Mandusa & the He-Man Brownlow Haters Club
OK community, ol’ Throtts is gonna let off a little steam. And I’m sure it’s gonna ruffle many a boxer brief. So here it goes…I don’t like the Brownlow.
Well, I don’t like awards and award shows in general. The worst of the bunch is easily the Academy Awards. I mean, Dances with Wolves over Good Fellas? That’s like saying you prefer eating tofu in a diaper-infested dumpster over drinking piña coladas on an empty beach with Rose Byrne.
The Charlie is in the same league as the Oscars. OK, maybe not as bad. But the Brownlow is faulty right at its foundation. Having the umps as the judges? You mean putting the decision in the hands of the same guys who can’t make a consistent smothering call? This group’s performance is brilliant in its inconsistency and reliable only in its mediocrity. To have them play judge makes little sense. Plus, the Brownlow has become more about the event’s pageantry and gowns than a celebration of the great sport.
That spewing done (whoooosh), let’s talk about the surprise winner of this year’s Brownlow, Matthew “Mandusa” Priddis. (Get it? “Man” + “Medusa” = tasty nicky)
In a nutshell, Mandusa deserves high praise for this season. It was stellar. Was it better than Fyfe, Selwood or Ablett? Well, that’s debatable — and one which I’d love to have with the community (minus the Brownlow backdrop).
Interesting though, his efforts were not that much greater than what he’s done in the past. So let’s grab a can of Jeri curl activator and go through Mandusa’s footy locks…
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||112.7|
|100+ games last season:||16|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2 (R4 v Cats: 61, R22 v. Dees: 77)|
|Price range last season:||$507K – $632|
|Missed games last season:||0|
109 SC average over last 5 years
Missed 2 games in 2012 with quad injury
Highest SC average (114) in 2011
10 goals in 2014 is his 2nd highest (11 in 2007)
Priddis put up some rock solid SuperCoach numbers this season. Went 130+ 5 times with a season high of 155 against the Pies. Was 3rd in tackles and contested possessions as well as 5th in both clearances and total disposals. One of the knocks is Mandusa’s love of the handball. And this year he didn’t try to shake that rep, ranking 2nd in the league in the hand disposal.
All yummy, right? But get this, while his SC average went from 101 to 112, there weren’t any noticeable upticks in Mandusa’s career numbers. The biggest were disposals going from 26.9 to 28.5 a game, tackles 6.1 to 7.3 and inside 50s up to 3.2 from 2.7. No spikes south. Just put together more big games and less craptacular ones.
Priddis will be 30 years old in March. I admit, I’m not the best at figuring out when a player is too long in the tooth to be effective on the grounds. But Mandusa’s hard nose, high activity style mixed with marathon on-field time (85% average TOG over the last 5 years), it’s not to hard to imagine that his aging body is probably going to go “No Más!” soon.
Mandusa definitely benefitted with new coach Adam Simpson’s more attack oriented style. A more skeptical person would counter that the scores went higher as he had to shoulder more of the load given the Eagles’ injury-prone midfield and Selwood taking more of a tagging role.
Regardless, the guy is a ball magnet and a flat out badass premium. And while his locks flail wildly like a 70s porn star getting his first reach around on a speedboat, Mandusa plays with a calm fierceness that makes him pure silk when handling the pill. But is he worth slotting in?
Pretty damn steady SC scores. 22.4 SDeevie proves that.
Unlike most notable mids, SC numbers don’t start off hot then cool down. Bulk of big scores were racked up post round 17.
A reliable sight each round. Only 3 times not on field in the last 4 years.
As mentioned, getting older.
If Rosa, Shuey and Wellingham stay healthy, Gaff’s game (finally) picks up and Selwood does less tagging, Priddis won’t have to carry as much of the load. This could be a good or bad thing. Something to watch for.
Rarely starts hot so his initial price may be difficult to justify.
Priddis is a no brainer…to NOT slot in. At least at the start. He will begin with a bloated price and for the first 5 rounds will put up premium but not elite scores. And that will drive his price down to tastier levels.
I’d say when his price tag sinks around $60-$80K, time to bring in. In fact, Mandusa could be that perfect post bye pick-up, his strong end-year play giving you a nice spat of tons to help your team dance to the finals.
NO NOW & MAYBE LATER
Spot on or off the mark on Mandusa, community? Shoot me your take!
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