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An Open Letter to The Muppets

Statler: “Just when you think that round couldn’t have been more terrible, something wonderful happens”. Waldorf: “What?”. Statler: “It ends! Do ho ho”. Just like the Muppet Show, the crazy highs and chaotic lows of the footy round that’s just been brought all the Muppets out to play… So RLGriffin’s sending them a letter.

Every Monday night DTTalk’s regular GWS guru @RLGriffin85 steps up to the plate to articulate the thoughts of AFL Dream Team coaches everywhere. Be it pointing the finger of blame at Senior AFL Coaches, setting a fire below underperforming players or just throw away comments about how bad Zac ‘Lurch’ Dawson really is; there’s no topic he isn’t willing to write about! Who’s in his sights this week?

An Open Letter to: The Muppets

Dear Muppets,

After a round of football like the one we just, sometimes you have to wonder why we all play this Dream Team game. It was zaney, loopy and all together strange. A round like the one just been brings out the best and worst in people. I guess that’s because the scoring we witnessed featured the best and worst of players. Whether your captain scored 68 or 190 , it’s safe to say the inner Muppet probably came out in the past 48 hours after the mayhem and craziness of the Muppet show unravelled.

No idea what I’m talking about? Let me break it down. The Muppet Show was a slapstick comedy show invented by the great Jim Henson. The characters were eccentric and the thirty minutes of airtime revolved around them just trying to keep it together long enough for a successful outcome. Sound familiar? Just like the Muppet Show, so was twitter, chat rooms, text messages and pub rooms everywhere on Sunday, as things got a little crazy, so did we… Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the Muppet Show!


Who were the Muppets this round?:

Miss Piggy – the diva, the attention seeker, the one that just won’t shut up. In a round where there were eleven players that scored 130+, two of which scored 204 and 190, Miss Piggy’s were abound and just had to let you know! “I had Buddy Captain!” they would proclaim. Quickly ignored, they would then tweet it, chat it, message it, blog it, and generally just not shut up about it. Less than 2% of players had Franklin Captain, yet any Miss Piggy’s out there would claim it, true or not.

Miss Piggy’s are notorious for wanting the attention, and this round gave them plenty of excuses. But as everyone knows, Miss Piggy is clearly just trying to compensate for being a whore-like fat pig. No matter who they had as captain, they are nothing more than a comic piece to laugh at, not with.

Dear Miss Piggy, I care as much about your captain as I do about Photography Accreditation, just keep it to yourself!


Gonzo the Great – the ‘do you really think this will work’ Muppet, Gonzo’s will try anything to impress, from going a unique captain each week, to starting Gibbs in their midfield. This week was an interesting week for Gonzo’s, and the typical reaction was to be expected – failure. As much as the rest of us love Gonzo’s – we really do, they just can’t take a break. From Sidebottom’s Captaincy scoring 136 to Gibbs’ unique 75, blasting your ranking out of a cannon this week was always going to end in misery. But what do Gonzo’s do? They take it on the chin, accept their shortcomings, and plan to do it all again next week.

Dear Gonzo the Great, one day you will be able to “eat a rubber tyre to the music of The Flight of the Bumblebee” pick a unique captain who smashes out a nice 180+, but in the meantime, just don’t choke!

Then we have:

Statler and Waldorf – Statler: “This round wasn’t half bad” Waldorf: “No, it was all bad! Do ho ho”. The old boys were up in the rafters the entire round laughing off the chaos as if it was no big thing. From injuries to Pendlebury, Selwood and Scotland: Statler: “I didn’t know Scotland was injured this week?” Waldorf: “Yeah, he threw out his hip getting out of bed! Do ho ho” to Ablett’s 190: Statler: “Did you hear Ablett got 53 possessions this week?” Waldorf: “That’ll be a costly bail. I heard his son did well too! Bahahaha” the boys shook off the highs and lows with the same cynicism each and every time. As much as we’d love to hate these knights of negativity, they helped bring this rollercoaster round into perspective.

Dear Statler and Waldorf, thank you for bringing us humour in times of great pain, and brining us back to earth when we get too high!

Statler; “Did you hear that? Apparently some AFL Dream Teamers got high this weekend”.
Waldorf: “My guess is when they traded in Michael Johnson he BYO’d! Do ho ho”.

Those two at least remember Dream Team’s fun, unlike:

Animal – Raging, red and ready to trade! Animal’s this round were furious over the vesting of Pendlebury, Stephenson, Jenkins and Horsely, they lost the plot over Hargrave, Lake, Swallow, Gibbs, Thompson and Sidebottom. Not to be approached until at least after the bye rounds, if they haven’t rage traded out their guns or just deleted their team, they’re probably considering just Ghost Shipping for the next month.

Animal’s are chomping at the bit, and they’re number one target is an Irish Pirate by the name of Calvin! At least that used to be his name. Rumours have it that the rage of Animal’s towards Calvin for suggesting Sidebottom (68), Pendlebury (59), Selwood (62) and Beams (101) in front of Ablett (190) as captain has him changing his name and sailing to a new land. Luckily for him, Animal’s are fickle creatures, and a solid rock beat and a new round should have them forgetting all about Ablett scoring one point more than Sidebottom, Pendlebury and Selwood combined.

Dear Animal, there’s a reason we love you; rage away my friend, rage away!

So finally that brings us to:

Kermit the Frog – It’s not easy being green, but they get by. Nothing special, nothing bad, Kermit’s just keep on keeping on. They do the right thing and put Boyd, Mitchell or Ablett captain, they wear it on the chin when other premiums go down around them. Kermit’s put up with Miss Piggy’s because it’s the right thing to do; they support Gonzo’s when they fall flat on their face. They even try to find a way to mellow out Animal’s rage.

Kermit’s this round had as many ups and downs as the rest of us, but due to their balance, knowledge, and timing, they came out leading the pack yet again. Why? Because of all the Muppets, Kermit’s know how hard this game is, but play it with dignity anyway.

Dear Kermit’s, well done, you froggy bastards!

So to all the Muppets out there, keep on keeping on, whilst the Dream Team God’s keep on dishing out the craziness. This is AFL Dream Team, it’s not supposed to be easy and it’s got all the ups and downs of any footy clubs season. After all, what do you expect from the weird and wonderful Muppets Show!?

Jim Henson FC

PS, Apologies to all the Fozzie the Bear’s out there, but we all know you play Supercoach anyway! Commence throwing the tomatoes!

Born Adelaide, Lived Darwin, Resides Canberra. A Crows fan as a child, I have became a big supporter of the GWS Giants in their foundation year. I love my footy, multimedia design and beer(s).



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    June 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    good stuff mate like your style and a big POO TO EAT FOR DINNER

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      June 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      what the heck is this guy on about
      What a retard

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    June 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm


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      June 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Its not that lame just calm down and leave your thoughts to your self instead of making someone fell bad.

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        June 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        Ok, sorry.

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          June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

          May god have mercy on your sould

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      June 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm


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      June 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Came here to say exactly this.

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        June 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

        The fact that these guys all have old, white guy names that are all single word and start with a capital = same bloke.

        Fake and gay… Nice writeup Griff!

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          June 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

          Maybe it’s you Benny

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          June 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

          Maybe it is.


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            June 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm


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            June 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

            Kermit the Frog all the way :D

            Except when I’m Miss Piggy D:

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    June 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Gotta love Statler and Waldorf!

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    June 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Great work with the article mate.

    I was once a Kermit, that is of course until round 10 happened. Now, I am an Animal!

    I will take caution still in my trades, but action must occur this week. Two many injuries have affected my set in stone bye plans for my liking.

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      June 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm


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    June 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Yay to Muppet references

    “I’ve gone way beyond afraid. Right now I’m somewhere between bedwetting and a near death experience.” – Rizzo

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    June 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Nice one mate. Got one miss piggy in my ear about picking Pendlebury captain “see I told you he wouldn’t score well”. What a sh!t individual.

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    Swamp Dragon

    June 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I had one friend tell me I was stupid for listening to Calvin and picking Sidebottom, but I’m glad I listened to Calvin because I would have picked Pendlebury otherwise.

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      June 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm


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    DT Tragic

    June 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Great article G.

    I still can’t believe I got 5 x 135+ scores but still managed to miss out on another 250 points due to wrong choices.

    Such is the life of a DT Tragic.

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    June 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Love it. Really funny and well thought out..

    I’m not sure I was any of them in particular, rather a mix of each one at one point or another over the weekend. Miss piggy when Jeremy Howe was on 70 at qtr time and I am one of the 1% that does have him. Gonzo just before Howe played. Animal when Pendlebury and Horsley were subbed and my opponent didn’t have either of them (or sidebum). The old guys (didn’t know their names until just now) At the end of the round when I finally got up in my league game. Saving my kermit for all the other times when a match was not on.

    For all those Calvin Animals my Father-in-law said it best (and no disrespect to calvin) “why do you listen to Calvin, it’s your team. Anyway, if Swan’s not there you go Ablett, you don’t go Sidebottom”

    Only thing I will take you up on though, why the dig at accredited photographers, we are a decent bunch of people and don’t deserve it.

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    June 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I go with the “stick C on Ablett rule” pretty much all the time.

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      June 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      OMG that was such a Miss Piggy thing to say ….

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        June 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        I hope this week in DT video we see some beyonce!!!

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        June 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

        I hope on the DT talk video this week we get to see some beyonce!!

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      June 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      I hope this week on DT talk we get to see the fellas do a beyonce dance!!

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    June 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Great work Griff. Don’t listen to these plebs.

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    June 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Great article mate – although from the title I thought it was just another letter to Tony Shaw and co. at Channel 7 :)

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      June 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Cheers Griff, I really enjoyed the Muppet references, lol. Personally i’m a bit of a split personality Dreamteamer, my kermit is always trying to hold back the animal within…it’s an ongoing struggle, haha. :P

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        June 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        Why did that come up as a response? Haha.

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    June 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Great article Griff, what an awesome analogy of how fanatsy footy can relate to a 80’s Sunday Night puppet show that was way ahead of its time.

    I think you needed a beaker (ecentric geek) who has no idea about footy, plays to fit in with mates, treats it as a mathematical challenge and finishes in the top 1000.

    This has been your best work yet because of the ingenuity of it.

    The only downside is that many coaches may have no flowering idea what you are talking about because they didn’t exist when the show was on.

    Love your work.

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    Ridley U

    June 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Loved this letter Griff! Had me laughing from start to finish. Needed it after the weekend just gone.

    DT is the greatest game I have ever played. The highs and lows just don’t stop. What a ride!!! Let the carnage rounds begin. Best of luck to all. May the DT Gods be merciful to all of us….

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    Tiger Woods

    June 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    not to to be mean but i also agree with liam and neil, this article is pointless, it doesn’t help us or supply any useful information, and it just makes r l griffen sound like a knob

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      Ridley U

      June 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      You have obviously missed the point of the article. Humourous, creative, well written and it had muppet references! This letter was written for entertainment purposes.

      Not everything should be so serious all the time. How much useful information do you need? This site is jam packed every day with useful information.

      I am baffled at posts that are negative. People aren’t required to like every article that gets posted. But to create a reply that is disrespectful and totally unwarranted to someone who had contributed so much makes you sound like a knob!

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        June 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        Come on Tiger, Just because you chipped in on 16 today to win from four back to tie Jack Nicklaus record doesn’t mean you can just go around abusing people

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          Tiger Woods

          June 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

          very true sorry lads

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        June 5, 2012 at 8:01 am

        I guess I’m old enough to really enjoy this article, maybe others are not *shrugs*

        Good fun, even ignoring the underlying slap that we are all muppets ;)

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          Ridley U

          June 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

          We are and always will be muppets!

          I think many will be Animal come this Thursday night when teams are announced! Collingwood vs Melbourne being on Monday wont help either (sure to be late withdraws the way this season is going….)

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    June 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Hay guys,
    I need help, im really stuck on what to do here.
    Last week i traded in heath scotland for bugg then this week he gets injured, should i trade him or just keep him. If i do trade him who should i trade him to.

    My team looks like this at the moment:

    B: Deledio, Goddard, Waters, Heppel, Shaw, Birchall, Hargrave (Darley, Tomlinson)

    C: Swan, Ablett, Mitchell, Rockliff, JSelwood, Zorko (Horsley, C. Smith)

    R: Cox, Giles (Redden, Stephenson)

    F: SIdebottom, Chapman, Franklin, Dangerfield, Martin, Treloar, D. Smith (Milera, Smedts)

    Cash: $46,300
    Trades Left: 14

    Thanks :)

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      June 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      …….. Where is Scotland

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      June 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Rhino seems you have already traded scotland and dont need any help.

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    June 5, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Not a muppet but anyone else think BJ is the human version of the Count?

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      June 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      That honor belongs to Anthony Minichello from rugby league, dead ringer.

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    June 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Top work Griff, gotta love the muppets.

    I had a bit of a Miss Piggy moment in picking Watson as captain over Sidebottom this week, which was nice on Saturday and doubly so on Sunday afternoon as I cruised to a comfortable 200pt win in the eliminator.

    I’ve made a number of Gonzo trades and the most recent was bringing in Cotchin last week as M5. Can’t complain about 97 with the CJT and confident that he’ll average 110+ for the rest of the season – we’ll see how that goes. Will probably have another next week in trading Barlow for Redden (M6), I think, to polish off the mids and navigate the byes.

    However, I have let the Animal in me rage-trade Hargrave for Goddard this week. Somebody had to go in order to bring the great man in and the sooner the better as far as I’m concerned. Golby was earmarked for this trade since about round three, but I’ve seriously had enough of Hargrave not finding the junk that he has in the past.

    So, Golby will probably be upgraded to Scotland when he comes back, or perhaps become D7/8 for the rest of the season… Kermit can deal with that when the time comes :).

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    June 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Griff what about Beaker???

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    June 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Enjoyable read cheers Griff, love the muppets. Start of the MBR’s feels like an episode of Pigs in Space. Flying into the unknown with an absolute rabble. Now that Pendles and Scotland are out all strategy has gone out the window. Think I will just cop the donuts as I need the round 11 bye players to cover injuries in rounds 12 and 13.

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    June 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    very funny. Calvin—-Sidebottom…..pppphhhtttt

    Pigs in spaaaaaaaacceeeee……

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