Stutter to a Strut?
One thing you learn playing sports is that you stick with what works. In basketball, you’re taught not to shoot with your elbow out. But a young Throtts felt more comfortable tickling the twine with his sleeve out, ignoring his father, coaches and other “hoop camp experts” about the proper way to stroke the ball.
And as a couple broken high school scoring records will attest (as well as a bunch of broken car back seats), sticking with what got me the best results was the best method.
Josh J. Kennedy is routinely ridiculed for his stuttering approach to kicking the ball. Yet, while he has, at times, tried to stop doing it, he has never abandoned his stammer. Because it works. In 2014’s top 5 goal scorers, only Jay Schulz has a higher goal accuracy (61% to 59%).
That’s why I like The Stammer Hammer. He’s got balls and ain’t afraid to show ‘em.
Yet The Stammer Hammer let us coaches down this season. After a ripping 2013, when he was the darling of Supercoach going ton 4 out of his first 5 games (with two 120+ games) and averaging 90 for the year, his stammering went from his feet to his scores in 2014. Burnt-salami-on-an-old-sock scoring stenches that resulted in a sub-80 average.
What’s this mean for 2015? Whadda say we throw on our best wide collared shirt, splash on some Jovan Musk and head to the data dancefloor to do The Stammer Hammer shuffle.
|Games last season:||20 (R12, cheekbone fracture)|
|Average last season:||79.2|
|100+ games last season:||5 (High 183 vs GWS)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||13 (5 sub-60s!!!)|
|Price range last season:||$369K (R8) – $485K(R1) SD: 35 (Jinkies!!!)|
|Missed games last season:||N/A|
|Significant history:||Pick #4 in 2005 Draft
Career high: 190 (2011, R9 vs Bulldogs)
Missed 17 games in 2012 (ankle surgery)
Rumour: allergic to toilet paper (uses spray bottles and hand fans)
Like all premium key position forwards, The Stammer Hammer seduces as he torments. This season he was far more abusive. Yes, a huge 183 game with 11 goals versus my GWS. But that’s counterbalanced with 13 sub-80 scores. 13! And the 3 lowest he barfed out were 33, 44 and 46. That’s beat-a-clown-when-he’s-down punishing.
When you compare The Stammer Hammer’s great 2013 with his lousy 2014, the issues aren’t too easy to see. This year he ranked 3rd in goals per game and 5th in total goals. In fact, his goal average actually went up a smidge 3.0 from 2.9. And his on-the-field time increased a bit as well (91.7% from 89.2%).
So what gives with The Stammer Hammer? Sagging disposals and marks for the most part. Ridding of the pill went down from 13 a game in 2013 to 11.3 — and kicks slid from 10 down to 8.8 a game. His marks fell from 6.8 to 5.7 and contested marks plunged from 1.6 a game to .8. Also, contested possies were 6.5 in 2013 and sank to 4.5 a game.
OK, he’s a key position forward. You’ll get a 6+ goal game followed by a string of 0-1 ones. That’s the case for most decent KPFs, right? In fact, they should just call key position players “risk players.”
What you learn in this caper is that you pick your key position players very, very carefully . Especially in Round 1. Once chosen — and this is very important — you…stick…with…them. Absorb the headaches. You put up with these problem children and hope the big scores are big enough to calm the underpant soilers that most certainly will come. Otherwise, you only use KPF on roll the dice, Cloke-type steal and deal trades.
Should the Stammer Hammer be considered one of your key position players? The Eagles have a more aggressive, high action style. This type of game suits a very mobile forward like The Stammer Hammer, who is not shy of going up and down the field to grab a mark or lay a tackle.
Also ponder this…each season after The Stammer Hammer knuckleplugs us coaches, he returns renewed and full of tasty scores. 2010 a 67 SC ave. Comes back in 2011 with an 87. Injury ridden 2012 goes for 57 ave, but bounces back with a 90 ave in 2013.
- Super low price – $426K! (confirmed price $425,700)
- Goal kicker with high accuracy
- Guaranteed to go 130+ at least once
- Eagles will be stronger team 2nd year under Simpson and key mids returning
- He’s a risk player (OK, jeez, “key position forward.” Happy?)
- Sub 50 scores will test plumular fortitude
- Cox gone will help him or hurt him?
- Injuries are a concern. Tends to get a knock that keeps him out of a game or two.
This is a tough one. My head says “Stay away from him.” But when writing the good vs bad, my gut took a bit of a fancy to The Stammer Hammer. Probably the penchant for huge scores is very attractive. And the slight hunch that last year was just a deviation, due to the combo of a new coach, new system and injury-riddled midfield.
Regardless, because of that crappy 2014 he has a price that’s pure ambrosia. Given how expensive his brethren Buddy, Reiwoldt, Roughy and Westoff will start ($490K min), getting The Stammer Hammer for less than $430K is a great value. And great value is, after all, are the lifeblood of winning the $50K or nabbing a league flag.
That said, will first check out some preseason to see if The Stammer Hammer comes out stuttering strong or not.
Agree or think I’m full of donkey piss, community? Shoot me your thoughts on The Stammer Hammer.
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