy during warm up, he never lives that one down). Anyway in a DT sense we get the little bit of foreplay, it’s called the preseason cup. But they are a tease, and if you aren’t careful you will catch something you can’t get rid of. I talk of your pre-season bolter who turns to shit once in your team proper. It took me a while but I finally realised that shit players can look good pre-season because nobody is tagging anybody. I’m looking at you Chris Yarran, Rhys Palmer and Andres Everitt, Yeh some of you have been OK, but from pre-season form you all looked 100+ keepers. Be wary of the preseason bolter. (And the Cosmo mag)
OK, enough of my drivel, what’s happening in your DT worlds? What will you do with the little master?