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The Sunday evening knee-jerk. Round 8 edition.

It’s amazing how quickly things can turn around for you in DT. A couple of weeks ago I had plummeted to emotional depths hitherto known to a DT coach. Then last week I scored a 2250+ and a funny thing happened… I’m got happy again! How about you, how has your DT round panned out… a good one or bad one? Let’s knee-jerk.

The Sunday evening knee-jerk. Round 8 edition.

It’s amazing how quickly things can turn around for you in DT. A couple of weeks ago I had plummeted to emotional depths hitherto known to a DT coach. It was cold outside, black clouds were washing over me and I seemed to step in every puddle. Then last week I scored a 2250+ and a funny thing happened… The storm clouds cleared! The sun broke through and I’m happy again…So much so that even though I’m sitting amongst boxes at my new home I’m actually willing to type the bulk of the knee jerk on the impractical, non-functional slide out keyboard of my HTC desire…  I haven’t had hand cramps this bad since my teen addiction to the twin cobra machine at the fish and chip shop! In truth its been hard to get the smile off my face on a count of the bombers winning, my DT firing and my Chelsea winning the champions league final (Drogba, the ultimate big match player), I could lose my wallet and still be happy!! Looks like some epic scores being had this week, how has your DT round panned out… a good one or bad one? Let’s knee-jerk.

The Legend.

First legend this week is the flouro wiggle. If you didn’t catch him, he was the goal umpire from the Ess v Rich game with the skin tight skivvy and barrel chest. I doubt you’d get any players bumping into this guy.. he would bump back… hard. On Friday night there were a whole host of legends.. Sidebottom(139) continued his breakout year, Pendlebury (133) pretty much won the game for the pies and Selwood (136) nearly won the game for the cats. Each of these guys made the start of our weekend awesome and possibly softened the blow of a potential Swan (95) injury. On a free flowing DT Saturday night Deledio (160) was heroic, Cotchin (143) knocked up a score bigger than his hair..(just) and the dynamic duo of Watson (134) and Stanton (124) continued their ripper form…with Boyd (129) added to the mix it made for a profitable night and far too hard to choose just one legend.. so i choose them all! As a post script i’ll give Melbourne a small leg up and hand Howe a legend nom for his mark of the year candidate, awesome stuff! . On Sunday Dangerfield (142 ) continued the high score trend with a whopper… plus there was a guy in Brissy called big sauce who nobody has….

The Sunday chop.

You know those hot summer nights? You are in bed tossing and turning having one of those endless fever induced dreams that have you running from crazy past school enemies or regaling obscure moments from your past life. It feels like you have been asleep for ever… But you open one eye and it’s only been 13 minutes…. You live for the epic 3 seconds each cycle when the fan oscillates onto you before going off again on its endless circular journey….. There is a lone mosquito buzzing around your ear… Close…BZzz,  Far…bzzz, Closer BZZZz,  …further bzz. You blindly flail at the air in a vain hope you can kill the cretin. What the hell does this have to do with DT? Well DT this year has been my summer night and Aaron Hall (0) is my summer night mosquito… annoying the crap out of me, he feels like a waking nightmare that won’t end, I’d love to get rid of him but each week I have other pressing issues… He is stinking up my side and causing me no end of anger. Seriously what did he do to deserve this kind of treatment? Call blueys kid a ranga or something? He ‘seemed’ to be playing OK. In fact I thought he was one of their better players… I’m sorry Hally, but I’m going to have to chop…. I’ve already got Couch (0) stinking up the other end of that bench. My bye plan will be useless unless I can get this area fixed pronto, Plus with the way the general has been visiting the GWS its more often than not that we will need to use bench cover.  Chop. (there are a few blues treading a tight line right now.. you know who are are!)

The Clown.

My favourite clown last week was the guy who thought he would take a grab from row 3 of the second deck at Etihad but ended up falling jaw first onto the rail. There aren’t many graceful ways of coming out of that looking cool. It would be like tripping over on the way back from the bar holding the drink for your first date….. Just get up and walk out… It’s over. Clown number two is the channel seven camera man with a hand on his Wang constantly putting the camera on Megan Gale. I payed extra $$ for the sport pack and Fox Footy for the siren to siren Football…not for blow by blows on Gales night. If I wanted that I’d turn on fashion TV. More stats, less WAGS please. This week i also have to add the AFL as clowns, i mean seriously.. the farcical scenes on Friday night with the score review needs to stop. How the hell are they supposed to adjudicate if a ball was a point or OOB using 2 cameras 100m or more away? In the end the umpire almost said stuff it, just give it a point and lets play the game…. I reckon there’s a message in that for all of us. Last little clown is Bomber Thompson for daring to catch Jimmy Hird unawares with a shaken up bottle of Coke. That there is the first time in 20 years Hird has been caught unawares at a football stadium….. shame bomber.. Shame.

The this game shits me.

This week I have ummed and ahh’d about my trades. I am in that delicate phase of trying to resist the player that I want; versus the player that suits my bye plan. It is very hard to go against every DT principle you have ever learnt all in aid of a strange 3 week period. I wanted Goddard (60 ht), I feel safer with Goddard (60 ht)… But Shaw (115) suits my bye plan… So I took him. Looks like a good choice so far, but Shaw is a known roller coaster…we will wait and see on that one.  Some people around work have told me that I am obsessing over my bye plan to the detriment of my side… And maybe they are right, I’ve become blindly focused on not getting more than 2 zeros… And as this happens I am leaking points. Do you reckon when the boffins at Microsoft were inventing Excel for complex algorithms and data crunching they ever dreamed it would be used exclusively for DT players using its pretty colours for Bye planners? I just realised that after round 13 we will have the first sustained period of bye free football for the first time in over 2 years! But half of us won’t have enough trades to enjoy it properly… And that’s why DT shits me.

The other bits and pieces.

When you start the season you set yourself the goal of winning the car. But just like in life you sometimes need to readjust your goals to suit your particular situation. For instance Essendon’s goal may have been to make the finals… now they must change their goal to aim for top 4. For me personally the car is out of reach. Even though I’d expect a series of green arrows across the bye weeks …being ranked around 15.000 right now kind of rules that out and is somewhat embarrassing to me. So I’d like to readjust my goals…. I could go for the league win but that’s not my cup of tea… I’ve got a greater wish right now. My goal for the season is to make each of my eliminator opponents shake in their boots when they click my side on Wednesday and say ‘Sh*t…. I’m in trouble!’ That’s right I wanna beat up on weak eliminator sides flat track bully style! I’m going on a cup run, so don’t get in my way! This may sound like a convenient excuse to use all my trades building the best side early and maybe it is….. OK… it is. See you in the eliminator… if you dare.

So that’s about it for this Sunday night. I was heading for a huge score but some poor blues have just taken me around the 2200 mark. What knee-jerk thoughts do you have so far about the round just passed? Any nominations for Legend, Chop, Clown or why this game shits 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



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    May 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    nothing like a sunday evening jerk off

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    May 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Murphy To Gibbs Hmmmm…..?

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      Uncle Fester

      May 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Reckon you’d tear your hair out with Gibbs. Having watched the game today, I’m surprised he got 53! Didn’t even know he was playing.

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    May 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Well looking back at my initial Rnd 1 team so far do date;

    Best 50/50: Went with Waters over Grimes
    Worst 50/50: Went with Pavlich over Dangerfield
    Best Rookie: Obviously J Giles
    Worst Rookie: A Hall
    Best ‘risky’ pick: Gotta be Waters or maybe Hargrave (although had a shit week)

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    May 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Which 2 out of these 3 possible trades should I do?

    1. Swan to Pendlebury
    2. Murphy to Ablett
    3. Hall to Zorko

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      May 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      2 and 3.

      I’d hold onto Swan personally. He’s only going to be out for 2-3 weeks at most. Surely, U’ll have sufficient cover until then.

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    May 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Two things shit me this week. The first is Melbourne who refused to merge and then received concession after concession and ultimately tanked for yet more concessions. Their priority picks have blanketed other clubs’ ability to get the chance to recruit the best kids and have diluted the quality of the competition. Not just a basket case but a rotten apple…

    Secondly, congratulations should go to GWS who think a win entitles them to field an uncompetetive team…but who gives a shit right?

    Melbourne would love to be in their shoes.

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    May 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Murphy to Mitchell no brainer for me this week. Got Zorko last week for the link and to save a thanks to Z for saving me from a terrible score.

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    May 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Hmmmm to bring Gazza in this week or not? That is the question.

    Aiming to upgrade Devon Smith to him, but I feel if I wait one more week Smith will rise quite a bit in cash and hopefully Gazza will drop another 8k. Risky, but might be worth the wait.


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      May 21, 2012 at 5:00 am

      I think I’m gonna hold off but thats because I don’t need him to beat my opponents this week.

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    May 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    You know what Sh*ts me?! G.I.B.B.S. !@$#!@Q$#!@$# sh****ts me!!!!! ! F@!$#!@$#RRRRRKK

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    May 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    For my friend, is mitchell to watson a good trade?

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      May 21, 2012 at 1:26 am

      No because as soon as Mitchell is out of his form slump your friend will be kicking himself for wasting a trade on a sideways trade

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    May 20, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    trade 1: Cameron > Zorko
    trade 2: Greene > Rockliff

    feels good. 2 spots to fill with 14 trades left…

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    May 21, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I can get Stanton if:
    1. Magner to zorko
    2. Shiel to Stanton

    That leaves midfield:
    GAJ, swan, pendles, Thommo, Barlow, stants (horsely and zorko).

    But the price tag is a little off putting.

    What do people think?

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      Big Feller

      May 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

      You’ll get done over in the byes IMO

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      May 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Wait till Swan gets cleared, if he gets cleared

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        May 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        Thanks for the thoughts guys. Only second year DT so put this years bye structure in the too hard basket….aim is to be able to cover those potential loses and still make top four. Sitting 5-0-0 at the minute so so far so good :)

        I’m going to probably hold swanny and cover with horsely.

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    May 21, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Greene and Kennedy gone for Beams and Zorko. Was going to go Stanton or Pendles but the DPP helps me out better. Will give me a team of

    Backs Deledio, Hargrave, Waters, Goddard, Hanley, Clarke, Ellis (Smedts, Delaney)

    Midfield Ablett, Swan, Jelwood, S Selwood, Boyd, Horsley ( Zorko, Treloar)

    Rucks Ryder, Giles (Redden, Stephenson)

    Forward Franklin, Dangerfield, Sidebottom, Beams, Martin, Robinson, Porps (Tomlinson, Smith)

    Will need to upgrade my backline and get rid of Ellis and Smedts in the next few weeks though, but getting close to my final team I would think?

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      May 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Mids, backs and fwd have 4 RND 11 byes. Just putting in out there for up/down grades

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    May 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Ok I have come to the conclusion that I need to look at myself in the mirror and then repeatedly punch myself in the face.

    Keep trying to have a unique DT team so it is not a generic line up – Murphy (C), Burgoyne due to his mixed roles, Ellis was in due to being put on the ground initially, stuck with SMEDTS but he is a sub gun, keep playing K. Hunt as I keep thinking his stats will be ; K 1, H 102, M 3, T 40000 and just have a blow out score, and waiting for Dalhaus to start hittin 80+s but it doesn’t happen.

    Traded Murphy for Zorko and upgraded some guy who hasn’t played a game $104k to Dangerfield.

    I guess trying to be risky can be rewarding but consistancy is the key to this.

    Went from W W W in both my leagues to L L L lol. WAAAAHHH!!!

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    May 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I want to swap Greene -> Zorko. But that doesnt solve my rd 11 Bye problems, however I think I would be stupid to miss this boat. So the.question is, am I willing to take a risk round 11 ? Good rookies are hard to come by

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    May 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

    beat the person on top of the the leauge but only scored 2052 is thet a good score.

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      Albert Lloyd

      May 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Not really no

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    May 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Does anyone how long murphy is out for ?

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      May 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      You need to wait for time for the injury to be assessed. Usually you cant tell too much until the swelling has gone down. In reality you wouldnt have a clue for wxactly how long. usually works on the type of injury donee. I would wait until later in the week. It looked a very serious injury and bad acls are usually quite a few weeks out. could even be the season.

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    May 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

    should i trade callan ward and ive only got 204,ooo

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      May 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Callan ward has been doing very good for his price. Wouldnt it be better to have him in your m5 spot and trade up some rookied instead?

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    May 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    “OMG Swan out for 2 weeks… Who to trade for pleeeeeeeeeeeease???? Some one spoon feed my paranoia…..”

    Hmmm… Nope that didnt make me feel any better… Don’t know how people get off on it :S

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    May 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Great read Adz I have the same mozzie dilemma in my forward line as well however LTI trades are the killer for my plan A, B and C!

    This game sh1ts moment: if a trade Swan he’ll be back in 2 if I keep him he’ll be out for 4

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      May 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      think about it this way, if swan is only out for two, that means he will play one game and then be out with a bye so he will still be missing 3 weeks, and if he’s out for 3 instead then he’s really out for 4

  20. gambler


    May 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Please help guys, in a real pickle this week.

    Greene > Zorko

    Magner > Ablett (150k left)
    Magner > Beams (190k left)

    – OR –

    Green > Zorko

    Kennedy > Ablett (60k Left)
    Kennedy > Beams (100k Left)

    DEF: Deledio, Scotland, Goddard, Waters, Broughton, Hargrave, Morris (Ellis, Tomlinson)

    MID: Stanton, Pendles, Mitchell, Horsely, Greene, J-Mac (Magner, Kennedy)

    RUC: Maric, Giles (Redden, Big O)

    FWD: Robinson, Danger, Chappy, Franklin, Martin, Christensen T.Adams (Smedts, Hall)

    Strengthen mids? OR, Finish fwd line and wait for ablett?

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      May 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      if your getting rid of greene you’re forcing yourself to improve your mids especially if your upgrading another midfielder. Personally I would get rid of kennedy because less likely to play (rotation) scoring much worse and gets rid of another rd 11 bye in your mids whereas magner still has a bit of money to make, scoring better and suits your bye structure.

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        May 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm

        Thanx for the input Stevo, theres a good case for Kennedy > Ablett but I was leaning more towards Magner > Ablett for a few reasons. Kennedy DPP, Lower B/E (Magner will be lucky to make another 30k with a B/E of 48), will be 90k better off and I’m guaranteed wins in rd 11 and 13 – lucky to be playing the 2 uncompetitive bottom teams of my league.

        Hmm, but Magner has better job security and more scoring potential than Kennedy – will be good to keep as 1st Mid bench – and ill be better off long term.

        I have NEVER been this 50/50 on a DT decision…. help.

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    May 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Hall among the best in NEAFL, cross your fingers he might finally be in this week after another less than average performance by GCS.

    “Aaron Hall was zippy all day and really used his speed well at both ends.”

    This might work out well considering I have to make 2 trades to cover injuries this week.

  22. Jesse


    May 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Marc Muprhy has offically cost me two wins. Last week lost by 40 points with him as captain, this week lost by 34 points with him scoring a pathetic 27. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.

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      May 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Sucked In

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    May 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    is adcock to Waters worth it? will only cost me 40k. waters is going to go up up up in price and adcock has been scoring pretty poorly..

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      May 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Probably not, why not upgrade one of your rookies to Waters, look at the defender that is averaging the least in your team and trade waters for him.

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    May 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm


    Blue is the Colour

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    May 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Bugger the byes – everyone’s in the same boat. I’m not going to worry about planning everything for the byes when it’s just as likely that there’ll be enough injuries and/or suspensions to open a donut shop anyway and I’ll have wasted trades for nothing. Keep your trades for the post bye run home when you can really get an advantage.

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